Winners: Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti, for belatedly sharing the sentence from Dianne Feinstein’s statement about torture which they inexplicably omitted from their front page story in Wednesday’s New York Times: “However, my intent is to pass a law that effectively bans torture, complies with all laws and treaties, and provides a single standard across the government.” The reporters’ posting on theTimes’s Web site this [Friday] afternoon also included this expanded statement from Feinstein, which left no doubt that FCP’s interpretation of that final sentence was correct:
I strongly believe there should be a single, clear standard for interrogation across the federal government, and that this standard should comply with the Geneva Convention, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and U.S. law. I plan to introduce legislation in January that would close Guantanamo, make the Army Field Manual the single standard for interrogations, prohibit contractors from being used to carry out interrogations and provide the International Committee of the Red Cross with access to detainees. If the incoming administration decides to propose an alternative to this legislation, I am willing to hear its views. But I believe we must put an end to coercive interrogations by the C.I.A.
Research assistance: Jessica S. Kramer