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An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
                  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Please, please, don't turn away. I know it's heartbreaking, but don't turn your eyes away from these real, live human beings.

It is an injustice that there are still human beings who have been in Guantanamo for years, and who remain uncharged.

It is an injustice that there are still human beings who have been in Guantanamo for years, who have been cleared for release, except that no safe country will accept them.

It is an injustice that a tortured child, Omar Khadr, remains in Guantanamo, where he has been for a third of his life, now in solitary confinement for the next year.

It is an injustice that human beings in US custody remain unaccounted for, including the then 7 and 9 year old sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The CIA admitted they had the boys in 2003; we don't even know if the boys are still alive today.

It is an injustice that the US torture regime and those who put it in place and those who carried it out go uninvestigated and unpunished.

It is an injustice that the US Army Field Manual on Human Collector Intelligence Operations includes techniques which are torture, including sleep deprivation, human contact deprivation and sensory deprivation, as well as the use of drugs to ellicit information.

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‎"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What do YOU think Dr. King would think about thes things ?

What do YOU think Dr. King would want YOU to do about it, today ?

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    Please, honour Dr. King,
          and
    Stand up for justice and accountability,
            For Dan,
            Heather

Originally posted to Standing for justice and accountability, for Dan on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 09:07 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Justice! (5+ / 0-)

    The audacity to hope.

    What a national shame, being not only continued but compounded on.

    Shame. Shame. Shame.

    This is a "single issue" for this voter.

    DADT repeals are nice. Lily Ledbetter Acts sure make situations for women a bit better.

    But I'll never accept any of that (no matter how lengthy a list) as a substitute for human rights policies.

    Never.

    More and Better Democrats

    by SJerseyIndy on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 09:17:38 AM PST

    •  ((((((((((((((((SJerseyIndy)))))))))))))))) (4+ / 0-)

      Thank you.

      I am horrified at how many view those in Guantanamo, and those in Bagram, and those who were tortured and are now released, those who have been disappeared, as "other."

      We are ALL part of one family, the HUMAN family.

            Standing with you, for justice and accountability,
                     For Dan,
                     Heather

      Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

      by Chacounne on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 09:23:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  As a human being, I'm horrified as well (3+ / 0-)
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        peacestpete, Chacounne, JG in MD

        But, unfortunately, not surprised by the willingness of humans to place "others" on a rung below themselves so as to claim a superiority that makes it easier to not care about what's being done to them.

        Let's face it: that's pretty much the ongoing policy of our government... a policy of dehumanization as a means by which to garner continued support for waging wars around the globe against those we deem worthy of our murderous rampages.

        No surprise that it works on a cheesy-poof-eating, slurpee-sucking populace cursed by the disease of "MEism".

        More and Better Democrats

        by SJerseyIndy on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 09:59:26 AM PST

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        •  So sadly, sadly true. (2+ / 0-)
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          SJerseyIndy, JG in MD

          Too many North Americans have lost their empathy.

          The question is, how do we get it back, as a culture ?

                  Hugs,
                  For Dan,
                  Heather

          Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

          by Chacounne on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 10:10:27 AM PST

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          •  I have to tuck away my empathy (1+ / 0-)
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            SJerseyIndy

            and hide it under the psych meds I take for depression and anxiety. Otherwise I would be crying most of every day.

            I've been backing off from DK and the other discussion sites. The horrors set forth in Griftopia, Fair Game, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story and the diaries, articles, editorials, and news are making me see practically everything in everyday American life as a painful irony. I live in the second most tolerant state in the Union, but the world is out there, and the Net shows it to us.

            I mourn the life I led in my first 25 years, 1944–1969, when we didn't know that laws and regulations were the only thing holding a monster at bay. We didn't know the monster existed, at least I didn't.

            Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

            by JG in MD on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 03:48:27 PM PST

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          •  I'm left without an answer. (0+ / 0-)

            I don't even know where to begin to start. My first thought is education and the dissemination of information where and when we can to as many as we can. But then I get to thinking, you can only lead someone to information. You cannot get them to take the time to read it. And with so many being so busy working to pay bills and feed kids that need to get to soccer practice before the other needs to get to football practice which comes just around the time the third needs to be at dance practice (you get the point), I'm not sure we can find the time for them. Or, get them to spend what little free time they have reading information instead of something else. Or, whether we should expect them to. I dunno.

            Like I said, I'm left without answer.

            Just a seemingly-endless circle of thoughts...

            More and Better Democrats

            by SJerseyIndy on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 05:19:55 PM PST

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  •  "No Moral Man Can Patiently Adjust to Injustice." (0+ / 0-)

    Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone!

    GOD Bless You All!
    (except you southern racist bigots and Confederates who celebrate Robert E. Lee or Jefferson Davis Day like Mississippi Gov. Haley "Foghorn Leghorn" Barbour and his Concerned Citizens' Council chums, and you can go self-fornicate)

    •  Hmmm (2+ / 0-)

      I join you in wishing all a Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

      Amen! to Dr. King's quote.

      As for Governor Barbour and those who think as he does, I will pray that one day their hearts will open to those they now view as "other."

          Standing for justice and accountability,
                   For Dan,
                   Heather

      Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

      by Chacounne on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 09:57:54 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

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