What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : Punishment Fitting the Crime : A vote to table (kill) a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) to prohibit the use of private contractors in the interrogation of prisoners and offensive military operations and establish certain restrictions with respect to the transfer of prisoners to contractors and foreign nations.
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A vote to table (kill) a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) to prohibit the use of private contractors in the interrogation of prisoners and offensive military operations and establish certain restrictions with respect to the transfer of prisoners to contractors and foreign nations.
senate Roll Call 118     Jun 16, 2004
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N = Progressive
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Conservative

Noting the serious examples of prisoner abuse that has taken place at the hands of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, progressives backed this amendment by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) to prohibit the use of private contractors in the interrogation of prisoners and offensive military operations and establish certain restrictions with respect to the transfer of prisoners to contractors and foreign nations, However, Dodd's amendment was rejected 54-43, with conservatives arguing that the amendment is so broadly drafted, that it would prohibit the use of contractors in from going into "harm's way." And, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) pointed out, "Because they are forward-deployed with our units, they are aboard our vessels, at any time, on a moment's notice, they [contractors] could be put into a position of being in harm's way." Conservatives further argued that if this type of prohibition was put into law, the Department of Defense -- primarily the Department of the Army -- would have to put into place a very significant number of individuals who would at all times be trained and ready to go in following combat operations to do the interrogations of prisoners. Said Warner, "That, it seems to me, puts a burden on the department which is not a wise expenditure of funds and use of military personnel." Warner subsequently moved to table (kill) the Dodd amendment, and succeeded in doing so by a vote of 54-43, meaning the military can continue to use private contractors to interrogate prisoners under the Senate bill.

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