US Congress bans controversial waterboarding technique

The Democratically-controlled United States House of Representatives narrowly passed a vote, on Thursday, to ban a controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding, used by the CIA on suspects.

US Congress bans controversial waterboarding technique

With a vote of 222-199, the House passed the bill that banned US intelligence officers from using waterboarding, which simulates drowning, as an interrogation method.

Waterboarding is considered a form of torture in several countries, many of whom have accused the US of widely using this technique on many suspects in the "war on terror" following the September 11th attacks.

The House also passed a rule requiring US intelligence officials to follow the 19 approved procedures outlined in the Army Field Manual, used to train interrogators in conducting effective interrogations while conforming to US and international law, ban torture.

The Senate will later vote on the bill, which faces a threat of a presidential veto.

The ruling coincides with a series of closed-door meetings between a congressional panel and CIA director Michael Hayden, on the CIA's destruction of several tapes, which show interrogators using waterboarding on suspects.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Aralık 2007, 12:41