Friday, May 2, 2014

May 2 - Retired Military Leaders Urge White House to Declassify CIA Torture Report

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Diane Feinstein
from Human Rights First:

Retired Military Leaders Urge White House—Not CIA—to Lead Declassification of CIA Torture Report

May 1, 2014 – Thirty retired generals and admirals today urged President Obama to lead the declassification process of the Senate intelligence committee’s CIA torture report. The call came in a letter to the president that highlighted the clear conflict of interest in the CIA redacting a report that is critical of the agency’s post-9/11 program.

“There is a clear conflict of interest in allowing the CIA to redact a report that alleges that officials at the agency—some of whom still work there—authorized brutal interrogation methods and systematically misled the White House, Congress, Department of Justice, and American people about the facts and consequences of using those methods,” noted the generals and admirals.

Last month the Senate intelligence committee voted 11-3 to declassify and release the findings, conclusions, and executive summary of its 6,300-plus page report detailing facts about the CIA torture program. The report is now with the White House, where President Obama has stated that he unequivocally supports its public release.

Read the entire Human Rights First press release.

345 Days Since President Obama’s Renewed Promise to Close Guantánamo: Only 12 Men Released as of May 2, 2014

154 men remain imprisoned. 145 of them haven’t been charged.
76 men have been cleared for release, most of whom have been imprisoned without charge for more than 11 years.
• Reportedly, 21 men are on hunger strike and 16 are being force-fed ( Force-feeding is in violation of Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. A mass hunger strike began on February 6, 2013. At its height, in June 2013, 106 men were reportedly participating in the hunger strike. On December 3, 2013, the U.S. military stopped daily reporting on the number of hunger strikers.

Find out more about efforts to end indefinite detention and torture by the U.S. Government at Guantánamo Bay. Please sign petitions addressed to President Obama at the websites marked with a **.

**CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO: A group of lawyers, journalists, retired military personnel and others who believe that Guantánamo undermines our values and harms national security.

**WORLD CAN'T WAIT: A national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy under the Bush and Obama regimes.

WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE: Formed in 2005, when 25 Americans attempted to visit Guantánamo.


ANDY WORTHINGTON: Investigative journalist, author, filmmaker, photographer and Guantánamo expert



Track the days since Obama’s promise: GTMOCLOCK

Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantánamo: World Can’t Wait, Witness Against Torture, White Rose Catholic Worker, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five

Join our weekly vigil Fridays 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Dearborn and Jackson to support the hunger strikers and help demonstrate growing public support for closing Guantánamo! (On May 23, we will gather at Water Tower Park, Chicago and Michigan, as part of a national day of action on the 1 year anniversary of President Obama’s renewed promise to close Guantánamo.)

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The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo holds weekly vigils at Dearborn and Jackson in Chicago every Friday at 4:30 p.m. to support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers and to demand that Guantanamo be shut down. (Learn more about weekly vigils by the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo.)