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» Friday, June 30, 2006

Bush :: War Criminal

Hamden Opened The Door!Anti Torture      War Criminal charges against the cabal that have abused Executive Powers in the White House are starting to surface just a day after the SCOTUS ruled in Hamden vs Rumsfeld.   Many of us have considered Bush a War Criminal since the beginning of the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with terrorism and all to do with geo-political motives to control the oil and to set operational bases to attack Iran from.

This ruling may also affect torture, the NSA Domestic Spying and other aspects of abuse of Presidential Powers that have been usurped by this criminal White House.   Time will tell.

The Georgetown University Law Center Blog has a panel discussion on these issues that is very informative.   Especially worth note is this excerpt :

On war crimes: Yesterday, one enterprising military commission defense attorneys sent a letter to the commission "judges." It said: dear judges, I'm supposed to file motions today. I request a stay because I don't want to violate Common Article 3 and participating in the commission might make me liable for war crimes.

From an editorial Op-ed in the LA Times comes ::
Rosa Brooks: Did Bush commit war crimes?

Supreme Court's decision in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld could expose officials to prosecution.
June 30, 2006

But the real blockbuster in the Hamdan decision is the court's holding that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention applies to the conflict with Al Qaeda — a holding that makes high-ranking Bush administration officials potentially subject to prosecution under the federal War Crimes Act.

Common Article 3 forbids "cruel treatment and torture [and] outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment." The provision's language is sweeping enough to prohibit many of the interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration. That's why the administration had argued that Common Article 3 did not apply to the war on terror, even though legal experts have long concluded that it was intended to provide minimum rights guarantees for all conflicts not otherwise covered by the Geneva Convention.

But here's where the rubber really hits the road. Under federal criminal law, anyone who "commits a war crime … shall be fined … or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death." And a war crime is defined as "any conduct … which constitutes a violation of Common Article 3 of the international conventions signed at Geneva." In other words, with the Hamdan decision, U.S. officials found to be responsible for subjecting war on terror detainees to torture, cruel treatment or other "outrages upon personal dignity" could face prison or even the death penalty.

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» Thursday, June 29, 2006


Just the Beginning!Anti Torture      This is a very important decision today that the Supreme Court has handed down to the maniacs in the White House.   About time is all I can say.SCOTUS   Not only does it strike down the legality of the military commissions set up by Bush to try the detainees at Guantanamo, it sets precedent in other usurpation of power (set out in the article below) by this criminal cabal.   - fc
Supreme Court Decision on Gitmo Undermines Bush's Legal Case For Warrantless Wiretapping

The impact of today's Supreme Court decision on military commissions goes well beyond Guantanamo. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force - issued by Congress in the days after 9/11 - is not a blank check for the administration.

The Bush administration doesn't argue that warrantless wiretapping was something specifically contemplated in the text or by Congress. Rather, the administration argues that it is implied as part of a broad authorization to "use all necessary and appropriate force."

The Supreme Court has rejected that expansive interpretation. It's a huge blow to the administration's legal rationale for warrantless wiretapping.

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» Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Net Neutrality

Keep The Pressure On!Anti Torture      This is a very important issue to all of us on the internets.   Independents, Democrats and Republicans alike.   Make your voice heard before the megacorps make sure you can't...   - fc

Commerce Committee Tie
June 28, 2006
by Matt Stoller

In terms of the vote, well, we pretty much expected this, though we weren't sure whether we could keep the Dems unified. They held under intense lobbying pressure from the telecoms. I think it's fair to say that we've reversed the momentum on this issue, turning it from a little noticed 23-8 subcommittee vote in the House on April 5 to today's 11-11 tie in Commerce Committee and clearly what will be a contentious floor fight.

George Allen, maverick McCain, and Conrad Burns all voted against a free internet. Here's the amount of money they took from telecom PACs and associated individuals:

George Allen: $72,000
John McCain: $44,250
Conrad Burns: $162,600

It's important to keep the pressure up prior to the floor fight. If you live in one of these states, call your Senator and thank them/chide them for their vote on Snowe-Dorgan. I've bolded the good guys.

