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WE DON’T TORTURE

Things are moving right along in this the third day of the new administration. This morning The President signed 5 executive orders including one that calls for the end of the use of torture. From this point forward in all interrogations the guidelines laid out in the Army field manual and the rules of the Geneva convention will be followed. Other orders signed today include one to close Guantanaomo Bay within a year and the establishment of a committee to decide what to do with prisoners at Guantanamo. The final executive order was specific to one detainee’s case. He’s high profile but I can’t remember how to spell out his name.

Special patriotic nods to everyone that spoke truth to power during the last eight years trying to stop the torture of prisoners. One such group was Code Pink also, World Can’t Wait and Radio Talk Show Host Randi Rhodes. Here locally The Nashville Peace & Justice Center worked hard to organize, protest and educate about this issue. There were many, many more. THANK YOU to all who did. You are all great Americans. I am proud of you. I am proud of us. I’m proud of America again.

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Protest against Guantanamo Bay Prison

Eighty Arrested at Protests Calling for Closure of Gitmo
The Associated Press

In orange jumpsuits to simulate detainees they were arrested inside and outside of the supreme court. here’s a link to their story. http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108R.shtml

Officials briefly closed the court building during the protest. It reopened around 2 p.m. EST.

The original story was in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-US-Guantanamo-Protest.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Protests were also held some other world capitals.

In Manila, Philippines, about 30 activists picketed the U.S. Embassy to demand the camp’s closure. ”We are appealing to President Bush and the U.S. government to close Guantanamo Bay now,” said Aurora Parong, director of Amnesty International in the Philippines.

Small demonstrations by Amnesty supporters, also in orange jumpsuits, were held in Rome; Prague, Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; and Budapest, Hungary.

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