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Nobel Peace Prize Winners Ask Obama To Release CIA Torture Report

A group of Nobel Peace Prize winners have asked their fellow winner President Barack Obama to finally release the report on the CIA’s torture program. Despite efforts by the CIA to sabotage the report by spying on members of Congress and deleting information from their computers, a report has been completed. Now the White House is dragging its feet on getting the report released possibly in hopes of waiting for the GOP to take the Senate and kill the report.

In what was clearly meant as a slight by the Nobel organization on former President George W. Bush, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as he began his presidency. After winning the prize Obama went on to kill thousands of innocent civilians with drone strikes and push the boundaries of his own power to wage war by killing American citizens without due process rights. Obama also launched a campaign to crush dissent with a war on whistleblowers and unprecedented attacks on press freedoms that not even President Bush was willing to do.

From the letter:

In recent decades, by accepting the flagrant use of torture and other violations of international law in the name of combating terrorism, American leaders have eroded the very freedoms and rights that generations of their young gave their lives to defend. They have again set an example that will be followed by others; only now, it is one that will be used to justify the use of torture by regimes around the world, including against American soldiers in foreign lands. In losing their way, they have made us all vulnerable.

From around the world, we will watch in the coming weeks as the release of the Senate findings on the United States torture program brings the country to a crossroads. It remains to be seen whether the United States will turn a blind eye to the effects of its actions on its own people and on the rest of the world, or if it will take the necessary steps to recover the standards on which the country was founded, and to once again adhere to the international conventions it helped to bring into being.

Though President Obama famously noted that the US “tortured some folks” he and his administration have been working hard to stop the details of that torture from being revealed to the American people and world. It appears Obama’s fellow Nobel prize winners want to give him the benefit of the doubt or perhaps just shame him into doing the right thing.

In any case, it does not “remain to be seen” whether or not the US government is trying to return to founding principles related to a more limited use of executive power. In fact, it is increasingly obvious that the DC establishment is going to do its best to maintain the current system of abuse. Maybe the Nobel prize winners just wanted to go on record against President Obama’s policies out of embarrassment for him having wrongly won the prize in the first place.

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A group of Nobel Peace Prize winners have asked their fellow winner President Barack Obama to finally release the report on the CIA’s torture program. Despite efforts by the CIA to sabotage the report by spying on members of Congress and deleting information from their computers, a report has been completed. Now the White House is dragging its feet on getting the report released possibly in hopes of waiting for the GOP to take the Senate and kill the report.

In what was clearly meant as a slight by the Nobel organization on former President George W. Bush, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as he began his presidency. After winning the prize Obama went on to kill thousands of innocent civilians with drone strikes and push the boundaries of his own power to wage war by killing American citizens without due process rights. Obama also launched a campaign to crush dissent with a war on whistleblowers and unprecedented attacks on press freedoms that not even President Bush was willing to do.

From the letter:

In recent decades, by accepting the flagrant use of torture and other violations of international law in the name of combating terrorism, American leaders have eroded the very freedoms and rights that generations of their young gave their lives to defend. They have again set an example that will be followed by others; only now, it is one that will be used to justify the use of torture by regimes around the world, including against American soldiers in foreign lands. In losing their way, they have made us all vulnerable.

From around the world, we will watch in the coming weeks as the release of the Senate findings on the United States torture program brings the country to a crossroads. It remains to be seen whether the United States will turn a blind eye to the effects of its actions on its own people and on the rest of the world, or if it will take the necessary steps to recover the standards on which the country was founded, and to once again adhere to the international conventions it helped to bring into being.

Though President Obama famously noted that the US “tortured some folks” he and his administration have been working hard to stop the details of that torture from being revealed to the American people and world. It appears Obama’s fellow Nobel prize winners want to give him the benefit of the doubt or perhaps just shame him into doing the right thing.

In any case, it does not “remain to be seen” whether or not the US government is trying to return to founding principles related to a more limited use of executive power. In fact, it is increasingly obvious that the DC establishment is going to do its best to maintain the current system of abuse. Maybe the Nobel prize winners just wanted to go on record against President Obama’s policies out of embarrassment for him having wrongly won the prize in the first place.

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