Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Torture brings sadness and shame to Spokane

Sadly Spokane has a connection to the shame of torture. Torture brings humiliation upon everyone in the United States but for us here that dishonor has hit especially close to home. Here is some info on that disgrace.

Expert has stake in cryptic local firm
Consultants tied to CIA interrogations

Bill Morlin

The CIA's Torture Teachers: Psychologists Helped the CIA Exploit a Secret
Military Program to Develop Brutal Interrogation Tactics
The CIA's torture teachers
Psychologists helped the CIA exploit a secret military program to develop brutal interrogation tactics -- likely with the approval of the Bush White House.
By Mark Benjamin

Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane

Torture is Unacceptable! When we became a nation that tolerates torture among those whom we so casually call our allies we became less. To wash our hands in Pilot’s water bowl was horrific enough but we began to go much farther into depravity and become direct participants in the evil called torture. It’s a dark sinister turn that must be halted and made right. Great disgrace has been brought on our nation because of this hideous practice.

Neocons and their Republican sympathizers like to make bellicose speeches about evil all over the world. Well torture is evil here and everywhere it's practiced and it must never be used for information or punishment or intimidation or for any of the other screwy reasons governments or 'freedom fighters' deploy it. Torture is a cowardly act of weakness.

We need to draw away from this behavior; we need to educate ourselves to the damage caused by mistreatment of prisoners. Far more good can be gained for America and the world by listening to those who value civility and human rights than by ignoring them.I fear we do so at our own peril.

The Disappeared and the Tortured

The continuing horror of the Disappeared

Confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Was David Hicks tortured into confessing?

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