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JOINS US at a Press Conference and Vigil - 10 a.m., Friday, December 19, Outside the Governor's Mansion
North Carolina Stop Torture Now will host a press conference and vigil to call upon North Carolina’s elected officials to investigate our state’s role in torture in light of Senate torture report revelations, beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, December 19. Across the street from the Governor’s Mansion, 200 North Blount St. in Raleigh.
Featured Speakers Scheduled are:
* Rev. George Reed, Executive Director, North Carolina Council of Churches -- Raleigh.
The recently released summary of the Senate torture report validates what concerned Tar Heels have been saying since 2005: North Carolina has long been deeply involved in clandestine CIA torture and rendition. At least 17 of the CIA detainees named in the Senate report were secretly transported by Aero Contractors aircraft based in Smithfield or Kinston, NC.
However, at least 14 more named survivors and victims transported to torture by the CIA using Aero Contractors planes and pilots do not appear in the released portion of the Senate report.
“We call on federal and North Carolina authorities to immediately launch vigorous investigations into the illegal torture-related activities and conspiracies now established as taking place in North Carolina,” said Chuck Fager of North Carolina Stop Torture Now.
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"Does torture work? as a question needs to be put in the bin with 'Is slavery commercially feasible?' and 'Can genocide help overpopulation?'"
The world is digesting appalling revelations from the Senate torture report. Release of the redacted executive summary is a historic step forward. Those who have compiled the report and fought for its partial publication should be saluted for their tenacity and courage.
However, much information remains secret, including important facts about detainees and flights that will help to expose North Carolinas extensive role in extraordinary rendition. Sen. Richard Burr has denounced the report as a partisan witch-hunt and proclaimed that under his leadership, the Senate Intelligence Committee will ignore the report and move on.
What we can do:
At least 16 of the 34 rendition survivors and victims transported for the CIA by Aero Contractors were named in the Senate report, validating what we have contended since 2005 that North Carolina is deeply involved. Yet the words 'North Carolina' appear nowhere in what was released on Dec. 9. The CIA and perhaps other government entities maintained vital rendition infrastructure in our state for many years. Our public airports functioned as aviation hubs to transport incapacitated detainees to secret prisons where they were held indefinitely and interrogated under often-brutal torture.
The names of 119 CIA detainees appear in Appendix 2 of the summary, and we learned some of those names for the first time on Tuesday. Yet other survivors of CIA extraordinary rendition are not on the published list, including:
Out of 34 known named survivors and victims of CIA rendition who were transported by Aero Contractors, the CIA's Smithfield-based aviation service, 18 do not appear in the released portion of the Senate report.
As the international human rights organization Reprieve commented, "This is a good start, but it is far from the whole picture. The names of many victims of rendition and torture are absent."
Can we expect that incoming Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) will act for torture transparency? When asked if he saw any kind of follow-up to the report, Sen. Burr told McClatchy, "No. Put this report down as a footnote in history."
Sen. Burr also called the report "a blatant attempt to smear the Bush administration" and "flawed, biased, and political in nature."
Taking Responsibility for Extraordinary Rendition and Torture: The Case Of Abou ElKassim Britel
Since September 11, 2001, more than 135 people have been seized, abducted and tortured as part of the U.S. extraordinary rendition program. Abou ElKassim Britel is one of them.
"The wrong has been done, sadly. What I can ask now is some form of reparation, so that I can have a fresh start and try to forget, even if it won’t be easy ... I want an apology; it is only fair to say that someone who has done something wrong must apologize." – Abou ElKassim Britel
Most recently, as repuplished in early October editions of the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer, Britel wrote to reporter Renee Schoof with the Washington bureau of McClatchy newspapers:
"I would like recognition of the injustice I went through ... (m)y honor and my dignity have been violated. I was deprived of family and freedom, or a future and career. I returned home after a 10-year exile with my health and mental state ruined, with no work and with much suffering."
Brital also said that the governments of Pakistan, Italy and the United States should be pressed as well, "(I)n the hopes that it would bring an end to the abuse and torture."
North Carolina Stop Torture Now and a team of law students led by Professor Deborah Weissman in the Human Rights Policy Seminar at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill seek official acknowledgement, apologies, and restitution for Mr. Britel for three reasons: (1) Simple humanity requires it; (2) Americans do not condone the terrible human rights abuses perpetrated in our names; and (3) these actions are essential to ensure that such wrongs never happen again.
Mr. Britel has published a powerful reminiscence of just a small part of his experience as a captive, learning to view the cockroaches who shared his food as friends.
Or, you can print this version. and circulate it among your friends, faith or activist community and return it to:
Britel Apology ♦ NC Stop Torture Now ♦ P.O. Box 12707 ♦ Raleigh, NC 27605
3-5 p.m., Sunday, December 14, 2014
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In addition, we are in regular contact with survivors who were secretly rendered to torture in NC-based aircraft and have never received a word of acknowledgement, apology, or restitution from the U.S. government. Their lives were shattered. This national shame cannot be swept under the rug.