• Is the lesson of this episode that any ruthless group or government can demand a symbolic meeting with a senior American by seizing hostages or threatening inhuman treatment for prisoners in their hand?

    CENTERFORSECURITYPOLICY: Snakes in the grass

  • McCain borrows the term cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment (CID) from the 1984 United Nations Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).

    CENTERFORSECURITYPOLICY: A war to the death

  • Furthermore, torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment are ineffective at developing useful, accurate information.

    WHITEHOUSE: The White House

  • They would also be outlawed under American law in Senator John McCain's proposed bill prohibiting torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by American military personnel or intelligence agents wherever they are.

    ECONOMIST: So, what’s all the fuss?

  • Such violations and obstacles include, as well as torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, summary and arbitrary executions, disappearances, arbitrary detentions, all forms of racism, racial discrimination and apartheid, foreign occupation and alien domination, xenophobia, poverty, hunger and other denials of economic, social and cultural rights, religious intolerance, terrorism, discrimination against women and lack of the rule of law.

    UNESCO: Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

  • We are, however, about to have adopted an amendment by Senator John McCain, that precludes as well any activity involving terror suspects that can be construed as "cruel, inhuman and degrading" treatment.

    CENTERFORSECURITYPOLICY: A war to the death

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