On January 11, the US torture camp at Guantanamo will have been open 13 years. More than 100 men are still held, the majority of whom were cleared for release years ago. They suffer not knowing if they will be released, held indefinitely. Some are still on protest hunger strike, and being force-fed by the U.S. military. Join World Can't Wait in protesting this shameful anniversary with a series of events around the country.
John Yoo, principle author of the Office of Legal Counsel’s “Torture Memos” that gave the green light to the CIA and other governmental agencies to carry out torture under Bush, has this week surprisingly distanced himself from some of the torture techniques, saying on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show on December 11, 2014 that if the Senate’s Torture Report accounts are true, that the CIA was acting outside of the Justice Department’s authorization and could be prosecutable for that.
Torture to Enforce a World of Horrors
EDITORS NOTE: Alan Goodman digs into the contention over the report at the highest levels of the government and military, challenging the legitimacy of a government that would authorize such practices, and not prosecute, but protect, those responsible.
Opposing torture as a key component of the Bush regime program has been integral to World Can't Wait's mission from the start. Here are some snapshots of what this has looked like over the years.
If the U.S. didn't torture; if the report is such an exaggeration of what the CIA did; then why has the Obama administration put the Marines on high alert protecting U.S. facilities around the world?
After up to 12 years, some of the prisoners just released are off hunger strike, and in “freedom.” This deal was put together last March, reportedly because of the huge pressure the Guantanamo prisoners' hunger strike put on Obama. But it took another nine months, during which the prisoners could have died, before their release.
On Black Friday, activists from the World Can't Wait - Bay Area chapter united with other groups including The Light Brigade to protest the non-indictment of Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. A hundred people converged on the municipal tree-lighting ceremony with the message “Black Lives Matter,” with many thousands viewing the Light Brigade signs, and hearing powerful messages.
On Dec. 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker were found guilty of trespass by a US magistrate for their attempt to serve an indictment for war crimes on the commander of Whiteman Air Force Base, which is a drone base. In her statement to the court, Kathy recounted the story of an Afghan mother whose son was killed by a drone and the anguish these weapons cause.
The first article of this series’ main point was that the unjust and murderous actions of officers such as Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson are not aberrations but in fact a logical outgrowth of, entirely consistent with, inspired by, and necessary corollaries to, US governmental policies, both here and abroad.