Wednesday, February 4, 2009

No Jack Bauers Under New Bill


A new bill introduced in Congress would ensure that no real-life Jack Bauers will represent the the United States government.

The bill, the American Anti-Torture Act of 2009, would prohibt waterboarding of prisoners. It would apply to all U.S. government agencies.

The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY and Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) would require that all interrogations comply with the standards set forth in the Army Field Manual. This would extend to all agencies, including the CIA, which, under Bush administration policy, was responsible for carrying out the so-called “enhanced” or “alternate” interrogation program and for operating secret overseas prisons. This clarification of the law would outlaw waterboarding, a method of simulated drowning.

One of President Obama’s first acts as president was to issue an executive order banning the use of torture and enforcing compliance with the Army Field Manual. The bill would bind future administrations to follow that standard.


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