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News :: Human Rights
Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
Demonstrators hold symbolic protest on the two year anniversary Iraq prisoner abuse.

Students, faculty, and members of the Harvard community joined a silent demonstration Friday calling for accountability on the two-year anniversary of the release of the Abu Ghraib prison photos.
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Roughly 30 to 40 demonstrators took turns rotating roles as hooded prisoners. Organizers of the vigil placed boxes of black hoods and robes outside of a trafficked area north of Harvard Yard for passerbys to don and join the circle of hand-clasped prisoners outside of Harvard University's Science Center.

Public outcry followed the release of the prisoner abuse photographs, which included scenes of prisoners atop boxes with electric wires connected to their bodies, forcible sexual positions of naked prisoners, strapping dog leashes around prisoners' necks, and threatening prisoners with fierce MP K-9 dog attacks. Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker, one of the first journalists to uncover the story, reported that the dogs were set loose on one prisoner in an orange jumpsuit after the photograph was taken.

CIA interrogators, military personnel and civilian contractors were identified in the photographs, subjecting prisoners to harsh and humiliating treatment while parading and arranging them for photographs and video footage.

"Despite strong evidence linking systematic torture to the highest levels of the Bush administration, including Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld," said co-organizer and Harvard Law School student Deborah Popowski, "no high-level civilian or military commanders have been prosecuted for torture, war crimes or crimes against humanity."

Two years later, there have been no truly independent inquiries into command responsibility for Abu Ghraib and other sites of major prisoner abuse committed by U.S. officials. What inquiries have occurred have been criticized by groups such as Human Rights First.

"We must demand accountability at the very top of the chain of command," said Popowski. "We must not allow these crimes to continue in our name."
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Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
I was one of the people who stood for this silent vigile. The most incredible thing was the apathy of the Harvard students filing past us. Some of them even had the audacity to laugh. Harvard is no longer a school of so called higher knowledge but a corporation only responsible to its share holders! Shame on Harvard! Bravo to Deborah Popowsi and Fernando Delgado. Your SPIRIT inspired me. You must feel very isolated in this bastion of cold indifference.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
Rumsefeld (War Criminal) should be sent to prison in Abu Ghraib where he can get a taste of his own medicine.

Shame on Romney for visiting Guantanamo Bay, and only feeling pity for the prison guards!!

The prisons in Massachusetts are in deplorable shape. There is rampant abuse. The prison guards are routinely raping female inmates at Framingham MCI for women in exchange for small "presents" such as shampoo, soap and tampax. These same guards very often end up working as mercenaries in Iraq.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2723278

ABove is Video on AbuGharib - Us Tortures Its Image...

Yes there is near total apathy to moist Americans abiout anyting or everything (except their money) - Actually it has always been that way with less than 2 percent of people showioning any interest in the world.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
Good job, y'all. Even if passers-by laughed, that may well have meant that you got to them and they were laughing out of nervousness.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
Yes, indeed HARVARD REALLY SUCKS! Let's say it clearly and loudly!!!
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
whoa these costumes are amazing, it would be great to have people show up in them to antiwar events or stage your own at recruitment centers, etc.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
as the eu has been investigating , bush and chaney have been hireing other governments to torture. (foreign aid) lets turn them over to the international tribunal!
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
thanks for the comments, revolution now. it's true that many students just filed by. but it's also true that many - more than i imagined - stopped to look, take flyers, and some even spontaneously joined in. probably because i had such low expectations of what students would do, i was pleasantly surprised. although i didn't see personally see people laugh, i'm sure some did - but i think matt is right -- that they might have done it out of nervousness. we didn't expect to change many minds with this protest. our goal was to force people to face the issue - or at the very least, to make them work consciously to avoid it. and in that sense, i think it worked. step by step, this tactic of creating zones of discomfort might eventually make a dent in people. but even if it doesn't, we slowly work on mobilizing the people who already feel something but don't know what to do about it.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
Every country uses torture. Get Real. The issue is whether it's used in a cause you agree with. I know leftists who would love to put panties on the heads of Exxon Mobil executives. Or make George Bush dance in heels and garter belt. In fact, just why does anyone think that Abu Ghraib had very much torture? Now Saddaam, he knew how to torture. But I don't remember much outcry from europe or the US left about that. Or about torture in Iran, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Egypt or Russia.

