18 U.S.C. § 2340 : US Code - Section 2340: Definitions

Search 18 U.S.C. § 2340 : US Code - Section 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.