“Torturous Policies”

Gabe Schlabach has a new article in this month’s PeaceSigns e-zine, detailing one of the torture hearings that has taken place in Congress over the last few months.  Despite the disturbing information coming from these hearings, he concludes:

There is a silver lining to the explicit approval and use of torture by the current Administration: the stories and images coming out of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay have raised awareness of human rights violations that were once carried out covertly. The House of Representatives has issued investigative subpoenas to John Yoo and David Addington, the Vice President’s Chief of Staff. And the debate over the treatment of detainees and the use of torture has received some coverage by the national media.

The article includes concrete suggestions for contacting Congress urging the government to take a hard line against torture.

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