OSPC Urges Senate to Reject Pro-Torture Amendment
Ayotte Amendment Overrules Intelligence Professionals and Orders DOD to Create a Secret List of Interrogation Techniques

November 22, 2011

OSPC and other organizations urged the Senate to reject an amendment being offered to the annual Defense Department bill (the National Defense Authorization Act) that orders the Secretary of Defense to add a secret list of interrogation techniques to the U.S. Army Field Manual on Interrogation.  The Field Manual was overhauled under the Bush Administration in 2006 and a secret annex was considered and explicitly rejected by the Defense Department in consultation with the CIA.  Adding techniques to the Field Manual was rejected again in 2009 – again after extensive consultation with the CIA and experienced interrogators.  A secret annex would open the door to torture and abuse, damage the reputation of the U.S. in the world and make it more difficult for allies to cooperate with the United States.

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