Friday, January 23, 2009
Another good day...for human rights over false security
1. Bans torture and inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terror interrogations.
2. Closes the CIA’s secret prisons and ends the Bush administration's CIA program of enhanced interrogation methods that have included abhorrent procedures like water-boarding.
3. Provides the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all U.S.-held detainees.
4. Establishes an interagency task force to lead a systematic review of detention policies and procedures and a review of all individual cases.
For information on Khadr, check here.
We were notified about a very interesting looking magazine subscription today.. something about a Walrus :-)
PS - Saw some proud Canadians at the inauguration. Thought of all my Canadian friends! =)
This is indeed very good news and hopefully heralds in a new era to end the ideological fervor that presided over that immediate past period of assaults and alienation of human rights.
Thanks to Amnesty for their tireless work to bring to light the full extent of the horror and alienation of human rights orchestrated under the guise of the phony war on terror.
Hopefully we will now see a return to the rule of law and justice.
Given this beginning I think we can remain optimistic that relations with the USA to the rest of the world will improve along with a more considered stance in contrast to prior idea that good and evil idea can be applied to nations as a simple matter of picking out a few bad apples from the box of good fruit.
Alliances have a nasty habit of requiring those involved to support measures later that on balance they would not otherwise engage in, but I don’t want to harp on the matter.
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