Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Other Torture Report

                                                (John Kiriakou photo

While the news has been filled with coverage of the Senate's finally released SUMMARY of the still classified investigation on rendition and torture, Brazil released today (on Human Rights Day) their torture report from their Truth and Reconciliation Committee dealing with their military dictatorship during the 1970's and 80's of which current President Dilma Rousseff was herself a tortured prisoner.  But unlike the US government not calling for the prosecution of any of the actual torturers or those in the Bush Administration who ordered it or the Obama Administration currently using the same legal justification in it's drone wars, and unlike torture whistle-blower John Kiriakou who is currently serving 30 months prison time, Brazil's report recommends repealing an earlier law giving amnesty to torturers and asks for prosecution of torture that is required by international law.  But sadly it appears unlikely that Brazil will prosecute their torturers either.

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