Name Phone Fax
Ted Stevens (AK): 202-224-3004 202-224-2354
John McCain (AZ): 202-224-2235 202-228-2862
Conrad Burns (MT): 202-224-2644 202-224-8594
Trent Lott (MS): 202-224-6253 202-224-2262
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX): 202-224-5922 202-224-0776
Olympia J. Snowe (ME): 202-224-5344 202-224-1946
Gordon H. Smith (OR): 202-224-3753 202-228-3997
John Ensign (NV): 202-224-6244 202-228-2193
George Allen (VA): 202-224-4024 202-224-5432
John E. Sununu (NH): 202-224-2841 202-228-4131
Jim DeMint (SC): 202-224-6121 202-228-5143
David Vitter (LA): 202-224-4623 202-228-5061
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Daniel K. Inouye (HI): 202-224-3934 202-224-6747
Jay Rockefeller (WV): 202-224-6472 202-224-7665
John F. Kerry (MA): 202-224-2742 202-224-8525
Byron L. Dorgan (ND): 202-224-2551 202-224-1193
Barbara Boxer (CA): 202-224-3553 n/a
Bill Nelson (FL): 202-224-5274 202-228-2183
Maria Cantwell (WA): 202-224-3441 202-228-0514
Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ): 202-224-3224 202-228-4054
E. Benjamin Nelson (NE): 202-224-6551 202-228-0012
Mark Pryor (AR): 202-224-2353 202-228-0908

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» Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Rush Limpbaugh Needs Help

Only Girly Men Need V¡àgràAnti Torture      This is just too much...   Too big a story...   No wonder his head swells up...   It stretches the imagination...   It is hard to believe...   Was he in the Dominican Republic pushing his prickly personality on brown people...?   Isn't he the one who says sex outside of marriage is a sin.   Has he ejaculated his views on 'Family Values'...?   One would think having the strong, bold, and powerful leadership of George W. Bush was enough to harden any red-blooded American male.   Does his first name (Rush) have anything to do with needing this drug...?   Are the press blowing this out of proportion...?   Will his membership drop after this...?   Or will his groupies just have more to cheer about...   A bigger and better Rush...

Limbaugh held for having V¡àgrà without prescription
Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Rush Limbaugh was detained for about 3 1/2 hours at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of V¡àgrà in his possession without a prescription.
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» Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bush :: Cut And Run

Two Face - Flip FlopAnti Torture      The Main Stream Media are not even mentioning the fact that the Republicans have been on a terror streak demonizing the Dems for wanting to withdraw and re-deploy our troops while the Pentagon has been working on their own Cut And Run plan during this very same time frame.   Their two-faced flip-flop is not even worth a one liner in any of the articles about this new development.

If they do it, it is just fine and dandy but if the Dems put forth the same kind of plan, they are traitors who hate America.   A very telling phenomenon that is not in the least bit lost on the blogosphere.

Hopefully it won't be lost to the Dems especially at a time when the NeoCon War Mongers are having to admit defeat in Iraq and try to manage a front of smoke and mirrors to fool the sheeple yet once again.   I am pretty sure the blogs will not let such an opportunity slip from their grasp.

The NeoCons and their gullable supporters deserve to Eat Their Own Words from now until the time they are all voted out of office.   All of them...   Democrats and Republicans alike...

U.S. General in Iraq Outlines Troop Cuts
By Michael R. Gordon - 6.25.06

The top American commander in Iraq has drafted a plan that projects sharp reductions in the United States military presence there by the end of 2007, with the first cuts coming this September, American officials say.

Now, after criticizing Democratic lawmakers for trying to legislate a timeline for withdrawing troops, skeptics say, the Bush administration seems to have its own private schedule...

