Bush banned cruel and inhuman treatment in CIA interrogations

On July 20, 2007, President George W. Bush signed an executive order prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment during the interrogation of terror suspects detained by the CIA. The order did not reveal which interrogation techniques were being employed, but prohibits "acts intended to denigrate the religion, religious practices, or religious objects of the individual," and "torture" as defined in 18 USC § 2340. The order also forbid: "Willful or outrageous acts of personal abuse done to humiliate or degrade someone in a way so serious that any reasonable person would deem the acts to be beyond the bounds of human decency, such as sexual or sexually indecent acts undertaken for the purpose of humiliation, forcing the individual to perform sexual acts or to pose sexually, threatening the individual with sexual mutilation."

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