President Bush issued an executive order Friday that will allow the Central Intelligence Agency to resume its use of some severe interrogation methods for questioning detainees in secret prisons overseas.
According to the New York Times, Bush has given the CIA the authority to proceed with an interrogation program that had been in limbo since the Supreme Court ruled last year that all prisoners in American captivity be treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention. Bush's order requires that CIA detainees "receive the basic necessities of life, including adequate food and water, shelter from the elements, necessary clothing, protection from extremes of heat and cold, and essential medical care." However, human-rights groups condemned Bush's order saying it will help reinforce a program of indefinite, incommunicado detention. Physicians for Human Rights criticized Bush for not specifically prohibiting torture techniques used in the past including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, isolation, death threats, use of dogs, stress positions and temperature manipulation.
Source: democracynow.org: for July 23, 2007