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Jan. 11 marked the 11th anniversary of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. During these 11 years about 800 prisoners have passed through the prison and there are still 166 detainees. During this time television programs like "24" and "Homeland" have promoted an amoral premise that torture is justified and must be tolerated as a "weapon" in the "global war on terrorism" despite five decades of research having shown that torture does not work and denies human rights.
At the same time, after much fanfare and publicity "Zero Dark Thirty," a gorgeously-shot movie, opened in theaters. This is yet one more lie about the Defense Department "detainee program." But this time it was a two-hour effort to justify the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 just signed into law by our president. Among other things, the act authorized indefinite detention without charges and trial.
Despite the provisions in the act, the president can still close Guantanamo and work to resolve the cases of those being held who are innocent.
Our government must account for all acts of torture, unlawful killings, unlimited detention without cause and other abuses. Torture and murder are always immoral.
First Published January 15, 2013 12:00 am