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Congress Should Pass a New Legislative Ban on Torture

10 years ago, in the wake of the abuses at the prison in Abu Ghraib, Congress came together to pass the Detainee Treatment Act in an overwhelming 90-9 vote. But lawyers in the executive branch secretly authorized even more abusive interrogation methods in the CIA program, against the advice of national security leaders and professional interrogators. Now it’s time for Congress to finish the job by supporting Chairman McCain and Vice-Chair Feinstein in a bi-partisan effort to reinforce the prohibition against torture and cruel treatment. Torture and other forms of detainee abuse harm our national security by eroding America’s global standing and undermining international cooperation. Together, we can put this dark chapter of our history behind us.

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Briefing Memorandum: The McCain Anti-Torture Amendment

The McCain-Feinstein Amendment: Protecting National Security, Upholding American Values

FAQ: The McCain-Feinstein Anti-Torture NDAA Amendment

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Fact Sheet: The Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations

Letter from Retired Military Leaders on the McCain-Feinstein Anti-Torture Amendment

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Blog: Where the SSCI and CIA Agree We Have a Problem—And How Senator Feinstein’s Proposed Reforms Can Fix It, Part 1

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Blueprint: How to Rebuild a Durable Consensus against Torture in the United States

Press Release: Senate Releases Landmark Report on CIA Torture Program

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USA Today: Torture a frontal assault on our values

MSNBC: America must never torture again

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Video: Mark Fallon on MSNBC Politics Nation

Video: Alberto Mora on MSNBC Politics Nation

Video: CNN State of the Union with Steve Kleinman

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