House votes to outlaw CIA waterboarding
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led House of
Representatives voted on Thursday to outlaw harsh
interrogation methods, such as simulated drowning,
that the CIA has used against suspected terrorists.
On a 222-199 vote, the House approved a measure to
require intelligence agents to comply with the Army
Field Manual, which meets the Geneva Conventions on
the treatment of war prisoners and prohibits torture.
The measure passed amid a congressional probe into the
recent disclosure that the CIA destroyed videotapes of
al Qaeda suspects undergoing waterboarding, a
Many countries, U.S. lawmakers and human rights groups
have accused the United States of torturing terror
suspects since the September 11 attacks.
President George W. Bush says the United States does
not torture but the administration will not disclose
what interrogation methods are used.
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; editing by Lori Santos)