Has America resorted to torture in the name of the "War on Terror"? Scenes from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo made many question whether we have damaged our democratic values and humanitarian ideals. Will the Obama administration hold the perpetrators of torture - including those at the top who authorized water-boarding and other interrogation techniques - accountable for their actions?
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow launched Culture Project's "Blueprint for Accountability" series on May 31, 2009 with a gripping evening on accountability and the U.S. policy of torture in the “War on Terror.” In this multi-media production fusing live theater and journalism, Maddow was joined by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Ron Suskind, Vince Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded U.S. troops in Iraq during 2003-2004.
An edited version of the full event is now airing on Link TV, which is proud to be Culture Project's media partner in this groundbreaking series. The first episode of the series, "Working The Dark Side", also includes performances, based on reporting by Suskind and Jane Mayer, by actors Liev Schreiber, John Leguizamo, Noah Emmerich, Manu Narayan, Clara Govinden, Ramsey Faragallah and Julianna Margulies. Click here for more airdates and times, and watch NOW online!
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Here are some of the organizations urging the American people to stand up against torture and demand accountability:
The ICTJ assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. Learn more at www.ictj.org.
9/14/09 - Obama's About-Face Goes to High Court
8/24/09 - Holder's official statement
8/24/09 - CIA Faulted for Conduct at Prisons
8/21/09 - Detainees Shown CIA Officers' Photos
8/3/09 - New Detainee Site In U.S. Considered
7/29/09 - To Investigate, or not Investigate
7/16/09 - Hard not to investigate CIA, torture
7/14/09 - The Man Who Knew Cheney's Secret
7/13/09 - Obama Faces Hurdles in Closing Gitmo
7/13/09 - Did America Break its Torture Law?
7/12/09 - Obama Faces a New Push to Look Back
7/11/09 - A Call to Jihad, Answered in America
6/29/09 - New Rift Opens Over Rights of Detainees
6/25/09 - The Pursuit of John Yoo
6/20/09 - Delay in Releasing CIA Report Is Sought
6/12/09 - Obama Bows on Settling Detainees
5/22/09 - Washington Post: "Obama vs. Cheney"
5/21/09 - AP: "Obama Defends Guantanamo Closing"
5/15/09 - CNN: Torture Helped Build Iraq War Case
5/15/09 - Washington Post: Speaker's Comments Raise Detainee Debate to New Level
5/14/09 - WSJ: Obama to Retool Military Trials for Terror Suspects
5/14/09 - Washington Post: Obama Reverses Position on Release of Photos of Detainee Abuse
5/14/09 - SF Chronicle: Senate Testimony sheds light on alleged torture
5/14/09 - Senate Democrats want Gitmo inmates kept out of US
5/13/09 - Washington Post: Ex-FBI agent criticizes harsh terrorism tactics
5/13/09 - Dick Cheney on the Attack
3/23/09 - CACI International Inc. criticized a judge's refusal to dismiss a lawsuit by alleged torture victims at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison
3/21/09 - Terror Memo Sparks Fight - The Obama administration's efforts to declassify a series of Bush-era legal memoranda from the war on terror have sparked a fight with the CIA.
3/20/09 - Kenya: International Law, Torture and Britain's Gulag - Nicole K. Parshall discusses the actions of the British colonial authorities during the suppression of the Mau Mau movement in 1950s Kenya.
3/20/09 - Rare Victory for Torture Victims: Lawsuit Can Continue - Abu Ghraib detainees can move ahead with their torture cases.
3/19/09 - MI5 faces new rules on terror interrogations - PM orders code on questioning abroad
3/19/09 - Series of allegations that finally forced Brown to act - Brown asks ISC to look at interrogation policy again; detainees claimed MI5 collusion as early as 2005
3/17/09 - Video: Professor Mark Danner goes over a secret report conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
3/14/09 - Confidential Red Cross report from 2007 describes torture in CIA jails (from Mark Danner in the New York Times)
3/13/09 - U.S. to end use of the term "enemy combatant" as justification to hold detainees - but does this represent a fundamental change in policy towards these prisoners?
3/10/09 - AFP reports that two UN special rapporteurs will investigate all CIA detentions centers and 10 U.S. military bases around the world; ACLU in a FOIA lawsuit to have Abu Ghraib photos released
2/27/09 - U.S. Senate planning hearing on CIA methods - will the hearing be secret?
2/26/09 - U.K. admits to Iraq rendition case, transferring two terror suspects captured in Iraq to U.S. custody in 2004
2/22/09 - Agreeing with the Bush administration, Justice Department under Obama determines detainees in Afghanistan have no right to sue for release from imprisonment (from the New York Times)
2/12/09 – USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Americans favor investigation into use of torture in the Bush presidency, but reveals less support for criminal prosecutions
2/9/09 – Sen. Leahy proposes "truth and reconcilliation commission" to investigate Bush-era wrongdoing
2/1/09 - U.S. Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) supports investigation into U.S. use of torture under the Bush administration
1/29/09 - Physicians for Human Rights calls on Obama to close "torture loopholes" in the Army Field Manual
1/22/09 - Obama signs executive order to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year
1/21/09 - Obama puts 120 day hold on prosecutions at Guantanamo Bay
1/20/09 - Obama declares in his Inaugural Address: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations."
1/15/09 - Attorney General nominee Eric Holder affirms that "waterboarding is torture" in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee
1/14/09 - Guantanamo detainee was tortured, according to a Bush administration official charged with overseeing military trials. Article by groundbreaking journalist Bob Woodward at the Washington Post.
This Link TV original production investigates the history of interrogations in the "War on Terrorism", and the growing movement calling for accountability for those who authorized and participated in torture.
Media worldwide present the brutality of torture, while the U.S media debate the political ramifications of the “torture” memos.
This 1970 film shows reenactments of waterboarding, pau de arara and other medieval and modern "procedures" administered by Brazil's military government, as well as interviews with torture victims.
This interview with the filmmakers of "Brazil: A Report on Torture", Haskell Wexler and Saul Landau, covers both the making of the film and the persistence of torture as an interrogation technique.
Rice addresses accusations that the Bush administration authorized the torture of detainees with enhanced interrogation techniques.
In this ABC News interview from Dec. 15, 2008, former Vice President Dick Cheney admits approving harsh interrogation tactics against terror suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others - including arguing that waterboarding was appropriate in order to gather information from detainees.
OUTLAWED: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the 'War on Terror'
OUTLAWED is a 27-minute WITNESS production in association with 14 production and distribution partners worldwide. Learn more about this program and WITNESS here.
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"Torture on Trial" is a Link TV original production that investigates the history of interrogations in the "War on Terrorism", and the growing movement calling for accountability for those who authorized and participated in torture. Featured guests include Jane Mayer, staff writer with The New Yorker, Mark Danner, author of "Torture and Truth", and others. Learn more here!
Washington Post: "The Detainee Shell Game"
Salon.com: "Cheney's Torture Trap for Democrats"
Washington Post: "As President, Obama is Unafraid to Disappoint His Allies"
New York Times: "Obama After Bush: Leading by Second Thought"
New York Times: "The Torture Debate - The Missing Voices"
Link TV, an independent source of perspectives rarely seen in the mainstream media, has been airing hard-hitting documentaries and news programs exposing the Bush administration's illegal use of torture in the "War on Terror". Link TV has an archive of information on the torture and accountability issue - click on our archive here for more videos, links, and ways to take action.