Bush Alters Interrogation Rules

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In signing an executive order recently, president Bush laid to rest some of the criticism about his government's use of torture to extract information.

The AP has the story of president Bush's executive order "prohibiting cruel and inhumane treatment , humiliation or denigration of prisoners' religious beliefs."

The central points are a prohibition on:

  • Torture or other acts of violence serious enough to be considered comparable to murder, torture, mutilation and cruel or inhumane treatment.
  • Willful or outrageous acts of personal abuse done to humiliate or degrade someone in a way so serious that any reasonable person would "deem the acts to be beyond the bounds of human decency, such as sexual or sexually indecent acts undertaken for the purpose of humiliation, forcing the individual to perform sexual acts or to pose sexually, threatening the individual with sexual mutilation.
  • Acts intended to denigrate the religion, religious practices, or religious objects of an individual.

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