Rep. Harman to Offer Bill Banning Torture

From Staff and Wire Reports

Los Angeles Times

February 8, 2005

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said that she intended to introduce legislation that would ban torture by U.S. interrogators and bar transfers of detainees to countries that engaged in torture.

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) said during a speech at Georgetown University that she and other lawmakers would introduce the bill to ban torture "even for the ticking-bomb scenario," she said, and prevent the CIA from transferring prisoners to countries that use torture.

The bill would allow certain "coercive" interrogation techniques in special circumstances.