Intelligence Law Glossary - Torture

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Statutory Law

18 U.S.C. § 2340(1) (2010) (Title 18—Chapter 113C: Torture)

As used in this chapter [18 U.S.C. §§ 2340 et seq.]—
   (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;