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Senate OKs Intelligence Policy amid Veto Threat

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Senate OKs Intelligence Policy amid Veto Threat

Senate OKs Intelligence Policy amid Veto Threat

Senate OKs Intelligence Policy amid Veto Threat

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The Senate defied a presidential veto threat Wednesday, passing an intelligence bill with a provision that effectively bans the torture of detainees.

The measure would prohibit all interrogation techniques except those permitted by the Army Field Manual. Proponents say that will prevent the CIA from using such methods as simulated drowning, known as waterboarding.

The president's allies maintain that the legislation could shut down a valuable intelligence program.