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Washington—Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after President Obama signed into law anti-torture legislation as part of the defense authorization bill.

The provision was authored by Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s release of an executive summary of a study on the CIA detention and interrogation program. The bill limits the use of interrogation techniques to those listed in the Army Field Manual.

“The CIA’s use of torture after 9/11 not only undermined our core values as a nation, it did not make us safer. It wasted valuable time and money, created rifts with our allies and was used as a recruitment tool by terrorists,” Senator Feinstein said.

“I would like to thank John McCain for his strength and fortitude in pursuing this legislation. I would also like to thank President Obama for supporting this very important legislation and signing it into law

“Enactment of this legislation ensures the United States will never again violate its laws or moral code by using torture. I believe we can do more to implement the recommendations that resulted from the study, but banning so-called enhanced interrogation techniques is one of the most important steps.

“The committee’s study highlighted what went wrong, and Congress took steps to make sure it will never happen again. We must learn from our mistakes so we don’t repeat them.”