TORTURE AND THE RULE OF LAW
The torture and killing of dozens of people detained and hundreds of cases of cruel torture at the hands of US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and elsewhere has been in blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Convention Against Torture. It is also a violation of statutes passed by the United States Congress, including the War Crimes Act of 1996 and the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998.
People around the world- reportedly over 100 of them- have been kidnapped by US agents, disappeared without any knowledge by their loved ones of what happened to them, and transported to other countries for imprisonment and torture. This immoral, illegal practice is referred to as the “extraordinary rendition program.” This CIA program was approved and justified by President Bush and others in his administration, with no accountability for their crimes. The Obama administration has continued to kidnap people and send them to other countries for interrogations and it has failed and refused to hold anyone accountable for past instances of torture.
THE DEATH PENALTY