America is not made safer by making the Constitution weaker.
One year ago today, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act. With it, founding principles of the U.S. Constitution were discarded in the name of fighting terror. The Act made it lawful to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial, to assume guilt before innocence, to blur the definition of torture, and to use information obtained through brutal treatment as â€œevidence.â€ Other governments, including the British during Americaâ€™s founding, have tried to exert control in similar ways. It didnâ€™t work then and it doesnâ€™t work now.
Is America safer when we undo the Constitution? Those with first-hand experience of torture, such as Senator John McCain, believe it is not only wrong but counter-productive. This and other abuses erode Americaâ€™s moral standing in the world. Strong evidence suggests that they even serve as a recruiting tool for those using terror and provide convenient cover for anyone else abusing human rights.
Making the world a safer place requires consistent and universal respect for human rights. Join Amnesty International in insisting that Congress return America to its core constitutional principles of justice by overturning the Military Commissions Act, granting fair and timely trials, treating detainees humanely and reinstating habeas corpus â€“ the right to challenge oneâ€™s detention in court.
Strengthen Americaâ€™s commitment to human rights and the rule of law. Itâ€™s up to people like us to demand it. Take action at amnestyusa.org
Pretty sad that Dem prez candidates have to pledge to not torture.