Before the Appropriations Committee of the NC House of Representatives is the “Crimes of Torture and Enforced Disappearance” bill (HB 2417) which:
A. Creates a separate crime called “torture” in the North Carolina statutes. Torture is already a crime under the common law of the state, but the bill creates a statutory definition and makes all related offenses, such as conspiracy to commit torture, crimes as well.
B. Allows the Attorney General’s office to investigate conspiracy to commit torture as long as any part of the conspiracy was formed in North Carolina.
Ultimately, this president is responsible for the orders to torture and for secret rendition. Yet the lessons of World War II show us that obedience to authority is no excuse to torture. Under the Geneva Conventions which our country initiated and ratified:
“Detainees may be questioned, but any form of ‘physical or mental coercion’ is prohibited.”
"No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for torture."
This president pays contractors to carry out these illegal acts of cruelty. The courts have repeatedly ruled against his policies. It is time to clarify our North Carolina laws to prevent conspiracy to torture.
As a representative of the people now serving and veterans having served in the military, do not be complacent in accepting this conspiracy of cruelty that has been verified here in North Carolina.
If this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, then it is time for us to be brave, accept responsibility, and set all detainees free from torture. Please support HB 2417; for your compassion now will help protect our military from torture later.
North Carolina Triangle Veterans For Peace
Legislative Outreach Committee: Cyrus King, John Heuer, Margaret Peeples, Barbara Freeman, Russell “Wally” Myers, Mia Austin-Scoggins, Pete Leary