[Sayma-Discuss] torture halted!!!
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Quakerkristi at aol.com
Thu Jan 22 18:43:52 EST 2009
TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE
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.
(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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