CAIR Good News Alert:
Senate Adopts McCain-Feinstein Torture Ban
Today the U.S. Senate adopted by a vote of 78-21 the McCain-Feinstein torture ban that would bar CIA torture techniques and force the government’s interrogation program out of the shadows. In a final push to support the amendment, CAIR issued an action alert yesterday calling on Senators to support the ban as torture is not an American value.
Introduced last week by Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ.) and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the bipartisan amendment (S.AMDT.1889) titled “To reaffirm the prohibition on torture” would modify the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (H.R.1735 ) to limit U.S. government interrogation techniques only to the Amy Field Manual.
If signed into law, the National Defense Authorization Act will end the CIA’s use of the simulated drowning technique called “water-boarding,” stress positions, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, and violent enemas and forced rectal feeding (proven to have no medical benefits). It would also require that the International Committee of the Red Cross have access to anyone detained by the U.S. thus ending the government’s secret prison program.
“Torture is not an American value and the Senate has listened to the American people and reaffirmed that fact,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “As a nation, we momentarily lost our way in relying on torture in the face of terror and uncertainty, but are now more aware of how wrong torture is after having witnessed what terrible actions were committed in our name.”