Coercive Interrogation Techniques

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The most recent piece of legislation that directly influences the usage of coercive interrogation techniques is Executive Order 13491--Ensuring Lawful Interrogations, which was issued in January of 2009 by the current president of the United States. This piece of legislation widely overrides a previous Executive Order, 13491, which was effected in 2007 by then President Bush, and which allowed a significantly greater latitude for the usage of coercive interrogation techniques. Essentially, the more recent executive order mandates that the Central Intelligence Agency is held accountable to the same legal standards for coercive interrogation techniques that the U.S. military is which are extremely similar to general U.S. law regarding these same measures. In that sense, both bodies are circumscribed to "use of the largely innocuous and non-coercive techniques" (No author, 2009). Therefore, while holding the CIA to the same standards for coercive interrogation techniques as the U.S. military, the more recent executive order also calls for a task force to determine if the army has sufficient latitude in its usage of these interrogation techniques in order to gather enough intelligence to still protect America from any harmful foreign invaders. Prior to the more recent Executive Order, military entities and the CIA were not nearly as restricted in the actions that they could use for coercive interrogations, which the following quotation makes abundantly clear "President Bush
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