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.
"I found a small number of men at a time of crisis, with the acceptance of a large portion of our population, undermined our laws. We mustn't let this be accepted as expedient and necessary. It's neither. It's not the America I took the oath to preserve. -- Glenn L. Carle
"No medical school would employ an incompetent physician to teach the practice of medicine; such a teacher would surely be thought a menace to the professional development of its students, and to their future patients as well. Surely it is remarkable that the legal academy could regard as something of a superstar an individual who proves unable to practice -- at least at an acceptable level -- the profession for which he is training his students. Professor Yoo's case is unusual in that he took the rare step of leaving the academic cocoon and venturing into a position where his professional deficiencies were likely to be exposed, but there is reason to believe that his lack of professional judgment is common among the scholars of his generation. All of this suggests that there is something deeply wrong with the state of legal education today. -- Chapman Law Professor Lawrence Rosenthal
A new report published by Truthout last week suggests that there may be much more to interrogation techniques and where they were used. This includes a little known testimony by former Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he described not waterboarding, but a form of water treatment. Jeffrey Kaye, the Truthout contributor who authored the groundbreaking report, discusses:
Graner's attorney said piling naked prisoners into pyramids and leading them by a leash were acceptable methods of prisoner control. He compared this to pyramids made by cheerleaders at sports events and parents putting tethers on toddlers.
see TalkLeft report here
Dr Jose Quiroga, a cardiologist and the former Chilean president Salvador Allende's physician, was in the presidential palace at the time of the Allende's death during the US-orchestrated coup. He is a survivor of torture, including water boarding, while in detention under the Pinochet dictatorship. Dr Quiroga has devoted much of his life since then to the treatment and development of rehabilitation programs for torture victims. He is the vice-president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture victims and treasurer of the Physicians for Social Responsibility.
For a few weeks, the men of the Pelican Bay SHU ceased to be invisible. They forced the media and the public to bear witness to their torment, and see long-term solitary confinement for what it is: one of the most pressing domestic human rights issues of our time...NY Times Heeds a Cry from the Depths of Pelican Bay Prison