» Saturday, June 24, 2006

Iraq To Set Timeline

Withdrawal of TroopsAnti Torture      Finally a ray of hope that the nightmare in Iraq may be coming to an end.   At least we can hope that sanity will prevail in an administration hell-bent on eternal war.

A timeline for withdrawal of Occupying Troops and amnesty for Iraqi Insurgents has been formulated by the Prime Minister, the American Ambassador and seven Sunni Insurgency Groups.   Yes friends and neighbors, you are reading it correctly.   Two of the things that Bush has said he would not do are being proposed by the Iraqi's.   We do not negotiate with terrorists and we will not set a timeline for troops to leave Iraq.

How will the NeoCons manage to control the Middle East without troops in the permanent bases being built in Iraq?   How will they convince the Iraqi's that it is OK for foreign troops to be permanently located in the Islamic Republic of Iraq?   How will Bush justify building 12 permanent bases at a cost of billions of American Dollars and then have to give them up?   How will they spin the negotiating with insurgants that until just recently they classified as terrorists?


Maliki's Master Plan

A national reconciliation plan for Iraq calls for a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops and, controversially, amnesty for insurgents who attacked American and Iraqi soldiers.

June 24, 2006 - A timetable for withdrawal of occupation troops from Iraq. Amnesty for all insurgents who attacked U.S. and Iraqi military targets. Release of all security detainees from U.S. and Iraqi prisons. Compensation for victims of coalition military operations.

Those sound like the demands of some of the insurgents themselves, and in fact they are. But they're also key clauses of a national reconciliation plan drafted by new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who will unveil it Sunday.


Peace deal offers Iraq insurgents an amnesty

June 23, 2006 - THE Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday ...

The 28-point package for national reconciliation will offer Iraqi resistance groups inclusion in the political process and an amnesty for their prisoners...

The Government will promise a finite, UN-approved timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq; a halt to US operations against insurgent strongholds; an end to human rights violations, including those by coalition troops; and compensation for victims of attacks by terrorists or Iraqi and coalition forces.

The deal, which has been seen by The Times, aims to divide Iraqi insurgents from foreign fighters linked to al-Qaeda. It builds on months of secret talks involving Jalal al-Talabani, the Iraqi President, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador, and seven Sunni insurgent groups.

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» Friday, June 23, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

You Need To KnowAnti Torture      An Inconvenient Truth.   What an apt name for an endeavor to inform people about this dire threat.   Of course the wingnuts will spin and deny like they always do about something they do not want to hear.   A top requirement for wingnut membership is an address on the River of Denial.   Of course by the time they have been flooded out by rising sea levels, it will be too late.   Thankfully cooler heads will prevail thanks to efforts like this one by Al Gore.

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An Inconvenient Truth :: The Trailer

» Thursday, June 22, 2006

Operation Helmet

Help if you canAnti Torture      Operation Helmet has garnered publicity by the way of Cher participating and promoting a very important cause.   It has been a widely publicised issue of the NeoCon Warmongerers not providing personal armor or armor for the humvees.   It makes me even more furious that they have thrown billions of dollars away in Iraq and now it comes to light that a simple add-on for the helmets of our soldiers can save them from damaging their brain when involved in combat and non-combat incidents.   It proves in my mind that Bush does not, nor has he ever cared about the troops that are fighting his illegal war.   Operation Helmet It is outrageous, beyond all comprehension.   If you are able to help in this cause please do so.
provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to those ordered to deploy in the near future. These helmet upgrades do three primary things:
  • * Comfort - If it is more comfortable, it will stay on troop's head longer and more often.
  • * Stability - Keeps the helmet firmly on the head and out of the eyes.
  • * Protection - Shock-absorbing pads keep the helmet from slapping the skull when hit with blast forces, fragments, or being tumbled along the ground or inside a vehicle. This decreases the chance of brain injury from bombs, RPG's, vehicle accidents, falls, etc.
As a secondary benefit, the pads make the helmet actually float in water.


