[Sayma-Discuss] torture halted!!!

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Thu Jan 22 18:43:52 EST 2009

Dear  Friends:

We hope you've heard the good news that today  President Obama signed the 
executive order we have been seeking --  an executive order that ends the CIA 
abuse of detainees, closes U.S.  secret prisons, and provides the International 
Committee of the Red  Cross with access to U.S.-held detainees.  We have 
stopped our  "count-up" clock -- the clock marking the hours that had passed  until 
an executive order halting U.S.-sponsored torture was  signed.

This is a moment for celebration and  thanksgiving.  We have all prayed and 
labored faithfully for  this significant step toward ending U.S.-sponsored  

Thank you for all your efforts to help reach this  goal.

Is there more to do?  Yes!  

Along  with these sweeping changes in policy, the executive order created a  
Special Task Force charged with reviewing the Army Field Manual's  
interrogation guidelines to determine whether "different or  additional guidance" is 
necessary for the CIA.  The Task Force  has 180 days to report.  We need to make 
sure that any new  interrogation technique that the Special Task Force 
recommends  abides by the "Golden Rule" (in other words, each new technique must  be 
both legal and moral if used upon a captured  American).

Please email the White House to thank President  Obama for his action today 
and to urge him to ensure that any  additional interrogation techniques 
recommended by the Special Task  Force comply with the principle of the "Golden Rule" 
  --   that we will use  only those  interrogation techniques that would be 
considered  moral and legal if used upon a captured American.

_Click  here_ 
(http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=rTlyUvEMZT/h1nDFgpYy45PB2/urLOyV)  to email the White House. 

In the coming months we  will focus on a legislative agenda to make permanent 
the elements of  this executive order by codifying them into law. We will 
also  continue working to secure a nonpartisan investigation that will  provide 
the critical information necessary to create effective  safeguards against the 
future use of torture and allow the nation to  decide whether to pursue 
criminal prosecutions of those involved in  authorizing or implementing policies 
that led to the use of  torture.

Together, we can build on today's victory and ensure  that our grandchildren 
will be able to say, "Our nation once engaged  in torture, but we don't do 
that anymore."  May it be so.  


Linda Gustitus, President
Rev.  Richard Killmer, Executive Director       
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