Target: The Obama Administration
Goal: To stop the torture of alleged terrorists on foreign soil
When Barack Obama took office in 2008, he directed a lot of his change rhetoric at fixing policy that aided in human rights violations. However, Bush’s policy of extraordinary rendition – the transfer of suspected terrorists to non-US locations for interrogation – was never outlawed by the administration. The practice allows for suspects to be illegally detained, tortured, and otherwise mistreated in the attempt to draw information from them about future terror attacks. Because this is being done on foreign soil by non-US authorities, the Obama Administration believes it cannot be held responsible.
Very often, suspects are detained outside of the United States and transferred to locations outside of “theaters of conflict” that are unrelated and unfamiliar to the person being detained. Many of these detention centers are run by governments that the Obama Administration has publicly reprimanded for their human rights abuses, including Mubarak’s Administration in Egypt and Assad’s in Syria. While a number of lawsuits have been filed against the Administration for these barbaric practices, the US Department of Justice has been quick to throw out the cases, claiming that discussing the matter any further would expose state secrets.
The Obama Administration is being blatantly hypocritical in calling for more human rights protection in the Middle East, and then using those same torture tactics to interrogate suspected terrorists. The rendition program is unethical and violates a number of US and International Laws, which is likely why the Department of Justice will not recognize the cases filed in court. Sign this petition and let the Obama Administration know that US citizens will hold them accountable for torture, even on foreign soils.
To the Obama Administration:
Extraordinary Rendition is an embarrassment to the Obama Administration and to the American People. The policy ensures human rights on our soils, but condones torture in other parts of the world, leaving past and present administrations free of guilt. However, torture is torture, and capturing suspected terrorists and sending them to detention centers in countries like Syria and Egypt to be brutally interrogated is clearly unethical and in violation of numerous international laws.
Seeing as how the US Department of Justice refuses to hear cases dealing with extraordinary rendition for fear of exposing government secrets, it is clear that you are aware of the unlawfulness of your actions. Even suspected terrorists have rights that need to be upheld, and it has been proven time and time again that torture only creates resentment and does very little to protect the American people. Enact the change that you promised us and end the rendition program.
[Your Name Here]
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