Thursday, June 4, 2015


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.

What’s at stake:  Geneva conventions and other international laws prohibit torture, yet it continues.  As part of the international movement for a more ethical world, OMNI is committed to protest torture wherever it occurs.  Hardly any other cruelty committed with impunity more undermines global morality.  “White Rose” was the name Munich students and one professor gave themselves in their leafletting protest against the Nazis, for which they were executed.  One of their leaflets declared”:  “We will not keep silent; we are your faulty conscience.”   We say the same to our government, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Yoo and Obama.

War Department/Peace Department
See:  UN International DAY in Support of Victims of Torture, US Lawlessness, War on/of Terror


Contents of UN Torture Awareness Month, #3, June 2015
Torture USA 2015:
    Guantanamo, CIA, Chicago Police, Google Search 2015
    Majid Khan
    US Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Torture 2014, Google Search
Opposing Torture:
    UN Torture Awareness Month 2015, Google Search
   National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) 2014
   June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
   Amnesty International
   Center for Victims of Torture
   Tomgram, Ariel Dorfman, Torture and Forgiveness
   OMNI Actions Against Torture 2013
Contact President Obama
Contents of Torture Awareness Month Newsletter, Nos. 1 & 2, 2012, 2013

TORTURE USA 2015, Google Search June 4, 2015, Page One
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NEW YORK The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency used a wider array of sexual abuse and other forms of torture than was disclosed in a Senate ...
Apr 30, 2015 - American Psychological Association Bolstered C.I.A. Torture Program, Report Says. By JAMES ... Anatomy of an Interrogation APRIL 19, 2015. › US News › Chicago   The Guardian
May 6, 2015 - Historic deal will see reparations paid to those tortured by police commander ... Wednesday 6 May 2015 13.38 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 6 May ... be paid out to living survivors, in the first gesture of its kind in America.
May 19, 2015; Witness Against Torture and HOOD share the Ally Award from CCR May 7, 2015; May Newsletter: Protest outside U.S. Embassy, Take Action, ... Jazeera
January 20, 2015 9:07AM ET. by Jenifer Fenton. President Barack Obama admitted in August that “we tortured some folks.” Now one of those folks has ... Jazeera
Despite a Senate committee report that detailed some of the CIA's use of torture, nobody has been prosecuted. February 20, 2015 5:30PM ET. by Bryan Myers ...
April 21 2015 12:18 PM ... used by several Latin American countries to address crimes, including torture, committed under authoritarian governments.
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Dec 9, 2014 - The Senate intelligence committee's report on CIA torture – read the ... CIA torture report sparks renewed calls to prosecute senior US officials.
The U.S. Senate Report on CIA Detention Interrogation Program that details the use ... The Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and ...
Dec 9, 2014 - The report says the agency routinely misled the White House and Congress ... More coverage: 7 Key Points From the C.I.A. Torture Report ...
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Feb 13, 2015 - The US Senate Committee on Intelligence has issued a significant correction to an appendix to its report on CIA torture after mistakes were ...
Dec 9, 2014 - An exhaustive report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the CIA tortured suspected terrorists in a brutal and mismanaged program ...   American Civil Liberties Union
The report was produced by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and describes horrific human rights abuses by the CIA. It also chronicles the agency's ...
Dec 10, 2014 - (Washington, DC) – The US Senate Intelligence Committee's reportsummary on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention and ...
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Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity
Torture Awareness Month ToolkitEvery June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark Torture Awareness Month because on June 26, 1987, the nations of the world took a major step against the immoral and abhorrent practice of torture. On that day, the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT for short) entered into force and the United Nations later declared June 26th the “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.”
This June, we will honor survivors of torture, take action to ensure that the truth of the clandestine U.S. torture program after 9/11 is made public, and pray for national repentance and healing toward the restoration of human dignity for all.  The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites you, and your local church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or faith community, to join people of faith throughout the world in commemorating Torture Awareness Month.
We invite you to use our toolkit to assist you and your congregation in planning educational, advocacy and worship events. Also, check out our activity ideas.
If you would like to discuss additional ways for how your local congregation or faith community could mark Torture Awareness Month please call or email Paz Artaza-Regan at 202-547-1920 or We will be delighted to assist you with plans and suggestions. 

Also, we would like to put your Torture Awareness Month plans on the map! Let us know what you will be doing and we will add your event to a map on our website, and be able to demonstrate the broad support within the faith community in “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity”.

You can also support our on-going anti-torture work with a tax-deductible gift. Thank you for your support.

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JUNE 26, 2014 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is annually observed on June 26 to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable – it is also a crime.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
The UN's International Day in Support of Victims of Torture serves as a reminder to people that human torture is a crime.
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What do people do?

