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Winning Issue » RENDITION & TORTURE


After 9/11, the White House authorized the CIA to engage in a program of extraordinary rendition - or the transfer without due process - of suspected terrorists to foreign governments for the purpose of detention and interrogation. Once there, detainees were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs). Most Americans assumed these methods consisted of moderate sleep and sensory deprivation or overload, and waterboarding - pouring water over the cloth-covered face of a restrained suspect to simulate drowning. One suspect was waterboarded 183 times while others were held underwater in bathtubs until near death - with doctors standing by to revive them. Some detainees were deprived of sleep for days, kept awake by bright lights and loud music. Others had their arms shackled above their heads or were confined in coffin-size boxes 22 hours a day for days at a time. CIA operatives and military contractors threatened blindfolded suspects with pistols and power drills while threatening their families. EITs resulted in one detainee’s death and serious injuries to others, including broken limbs, psychological problems resulting in self-mutilation and suicide attempts, and the loss of one suspect’s eye.

It is estimated at least 119 people, including at least 26 innocent people, were held by dozens of complicit foreign governments and tortured. The Bush administration claimed these methods uncovered valuable information and saved American lives. However, FBI agents, questioning suspects before contractors assumed jurisdiction, claimed non-coercive methods were much more effective in obtaining actionable intelligence from detainees, who often stopped talking or gave false information when tortured.

The secret rendition and torture program was conducted in places beyond reach of our laws – while the CIA and White House mislead Congress, the National Security Council, Cabinet Secretaries and the American people. Critics lament this program because it totally disregarded the rule of law, yet no official was charged with these crimes. Many believe torture is not who we are as a nation, and that we need to definitively repudiate its use so another President can’t return us to the time when rendition and torture was the official policy of our nation.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.2390 - No Detention without Charge Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY)



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current rendition and torture policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support prohibiting an authorization for the use of military force, a declaration of war, or any similar Act pertaining to the authority of the President over the use of the U.S. Armed Forces from: 1.) Authorizing the apprehension or detention of any person except to the extent that the Constitution, the law of war, and otherwise applicable human rights law permits such apprehension or detention. 2.) Authorizing the detention without charge of any person apprehended or detained in the United States except as expressly provided by an Act of Congress. Declaring that the Authorization for Use of Military Force shall not constitute such an Act of Congress. 3.) Allowing a person to assert a violation of this Act as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and to obtain appropriate relief against a government. 4.) Repeals provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for that require U.S. Armed Forces to hold in military custody pending disposition under the law of war a person who is captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support prohibiting an authorization for the use of military force, a declaration of war, or any similar Act pertaining to the authority of the President over the use of the U.S. Armed Forces from:

    1.) Authorizing the apprehension or detention of any person except to the extent that the Constitution, the law of war, and otherwise applicable human rights law permits such apprehension or detention.

    2.) Authorizing the detention without charge of any person apprehended or detained in the United States except as expressly provided by an Act of Congress. Declaring that the Authorization for Use of Military Force shall not constitute such an Act of Congress.

    3.) Allowing a person to assert a violation of this Act as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and to obtain appropriate relief against a government.

    4.) Repeals provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for that require U.S. Armed Forces to hold in military custody pending disposition under the law of war a person who is captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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