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Dick Cheney

It's time for Congress to deal with torture

It's time for Congress to deal with torture

As Congress debates the mammoth bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are pressing their colleagues to include an amendment that would strengthen the prohibition against the kind of torture inflicted on suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush administration. Such legislation is long overdue. Under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, all U.S. personnel were ordered in general terms to refrain from engaging in "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment" of anyone in custody. But only interrogators employed by the Department of Defense were required to abide by the Army Field Manual,...