Monday, August 24, 2009

The long awaited- and I do mean long awaited; it was written in 2004 under the Bush Administration and kept under wraps- CIA Inspector General's report on US interrogation techniques (aka torture) was released today. You can read more about this report and the American government's co-announcement of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate HERE at the BBC and HERE at the English news section of Al Jazeera. Many are already criticizing both the report and the US Administration's actions as being insufficient. Amongst these is the Human Rights First organization. Here is their story and appeal.
New evidence on torture: call for an investigation:‏
Devon Chaffee,
Human Rights First
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New report on torture: there are still unanswered questions.
Sign our petition supporting an independent inquiry to get the full truth.
The wheels of justice...are creaking.

Today the Obama Administration released new excerpts from a report that expose more evidence of torture. How many more reports do we need before we make one clean, thorough, and independent investigation that gets to the bottom of not just what happened – but how it happened, and who is responsible?
Join our efforts to demand answers. Sign our petition.

The 2004 CIA Inspector General’s report released today details harsh interrogation techniques used from September 2001 to October 2003. This document underlines the need to conduct both a criminal investigation – as part of the preliminary review announced today by Attorney General Eric Holder – and an independent review of how torture and abuse were authorized and implemented.

The release of these documents is good news, but it leaves many questions unanswered. We need those questions answered.
Devon Chaffee
Advocacy Counsel
Please go to THIS LINK to sign the following petition.
We call on the President of the United States to establish an independent, non-partisan commission to examine and report publicly on torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees in the period since September 11, 2001. The commission, comparable in stature to the 9/11 Commission, should look into the facts and circumstances of such abuses, report on lessons learned, and recommend measures that would prevent any future abuses. We believe that the commission is necessary to reaffirm America's commitment to the Constitution, international treaty obligations, and human rights. The report issued by the commission will strengthen U.S. national security and help to re-establish America's standing in the world.


John Couzin said...

Is there any informed person out there who actually believes that there is a state that does not turture when it feels threatened?? That's what its "secret services" are for, to protect the state at all costs.

mollymew said...

From the twilight to the dawn:
I suspect that we have disagreed before 'Glasgow' on the pages of the ABC. In that forum I got my hands slapped for pulling the "age card". I'm sorry, but I'm going to pull it again, and I will do it much more seriously this time. My "hope" is that your adherance to anarchism is not a passing thing, and that, in years to come you will begin to understand that trying to be in a "crisis mode" is not a proper response to what is really a very long term project.
Let's begin by pulling the "age card" to the tune of well over 100 years ago ie read Emma Goldman's Autobiography 'Living My Life' when reality finally !!!! intruded on her manipulated tours as a "lecture star" when an old worker confronted her with the REALITY that her rhetoric about how only 'Revolution' would solve the problems of the workers was False.I repeat this...false,false, false, false ad infinitum. To say the least the old fart has been proven right by history, and anarchist rhetoric has been proven wrong.
How much does your "argument" that torture is inevitable resemble Goldman's rhetoric ? Very much in my opinion. But that is the subject of another reply.
More later,