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May 8, 2006 3:00 AM

Under fire, U.S. says it will ban controversial interrogation practice

The U.S. Army will prohibit water-boarding the controversial practice of submerging a prisoners head in water in an effort to make him talk when it issues its new interrogation manual, the State Departments legal adviser told the U.N. Committee Against Torture on Monday. John B. Bellinger III said banning water-boarding wasnt an admission that American interrogators had used the technique on detainees during the war on terrorism. But the Armys decision to outlaw the technique raised concerns about how widely it has been used and why the Army felt it needed to mention it in the manual. Previous versions of the manual hadnt listed it, either as an approved technique or a banned one.

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