Saturday, June 13, 2009

Torture and the American Civil Liberties Union

Restore the Rule of Law

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Why does accountability matter?
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See the evidence of torture

We are finally beginning to learn the full scope of the Bush administration's torture program. Government documents show that hundreds of prisoners were tortured in the custody of the CIA and Department of Defense, some of them killed in the course of interrogations. Justice Department memos show that the torture policies were devised and developed at the highest levels of the Bush administration.

The ACLU is committed to restoring the rule of law. We will fight for the disclosure of the torture files that are still secret. We will advocate for the victims of the Bush administration's unlawful policies. We will press Congress to appoint a select committee that can investigate the roots of the torture program and recommend legislative changes to ensure that the abuses of the last eight years are not repeated. And we will advocate for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to examine issues of criminal responsibility.

We can't sweep the abuses of the last eight years under the rug. Accountability for torture is a legal, political, and moral imperative.

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Mauigirl said...

Very informative and I need to join the ACLU - I have always meant to.

PENolan said...

I'm proud to say that I've been a member for years - but I'm particularly impressed at your ability to create such a comprehensive post.

Way to go, Utah!

Anonymous said...

The ancient art of breaking the human spirit is still alive and well apparently. Or should I say unfortunately.

jadedj said...

Excellent post Utah. We never thought we would be discussing such a shameful policy in this country. But, I suppose it really shows just how much Americans have been brainwashed. Far too many feel that because we are American, the end justifies the means, even at the risk of violating our own constitution.

Unknown said...

Good for you, Utah! This feels active, and may well help prevent our nation's long-held role as torture champions and technicians.

Utah Savage said...

Pleas do join the ACLU if you havent already. It is the one organization I belong to that I have no reservations about.

PEN, The ACLU sent this to me in a email. I posted it here in the hopes that it will inspire others to join, sing petitions, call, be disruptive and rowdy,demand action, make calls.

If it were up to my damaged brain, we'd have no post at all.

Billie Greenwood said...

This is just the motivation I needed to join. I just needed the invitation. I truly admire their work. We need them. Thanks, Utah.

Beach Bum said...

If I joined the ACLU they would run me out of this damn neo-fascist town I live in.

I'll go get my credit card!

Paul said...

Thanks for ALL that, Utah.

I don't think Australia has a real equivalent of an ACLU.

We should.

It is true that many regard Australia as the USA's number one ally.

We have followed you into almost every war over the last century.

We allow (with carte blanche sp?) US/CIA satellite bases etc on our land.

Despite all this and more, two Australian citizens spent years in Guatanamo (big sp?). One, who was almost for certain, guilty of nothing, was tortured terribly before his arrival in Guatanamo. The second one, David Hicks, was probably guilty of something and he too was treated terribly.