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The Moral and Political Obligation to Resist Torture

  • pin University of Washington Law School, Rm 133 4293 Memorial Way Northeast Seattle, WA, 98105 United States (map)

WHY RESISTANCE TO TORTURE IS A MORAL AND DEMOCRATIC RESPONSIBILITY. Where there is torture there has always been resistance to it. Without resistance there is no counter-force to the torturing state. In the post-9/11 era, resistance has taken many forms: dissent from individuals within the military, the security agencies and other government bodies; investigative reporting; legal challenges; the mobilization of popular resistance through the work of national and international human rights and religious organizations; grassroots efforts at the local level to raise citizen awareness and organize efforts to end torture; and, not least, the willingness of people to become informed and find ways to respond.

This is one of a series of events related to the trial (trial now canceled due to an out-of-court settlement) of "torture psychologists" James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, CIA contractors who developed and then helped carry out its illegal, blacksite torture program during the Bush-Cheney administration. The ACLU sued the psychologists on behalf of two torture victims and the survivors of a 3rd torture victim who was killed in CIA custody. 

Earlier Event: September 21
Coalition Monthly Meeting
Later Event: September 27
Command and Control in Ridgefield