Political Squawk: Witness
With the closing of the prison at Guantánamo Bay all the squawk last week, an excerpt from OUTLAWED--a film produced by WITNESS, in partnership with more than a dozen other human rights groups around the world--is hot on the blogging circuit.
As overheard at Boing Boing...
"...we are introduced to Binyam Ahmed Mohamed, an Ethiopian man in his thirties (ACLU bio and a detailed report about his case here). Mr. Mohamed survived extraordinary rendition, secret detention, and torture by the U.S. government working with various other governments worldwide.
The story of what he endured, which included horrific sexual violence during interrogation, was painful for us to watch in the studio, when we were editing this preview piece. But all of us on the BB Video team felt like this was an incredibly important story for the world to hear, and we were grateful for the ability to draw greater attention to the story at this time.
Speaking on my own behalf here: What happens with Guantánamo and the legal process surrounding the men still held there should matter to each person who reads this blog post. The safety of our nation does not require us to abandon universally-recognized principles of human rights. Torture and disappearances do not make America more secure.
Paraphrasing what one person from WITNESS told us in email -- if more Americans realized they live in a nation where, on a street corner in the town where you live, any one of us could be picked up, pushed into an unmarked van, then moved around detention centers all over the world, tortured, without a charge or a word to your family, surely there would be more outcry."
Warning. Although the footage is painstakingly edited by Boing Boing, the descriptive excerpt is graphic. Rather than embed the video, I will post only the link here, allowing you the reader the choice as to whether to view or not. For those choosing to pass, read the back story here.
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