McCain joins McConnell to make comments on military authorization legislation to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. Senate passes ban on torture

McCain joins McConnell to make comments on military authorization legislation to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to ban the use of torture, a landmark vote intended to bar any further use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on detainees and put into law an executive order President Barack Obama signed in 2009. The Senate voted 78-21 for the amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill offered by Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein. “This amendment provides greater assurances that never again will the United States follow that dark path of sacrificing our values for our short-term security needs,” said McCain, who was tortured in the 1960s as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and has worked for years to end the practice.

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