From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture 
Towards the end of April, President Obama expressed openness to the possibility of Congress creating an independent, non-partisan Commission of Inquiry to examine the use of torture in U.S. interrogation policies and practices since Sept. 11, 2001.  You can read President Obama’s comments in the Washington PostPresident Obama doesn’t need to wait for Congress.  He can create a Commission of Inquiry himself.  The release of the International Committee of the Red Cross report identifying U.S. interrogation techniques as torture, the Office of Legal Counsel memos detailing the various acts of torture, and the Senate Armed Services Committee Report showing that some of our highest officials approved the use of torture, confirm the need for a Commission of Inquiry.  Only a Commission will be able to pull all the facts together and provide the information needed to prevent the use of torture in the future.  The most direct way to establish such a Commission is for President Obama to appoint a Commission himself.  Please email President Obama and tell him that while you appreciate what he’s done to stop torture, he needs to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to help ensure that torture never happens again. Click here to read more.

From the General Board of Church and Society
The United Methodist Book of Resolutions (#6120, 2008) states: “Our commitment to human rights is grounded in the conviction that each and every human life is sacred. Therefore the United Methodist Church endorses legislative and judicial remedies for the use of torture and illegal detention …such as the appointment of special counsels [and] appropriate investigations.” Visit the GBCS website and sign the “United Methodists do not Torture” pledge to bring awareness to this issue during Torture Awareness Month (June). 


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