Senate adopts anti-torture amendment backed by Catholics, evangelicals

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June 17, 2015

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., gives homily during Mass in Washington

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Senate in a bipartisan vote June 16 approved a measure that would prohibit all U.S. government agencies and their agents from using torture as an interrogation technique.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, sponsored the anti-torture amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016.

Catholic and evangelical leaders in separate letters urged U.S. senators to support it, because it strengthens current law and requires all U.S. government agencies — including the CIA — to limit interrogation techniques to those set out in the U.S. Army Field Manual.

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