Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Reports Of Draft Executive Order To Review Interrogation Policies And Revive Black Site Prisons

“President Trump should put this draft executive order in the trash where it belongs.  No President should even consider reinstating the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation techniques by redefining torture, reopening the ‘black sites’ where the CIA secretly detained and tortured human beings in the name of fighting terrorism, or sending more people to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.  These same practices stripped America of its standing in the world as a leader in promoting and protecting human rights. 

“Torture is wrong, illegal, and it doesn’t work.  No set of alternative facts will change that.  That is why a bipartisan majority of lawmakers voted to outlaw those practices, and why nominees to cabinet positions have rejected the use of torture during their confirmation hearings.  

“It is not enough for Trump administration aides to deny this draft came from the White House. The administration should denounce it.”

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