By Ann Burroughs, Chair of AIUSA’s Board of Administrators
Donald Trump has made it clear he desires deliver again torture. “We must always go a lot stronger than waterboarding,” he stated final yr, calling it “your minor form” of torture.
Now he’s picked Rep. Mike Pompeo to go the CIA – a person who referred to as the CIA’s program of torture and disappearing below the Bush administration “throughout the regulation” and “within the Constitution.”
We are able to’t let Trump deliver again the CIA torture program. Trump’s choose for CIA chief should reject torture – and decide to upholding the regulation.
That’s why this week, Amnesty Worldwide USA’s Board of Administrators wrote the Senate Intelligence Committee urging senators to hunt Pompeo’s specific dedication to upholding U.S. and worldwide regulation on torture and different ill-treatment.
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Our letter factors out that 4 of the people most not too long ago confirmed to direct the CIA—Porter Goss, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus and John Brennan—used their affirmation hearings to sentence torture as morally reprehensible and inconsistent with U.S. values and authorized commitments. “These are values we've got fought for, that People have died for over the course of a long time and centuries,” Normal Petraeus testified.
However this isn’t about whether or not Trump or Pompeo agree with us that torture is fallacious. No matter their private views, torture is a criminal offense. It violates unequivocal U.S. and worldwide regulation, together with legal guidelines lengthy supported by members of each events. Listed below are only a few examples:
- The U.S. led within the negotiation of the UN Conference In opposition to Torture, and President Ronald Reagan, who signed it in April 1988, wrote that its ratification “will clearly specific [U.S.] opposition to torture.”
- Federal regulation makes torture and ill-treatment illegal without exception—regardless of the place an individual is held (at Guantánamo, in secret prisons—wherever).
- Federal regulation additionally bans the CIA, the navy and different brokers from particular abusive “methods” like waterboarding, compelled nudity and different sexual abuse, hooding, mock executions and beatings. That’s because of a law championed by torture survivor John McCain and Dianne Feinstein.
Backside line: Torture just isn't a coverage choices to debate on the deserves, however an unlawful follow.
Inform your senators you anticipate them to talk up – and demand Pompeo decide to upholding the regulation. Take action.
Human rights are non-negotiable below each president, together with President-elect Trump. Greater than ever, it is necessary that each one of us on this nation search to face between the torturer and the tortured.