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Barack–Open The Torture Files!!

I voted for Barack Obama and was pleased that among his first acts was to make clear there would no longer be torture, but this is only a small part of the issue of were people tortured, who did the torturing and who ordered the torturing. The case of British citizen, Binyam Mohammed, is a test as to whether the Obama administration is going to mouth words about torture or face the tough question of opening all files dealing with the use of torture in order that America can cleanse its soul of the Bush era so characterized by ignoring the Constitution of the United States. British Foreign Secretary first claimed the file could not be opened because US sources threatened to cease cooperating if they were made public. Now, he says, there really was no threat but the issue is sensitive and deals with “national security.”

Tyrants and torturers invariably resort to the every ready, “national security” excuse to be secret. The only “national security” issue at stake is the security of those who tortured and their fear public disclosure will result in criminal action against them. There is one simple way to handle this problem– President Obama should order the opening of all files in which torture was used to extract confessions. Let the world know that the American people do not allow torture since it violates our moral values and our Constitution. OPEN THE DOSSIERS!!

Britain Upset At Guantanamo Prisoner Conditions

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is confronting increasing pressure to intervene in the case of a British subject who has been held at Guantanamo prison for six years without ever being allowed to have a fair trial. Binyam Mohamed claims to have suffred horrific abuse at the hands of his American captors including razor blade cuts to his genitalsll. According to Liberal Democrat MP, Sarah Teather, who heads a parliamentary group dealing with the issue of Guantanamo, “The American government have dsgracefuly undermned their own case by allowing Binyam Mohamed to be subjected to such horrendous abuse.” She is particularly angry that an individual would be held for years without any charges being brought against him in a court of law.

Mr. Mohamed is of Ethiopian backgrond who fled to Great Britain in 1994 and obtained asylum He was arrested in Pakistan and charged with being a terrorist. As of this date, he has never been allowed to confront his accusers in a court of law which is the normal process followed in most modern democratic societies.