3 February 2017

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Torture: Which Side Are You On?

President Donald Trump says he'll torture. Will your senators and representative stop him? Ask them now!

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The following is an email I've received today from the peeps at BraveNewFilms.org.... 

Unfortunately, as I don't live in the US, I cannot help with their campaign as much as I would love to. But, if any of you reading this post do live in America (as this blog does get quite a lot of visitors from America, it's worth asking...), feel free to read the email and act accordingly.

Thanks in advance

Stay safe!

Loup Dargent

The Email:

Trump wants to bring back torture. Only your Members of Congress can stop him.  

Currently, torture is a felony in the U.S. under the anti-torture and war crimes statutes. And the Senate Torture Report's summary clearly says torture does not work. But Trump disagrees and is going to push to bring it back. 

Make sure your politicians know where you stand on this! 

Subject: Torture: Which side are you on?

As a constituent, I am concerned. President Donald Trump proposes to torture. Senator John McCain says he'll stop it. Torture has been a felony under the anti-torture statute and the war crimes statute in the U.S. Code since the Bill Clinton presidency. Presidential memos or "executive orders" purporting to ban and un-ban torture cannot alter that. As a member of the Convention Against Torture since the Ronald Reagan presidency, the United States is actually required to prosecute all complicity in torture. 

U.S. laws banning torture didn't begin in 2015. They include the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Geneva Conventions. If the U.S. does not enforce the law against U.S. torturers, other courts around the world can do so through universal jurisdiction.

President Trump says torture works. The Senate Torture Report's censored summary (and the full report according to Senator Dianne Feinstein who ought to put it into the Congressional Record to end the debate) -- as well as all other available evidence -- says torture does not work. That debate aside, torture degrades us. It proliferates to cases not even pretending to morally justify it. It tears down the rule of law. It's imitated by others. It generates false propaganda for war. And it generates anti-U.S. violence.

Will you put an end to torture now? What is your position? Please tell me.

Keep up the resistance!

In Solidarity,
Regina Clemente
Campaigns Director"

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