Interrogation of Detainees: Overview of the McCain Amendment

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This report discusses the recent controversy that has arisen regarding U.S. treatment of enemy combatants and terrorist suspects detained in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, and whether such treatment complies with U.S. statutes and treaties such as the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). Congress recently approved additional guidelines concerning the treatment of detainees. The Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006 (P.L. 109- 148), and the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2006 (P.L. 109-163) contain identical ... continued below

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Garcia, Michael John January 24, 2006.

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This report discusses the recent controversy that has arisen regarding U.S. treatment of enemy combatants and
terrorist suspects detained in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, and whether such
treatment complies with U.S. statutes and treaties such as the U.N. Convention Against
Torture and Other Forms of Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
(CAT). Congress recently approved additional guidelines concerning the treatment of
detainees. The Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to
Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-
148), and the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2006 (P.L. 109-163) contain
identical provisions that (1) require Department of Defense (DOD) personnel to employ
United States Army Field Manual guidelines while interrogating detainees, and (2)
prohibit the “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment of persons under
the detention, custody, or control of the United States Government.” These provisions,
added to the defense appropriations and authorization bills via amendments introduced
by Senator John McCain, have popularly been referred to as “the McCain amendment.”
This report discusses the McCain amendment, as modified and subsequently enacted
into law.

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Garcia, Michael John. Interrogation of Detainees: Overview of the McCain Amendment, report, January 24, 2006; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8483/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.