9/11 no license to torture

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"[John] Yoo had a hand in virtually every major decision involving the US response to the attacks of September 11, and at every point, so far as we know, his advice was virtually always the same: the president can do whatever the president wants. -- legal scholar David Cole 

In response to the U.S. War OF Terror, anti-torture activists confronted the deceit that war crimes keep Americans "safe".

This banner provided by artist Clinton Fein was displayed outside the California Young Republican Convention
FridayAugust 26
Marines' Memorial Club Hotel
San Francisco

photo, and video of protest courtesy of Bill Carpenter

Torture is a war crime and a crime against humanity. International and U.S. law both prohibit torture, under any and all circumstances, without exception. Yet while the Bush-Cheney torture state was being built, people in this country were told that torture is necessary to keep Americans safe, and acceptance of this "excuse" has spread widely in society.

Under cover of Yoo's memos, thousands have been subjected to torture, tens of thousands incarcerated, tens of millions spied upon, and a million have died in U.S. imperialist wars. Without the provision of "legal cover", many of these crimes would not have been possible.

We must repudiate the legacy of the past ten years. If we fail to hold our government accountable for the creation of a national security state that utilizes torture and destruction of civil liberties to silence resistance, we are condoning these crimes.

Together we say NO! to Torture in our Name.         

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