» Saturday, June 17, 2006

North American Union

Mexico - U.S. - CanadaAnti Torture      From underneath the radar comes this news by the way of Pissed On Politics.   Polishifter has a nice round-up on this issue.   I wonder what Lou Dobbs will do when he hears about this...   grin...   Some will be surprised that one of the people doing the shouting to the rooftops on this deal is no less than a Swiftboat Vet.   Aint that a shocker.   No wonder Bushji is so fired up on amnesty for illegals from Mexico.   They may be your neighbors in a few short years, bringing el cheapo junk to a Wal-Mart in your neck of the woods.   Will wonders never cease.   - fc

NAFTA MAP Bush Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway

by Jerome R. Corsi
Posted Jun 12, 2006

Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.

Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman's Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation's most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new "SENTRI" system. The first customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City.

A good reason Bush does not want to secure the border with Mexico may be that the administration is trying to create express lanes for Mexican trucks to bring containers with cheap Far East goods into the heart of the U.S., all without the involvement of any U.S. union workers on the docks or in the trucks.

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Warning - they have mAnn Coulter ads and pics.   Proceed with caution.

North American Union to Replace USA?
North American Union Already Starting to Replace USA
The Plan to Replace the Dollar With the 'Amero'
Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America U.S.A.
Kansas City
Trans-Texas Corridor


» Friday, June 16, 2006

BUSBY/BILBRAY Election :: No Confidence

Diebold Security :: No Such ThingAnti Torture      From the BradBlog comes news that things may not have gone so well in the California Election for ConMan Cunningham's seat in Congress.   Somehow this is not surprising considering all the negative reviews Diebold Electronic Voting Systems have been getting.   The main stream media just do not care very much if any at all.  - fc


Website Statement, Email to 60k Members Calls on Officials to Hold Manual Hand Count of All Paper Ballots and 'Paper Trails' due to Illegal, Unsecure Use of Diebold Voting Machines in Important National Contest!

Joining a growing drumbeat of individuals and organizations, including The BRAD BLOG, Tribune Media's Bob Koehler and, the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has just issued a declaration of "No Confidence" in the reported results of the Busby/Bilbray special U.S. House of Representative run-off election last week in California's 50th congressional district!

We are told that other organizations will likely be issuing similar statements and declarations on this matter soon.

TO REVIEW: The election was run on highly hackable Diebold voting machines that were sent home overnight and unsecurely with poll workers for days prior to the election which rendered the machines both illegal and uncertified for use in the election under both federal and state laws, requirements and statutes. The GOP has since rushed to swear-in Bilbray before the votes were counted, or the election even certified by the state of California.

PDA's strongly worded declaration of "No Confidence" posted on their website and is currently being emailed to all of their 60,000+ national members, urging the public to sign VelvetRevolution's Petition demanding a manual hand count of the ballots.

VELVET REVOLUTION -- Home of The New American Patriot! Velvet Revolution

Massive Security Breach as County Registar Allowed Poll Workers To Take Home Highly Hackable Diebold Voting Machines for Days and Weeks Prior to the Election Between Franice Busby and Brian Bilbray.

A Manual Hand Count Must Occur to Assure Validity of Election!

VR is very careful about making allegations of vote fraud and stolen elections and we are not making those claims here. At this time, we are stating NO CONFIDENCE in the reported results of the special election that took place last Tuesday to replace disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham for California's 50th district due to deliberate corruption of the chain of custody in the unsecure and hackable Diebold voting machines. Officials announced that Democratic candidate Francine Busby lost by three percentage points to former lobbyist Republican Brian Bilbray on election night. VR believes that the results should not be certified unless and until there is a 100% recount of all the paper ballots and the paper trails from the Diebold optical scan and DRE vote machines used in the election.

Velvet Revolution's Petition :: Direct Link


» Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Out of Iraq :: Now !

John KerryAnti Torture      Contact your Senators and tell them to support this bill...   Load up on them about 'Net Neurtality' while you are at it...   I also asked mine if they were aware of the coalition of blogs against torture.

