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.