The American Torture Story has been buried for far too long.
Recently a 6,900 page report was released exposing human rights violations. But shockingly, the Justice Department has apparently not even read the full report. The Justice Department can't bury the truth.
If they have not read the report we will send it to them - one page at a time!
The American Torture Story starts like this:
The U.S. disappeared more than 100 men from 2002 to 2008. Many were tortured, humiliated and otherwise abused. The government used clinical words like "enhanced interrogation" and "stress positions" to obscure the truth, including:
→ Forced rectal feeding used to humiliate and exert control over men;
→ Men hung naked except for diapers, shackled into positions where they were forcibly deprived of sleep -- in some cases lasting for several days;
→ One "technique" involved stripping men, wrapping their naked bodies in Mylar tape, and dragging them up and down hallways while punching and slapping them.
There are more than 6,000 pages to this American Torture Story: a Senate committee spent years reviewing millions of government documents to piece together a landmark report known as the "Senate torture report." More than ever before, we know how and why these abuses occurred.
This is a story that had to be told - and now it must be read. Shockingly, the Justice Department is apparently refusing to read it, even though the agency should be reviewing any new evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Instead, the Justice Department is keeping the report locked away in a sealed envelope.
WRITE LETTERS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The Justice Department isn't even reading the full Senate Torture Report, despite the fact that it is their duty to investigate, and to hold perpetrators of abuses accountable. All the public has right now is a declassified summary, but the Justice Department has the full 6,900 page report. If they won't read it, YOU can send it to them.
Here's how you can do it:
1. Print and sign the sample letter to the Attorney General, or write your own
2. Print a random page of the torture report
3. Place your letter and the page in a envelope
4. Send it to:
US Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
JUNE 26: There is nothing more powerful than direct action. We're calling upon all human rights activists to participate in actions on June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Whether that's taking part in one of several demonstrations or calling the Attorney General we're here to support you and have designed several different options to inspire you. View our action toolkit to learn more here.
There might be an action already taking place in your city on June 26th. Click here to learn more about events and actions planned by AIUSA and Coalition Partners in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
JUNE 26: pick up the phone and call the Justice Department, demanding that they investigate this #AmericanTortureStory. Click here to view a call-in script and other resources in our activist toolkit.