GOP senators block House measure banning CIA harsh interrogations
By Bernard Hibbitts
JURIST, December 15, 2007
The proposed restriction on CIA interrogations was already facing a likely veto challenge from President Bush, who in July 2007 signed a controversial executive order that prohibits cruel and inhuman treatment during the interrogation of terror suspects detained by the CIA, but allows "enhanced interrogation techniques" and may exempt the CIA from Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. The order does not specify what specific interrogation techniques are now disallowed, but the order prohibits "acts intended to denigrate the religion, religious practices, or religious objects of the individual," and "torture" as defined in 18 USC 2340.