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  • RENDITION & TORTURE
Winning Issue » RENDITION & TORTURE


After 9/11, the White House authorized the CIA to engage in a program of extraordinary rendition -or the transfer without due process- of suspected terrorists to foreign governments for the purpose of detention and interrogation. Once there, detainees were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs). For the past decade, many Americans assumed these methods consisted of moderate sleep and sensory depravation or overload, and waterboarding -pouring water over the cloth-covered face of a restrained suspect to simulate drowning. It is known a single suspect was waterboarded 183 times, and that interrogators held suspects underwater in bathtubs until near death, while doctors stood by for revival. These assumptions have been confirmed by a recent government report which also revealed additional details of EIT methods. Some detainees were deprived of sleep for days, kept awake by bright lights and loud music. Others had their arms shackled above their heads or were confined in coffin-size boxes 22 hours a day for days at a time. CIA operatives and military contractors threatened blindfolded suspects with pistols and power drills, and also threatened to harm to their families. At least five detainees were subjected to “rectal hydration and feeding.” EITs resulted in one detainee’s death and serious injuries to others, including broken limbs, psychological problems resulting in self-mutilation and suicide attempts, and the loss of one suspect’s eye.

The EIT program was founded by two psychologists with no experience in counterterrorism and little knowledge of Middle Eastern culture. Their company received at least 80 million taxpayer dollars for devising a dozen torture techniques and they participated in subjecting detainees to these measures. It is estimated that at least 119 people, including at least 26 innocent people, were held by dozens of complicit foreign governments and tortured. The Bush administration, CIA and their supporters claim EITs were justified by 9/11 and the War on Terror, claiming these methods uncovered valuable information and saved American lives. However, FBI agents, questioning suspects before contractors assumed jurisdiction, claimed non-coercive methods were much more effective in obtaining actionable intelligence from detainees, who often stopped talking or gave bad information once they were subjected to torture.

The secret rendition and torture program was conducted in places beyond reach of our laws. The CIA and the White House went to great lengths to mislead Congress, the National Security Council -including our secretaries of state and defense, and the American people. Critics lament this program because it totally disregarded the rule of law, yet no officials have been charged with these crimes. Many believe torture is not who we are as a nation, and say the time has come to definitively repudiate its use. Since many domestic and international laws prohibiting torture are already on the books, they say the only way to deter future administrations from employing these methods is to prosecute those who approved, directed or committed the crimes which occurred during the time when our rendition and torture program was the official policy of our nation.


Pending Legislation: None



Options


  • I oppose reforming current rendition and torture policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support prohibiting the U.S. Armed Forces from authorizing the apprehension or detention of any person except to the extent that is allowed by the Constitution or the law of war; the detention without charge of any person apprehended or detained in the United States or a U.S. territory or possession, except as expressly provided by an Act of Congress, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.2390 - No Detention without Charge Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY)or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a bill to prosecute those who approved, directed or committed the CIA rendition and torture program, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support prohibiting the U.S. Armed Forces from authorizing the apprehension or detention of any person except to the extent that is allowed by the Constitution or the law of war; the detention without charge of any person apprehended or detained in the United States or a U.S. territory or possession, except as expressly provided by an Act of Congress, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.2390 - No Detention without Charge Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY)or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.2390 - No Detention without Charge Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, CJA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for Constitutional rights, including due process, be extended to all those incarcerated by military and civilian law enforcement agencies.

The Center for Justice and Accountability is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress. CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse. CJA was founded in 1998 with support from Amnesty International and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture to represent torture survivors in their pursuit of justice. CJA's first client was a Bosnian torture and detention camp survivor who experienced additional trauma after he learned that his torturer was living freely in the same community in the U.S. CJA recognizes that the need for justice is an integral component of a torture victim's recovery process and that healing cannot take place when the perpetrator continues to live without consequence.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020