Senate panel approves measure banning CIA use of contractors for interrogations Steve Czajkowski at 10:20 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] voted Thursday to approve a ban prohibiting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] from allowing private contractors to interrogate detainees. The ban is part of a bill authorizing intelligence expenditures for the 2009 fiscal year which would also require intelligence agencies to give the International Committee of the Red Cross [official website] access to all intelligence prisoners. The measure is intended to prevent the agencies from holding "ghost detainees" [JURIST news archive], prisoners who are held in secret without record or communication.
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