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BREAKING NEWS ~ US Senate approves detainee treatment restrictions

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Senate [official website] has overwhelmingly approved legislation that sets restrictions on the detention, interrogation and prosecution of terror suspects. The Senate approved the measure [JURIST document] by a 90-9 vote margin [Senate roll call] despite the threat of a White House veto [JURIST report]. The legislation, which was approved as part of a military spending bill and was passed in response to ongoing allegations of torture and abuse of prisoners by US personnel at Guantanamo Bay, in Iraq and in Afghanistan, bars cruel and inhuman treatment of detainees while requiring compliance with the Army Field Manual [interrogation manual; additional manuals] for all interrogations of suspects. Read Senator McCain's floor statement [text] on the amendment and a supporting letter to McCain [PDF] from 28 retired military leaders. AP has more.

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