Durbin Anti-Torture Measure Included in Spending Bill
The $82 billion Iraq spending bill unanimously passed yesterday by the Senate contains an anti-torture provision sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL).
Congress barred the government on Tuesday from using any money in a newly passed emergency spending bill to subject anyone in American custody to torture or "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" that is forbidden by the Constitution.
....This sends a clear message to our own government that certain conduct is simply unacceptable," Senator Richard J. Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who sponsored the provision, said in an interview. "And it reminds the world that what happened at the Abu Ghraib prison is not American policy and is not tolerated."
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