Monday, November 28, 2011

From Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT)

Helping torture victims become torture survivors.
Dear Dee ,
Please take a few minutes help protect our fundamental American values. Call your Senators today and ask them to do the right thing.

Tell your Senators you want them to stand up for due process and liberty for all.
Ask them to vote FOR the Udall Amendment and AGAINST the Ayotte Amendment to the NDAA 2012.
This evening, the Senate will begin voting on the National Defense Authorization Act 2012 (NDAA). They will decide whether to make permanent the indefinite detention of individuals, which may include American citizens—without charge or trial. The Senate will also vote to authorize mandatory military custody of individuals, including legal US residents. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has made clear that mandatory military custody limits US ability to fight terrorism.
The Udall Amendment would strike these NDAA provisions.
The Senate will also decide whether we should roll back the protections against torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, and allow interrogation techniques outside the Army Field Manual, which should be the gold standard. General David Petraeus, current Director of the CIA, believes such enhanced interrogation techniques are ineffective and wrong; however, the Ayotte Amendment would codify this roll-back and allow such techniques.
Please call your senators and tell them to stand up for due process and liberty for all. Please ask your senators to vote FOR the Udall Amendment (A. No. 1107), which strikes down these disastrous detainee provisions, and AGAINST the Ayotte Amendment (A. No. 1068), which authorizes enhanced interrogation techniques.
Physicians for Human Rights documented in the 2011 report, Punishment Before Justice: Indefinite Detention in the US, medical literature provides convincing evidence that the indeterminacy of an indefinite detention creates a degree of uncertainty, unpredictability, and uncontrollability that causes severe harms in healthy individuals.

1 comment:

mythopolis said...

You know, as long as Amnesty International has been around, as much as they have spoken out against torture, political imprisonment, and other such injustices around the world, somehow the news media never seems to think it worthy of covering them. I cannot recall the last time I saw anyone from A.I. being interviewed by mainstream media. I wonder why.