President Bush's executive order bars the humiliation and cruel treatment of terrorism suspects.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush on Friday signed an executive order specifying that the CIA is forbidden to use cruel or inhuman treatment - including insulting a person's religion or religious practices - when interrogating detainees, specifically suspected terrorists, the White House said.
The order interprets Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, said a statement from White House spokesman Tony Snow. "Specifically, the interpretation ... is applied to the Central Intelligence Agency's detention and interrogation program whose purpose is to question captured al Qaeda terrorists."
It requires that any CIA interrogation program comply with federal law, including the prohibition of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, federal statutes against torture and the War Crimes Act, Snow said.