The United Nations reported yesterday that the government of Syria has been caught torturing its citizens in its effort to repress their rebellion against its autocratic rule. Of course, Syria isn’t the only nation that has been caught engaged in widespread regimes of torture.
In the 2012 presidential election, which candidate can you trust to take a consistent stand against torture, both by foreign governments and by our own? Justice Party Rocky Anderson has made torture a central issue in his 2012 presidential campaign. As founder and director of High Road for Human Rights, Anderson has been a leading anti-torture activist for years. The Republican presidential candidates can’t say that. Barack Obama can’t say that either – he’s kept alive secret prisons that have been used for torture, and created new ones.
As a presidential candidate, Rocky Anderson has written, “Enhanced interrogation apologists claim that pragmatism and national security justifies all that was done, because information was gained that ‘saved thousands of lives.’ To date, not a single such claim can be validated. If, in fact, such an instance existed and is classified, there is no longer a legitimate reason to keep it secret: that the CIA and military interrogators relied upon specific kinds of torture or enhanced interrogation (a semantic distinction without a difference) to obtain information has been a matter of record for several years; the persons from whom the information was derived are or were in U.S. custody, and their information is no longer of current value. The claims by politicians of thwarted plots from timely intelligence that was obtained only by torture have been repudiated by the interrogators who questioned the prisoners and relied upon legitimate interrogation techniques. Experienced and professional interrogators eschew torture as unlawful, unnecessary and unreliable.”
We desperately need a President with this clarity of opposition to torture in the White House. No more apologies. No more excuses. No more claims that torture makes us more secure.
If you want to see a comprehensive push against torture, voting Rocky Anderson for President is a good place to start.