Fw: ACTION ALERT: Oppose Torture, Support the McCain A mendment!
ACTION ALERT: Oppose Torture, Support the McCain Amendment!Some of you may have received this League of Women Voters action alert, too. Of course, others of you have noticed that this is an issue of concern to me, so I thought I'd pass it on in case you might consider writing or calling.Here's the LWVUS sample letter from their website http://takeaction.lwv.org/lwv/issues/alert/?alertid=8299196Cathy________I urge you to insist that the McCain anti-torture amendment remain intact in the final version of the DOD Appropriations bill.I strongly oppose the use of torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of detainees. I am deeply concerned about reports of abuses of military prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, and interrogation methods used on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and in purported CIA installations throughout Europe.The United States must recommit itself to following human rights standards in order to regain standing in international relations and to ensure that our nation remains true to the underlying values of our democratic system.
Make the McCain amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill the law and make it clear that the United States does not condone torture.Thank you for listening to a constituent. I look forward to reading your reply._______-- Original Message -----To: Ida JohnsonSent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 1:02 PMSubject: ACTION ALERT: Oppose Torture, Support the McCain Amendment!
ACTION ALERT: Oppose Torture, Support the McCain Amendment!
In the next few days, Congress could vote on an amendment that will tell the world whether the United States supports or opposes the use of torture.
Congress is currently considering the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations bill, the Senate version of which includes an amendment opposing torture sponsored by Senator John McCain (R AZ). The Senate overwhelmingly passed the anti-torture amendment in early October by a vote of 90-9. A conference committee is working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the defense appropriations bill, so now is the time to insist that the McCain amendment be included in the final DOD appropriations bill.
Take action now to oppose torture!
The McCain anti-torture amendment reinforces existing law and bans "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone under custody or control of the U.S. government. The amendment: 1) prohibits all forms of detainee treatment and interrogation that are not specifically authorized by the U.S. Army Field Manual for DOD detainees, and 2) bars conduct prohibited by the U.S. Constitution and the U.N. Convention Against Torture for all detainees.
The United States must recommit itself to following human rights standards in order to regain standing in international relations and to ensure that our nation remains true to the underlying values of our democratic system.
Tell your Members of Congress to support the McCain anti-torture amendment as passed by the Senate!
1. Contact your U.S. Senators and Representative NOW, by phone and by email, and urge them to support efforts to include the McCain amendment in the final version of the Department of Defense Appropriations bill. Tell them that you oppose the use of torture in interrogations and the cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of detainees. Phone calls can be made through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121. Click here to send an instant message to your Members of Congress now!
2. Forward this alert to other concerned citizens - your grassroots network, your friends and coworkers. Encourage them to contact their members of Congress today!
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Action Alert #109-18, Civil Liberties, McCain Anti-Torture Amendment, Congress, GLC, 12/07/05
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