Rehabilitation centers and human rights organizations around the world celebrate the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26 each year. The day serves as a reminder to people that torture is a crime. This event gives everyone a chance to unite and voice their opinions against human torture.
Organizations, including the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and Amnesty International, have played an active role in organizing events around the world to promote the day. Activities may include: photo exhibitions; the distribution of posters and other material to boost people’s awareness of issues related to human torture; and television advertisements.

Public life

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is not a public holiday and public life is not affected.


On June 26, 1987, the Convention against Torture came into force. It was an important step in the process of globalizing human rights and acknowledging that torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment should be universally illegal. In 1997 the United Nations General Assembly decided to mark this historic date and designated June 26 each year as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
The first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held on June 26, 1998. It was a day when the United Nations appealed to all governments and members of civil society to take action to defeat torture and torturers everywhere. That same year marked the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.


The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. The logo appears in colors such as black on a white or light yellow background.


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In the years since 9/11, the U.S. government has repeatedly violated both international and domestic prohibitions on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in the name of fighting terrorism.

Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment must stop, and those responsible for authorizing and implementing it must be held accountable.
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I’ll bet you didn’t know that June is “torture awareness month” thanks to the fact that, on June 26, 1987, the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment went into effect internationally. In this country, however, as a recent Amnesty International survey indicated, Americans are essentially living in Torture Unawareness Month, or perhaps even Torture Approval Month, and not just in June 2014 but every month of the year. 

One simple fact of the post-9/11 era should make this clear and also boggle the mind, but has had almost no impact here. But for this you need a little background from the early years of what was once called the Global War on Terror. In addition to a stream of international kidnappings (euphemistically called “renditions”) of terror suspects, including completely innocent people the CIA snatched off the streets of global cities, as well as from the backlands of the planet and “rendered” into the hands of well-known torturing regimes (with the help of 54 other countries) and the setting up of a network of “black sites” or offshore prisons where anything went, the CIA tortured up a storm. And it did so at the behest of the top officials of the Bush administration, including the president and vice president who were convinced that it was time for Washington to “take the gloves off.” In those years, torture techniques were reportedly demonstrated in the White House to some of those officials, including the vice president and national security advisor. At the time, they went by the euphemistic, administration-approved term “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which was quickly picked up and used in the U.S. mainstream media in place of the word “torture” -- though only when the enhanced interrogators were American, of course. The bad guys out there continued to “torture” in the usual fashion. 

In the Obama years, torture was (at least officially) tossed out as a useful tactic. But the torturers themselves were given a pass, every last one of them, by the Justice Department, even two cases in which the CIA’s acts of enhancement had led to death. No charge was ever brought against anyone, including the Justice Department lawyers who wrote the tortured memos endorsing those techniques and redefining torture as only happening when the torturer meant it to, or the officials who green-lighted them. Think of the Obama administration then as Amnesty National. That administration did, however, have the guts to go after one man connected to the torture program, forced a plea deal from him, andsent him to jail for two years. I’m talking about former CIA agentJohn Kiriakou, the only person since 9/11 convicted of a torture-related crime. To be specific, his criminal act was to blow the whistle on his former employer's torture program to a journalist, revealing in the process the name of a CIA agent. That was considered such an indefensible act -- in effect, an act of torture against the American security state -- that justice, American-style, was done. 

It’s quite a tortuous record when you think about it, not that anyone here does anymore, which is why we need TomDispatch regularAriel Dorfman, author most recently of Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile, to remind us of what’s really at stake when one human being tortures another. 
How to Forgive Your Torturer 
The River Kwai Passes Through Latin America and Washington 
By Ariel Dorfman

What a way to celebrate Torture Awareness Month!
According to an Amnesty International Poll released in May, 45% of Americans believe that torture is “sometimes necessary and acceptable” in order to “gain information that may protect the public.” Twenty-nine percent of Britons “strongly or somewhat agreed” that torture was justified when asked the same question.
For someone like me, who has been haunted by the daily existence of torture since the September 11, 1973 coup that overthrew Chilean President Salvador Allende, such percentages couldn’t be more depressing, but perhaps not that surprising. I now live, after all, in the America where Dick Cheney, instead of being indicted as a war criminal, sneeringly (and falsely) claims to anyone who asks him -- and he is trotted out over and over again as the resident expert on the subject -- that “enhanced interrogations” have been and still are absolutely necessary to keep Americans safe.
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     Our country cannot present itself to the world as a guide for others if its policies include torture and assassination.   We will always appear both brutal and hypocritical.   We appeal to you then, to go further and end torture and unconstitutional killing, end the extra-judicial, immoral practices you inherited from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Addington, Yoo, and PNAC.  They are unworthy of a great nation.  They make us seem to the world a despicable bully, a small-country dictator, a mere Mafia boss beating up on the less powerful.   And they inspire revenge against us around the world. 

