There are many organizations in America working tirelessly to end torture, questionable interrogation practices and the death penalty. We, who advocate for juvenile justice reform, have heard and been witness too hair raising stories of treatment and conditions endured by kids. The fact remains that we house men and women for long periods of time in complete isolation. Torture! The fact remains that kids are interrogated for hours on end until they crack and tell investigators anything they want to hear just so the torture stops. Investigator's and District Attorney's threaten and intimidate individuals until they take a plea agreement irregardless of guilt or their own best interest. Torture!
As American's we have allowed propaganda to sway our better judgement. We have been told that "enhanced interrogation" methods are strategic and necessary in preventing evil from entering our boarders. We have been coerced into believing that giving up our personal freedoms and embracing government oversight through the Patriot Act is necessary. We have become desensitized to the realities of these treatments of men and women....unless it comes to your house and effects you personally.
Did you know that you can be detained without formal charges and with no time constraint for filing charges?
Did you know that you can be held in solitary confinement for an inordinate amount of time without justification or charges and with no way to challenge the system?
Did you know that your child can be interrogated without your presence or knowledge even though there are supposed to be laws in place to protect children?
Did you know that your child can be arrested and confined in an adult facility without your knowledge and before you are given the opportunity to find representative council for his/her protection?
Did you know that hundreds and even thousands of prisoners die in prison facilities every year from violence?
We must wake up and take back our freedom and our humanity!
The following is an excerpt from an article in the Huff Post, from a former CIA agent concerning torture - Read on: "No. Understand this, from someone who had some involvement in our "enhanced interrogation" program and who worked on terrorism issues for years (see my book, The Interrogator, which relates my involvement in the interrogation of a senior member of al-Qaeda.) I was there: Torture does not work; it makes it harder to evaluate what detainees say, and more suspect. It is unnecessary, it is counterproductive, it is illegal, and it is immoral. Torture besmirches the meaning of America. We become the evil we oppose when we engage in "enhanced interrogation" -- in torture." Glenn L. Carle Zero Dark Thirty
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