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House Passes Intel Bill After Stripping Controversial CIA Punishment Proposal

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Fox News: The House Democratic leadership team hoped to approve the measure Thursday, but in a stunning move was forced to yank the bill off the floor after the controversy over the CIA measure erupted.



Moderate and conservative Democrats joined most Republicans in crying foul when Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., added a provision to the measure that could punish CIA officers for engaging in “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” when they interrogate terrorism suspects. There was no concrete language, though, describing what the terms “cruel, inhuman and vague” meant — the bill would have given Congress several years to define the terms.

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