Friday, June 16, 2006

Torture approved since the 1950s

UW-Madison professor, Alfred McCoy authored a book about CIA interrogation and torture after the pictures of Abu Ghraib prisoners surfaced, picture by Christopher Guess.
His recent book

Read Alfred McCoy's piece on the long shadow of the CIA Torture Research
At home and abroad, the United States has been, for over 50 years a strong voice in the fight against torture. Simultaneously, however, the CIA's method has become so widely accepted that US interrogators seem unaware that they are, in fact, engaged in systematic torture. From 1970 to 1988, Congress held hearings four times to expose the CIA's use of torture. But each time, the public did not demand reform and the practice persisted.

McCoys'latest Q & A on torture and US ethics.How can we effect any change? Here is a Ralph Nader quote from last saturday, June 10th 2006 at a Washington D.C. political rally for Kevin Reese.
Moral courage is what is needed to address the problems of our neighborhoods, our community, our city, our state, our country, our world. It is a rare commodity
self-government isn’t just a slogan. People need to be in charge, but in order to do that, they need to show up!
(bold added by me)

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