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10:03 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Civil Rights Group Say Ayotte Proposal Okays Torture

The Washington Post is reporting that civil rights groups are opposing an amendment by Sen. Kelly Ayotte that they say would legalize torture.

“In a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, more than 30 groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that Ayotte’s amendment to a defense bill would legalize torture and other cruelties by rolling back restrictions that Congress overwhelmingly approved in 2005,” the newspaper reported in a story by the Associated Press.

In an e-mailed statement to NHPR Ayotte responded: “This amendment specifically prohibits torture, requiring compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Terrorists shouldn’t be able to view all of our interrogation practices online, and the measure I introduced fixes that glaring flaw. Under my amendment, our high-value detainee interrogation group would be able to gather intelligence from the worst terrorists in a manner that’s consistent with American laws and values.”

Here is a link to the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/civil-rights-groups-urge-senators-to-block-effort-to-expand-interrogation/2011/11/22/gIQAxQ9MlN_story.html

Here is a link to the letter: http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/11_2011_letter_ndaa_ayotte_amend_1068_0.pdf