Friday, September 30, 2011

CVT praises Obama Admin
Statement from the Center for Victims of Torture

St. Paul, MN – Since the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, there has been a small but

vocal group calling for the return to policies of torture and cruel treatment of detainees. A leader

of this group is former Vice President Dick Cheney, who vigorously defends the previous

Administration’s unlawful and misguided interrogation policies in his memoir and during

subsequent national media appearances.

Over the past few months, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) has been actively engaged in

calling upon President Obama and senior members of his Administration to reassert the Obama

Administration’s renunciation and rejection of torture. That is why we welcome the news that, in a

span of one week, two high-ranking officials in the Obama Administration, Assistant to the

President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John O. Brennan and Attorney General

Eric H. Holder, Jr., made unequivocal statements that this Administration will not use torture.1

It is clear this Administration will not violate the rule of law, undermine our national security and

imperil our moral leadership throughout the world.

We know there is still work to be done. We continue to work with other human rights groups to

prevent the use of sleep deprivation, prolonged isolation and indefinite detention. Such treatment

rises to the level of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and has serious physical and

psychological consequences.

CVT will not cease in our efforts to ensure that no future presidency slips back to official policies

of torture. We remain committed to the establishment of an independent, nonpartisan commission

to investigate the use of torture and cruelty in counterterrorism activities post-September 11,


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