      Let us return to lawful police practices.  Let our security stand not upon illegal torture and killing, but upon our Constitution.   End CIA black sites, military torture prisons, “extraordinary rendition,” JSOC night raids and killings, drone assassinations, dumping our murder victims in the ocean.  END UNCONSTITUTIONAL, UNPRESIDENTIAL TORTURE AND KILLING.





10 A.M. TO 11.  



 (OMNI will also sponsor a related film, War on Whistleblowers,  on June 26, 7p.m., at OMNI, and a Book Forum on torture and executive killing July 17, 7p.m., also at OMNI, 3274 Lee Ave.)  

     On UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Wednesday, June 26, 7p.m., OMNI showed a film by Robert Greenwald entitled War on Whistleblowers.
The film  looks at four whistleblowers who had their lives practically destroyed after they went to the press with evidence of government wrongdoing. They are Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl, and Thomas Tamm. Whistleblowers have come under unprecedented attack by the Obama administration. Evoking the Espionage Act of 1917, the administration has pressed criminal charges against no fewer than six government employees, more than all previous presidential administrations combined. In the film, Greenwald also interviews government oversight experts and investigative journalists who warn about the chilling effect prosecutions may have on potential whistleblowers and the journalists who help them.

        James Madison wrote:  “a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”  

 US War on Terrorism
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, OMNI hosted a Book Forum on ethical, legal, and constitutional consequences of US Imperialism, wars, and “War on Terrorism,” specifically state torture and assassination and indigenous police training.    Each panelist reported on a book, with discussion following. 
Dick Bennett, Introduction
Training and Using Indigenous Police
Asst. Prof. Jeremy Kuzmarov, Tulsa University, author of  Modernizing Repression:
Police Training and Nation-Building in the American Century
Bettie Lu Lancaster:  Jane Mayer, The Dark Side
Larry Woodall:  Film Taxi to the Dark Side (film is free online)
Carl Barnwell:  Moazzam Begg, Enemy Combatant (innocent victim’s point of view)
John Gray:  Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare
   (Another excellent book is Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill that focuses on special operations, and a film based on the book has been made.)
July 17 is UN International Justice Day, celebrating the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  
For more information contact Dick Bennett,, 442-4600.  

Six reports will be frustrating, but remember the purpose is not to evaluate each work but to invite the audience to buy, read, and urge others.   The goal is to expand the informed citizenry essential to a democracy.
Thanks, Dick 

Prof. Jeremy Kuzmarov, University of Tulsa, will report on his book on US funding and training police of US occupied or client nations, entitled Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation-Building in the American Century.)

Some of the books to be surveyed:  On TORTURE:  Jane Mayer, The Dark Side; Michael Ratner, The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld; Alfred McCoy, A Question of Torture and Torture and Impunity.  On ASSASSINATION:  Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars (also a film); Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare.  Our special panelist is Asst. Prof. Jeremy Kuzmarov, Tulsa University, telling about his new book, Modernizing Repression.  July 17 is UN International Justice Day, celebrating the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).   Book Forum Wednesday, July 17, OMNI, 7 p.m.
 Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars (also a film); Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare; Cavallaro, Living Under Drones; Many excellent books have been published about US leaders’ torture and special operations/drone (extra-judicial) assassinations programs, numerous articles, and some films.  
Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars:  The World Is a Battlefield  takes us inside our government’s new covert wars, with orders from the White House to capture or kill individuals designated  as enemies.   The Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command, the CIA’s Special Activities Division, the Navy SEALs, and other elite commandos operate secretly worldwide, this global killing machine funded by “black budgets.” 

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Contents UN Torture Awareness Month #1, June 2012
NRCAT 2012
Tassc 2011
Human Rights News
UN Conventions vs. Torture
IBJ Legal Training and Resources
NRCAT Against Torture
Presbyterian Church
ACLU Torture Report


Contents #2 2013 Torture Awareness Month, June 2013
Crime Scene Demonstration Saturday June 22, 10 a.m., Torture Awareness Day,
     Fayetteville, Saturday, June 22 (for June 26 UN Day for Victims of Torture)
Torture Awareness Month June 2013
Methodist Church:  Torture Awareness Month June 2013
  National Religious Campaign Against Torture 2013 (NRCAT)
Episcopal Church
Google Search for Torture Awareness Month 2013
Center for Victims of Torture Gitmo Review Urged
Freedom from Torture (UK)
TASSC: Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition
Empathy and Torture, from The Economist
International Criminal Court
Chicago Police

Scheer, US Global Rendition/Torture


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