Monday, May 23, 2011

Scott Horton speaks in Princeton June 2

Torture, Wikileaks and State Secrecy:
Did torture help or hinder finding Osama bin Laden?

Scott Horton
International Attorney-at-Law & Human Rights Advocate
Winner of the 2011 National Magazine Award for his article on Guantanamo

Thursday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Princeton Unitarian Universalist Congregation Churc
Sophia Lyon Fahs Auditorium
50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton

Sponsored by:
Princeton Area Interfaith Anti-Torture Group

Co-Sponsored by (to-date):
National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Coalition for Peace Action; American Civil Liberties Union; Princeton Community TV; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton; Nassau Presbyterian Church; and Hanan M. Isaacs, P.C.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Letter to the Editor re torture debate

That there is a torture debate in this country to be revived by bin Laden's killing is itself a measure of how far we have strayed from the wisdom and values of our founders. But the Cheneys must be answered.

Is it any wonder that the Pakistanis would hesitate to subject bin Laden's widows to a nation that has abused, tortured and indefinitely detained even those it knew to be innocent of any connection to terror? Should we be surprised that other countries would refrain from sharing intelligence with us? Should we expect people with knowledge of possible plots to come forward and tell us what they know when there is the possibility of their ending up at Guantanamo? How much sooner would we have learned the real name of bin Laden's courier if we were not known for our cruelty to detainees?

June is Torture Awareness Month. It's never too early to raise these issues.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Secret Policeman's Balls

Amnesty International benefit performances by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Neil Innes, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Rowan Atkinson, Sting, Pete Townshend, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Bob Geldof, Kate Bush and David Gilmour, Lou Reed, Jackson Browne.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Anti-torture protest at Rumsfeld's book tour launch

There were actually seven protesters in total demonstrating at the Constitution Center last night. Thanks to Peter Crimmins of WHYY for the photo and story, as well as Jan Ransom of the Philadelphia Daily News for her coverage. Thanks most of all to Barbara Quintiliano of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture for organizing the protest. Will Bunch has a fine account of the event inside.