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OMNI UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture NEWSLETTER #1– JUNE 26, 2013 .       Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.

See the parallel newsletter, OMNI UN Torture Awareness Month, June.

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NPR reported Chinese national pride over its space missions, and reminded listeners of the swelling of pride in the US when its space programs began.   But the US is not the City on the Hill, the Provider of Light, for landing on the moon at immense expense to the neglect of the real needs of all species.  Join OMNI in seeking ways to a more valid pride—a USA utterly opposed to torture, state murder, and armed aggression. 


Contents #1  June 26, 2013
OMNI Film, War Against Whistleblowers
UN Convention Against Torture
UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June:  UN Torture Awareness Month
TASSC: Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition
Witness Against Torture
Torture USA , Google Search
US Torture Victims, Google Search
Books on Torture
 Otterman, American Torture

Hersh, Abu Ghraib
  Danner, Torture and the Forever War
Links to February 4, Torture Abolition Day (unofficial)
Recent Related OMNI Newsletters

On UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Wednesday, June 26, 7p.m., OMNI will show 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.  WED. JUNE 26, 7PM, OMNI.

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What is TASSC?


The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) was founded in 1998. It is the only organization in the United States founded by and for torture survivors. The mission of TASSC is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are.


In the spirit of non-violence and with the hope of achieving justice and social change, TASSC
Works to abolish torture and ill-treatment currently practiced by more than 138 governments.
Advocates for the immediate implementation of Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and all other relevant treaties and conventions
Breaks the silence surrounding torture and gives voice to survivors through outreach, education and advocacy
Calls for an end to military assistance, training and arms sales to governments that torture
Demands an end to impunity for the architects of torture–those who order, justify and practice it

Who We Are/Core Values:

TASSC is a coalition of torture survivors, representing countries and ethnic groups throughout all parts of the world. The following principles guide our actions. We believe that:
Survivors are one of the strongest and most effective voices in the campaign to abolish torture
TASSC survivor-advocates must build solidarity with other advocacy groups and the global community of survivors
Family members as well as survivors of all forms of torture, ill-treatment and political violence are invited to join the global movement for the abolition of torture
TASSC is concerned not only with the prevention of torture but also addresses its aftermath, the individual survivor, family, community, and society
The voices of all survivors must be heard equally in TASSC’s decision-making

What We Do / Goals:

Create a world-wide network of International Communities of Healing for torture survivors and their families
Influence domestic and international policy through advocacy, social action, public testimony, and targeted media campaigns
Monitor human rights violations in nations where TASSC members may be at risk
Operate Helping Hands, a direct assistance program for survivors
Coordinate the annual United Nations International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors (June 26th)
Speak out personally to the public through the Truth Speakers program.
TASSC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and operates independently of any ideology, government or economic interest.

Meaning of TASSC’S LOGO

TASSC’s logo was designed by Elshafei Dafalla Mohammad from Sudan. His paintings, photography, and sculpture have been widely exhibited and is part of public and private collections in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. The large umbrella-letter T represents truth and zero tolerance for torture.
The dark blue color signifies resilience and spiritual purity. As the dark blue embraces the pure red orange, a pigeon symbolizing peace-love-freedom in many cultures, soars out of the form towards a brighter future which marks the end of oppression.
The letters ASSC in TASSC visualizes a person rising, under the TASSC umbrella, from a state of “bowing under oppression.”
The color black gives the logo a high degree of contrast that reflects the strength and vitality of its lines. TASSC’s logo signifies the awakening and the uprising of those who have been tortured.


Thou shalt not be a Victim. Thou shalt not be a Perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a Bystander!


"I am encouraged by the heroic efforts of various organizations whose work ensures that there are appropriate remedies and reparation for victims. The work of such organizations seeks to include and promote the perspectives of victims and survivors in the development of programmes and policies aimed at addressing torture. This is a goal that I wholeheartedly support and will pursue during my tenure." UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez


“Torture is illegal under any circumstances, with no exceptions… Torture is a crime under international law. It is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.” United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay


"Every day, women, men and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth. [...] By concretely supporting victims of torture, the international community will prove its unequivocal determination and commitment to fight torture and impunity." United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

June Survivor Week

·                             End Torture – Welcome Survivors: TASSC June Survivor Week: June 20 – 26, 2013

End Torture – Welcome Survivors: TASSC June Survivor Week: June 20 – 26, 2013

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See 2011 Survivor Week Photos

·                             15th Annual Survivor Week a Huge Success Thanks to Your Generosity

