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Apr 7, 2009

From the NYRB The Red Cross Torture Report: What It Means By Mark Danner ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody by the International Committee of the Red Cross

43 pp., February 2007

 

When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry.... These are evil people. And we're not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.
If it hadn't been for what we did—with respect to the...enhanced interrogation techniques for high-value detainees...—then we would have been attacked again. Those policies we put in place, in my opinion, were absolutely crucial to getting us through the last seven-plus years without a major-casualty attack on the US....
—Former Vice President Dick Cheney, February 4, 2009[1]
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When it comes to torture, it is not what we did but what we are doing. It is not what happened but what is happening and what will happen. In our politics, torture is not about whether or not our polity can "let the past be past"—whether or not we can "get beyond it and look forward." Torture, for Dick Cheney and for President Bush and a significant portion of the American people, is more than a repugnant series of "procedures" applied to a few hundred prisoners in American custody during the last half-dozen or so years&mdashrocedures that are described with chilling and patient particularity in this authoritative report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.[2] Torture is more than the specific techniques—the forced nudity, sleep deprivation, long-term standing, and suffocation by water," among others—that were applied to those fourteen "high-value detainees" and likely many more at the "black site" prisons secretly maintained by the CIA on three continents.

For the full important commentary, go to http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22614

His book is available.

Torture and Truth:
America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror

By Mark Danner

Retail Price: $19.95

 

Download the text of the ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody by The International Committee of the Red Cross, along with the cover letter that accompanied it when it was transmitted to the US government in February 2007. This version, reset by The New York Review, exactly reproduces the original including typographical errors and some omitted words.

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From NARAL -

Right-wing news magazines, the grassroots of the anti-choice movement, and even anti-choice elected officials are launching outrageous attacks with words like "ethical depravity" and "deranged" to describe a nationally acclaimed constitutional scholar nominated by President Obama to a post at the Department of Justice.


The nominee is Prof. Dawn Johnsen, and along with fellow nominees Judge David Hamilton and Gov. Katheleen Sebelius, she's being attacked by anti-choice senators simply because she's pro-choice. Some senators are even threatening a filibuster to block Johnsen and Hamilton.

Write your senators today to fight anti-choice senators' attempts to block these highly qualified nominees.

We must call on the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Hamilton for a federal appeals court judgeship; Gov. Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services; and Prof. Johnsen, a former legal director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, for a post at the Justice Department without the delays of back-room politics and sneaky maneuvers.

The use of the "f" word – filibuster – when referring to any of these nominees is unacceptable. We won't let this threat go unanswered. We must make it clear to our senators that derailing nominees for critical positions in the Obama administration and in the federal courts is not an option.

We will keep up the pressure until we go "three for three" and see these distinguished, well-qualified nominees confirmed by the Senate. Make sure your senators hear it from you: "Confirm Hamilton, Sebelius, and Johnsen without delay."

Anti-choice groups only have to block one of these nominations to score a major victory toward their pledge to wage "guerilla warfare" on a woman's right to choose.1 We must win every single time. Help us go "three for three" on this first test. Take action today.

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