These efforts should be followed up with measures to cut off funding for the war-mongering NeoCons and their corporate profiteers.   That is what it took to get us out of Vietnam and that is what it will take to get us out of Iraq.   Money is all they understand.   They will find their imperialistic ambitions lacking when they can no longer get rich doing it.

Ask your lawmakers what is taking them so long in responding to the majority of the people in this country.   The majority of people in this country think it is time to stop the war and bring our troops home.   Now...   - fc
Excerpts of S.2766 introduced in the United States Senate on June 12, 2006

Purpose: To require the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq and urge the convening of an Iraq summit.




  • (1) SCHEDULE FOR WITHDRAWAL. -- The President shall reach an agreement as soon as possible with the Government Iraq on a schedule for the withdrawal of United States combat troops from Iraq by December 31, 2006, leaving only forces that are critical to completing the mission of standing up Iraqi security forces.
  • (2) CONSULTATION WITH CONGRESS REQUIRED. -- The President shall consult with Congress regarding such schedule and shall present such withdrawal agreement to Congress immediately upon the completion of the agreement.
(b) IRAQ SUMMIT. -- The President should convene a summit as soon as possible that includes the leaders of the Government of Iraq, leaders of the governments of each country bordering Iraq, representatives of the Arab League, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization representatives of the European Union, and leaders of the governments of each permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, for the purpose of reaching a comprehensive political agreement for Iraq that addresses fundamental issues including federalism, oil revenues, the militias, security guarantees, reconstruction, economic assistance, and border security.

From the Comments

Stopping of War Funding...

There have been several attempts to limit or kill spending for the Bagdad Embassey and the permanent military bases in Iraq.   The War Hawks managed to stop them all.   It will take strong leadership by our lawmakers to finally shut off the spigot of tax dollars being drained into the desert of Iraq.   The NeoCons just will not give up until they are made to.   Until we stop the flow of money, the flow of blood will continue...   - fc

Not One Penny More for War! - Submitted by davidswanson on Sat, 2006-02-25 15:46.

No Permanent Bases: Passed Both Houses, Removed in Conference Committee - Submitted by davidswanson on Fri, 2006-06-09 05:20.

'No permanent bases' taken out of supplemental spending bill in conference by: kwilkinson June 09, 2006

House Approves $82-Billion War Spending Bill

February 16, 2004 - War Resisters League's Military Spending "Pie Chart"

War Tax Resistance
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» Friday, June 09, 2006

al-Zarqawi :: Trail of Terrorism

the realityAnti Torture      The information in the quotes below is alluded to at several other blogs but had a tendancy to be overlooked (if mentioned at all) in some of the timelines of the trail of terror that was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.   It should be noted that instead of beating the drums of war as usual, they are quietly massaging the buttons of the loyal.   All of a sudden cautious where reckless abandon was the norm until the polls reflected a majority of the American People finally waking up and wanting Out of Iraq.

Instead of celebrating a great triumpt over the war on terror, they finally squished a bug that they themselves allowed to grow into a monster.   Instead of taking out a tired and wounded fanatic on a mission (one leg amputated from the Afghanistan War), they allowed him to apply the tools of terror in ways the western world had only glimpsed of, our sensitivity and civility horrorfied by beheadings and gang-land executions.

The NeoCons in their rush to topple Saddam and conquer Baghdad (protecting only the oil while throwing away money) had let live a petty theif turned Afghan Freedom Fighter with a maniacal urge to carry out radical Islamist Jehad on the soft under belly of the Greatest Shock and Awe, Technilogically Advanced War Machine of all time.

