01/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dem Senator Reasserts Hard Line Against Torture After Blogger Outrage

After some bloggers raised concerns that Senator Dianne Feinstein might be shifting her stance on the issue of American interrogation policy, the California Democrat has sought to clarify her views.

Ms. Feinstein, who will become chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in January, has been among the most outspoken critics in Congress of the Bush administration's embrace of harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, which creates a feeling of suffocation and was prosecuted as a war crime by the United States after World War II. Congress passed a bill she sponsored to ban coercive tactics by requiring the Central Intelligence Agency to use only the noncoercive methods listed in the Army Field Manual, but President Bush vetoed that measure last March.

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