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Torture in Yemen:

In a major sotry, the Associated Press has reported that US officials are interrogating prisoners subjected to torture by United Arab Emirates officials in Yemen. Here is the article: AP News Link.

We urge everyonen to call their US senators and representative about this issue. Let them know: "The AP has reported that US officals are interrogating prisioners subjected ot torture in Yemen. Please demand an immediate end to this practice." The switchboard is 1-202-224-3121. A phone menu will route you through to your senators or representative.


Opposing Gina Haspel as New Deputy Director of CIA

President Trump's selection of Gina Haspel as Deputy Director of the CIA is extremely distressing to those who oppose torture. Ms. Haspel was instrumental in the administration of CIA "Black Sites" where torture took place under her direction and participation. In a Febraury 3, 2017 article by Dexter Filkins for The New Yorker, we read:

From 2003 to 2005, Gina Haspel was a senior official overseeing a top-secret C.I.A. program that subjected dozens of suspected terrorists to savage interrogations, which included depriving them of sleep, squeezing them into coffins, and forcing water down their throats. In 2002, Haspel was among the C.I.A. officers present at the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, an Al Qaeda suspect who was tortured so brutally that at one point he appeared to be dead.

[Recently], the Trump Administration announced that Haspel would become the C.I.A.'s new deputy director.

It appears that the debate about torture in the President's mind, if there ever was one, is over.

Haspel, a career C.I.A. employee, took part in another of the agency's darkest moments: the destruction, in 2005, of video tapes of the interrogation of Zubaydah and a second suspect, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, at whose torture she was present, three years before.

Because Haspel's new job is exempt from congressional confirmation, it's doubtful she will ever have to publicly answer questions about her role in what amounts to America's dirty war.

Further reading: New Yorker Article


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