Sunday, March 15, 2009

Evidence in the public domain

This is my favorite passage from the letter* calling on the Obama administration to appoint a special counsel to investigate for prosecution those responsible for U.S. torture:

We see no need for these prosecutions to be extraordinarily lengthy or costly, and no need to wait for the recommendations of a panel or "truth" commission when substantial evidence of the crimes is already in the public domain.
A new article by Mark Danner puts possibly the most substantial piece of evidence yet in the public domain, the Red Cross report of the accounts of what prisoners experienced in CIA "black sites" before being transferred to Guantanamo in 2006.

The accounts are chilling and detailed. The report notes that the strong similarities in the accounts by 14 prisoners who had had no contact with each other before speaking to the Red Cross, down to small details, add to their credibility.

*More than a hundred organizations have now signed on. Perhaps your local bar association or other concerned group would be interested in joining the effort.

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At 6:59 PM, March 16, 2009, Blogger Barbara Helmick said...

Would love to hear your comments on the El Salvador election. Hope all is well.

At 2:18 PM, March 17, 2009, Blogger Nell said...

Thanks, Barbara, I needed the nudge.

The analogies with the Obama victory are striking -- including my, let's say, very restrained expectations for the future.


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