first_imgIn a 90-9 vote, the U.S. Senate has taken a stand on the issue of torture in regards to those detained and imprisoned as part of the War on Terror. In approving a spending bill that allocates $440 billion more to the effort to fight terrorists, senators tucked in an amendment prohibiting the use of torture against those detained and questioned by the U.S. military. This wasn’t some passive-aggressive trick by Senate Democrats to tank the spending bill, but rather a bipartisan effort to set clear rules so that the inhumane treatment of prisoners documented at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay doesn’t happen again. The amendment, co-sponsored by ex-POW Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and conservative Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., prohibits “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment” and sets up clear rules and punishment for the military to follow regarding war prisoners. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The U.S. Senate took a courageous stand last week. Unfortunately, the White House threatened to veto the bill and went to work to try to keep it from making the final cut in conference committee. last_img

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