On Wed. evening, Sept. 5, at 7:00 p.m., two leaders of the U.S. religious campaign against torture will appear in Seattle. -- This presentation is all the more important given last week's announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that there will be not a single prosecution stemming from extensive CIA torture in Iraq and Afghanistan....
WHAT: "Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever: Successes and Challenges. What Are the Next Steps?"
WHO: Rev. Richard Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), and Dr. Rob Crawford, co-founder of the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 -- 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Seattle, WA (next to the U.W. campus in the University District) -- Fireplace Room
U.S. Government authorization and practice of torture in the post-9/11 era is now a well-known fact. Even though the Obama Admnistration has rejected that authorization, we are not out of the "dark side" yet. So-called "enhanced interrogation" continues to be defended and advocated by influential voices as a necessary technique of war. Those who authorized and committed torture have not been held accountable. Nor has there been an official commission of inquiry. This event will offer two perspectives on what the public can expect the future to hold, the continuing challenges we face in the anti-torture movement, and how we might most effectively confront these challenges.
RECEPTION FOR REV. RICHARD KILLMER, with light food and non-alcoholic beverages, will be held at 5:45 at the Cafe in the basement of the church.
NRCAT has been at the forefront of opposition to torture since its founding in 2006. Shortly thereafter WSRCAT became the Washington State affiliate of the national organization. We are especially pleased to have Rev. Killmer join us for this program. From his position as the Executive Director of NRCAT, he has been intimately involved in the anti-torture campaign on the national level and will speak about NRCAT's initiatives in Washington, D.C. -- Rob Crawford's years of leadership at WSRCAT and his teaching and research have shaped his perspective about the obstacles and possibilities of anti-torture politics.
We hope you can attend this event.