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    I got this from Sgt. Stryker's site

    Simon says: (That's the poster's nom de net.)

    On the question of whether there is a statute that would cover acts of torture by US civilians outside the US. There is such a statute. It's 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2340A

    Section 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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