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ACLU Plans Torture Awareness Event Friday In New York
On Eve Of International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture, Group Calls For Accountability
NEW YORK - June 25 - The American Civil Liberties Union and the
New York Civil Liberties Union announce a "flash mob" event today, June
25, at 12:00 p.m. EDT in Union Square in New York City to remind the
public that the United States has yet to hold accountable government
officials who knew about and authorized torture under the Bush
administration. The event marks the signing of the Convention Against
Torture and the eve of International Day in Support of Victims of
Through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation, the ACLU has unearthed thousands of pages of documents that show that hundreds of prisoners were abused or tortured in CIA and Department of Defense custody, and that the torture policies were devised and developed at the highest levels of the Bush administration. Despite extensive documentation, however, the U.S. has yet to hold any high-level officials accountable for their roles in the torture program. Today's event aims to visually depict the 150,000 pages of torture documents made public through the ACLU's FOIA litigation and renew the call for meaningful accountability.
Many of the formerly-secret documents can be viewed online at www.thetorturereport.org, where the ACLU has been posting and writing about them throughout June in observance of Torture Awareness Month.
Torture Awareness Day public "flash mob" event to remind the public about the need to hold government officials accountable for the torture of detainees in U.S. custody
Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union national office and NYCLU will converge in a high-traffic area of Union Square to interact with members of the public.
Friday, June 25
12:00 p.m. EDT
Near 14th Street
New York, NY