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Nancy Pelosi

Torture is Wrong

Today, the House considers H.R. 6166, the Military Commissions bill. This bill includes numerous provisions, including those creating military commissions to try terrorist suspects. It also has provisions stating that the President has the authority to "interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions" through executive order. For 60 years, we have understood that our military personnel are best protected by an international commitment to the highest possible standards for the treatment of prisoners. Instead of clearly banning abuse and torture, the bill allows the President to reinterpret the Geneva Conventions' guidelines and leaves in question whether or not we will undertake some of the same actions that the Geneva Conventions seek to ban. Agreeing to such an ambiguous compromise that basically allows the President to define torture when and how he sees fit will undoubtedly put our Armed Forces at risk of abuse while doing little to obtain the intelligence we need from terrorists currently detained.
Today, the House considers H.R. 6166, the Military Commissions bill. This bill includes numerous provisions, including those creating military commissions to try terrorist suspects. It also has provisions stating that the President has the autho...
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