Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist

Just for reference...

Title 18 United States Code, Chapter 113C, Section 2340-2340A:
Sec. 2340. Definitions
As used in this chapter—
  (1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under
      the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe
      physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or
      suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another
      person within his custody or physical control;
  (2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged
      mental harm caused by or resulting from—
    (A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of
        severe physical pain or suffering;
    (B) the administration or application, or threatened
        administration or application, of mind-altering
        substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt
        profoundly the senses or the personality;
    (C) the threat of imminent death; or
    (D) the threat that another person will imminently be
        subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering,
        or the administration or application of mind-altering
        substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt
        profoundly the senses or personality; and
  (3) “United States” means the several States of the United
      States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths,
      territories, and possessions of the United States.

Sec. 2340A. Torture
  (a)  Offense.— Whoever outside the United States commits or
       attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this
       title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both,
       and if death results to any person from conduct
       prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by
       death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
  (b) Jurisdiction.— There is jurisdiction over the activity
      prohibited in subsection (a) if—
    (1) the alleged offender is a national of the United
        States; or
    (2) the alleged offender is present in the United States,
        irrespective of the nationality of the victim or
        alleged offender.
  (c) Conspiracy.— A person who conspires to commit an offense
      under this section shall be subject to the same penalties
      (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties
      prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was
      the object of the conspiracy.

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