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

Torture: Cover-up by White House, CIA,–and Congressional Democrats?

I want to get back to the evolution series and the GLBT inclusion series, but this just cannot be let pass in silence.  The CIA has destroyed 2 tapes of torturing subjects. The torture is a crime and the destruction of these tapes (which had been requested by several inquiries, including the 9/11 Commission) is obstruction of justice–and possibly perjury and other crimes have been committed.  Now we know that prominent Democrats in Congress, including Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV), have known about this torture since 2002! No wonder Pelosi keeps blocking real investigation and impeachment of Bush officials! 

This demands a special prosecutor. We cannot trust this administration to investigate itself, nor the Democrats in Congress to investigate when they might expose their own. (This is how far we have come. During the Watergate hearings and even during Iran-Contra–investigations were bi-partisan and oversight of government was a Constitutional duty, not something to be practiced only on the other party.) To join in the call for a special prosecutor, sign this petition by the American Civil Liberties Union. And contact all your friends to sign, too.  Then join efforts, faith based or secular, to wipe out torture.  As most readers of this blog are Christians, I suggest starting with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Write letters to the editorial page of your hometown papers and call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and demand a special prosecutor and legislation that makes clear that waterboarding is torture and illegal. Contact all the presidential candidates’s campaigns and demand that they speak out on this and call for a special prosecutor! Don’t vote for any who won’t do this!  If you are one of my international readers (God bless you!), contact your government and urge that their ambassadors to the U.S. demand an end to torture by the U.S. government in its so-called “war on terror.” Put international pressure on the U. S. just as you would any other “rogue nation” of human rights abusers–for, God help us, that is what this nation has become.

Ministers (and other faith leaders): I urge you to speak out about this from the pulpit and to the press.  For the sake of all God’s children, this must stop!!!

December 10, 2007 - Posted by | human rights., torture, U.S. politics

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for highlighting this, Michael. I agree completely with your call for a special prosecutor to investigate. But let’s be careful to keep our eye on the ball as the Washington spin machine does its magic. The CIA has vaults filled with information that would reveal the nature of its interrogation techniques. That information could be very useful to Congress if it were interested in genuine oversight. Yet Congress has become deeply interested in the tapes it can not see, not the ones it can. That’s odd, don’t you think?

    And the CIA, which knows that Congress has an oversight role, apparently does not routinely destroy evidence collected. So what was it about these tapes that so concerned the CIA?

    My hunch is that the impetus for the destruction of the tapes was not the torture committed during the interrogations but what was revealed by the victims during the course of these interrogations. The 9/11 Commission and a federal judge in the Moussawi case wanted that information and the CIA obviously was willing to risk severe penalties rather than permit that information to be shared.

    So this controversy, which seems to be all about torture, is also about 9/11. Apparently there is more to tell – much more.

    Comment by Berry Friesen | December 11, 2007


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