It all depends on whose body the panties are on.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
29 Apr 2006
torture is not ok. every country uses torture, but that's one of the reasons why every country is fucked up. there are some leftists that would love to see exxon mobil executives or george bush get tortured, but those leftists have fucked up politics. torture is a violation of human rights, and it's not ok.

abu ghraib was one of saddam hussein's torture prisons until after the invasion of iraq. now it's one of bush's torture prisons. it doesn't matter if you agree with the cause or not. if american anti-war activists gained control of abu ghraib and used it as a torture prison for US military generals, that would be just as fucked up.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
30 Apr 2006
>Now Saddaam, he knew how to torture. But I don't remember
>much outcry from europe or the US left about that.

Actually, I remember lots of outcry from the left about that. I remember Amensty International letter-writing sessions where Iraq was a big focus. And it was Don Rumsfeld and other Republicans--not the left--who were selling chemical weapons to Saddam when his brutality was in its fullest swing.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
30 Apr 2006
eric,
the costumes are easy and relatively cheap to make. we cut up black cloth into 1-yard pieces for the robes, then cut a hole in the middle for the head. the hoods were made from 1/4 yard pieces of cloth and were just stapled together, then turned inside-out. not very difficult and quite effective. we made 40 outfits for $90.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
30 Apr 2006
The issue is not whether some idiots in the US military tortured (under a very broad definition of the word) individuals. The issue is a)was torture widespread and b) was it officially sanctioned by the US government. The undisputed answer to both questions is NO.

Yes, bring the matter to public light. But it's old news now. In the meantime, China, Cental Asian republics, Russia in the case of the Chechens, the Palesitnians in the case of how they handle dissidents, and the Egyptians, among many others, torture routinely and without the sense of outrage by government officials and citizens that you will and do find in the United States.

I do not suggest silence where Americans commit torture. I do suggest a sense of proportion and yes pride, in a country that does not sanction torture and take corrective steps if a suboridnate strays off official anti-torture policy. The eagerness of some Americans to ignore foreign dictators and their affintiy for torture(Castro comes to mind) but condemn their governement which punishes unsanctioned torture is dismaying.

Self-hate is a sad thing to witness.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
30 Apr 2006
Where was "Tortureman" Alan Dershowitz? I thought that ravid, foaming Zionist attack dog would have been all over this demonstration at his home of Harvard with "brilliant" justifications of torture.

The demonstration should have been held in front of Dershowitz office.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
30 Apr 2006
Wow! What a brave stand you've taken against human torture!

I'm sure many people walking by reconsidered their pro-torture views and immediately when home to write their senator a strongly worded letter.

Way to go!!!
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
01 May 2006
Whoever wrote that MCI Framingham DOES NOT HAVE rape by prison guards is totally wrong. Do a google search under MCI Framingham abuse and rape and you will find out what is really going on in women prisons. By the way, people who respect people do not call prison guards correction officers, we simply refer to them for what they truly are PRISON GUARDS. Cristina Rathbone, a writer spent years interviewing women at MCI-Framingham and in turn published her findings in the Boston Globe last year. So, its my turn to tell you to check out your facts! Violence against women is not a new fact and should be exposed. Prison guards have absolutely no background in criminology or psychology and could easily be qualified as SADISTS.
Re: Anti-Torture Demonstration at Harvard Marks Abu Ghraib Scandal
06 May 2006
"And it was Don Rumsfeld and other Republicans--not the left--who were selling chemical weapons to Saddam"

Actually, Saddam got his chemical weapons in the 1980s from the Soviet Union.
9-11 is what made the torture possible
12 May 2006
so either fight for 911 truth or waste your time. i do hope some poeple were affected by this demo but i tend to doubt it.
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