Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Demand Torture Commission

From Human Rights First:

Please sign this petition urging President Obama to get the full truth on torture. He needs to see that the American people won't take "no" for an answer.

The U.S. government can't promise us—and the rest of the world—that this won't happen again unless it thoroughly investigates how we allowed these violations to take place. The Senate report itself concludes that our past use of torture has done nothing to make America safer or more secure—in fact, it's done exactly the opposite.

We are urging an independent inquiry to help evaluate the full cost of abuses, examine how we got there, and come up with safeguards so we don't repeat the same mistakes. The U.S. needs to invest in a forward-looking strategy on intelligence gathering that gives interrogators training and guidance on which techniques work, and which techniques—such as torture—don't. To get to that point, we need to fully explore our past wrongdoing.

We can't restore our reputation and safeguard our country until we know the truth. Add your name to tell President Obama that we need to fully investigate torture—it's the only way to make sure that it never happens again.