We still need a Commission of Inquiry on Post 9/11 Torture
Today, former President George Bush released his memoir, Decision Points, in which he defends his authorization of waterboarding and other forms of torture in the interrogation of terrorism suspects. He still insists that his decisions kept America safer. But the use of torture has actually made us more of a target, inspiring extremists to commit acts of violence against American soldiers and civilians and costing innumerable lives.
It should be a matter of national outrage that our former leads can, without fear of penalty, admit that they authorized interrogations that violated both American and international law. Without a complete understanding of what has occurred since 9/11, and with no accountability for those in positions of power, there is no guarantee that these immoral and illegal acts will not be repeated by future governments.
RHR-NA has joined with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and other human rights organizations in calling for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate what happened and hold those responsible accountable.
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Also, a reminder to sign up now for RHR-NA's upcoming conference on Judaism and human rights, Human Rights Under Fire: A Jewish Call to Action, December 5-7 in New York City. Click here for more information!
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster
Director of Education and Outreach