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21 Senators Vote Against Affirming That Torture Is Illegal

The Bill of Rights contains two measures that make torture illegal: Freedom from forced self-incrimination and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. Yet, 21 United States Senators placed themselves in opposition to the Bill of Rights yesterday, when they voted against a measure that reiterates that torture by the U.S. federal government is illegal.

The names of these pro-torture Senators are: John Barrasso, Roy Blunt, Dan Coats, Thad Cochran, John Cornyn, Tom Cotton, Mike Crapo, Joni Ernst, Deb Fischer, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell, James Risch, Pat Roberts, Ben Sasse, Tim Scott, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter.

These politicians will stand up in front of voters and claim that they believe in freedom and the American way, but the truth is that they don’t. That so many powerful members of the upper house of our national legislature are willing to stand up in public and express support for the most brutal totalitarian abuses is shocking. What’s truly frightening, however, is that voters in these senators’ home states are likely to re-elect them in spite of, or even because of, their support for torture.

4 thoughts on “21 Senators Vote Against Affirming That Torture Is Illegal”

  1. frank says:

    Bill of rights doesn’t apply to non citizens.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Yes it does, Frank. The Constitution applies everywhere that the U.S. federal government applies it’s power, and to everyone against which it seeks to apply that power. You’re just wrong.

      1. frank says:

        No it doesn’t. It applies only to citizens and US residents, legal ir illegal. Know the Constitution. We can torture enemy combatants overseas.

  2. J Clifford says:

    Frank, first you said that the Constitution only applies to citizens. Now, you say that it applies to citizens and US residents. Can you at least get your story straight?

    Torture overseas by employees of the U.S. federal government is explicitly prohibited, Frank. It’s against the law.

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