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Legislation against Torture

Last year, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Congress strengthened the ban against torture. Learn more about the legislation.

Last June in a strong bipartisan vote the U.S. Senate passed a measure solidifying the ban on torture. Seventy-eight senators voted for it, including the chair and ranking members of the defense, intelligence, armed services, and foreign relations committees. It's the law of the land. The broad bipartisan support for this bill signaled that our government was rebuilding the consensus against this illegal and un-American practice.

Resources

Talking Points | November 25, 2015
National security experts, including our nation’s most respected military and intelligence leaders, support the McCain-Feinstein amendment because it enhances national security while preventing...
Factsheet | November 25, 2015
Question: What is the McCain-Feinstein amendment to the FY 2016 NDAA?  Answer: The McCain-Feinstein amendment is designed to ensure that all agencies and departments use lawful,...
Factsheet | November 25, 2015
Codifies a single standard of effective and lawful interrogation approaches for use across the government. By mandating that national security interrogations comply with the requirements of the Army...
Letter | June 12, 2015
To: Senators, congressional staff, and other interested parties  From: Former interrogators and intelligence professionals (Steven Kleinman, William Quinn, Torin Nelson, Joe Navarro, Frank...
Letter | June 11, 2015
June 9, 2015 Dear Senator, As retired generals and admirals who believe that American ideals are a national security asset, we urge you to support the amendment to the 2016 National Defense...
Letter | June 11, 2015
June 9, 2015 Dear Senator, As intelligence and interrogation professionals who have offered our collective voice opposing torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, we...