Monday, December 17, 2007

What Constitutes Torture?

Irvine -- As Congress and various agencies begin investigating the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes and as Congress moves to restrict certain types of interrogation techniques, Subversity talks with a Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) staff member about what constitutes torture. For example, does forcing someone to stand for hours constitute torture? Hint: Watch: Waiting for the Guards video from Amnesty International.

On our Monday, 17 December, 2007 show we chatted with Lynne Kates. She is the CCR's Organizer for the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative. She is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild and co-chair of its Middle East subcommittee, and is a community activist with New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. She received her JD in 2006 from Rutgers University School of Law, and her BA in 2002 from Rutgers University.

Kates cited the case of Maher Ara, the Canadian national who was "renditioned" and tortured by the CIA. See Ara Commission from Canada.

We also aired a segment from National Radio Project's Making Contact, on "The War on Torture: U.S. Policy Exposed," with analysis from Law and Philosophy Prof. David Luban of Georgetown University.
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