Long after the scandal at Abu Ghraib and the Administration’s denouncement of all that happened there, the New York Times reported last week that in 2005, the Justice Department issued a secret internal memo that endorsed "the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency."
We’re angry: the America we believe in does not torture people. And in response, we're mounting a national fall campaign to "86" these policies once and for all.
86 days separate two infamous dates: October 17th marks the first year anniversary of the Military Commissions Act and January 11th marks the anniversary of the first detainee transferred to Guantanamo Bay.
Join us on October 17th as we stand and protest the wrong-headed policies these two dates represent: torture, indefinite detention, guilty until proven innocent.
Help us kick-off our "86 it" campaign by:
- Hosting your own protest by downloading our action guide (PDF).
- Attending an event that’s already happening in your area by contacting us via email at email@example.com. We’ll put you in touch with the right people locally.
- Taking pictures of your actions to "86" torture and sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the above link to this interesting article, from which the quote below was taken!
In the 1790s, in the waters off Tripoli, pirates were making sport of American shipping near the Barbary Coast. Toward the end of his second term, Washington sent Joel Barlow, the diplomat-poet, to Tripoli to settle matters, and the resulting treaty, finished after Washington left office, bought a few years of peace. Article 11 of this long-ago document says that “as the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,” there should be no cause for conflict over differences of “religious opinion” between countries.
By Scott Shane, David Johnston and James Risen.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 — When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.
But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations - New York Times