NEW YORK, January 7 (Sputnik) — The United States should practice what it preaches and ban the use of torture such as that exposed in the recent Senate report on CIA’s interrogation techniques, the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) said.
“The United States strives to ensure that dictators and terrorists around the globe do not commit crimes against humanity, including torture; the United States should live up to those standards at home,” Dixon Osburn, director of CJA, a human rights watchdog, said in a statement Tuesday.
"Justice requires accountability. One cannot look forward until one has acknowledged and accepted responsibility for past crimes," Osburn stressed.
Dianne Feinstein, the outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, is set to propose new legislation to Congress to stop US intelligence agents from using waterboarding and other so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” on suspects.
The proposals stem from a $40 million probe into the CIA’s brutal interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists who were abducted or captured and held in secret overseas prisons under the administration of former President George W Bush between 2002 and 2007.
In its 6,000-page report, the Senate Intelligence Committee describes a wide range of torture practices used by the CIA, including waterboarding, mock executions and prolonged sleep deprivation.