15th Annual Survivor Week a Huge Success Thanks to Your Generosity

Human Rights

·                                 IRCT on Human Rights Day: Rehabilitation for Torture Survivors is a Human Right
·                                 Committee Against Torture Holds 45th Session in Geneva: Nov. 1-19, 2010
·                                 Elimination of Torture and Rehabilitation of Its Victims

UN Conventions

·                                 UN Convention Against Torture (CAT)
·                                 Countries which Signed and/or Ratified the Convention against Torture
·                                 Optional Protocol for the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)
·                                 Countries which Signed and / or Ratified OPCAT
·                                 UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
·                                 Countries which Signed and / or Ratified the UN Convention against Enforced Disappearance


·                                 HealTorture
·                                 Preventing Torture Everywhere
·                                 Refuge Media Project
·                                 Romney vs. McCain on Torture


·                                 Detention Watch Network
·                                 FIACAT: International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture
·                                 International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances
·                                 International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
·                                 National Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers
·                                 National Religious Campaign against Torture
·                                 Refuge Media Project
·                                 Witness against Torture
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American Torture - Michael Otterman

American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond  by
Michael Otterman.  Macmillan, 2007.

George W. Bush calls them an "alternative set of procedures": forcing victims to stand for forty hours; depriving them of sleep for weeks on end; and strapping prisoners to inclined boards, then flooding their mouths with water. These techniques are torture, and they are legal in the United States.
Michael Otterman reveals the long history of U.S. torture. He shows how these procedures became standard practice in today's war on terror. Initially, the CIA based their techniques on the tactics of their enemies, the Nazis, Soviets, and Chinese. Billions of dollars were spent studying, refining, then teaching these techniques to interrogators charged with keeping communism at bay. They produced procedure manuals that were used in Vietnam, Latin America, and elsewhere. As the Cold War ended, these tortures---engineered to leave deep psychological wounds but few physical scars---were legalized using the very laws that were designed to eradicate their use. After 9/11, they were revived again for use on enemy combatants detained in America's vast gulag of prisoners across the globe---from secret CIA black sites in Thailand to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Michael Otterman shows that these interrogation methods violate more than international law and fundamental human rights. They radicalize enemies, undermine credibility, and yield unreliable intelligence. They do not make us more safe. They make us less safe.

About the Author(s)

Michael Otterman is an award-winning freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was a recent visiting scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. He has covered crime and culture for an array of publications, including Boston's Weekly Dig. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
In Their Own Words
1 A Climate of Fear
2 Stress Inoculation
3 Codifying Cruelty
4 The Phoenix Factor
5 In America's Backyard
6 The Human Cost
7 Alive and Legal
8 The Gloves Come Off, Part I
9 Guantßnamo
10 The Gloves Come Off, Part II The Dual State
Appendix I: Human Resource Exploitation
Training Manual - 1983

[The following book by Hersh was cited in the 2013 Newsletter on Torture Awareness Month..]



How the Department of Defense mishandled the disaster at Abu Ghraib.  BY SEYMOUR M. HERSHMAY 17, 2004

