If It's Wednesday, It Must Be Time to Investigate Torture

Here's my weekly letter to congress-critters and President Obama -- feel free to cut and paste at will in sending your thoughts to your own reps.

Dear [Name]:

I am writing you again to request that you do everything within your power to investigate and bring to justice those who have violated US law and UN Conventions co-signed by the United States by perpetrating torture.

This week, the ACLU obtained newly released detainee statements which provide more evidence of torture programs -- and more evidence that they were as ineffective as they were inhumane.

As this evidence unfolds, the last pitiful refuge of excuse for this horrifying activity (performed in my name as a US citizen) -- that this was done for our protection in some kind of "ticking time bomb" situation -- falls apart completely.

It is not a surprise that these techniques are not effective -- the Pentagon was warned of this as early as 2002, and a host of experts in the field of interrogation techniques have clearly stated that the use of torture and inhumane/abusive techniques result in "false and misleading information".

In other words, the use of these techniques not only did not keep us safe -- it is most likely and logical that they have actually heightened the danger to our nation.

In order for us to be a nation governed by the rule of law, those who have broken the law must be brought to justice -- even if there are other pressing things to attend to such as health care, or the economy -- because the rule of law is the anchor of this nation.

What will it profit us if we get our economy fixed, or health care secured for our citizens, if we know that we live in a country where torture was performed, and is now condoned by our silence? What will it profit us if we move forward into some shining new day for our nation, if those who have broken the law and gotten away with it are in our midst?

I urge you, again, to investigate and seek prosecution for those who have broken the laws of this country and violated the UN Convention Against Torture to which this country is a signatory. I urge you to this action as a citizen, but most importantly, as a human being.

Thank you for your time in reading this. I welcome and await your response.


Posted byPortlyDyke at 12:12 PM  


yinyang said... June 18, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

Hey, I was wondering, have you gotten any responses back yet? I haven't been able to send any of my letters through snail-mail yet, but I have been emailing them, and I got a response today. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, though.

PortlyDyke said... June 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM  

yinyang -- I've actually gotten responses from Senator Patty Murray (no one else) to all the emails and letters I've sent.

Senator Murray's responses were similarly hard to decipher -- non-committal, imo, but not unsupportive.

I sometimes have the feeling that something is happening in the background which we don't know about, and I try to be hopeful rather than paranoid about that -- but some days, I feel stronger in my optimism than others.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to contact your congressfolk -- I really do believe that it will make some difference, and for me, it makes a huge difference for me to know that I've taken action of some kind.

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