House OKs bill banning certain harsh CIA interrogation techniques

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December 14, 2007 00:35

 
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The House of Representatives on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that would prohibit the Central Intelligence Agency from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods. The 222-199 vote sent the measure to the Senate, which still must act before it can go to President George W. Bush. The White House has threatened a veto. The bill, a House-Senate compromise to authorize intelligence operations in 2008, also blocks spending 70 percent of the intelligence budget until the House and Senate intelligence committees are briefed on Israel's Sept. 6 air strike on an alleged nuclear site in Syria.

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