NC anti-torture advocates renew calls for reform, accountability
Despite sweltering conditions, 40 members and allies of North Carolina Stop Torture Now (NCSTN) made sure victims of the United States’ Torture Program were not forgotten on June 26, the United Nations International Day in Solidarity with Victims of Torture. Displaying numerous banners and placards decrying torture, the group gathered on a hillside outside the […]
The value of looking backward
An honest assessment of the disastrous U.S. experience in Afghanistan leads to some hard truths and painful lessons Former President Obama famously expressed his belief about the “war on terror” that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backward.”
North Carolina is torturing thousands of prisoners. It needs to stop.
The cruel reality of solitary confinement ought to shock all caring and thinking people One night in January of 2014, two prison guards at the Colorado State Penitentiary walked a man in handcuffs and an inmate’s uniform down the prison hallway and deposited him in a solitary cell designated "R.F.P. Ad. Seg.: Administrative Segregation, Removed from Population. Solitary confinement."
Greensboro apology for Klan violence establishes a welcome precedent for CIA torture program
This week, in a historic and unprecedented move, the Greensboro City Council formally apologized for the city’s handling of the 1979 massacre by white supremacists in a low-income, predominantly African-American neighborhood of Greensboro. The apology to victims, their families, and the community comes after over four decades of persistent struggle for acknowledgement of the city’s […]
Congressman David Price demands answers about CIA torture program
As previously reported here and here, the advocacy group NC Stop Torture Now has been shining a light for years on the extremely troubling connections between North Carolina and a program of secret detention and torture run by the CIA in the years following the September 11 attacks of 2001. As the group has documented, […]
Human rights advocates call on Cooper, Stein to support inquiry into NC’s involvement in CIA torture
Human rights advocates are calling on Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein to support the work of a non-governmental commission that’s been formed to examine, among other things, North Carolina’s role in the illegal and immoral torture program administered by the U.S. government in early years of the last decade. As is explained […]
Tillis joins Burr in support for stifling the truth on torture
Well, this is off to a good start. Senator-elect Thom Tillis is already staking out a less-than-courageous profile in his new job by essentially parroting the absurd remarks of his new colleague Richard Burr on the CIA torture report and attempting to make it a partisan issue — even though people of both major parties […]