President Bush Signs Military Commissions Act of 2006

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 17, 2006

Presidential Remarks, October 18, 2006 – President Bush Signs Military Commissions Act of 2006: “This bill [S. 3930] spells out specific, recognizable offenses that would be considered crimes in the handling of detainees so that our men and women who question captured terrorists can perform their duties to the fullest extent of the law. And this bill complies with both the spirit and the letter of our international obligations. As I’ve said before, the United States does not torture. It’s against our laws and it’s against our values..”

  • Fact Sheet: The Military Commissions Act of 2006
  • Related postings on the The Military Commissions Act of 2006
  • Text of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (38 pages, PDF, GPO Access)
  • Press release from Sen. Graham, President Bush Signs Military Commissions Act into Law: “Graham noted the major points of the legislation include: “Protecting President Bush’s CIA program for High-Value Targets (HVT) by allowing aggressive interrogation techniques — classified in nature — that will continue to yield good information protecting our nation from terrorists. The CIA has the clarity they needed regarding interrogation techniques and for the first time clearly defined what constitutes a ‘grave breach’ of the Geneva Convention. By accomplishing this goal, the CIA can move forward with their program in a manner consistent with our international obligations and our values. • Prohibiting terror suspects and others from suing CIA agents or their families for doing their jobs. • Establishing military tribunals in a manner consistent with our national values…”
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