[Sayma-Discuss] anti-torture update
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Fri Jan 18 08:51:37 EST 2008
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forwarded by Kristi Estes
TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE
Late last year, the House of Representatives passed important anti-torture
legislation as Section 327 of H.R. 2082, the Intelligence Authorization bill.
Section 327 would require all elements of the intelligence community,
including the CIA, to abide by the restrictions in the Army Field Manual while
conducting interrogations. The Army Field Manual prohibits torture and many of
the "enhanced interrogation techniques" being used by the CIA.
Unfortunately, some Republican Senators have threatened to obstruct passage
of H.R. 2082 as long as it contains Section 327 (the anti-torture provision).
Passage of Section 327 is one of the most important actions Congress can
take to stop U.S. sponsored torture. We need to do everything we can to win
passage of Section 327 in the Senate. Defeating the attempts to block H.R.
2082 or to strip Section 327 from the bill will take 60 votes. We need your
The best information we have is that the Senate could vote on this in the
first two weeks of February. We ask that you - in the last two weeks of
* Contact - by phone or by email - your Senators to express your
support for Section 327 of H.R. 2082. You can contact your Senators by calling
the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or you can look up their direct lines
and their email addresses at
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. We also have a form email prepared that you can send to
your Senators. You can find our sample form email at
* If you have a little more time, write a letter to the editor of your
local newspaper. You can find a sample letter to the editor and
instructions for writing and sending a letter at
This legislation is very important to our efforts to stop U.S. sponsored
torture. We hope you can take a few minutes to share your voice with Congress
and your community.
Thank you for your concern, your time, and your efforts.
Linda Gustitus, President
Richard Killmer, Executive Director
Questions? Please email _campaign at nrcat.org_ (mailto:campaign at nrcat.org)
National Religious Campaign Against Torture: _www.tortureisamoralissue.org_
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