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Defense bill will contain torture ban, GOP Congressman says

[JURIST] US Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) [official website], chairman of the House Armed Services Committee [official website], has said that the final version of the 2006 defense spending bill will likely contain a ban on cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment [JURIST document] of foreign terrorism suspects and a requirement to use proper interrogation techniques. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) [official website], a former Vietnam prisoner of war and the ban's chief supporter, continued negotiations [JURIST report] Tuesday with Stephen Hadley, President Bush's national security adviser, about the terms of the ban, which the Bush Administration has threatened to veto [policy statement]. Hunter also confirmed that the bill will likely contain a provision contained in the House version requiring that US troops who train Iraqi security forces emphasize humane treatment of prisoners. Hunter's announcement follows a statement [transcript] from US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] signaling a US policy shift on treatment of detainees [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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