Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act - H.R. 952 - 2005

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February 24, 2006
Dear Mr. Nollmeyer:


Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 952, the
Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act.


H.R. 952 was introduced in the House in February of 2005,
and is pending in the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global
Human Rights and International Relations. No further action has
been taken on the bill.


As you may know, the Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act
calls upon the Secretary of State to annually submit to Congress a
list of countries where there are substantial grounds for believing
that torture, cruel, or degrading treatment is commonly used in the
detention or interrogation of individuals. The measure prohibits
the transfer of persons by the United States for the purpose of
detention, interrogation, trial, or otherwise to a listed country, and
establishes conditions under which the Secretary may waive such
transfer prohibition, or a treaty-based transfer may occur.
Additionally, the bill amends the Foreign Affairs Reform
and Restructuring Act of 1998 to direct the appropriate agencies to
create regulations to implement U.S. obligations under the United
Nations (UN) Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.


Please be assured that I find torture to be a disgraceful
practice, and I echo your sentiments that the United States should
take action to stop it. I will be sure to keep your views in mind
should this legislation come to my attention in the 109th Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to hearing
from you on other matters of interest or concern.


Sincerely,
Buck McKeon
Member of Congress

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