·                                 PRINT
In his devastating report on conditions at Abu Ghraib prison, in Iraq, Major General Antonio M. Taguba singled out only three military men for praise. One of them, Master-at-Arms William J. Kimbro, a Navy dog handler, should be commended, Taguba wrote, because he “knew his duties and refused to participate in improper interrogations despite significant pressure from the MI”—military intelligence—“personnel at Abu Ghraib.” Elsewhere in the report it became clear what Kimbro would not do: American soldiers, Taguba said, used “military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.”
Taguba’s report was triggered by a soldier’s decision to give Army investigators photographs of the sexual humiliation and abuse of prisoners. These images were first broadcast on “60 Minutes II” on April 28th. Seven enlisted members of the 372nd Military Police Company of the 320th Military Police Battalion, an Army reserve unit, are now facing prosecution, and six officers have been reprimanded. Last week, I was given another set of digital photographs, which had been in the possession of a member of the 320th. According to a time sequence embedded in the digital files, the photographs were taken by two different cameras over a twelve-minute period on the evening of December 12, 2003, two months after the military-police unit was assigned to Abu Ghraib.
One of the new photographs shows a young soldier, wearing a dark jacket over his uniform and smiling into the camera, in the corridor of the jail. In the background are two Army dog handlers, in full camouflage combat gear, restraining two German shepherds. The dogs are barking at a man who is partly obscured from the camera’s view by the smiling soldier. Another image shows that the man, an Iraqi prisoner, is naked. His hands are clasped behind his neck and he is leaning against the door to a cell, contorted with terror, as the dogs bark a few feet away. Other photographs show the dogs straining at their leashes and snarling at the prisoner. In another, taken a few minutes later, the Iraqi is lying on the ground, writhing in pain, with a soldier sitting on top of him, knee pressed to his back. Blood is streaming from the inmate’s leg. Another photograph is a closeup of the naked prisoner, from his waist to his ankles, lying on the floor. On his right thigh is what appears to be a bite or a deep scratch. There is another, larger wound on his left leg, covered in blood.
There is at least one other report of violence involving American soldiers, an Army dog, and Iraqi citizens, but it was not in Abu Ghraib. Cliff Kindy, a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, a church-supported group that has been monitoring the situation in Iraq, told me that last November G.I.s unleashed a military dog on a group of civilians during a sweep in Ramadi, about thirty miles west of Fallujah. At first, Kindy told me, “the soldiers went house to house, and arrested thirty people.” (One of them was Saad al-Khashab, an attorney with the Organization for Human Rights in Iraq, who told Kindy about the incident.) While the thirty detainees were being handcuffed and laid on the ground, a firefight broke out nearby; when it ended, the Iraqis were shoved into a house. Khashab told Kindy that the American soldiers then “turned the dog loose inside the house, and several people were bitten.” (The Defense Department said that it was unable to comment about the incident before The New Yorker went to press.)
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When I asked retired Major General Charles Hines, who was commandant of the Army’s military-police school during a twenty-eight-year career in military law enforcement, about these reports, he reacted with dismay. “Turning a dog loose in a room of people? Loosing dogs on prisoners of war? I’ve never heard of it, and it would never have been tolerated,” Hines said. He added that trained police dogs have long been a presence in Army prisons, where they are used for sniffing out narcotics and other contraband among the prisoners, and, occasionally, for riot control. But, he said, “I would never have authorized it for interrogating or coercing prisoners. If I had, I’d have been put in jail or kicked out of the Army.”
The International Red Cross and human-rights groups have repeatedly complained during the past year about the American military’s treatment of Iraqi prisoners, with little success. In one case, disclosed last month by the Denver Post, three Army soldiers from a military-intelligence battalion were accused of assaulting a female Iraqi inmate at Abu Ghraib. After an administrative review, the three were fined “at least five hundred dollars and demoted in rank,” the newspaper said.
Army commanders had a different response when, on January 13th, a military policeman presented Army investigators with a computer disk containing graphic photographs. The images were being swapped from computer to computer throughout the 320th Battalion. The Army’s senior commanders immediately understood they had a problem—a looming political and public-relations disaster that would taint America and damage the war effort.
One of the first soldiers to be questioned was Ivan Frederick, the M.P. sergeant who was in charge of a night shift at Abu Ghraib. Frederick, who has been ordered to face a court-martial in Iraq for his role in the abuse, kept a running diary that began with a knock on his door by agents of the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.) at two-thirty in the morning on January 14th. “I was escorted . . . to the front door of our building, out of sight from my room,” Frederick wrote, “while . . . two unidentified males stayed in my room. ‘Are they searching my room?’ ” He was told yes. Frederick later formally agreed to permit the agents to search for cameras, computers, and storage devices.
September 2011
4.5 x 7, 192 pp.
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Torture and the Forever War
Mark Danner.   MIT, 2011

Describing the unfolding torture of Guantanamo detainee Abu Zabaydah, Mark Danner paints a vivid portrait with unsettling bodily and material details. But this portrait is not presented simply for us to condemn; it serves to crystallize a larger political condition.

Sometime on or about September 11, 2001, Danner argues, our political condition changed. The events of Zabaydah
s torture were the consequence of a set of political choices that created what Danner calls the style of the exception. That style coalesces around distinctive features that have become familiar in our post-9/11 world and have not changed in the transition to a new administration: a declaration of an unending war against an enemy positioned outside the bounds of all legality; a war guided by a legally unbounded executive, who controls the public release of information and uses partisan domestic politics as a continuation of the war by other means, in an improvisational style, and without guidance from history or legal constraints.

But in describing this new condition, placing blame is not Danner
s most pressing concern. Those who created the style of the exception, he argues, surely knew that a moment of judgment would come. Could it be that they thought we would affirm the rightness of their choices, and that in identical circumstances we would have done the same thing?

Danner invites us to consider how, if we reject those choices now, we might extricate ourselves from the style of the exception.

Scholars Elaine Scarry, Eric Posner, Stephen Holmes, and Colonel Steven Kleinman, Senior Intelligence Officer U.S. Air Force, respond to Danner
s conclusions and explore the implications.

Mark Danner is an award-winning journalist and Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, who has written for more than two decades on foreign affairs and international conflict. He is the author of Stripping Bare the Body, The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War
s Buried History, and other books.

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