Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

The Candidates and Torture: We Can Shape the Debate

U.S. readers: the next round of presidential “debates” will happen in New Hampshire on 03 June and o4 June.  Human Rights First has generated an online petition to make sure the candidates are asked where they stand on torture.  You can read and sign the petition here.  We will not know where the candidates stand unless the questions are asked.  We can also contact the candidates campaign websites (especially any we are leaning toward supporting) and let them know that we will not vote for any candidate who condones torture, even “torture lite” techniques such as waterboarding. We need to push harder for closing all secret prisions, ending torture, ending the Guantanamo Bay gulag, restoring Habeas Corpus for EVERYONE, including terrorist suspects, restoring full compliance with U.S. and international law in all human rights matters.

I don’t about anyone else, but I was greatly disturbed during the last Republican debate when only one candidate (John McCain, himself a victim of torture as a Vietnam Prisoner of War) categorically rejected all forms of torture.  That he did so to stony silence while the audience cheered the other GOP candidates torture proposals was quite chilling.  Democrat or Republican, no candidate who condones torture is fit for public office, much less the highest office in the land.

May 30, 2007 - Posted by | economic justice, human rights., torture, U.S. politics


  1. Michael,

    Andrew Sullivan has posted that the current administration’s interrogation policies mirror those of a certain intelligence organization that is held in disrepute by most all of us — the Gestapo. Interesting isn’t it that we in the name of security will choose to borrow from such an agency!

    Comment by Bob Cornwall | May 30, 2007

  2. Bob, I don’t find it so far out. After all we’ve chosen the phrase “Homeland Security” to describe our “defensive” activities which from the beginning had a ring of “Fatherland” to me. I cringe everytime I hear “the H phrase.”

    I’ve also begun to understand how the Germans allowed Hitler’s atrocities to occur. They felt and acted just as we Americans are feeling and acting now as we allow, and some encourage, the abuses our government is carrying out.

    Comment by Tauratinzwe | May 30, 2007

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