We should be acknowledging the incompetence of this administration's handling of George Bush's War OF Terror and hoping along with the Iraqi People that finally a corner will be turned.   One toward a rational and productive outcome which and our permanent military bases Out of Iraq (Surely someone in the circle of power [Cheney Administration / NeoCons] will realise that the Islamic Republic of Iraq will settle for nothing less).   It is about time that something truely good does come out of this debacle.   We can only hope...   - fc

US 'allowed Zarqawi to escape'
May 1, 2006
By Chris Evans

"Mr Bush had Zarqawi in his sights almost every day for a year before the invasion of Iraq and he didn't shoot because they were wining and dining the French in an effort to get them to assist us in the invasion of Iraq,"

"Almost every day we sent a package to the White House that had overhead imagery of the house he was staying in. It was a terrorist training camp . . . experimenting with ricin and anthrax . . . any collateral damage there would have been terrorists."


Why Bush let Iraq's top terrorist walk

Posted Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at 5:08 PM ET
By Daniel Benjamin

In recent months, the mystery of the administration's inaction has only grown. News reports - including, most recently, one in the Wall Street Journal this week - make it clear that military leaders and the CIA felt Zarqawi was a threat that could and should be removed. On at least three occasions between mid-2002 and the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon presented plans to the White House to destroy the Khurmal camp. Each time the White House declined to act or did not respond at all.

Iraqis unknowingly captured al-Zarqawi then set him free
December 17, 2005
From Richard Beeston in Baghdad and Stephen Farrell in Fallujah

IRAQI security forces captured Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the fugitive terrorist leader, last year but freed him because they did not know who he was.

According to Major-General Hussein Kamal, the Deputy Interior Minister responsible for Intelligence, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq was detained by police for several hours more than a year ago in Fallujah, which was then an insurgent stronghold.

» Thursday, June 01, 2006

Torture Awareness Month

Illegal and Immoral The recent revelations of the atrocities at Haditha have sparked comparisons to Abu Ghraib.   Although both instances of the actions of our soldiers are truely a disgrace, there is one major difference.

Haditha as Rep. John Murtha has pointed out was the action of men under stress in a situation they were poorly trained for and should have never been subjected to.

The torture involved at Abu Ghraib as we have since found out is sanctioned and a matter of official policy by the Bush Administration.   Torture, rendition and secret prisons are just a few of the things the Bush Administration will go down in history as being remembered for.

When Alberto Gonzales was nominated by Bush to be Atorney General, a grassroots coalition of blogs was formed.   The Indy 500 Weblogs was an effort originating at Daily Kos and taken up by Newsfare, Dr. Laniac and others.   We opposed the confirmation of Gonzales and as the name implies, there eventually were over 500 blogs listed in our cause.   There were less than 100 when I joined and I have carried their links on this blog ever since.   Our members still correspond by an email mailing list and is still very active (400 + blogs) in the opposition to all things Bush even tho their membership drive has ended.

There is a new effort unfolding in it's infancy dedicated to much the same goals as the Indy 500.   This new organisation is Torture   I proudly carry the blogroll for this site much as I do for the Indy 500.   With your help we can expand our membership to hopefully encompass as many blogs as the Big Brass Alliance or more.   The BBA has over 1200 blogs in it's membership and continues to grow.   I hope you join me in participating in the BBA as well as this new grassroots community at Blogs Against Torture.   - fc
Torture Awareness Month

June 26th is the date that the United Nations has marked as the International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture. This year a coalition of human rights, civil liberties and faith organizations have declared June "Torture Awareness Month" in an effort to respond to the growing evidence that the United States government is engaging systematically in the use of torture and inhuman treatment as part of the "war on terror." We believe that the use of torture and inhuman treatment must end immediately and everyone involved in committing these abuses or fostering the environment in which they occurred be held accountable.

This website will provide you with action ideas and tools to help raise awareness in your community about the US government's use of torture and inhuman treatment. The month of action and education will culminate with special grassroots lobby efforts in Washington DC and around the country where we will urge Congress to pass legislation to stop the use of extraordinary rendition, or "outsourcing torture."

We thank you for your interest in participating in Torture Awareness Month. Your help is urgently needed.

Join now...

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