September 2010 Archives
In the months since this statement was written, courts have ruled that innocents who have been tortured may not sue, while those who advocated torture are defended by the current administration.
Join Noam Chomsky, Cindy Sheehan, Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg and thousands more in signing and publishing this statement.
- 10-10-10 Authors event: Andy Worthington (The Guantanamo Files...) and Justine Sharrock (Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things) at Revolution Books).
- 10-11-10 Film and discussion: Outside the Law: Stories from GuantÃ¡namo with co-producer Andy Worthington at the BFUU Fellowship Hall.
- 10-12-10 Day of protest of John Yoo, author of the Torture Memos teaching Law at UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall). Also, join World Can't Wait, lawyers and students for a debate over Yoo's theories and legal work defending torture at UC Berkeley.
- 10-13-10 A Round-table of Writers on Torture including Barry Eisler (Inside Out) at the University Lutheran Church. Also, Defying Torture - The Art of Dissent: A conversation with historian/critic/activist Peter Selz and artists Clinton Fein and Richard Kamler at the UC Berkeley Art Museum Theater.
- 10-14-10 Forum on Torture and the Law, Torture and Human Rights: with Marjorie Cohn (past president National Lawyers Guild), Andy Worthington, Shahid Buttar (Bill of Rights Defense Committee) and Debra Sweet (National Director, World Can't Wait)
- 10-15-10 Panel - Psychologists and Torture: Adrianne Aron and Ruth Fallenbaum at UC Berkeley Law school. Also, Readings from "Reckoning with Torture - An Evening of Conscience." An Evening of Conscience with Andy Worthington, Marjorie Cohn, Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, Mimi Kennedy, devorah major, Jeffrey Kaye, Fr. Louis Vitale, Renee Saucedo, Jason Leopold, Kathy Roberts, Abdi Soltani Sponsored by the Boalt Alliance to Abolish Torture (BAAT) and the National Lawyers Guild, Boalt Chapter at UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall).
In a move welcomed by civil liberties and human rights groups nationally, last week the Berkeley City Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring "Berkeley Says No to Torture" Week (October 10-16). The resolution emerged from a grassroots campaign supported by many local organizations and leaders.The campaign will present a week of public educational events, featuring prominent writers, attorneys, protest leaders, artists and religious leaders...
|Waterboarding. Sleep deprivation. Sensory manipulation. Stress positions. Over the last several years, these and other methods of torture have become garden variety words for practically anyone who reads about current events in a newspaper or blog. We know exactly what they are, how to administer them, and, disturbingly, that they were secretly authorized by the Bush Administration in its efforts to extract information from people detained in its war on terror. What we lack, however, is a larger lens through which to view America's policy of torture -- one that dissects America's long relationship with interrogation and torture, which roots back to the 1950s and has been applied, mostly in secret, to "enemies," ever since. How did America come to embrace this practice so fully, and how was it justified from a moral, legal, and psychological perspective?|
October 18, 2010Â
"We do not torture" Condoleezza Rice starts her visit to San Francisco with delivery of the
Â Eleventh Annual Dandy OrationÂ to a meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Moscone West Convention Center
Tens of thousands of detainees are being held without trial in Iraqi prisons and face violent and psychological abuse as well as other forms of mistreatment, Amnesty International said on Monday.
The London-based human rights watchdog estimates 30,000 people are held in Iraqi jails, noting several are known to have died in custody, while cataloguing physical and psychological abuses against others...
"Iraq's security forces have been responsible for systematically violating detainees' rights and they have been permitted to do so with impunity," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa director Malcolm Smart.
new Amnesty International report here
What can YOU do to add your strength to "Berkeley Says No to Torture" Week?
- Organize a teach-in, debate, lunchtime speak-out . . .
- Arrange a poetry event, film showing, orangeÂ jumpsuit "No More Guantanamos" vigil . . .
- Spark debate over "NO TO TORTURE" on Facebook and other conversations . . .
- Spread the wearing of orange ribbons against torture (raise $$ for anti-torture organizations) . . .
- Ask anti-war military veterans to volunteer for the week's Speakers Bureau . . .
- Organize a congregation to hold a service, a vigil, or a public banner display . . .
- Write op-eds for local and campus news media . . .
- Recruit artists to hang a show on the week's theme . . .
- Organize spoken-word artists for "Poetry Against Torture" events . . .
- Make a giant freeway banner,Â and let thousands see your message . . .
- Ask your local politicians to support Berkeley City Council on Sept. 21 when it can vote to sanction this week of action, and ask them when they'll do the same in your city . . .
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Events & Calendars
Important ReadingPhysicians for Human Rights
Broken Laws, Broken Lives
NLG White Paper
ON THE LAW OF TORTURE...
The President's Executioner
Detention and torture in Guantanamo