CAIR Good News Alert:
Senate Adopts McCain-Feinstein Torture Ban
Today the U.S. Senate adopted by a vote of 78-21 the McCain-Feinstein torture ban that would bar CIA torture techniques and force the government's interrogation program out of the shadows. In a final push to support the amendment, CAIR issued an action alert yesterday calling on Senators to support the ban as torture is not an American value.
Introduced last week by Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ.) and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the bipartisan amendment (S.AMDT.1889) titled "To reaffirm the prohibition on torture" would modify the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (H.R.1735 ) to limit U.S. government interrogation techniques only to the Amy Field Manual.
If signed into law, the National Defense Authorization Act will end the CIA's use of the simulated drowning technique called "water-boarding," stress positions, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, and violent enemas and forced rectal feeding (proven to have no medical benefits). It would also require that the International Committee of the Red Cross have access to anyone detained by the U.S. thus ending the government's secret prison program.
“Torture is not an American value and the Senate has listened to the American people and reaffirmed that fact,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “As a nation, we momentarily lost our way in relying on torture in the face of terror and uncertainty, but are now more aware of how wrong torture is after having witnessed what terrible actions were committed in our name.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C.,6/15/2015) – Join the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, in calling on the U.S. Senate to vote Yes on the McCain-Feinstein torture ban that would bar CIA torture techniques and force the U.S. government’s interrogation program out of the shadows.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today urged voters and other concerned residents in that state to call Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to voice opposition to a bill that would allow religious discrimination by organizations receiving state funding for child placement services.
The Michigan Senate yesterday passed House Bill 4188, an act that would grant child placement agencies the right to object to placing children in particular foster homes based on their religious or moral convictions. This bill would, if it becomes law, allow broad discretion for organizations receiving state funding to discriminate against placing children with appropriate foster families based on subjective criteria.
CAIR has provided a "click and send" letter for Michigan state residents to urge Governor Snyder not to sign House Bill 4188 into law as it would allow discretion of placement agencies to deny placing children in suitable foster care homes based on moral subjectivity.
“It is inappropriate for agencies receiving state funding to have the ability to discriminate as to how children are placed in foster care homes based on subjective religious or moral convictions,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We simply cannot trust the goodwill of organizations to place children in suitable homes for their overall well-being in which those entities could have religious and political biases against certain segments of the population.”
Walid said Muslim children in Michigan have been placed in homes of people of other faiths in which Islamic norms have been ignored. If this bill becomes law, state-funded agencies could continue this practice based on anti-Muslim prejudice.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.