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Defense Contractors May|Not Interrogate Detainees

WASHINGTON (CN) - Contractors may not interrogate detainees under Defense Department control, unless the Secretary allows it in the interests of national security, according to new contract provisions issued by the Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

The contract provisions cover permissible support roles for contractors that include linguists, interpreters, report writers, information technology technicians and trainers.

Interrogation of detainees is defined by the act as "a systematic process of formally and officially questioning a detainee for the purpose of obtaining reliable information to satisfy foreign intelligence collection requirements."

The prohibitions may be waived for up to 60 days by the Secretary of Defense and may be extended for 30 days. In each case, the Secretary must inform the Congress within five days.

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