House Intel Chair Wants To Re-Criminalize Torture

04/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jeff Muskus Spencer Ackerman

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, introduced an amendment to the 2010 intelligence authorization bill imposing a 15-year criminal sentence on any "officer or employee of the intelligence community" who tortures a detainee. (Twenty years if the torture involves an "act of medical malfeasance"; life if the detainee dies.)

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