Close Guantánamo Tour January 2014

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Date: January 9-17, 2014

Location:

Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th Street)
New York, NY, 10075

CCR will co-sponsor a film screening on Thursday, January 9th as a part of the Close Guantánamo Tour this January. Please also click here for additional events happening nationwide through January 17th in Washington D.C., Palo Alto, San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Orange County and Pomona.

ABOUT THE FILM
Doctors of the Dark Side exposes the scandal behind the torture scandal —  how psychologists and physicians implemented and covered up the torture of detainees in US controlled military prisons. The stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their abuse show how essential doctors have been to the torture program. Director Martha Davis (Interrogation Psychologists) spent four years investigating the controversy and produced the documentary with an award-winning team that includes Oscar-winners Mark Jonathan Harris (Writer) and Mercedes Ruehl (Narrator), and Emmy-winner Lisa Rinzler (Director of Photography). Editor M. Trevino (Hidden Battles) led the post-production team of the feature length documentary. The Executive Producers are Thea Kerman and Sergio Rothstein. Hermine Muskat (Waiting for Armageddon) is Co-Producer.

What: Film Screening of "Doctors of the Darkside" with Q&A
When:
 Thursday, Jan 9th at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Church of All Souls, 6 train to 77th Street
RSVP: Click here and scroll to the bottom to register.

Panelists

  • Andy Worthington, UK-based journalist, has covered the prison intensely since 2006. In hundreds of articles, he's uncovered the lives of the men held without charge, and the stories the US created about them.
  • Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait Director, leader of years of protest of indefinite detention and torture by the United States.
  • Todd Pierce, former US military defense attorney for Guantanamo prisoners

The Bush regime filled the off-shore prison at Guantanamo Bay by rendering men seized from around the globe into indefinite captivity, employing and legally justifying a program of torture they called "enhanced interrogation." They slowly began to release prisoners for whom no case could be fabricated to justify prison, while planning to keep many forever, most of whom could not be shown to have played any role in opposing the United States.

When Barack Obama was elected, he quickly promised to close it within a year... five years ago. The illegal prison is still open, with new infrastructure added and more personnel than ever. Most people in the US have no idea there are still 82 prisoners there who were cleared for release years ago; 45 of whom the President says will never be charged or released; and 30 to be put through "military commissions" trials which are designed to cover the torture inflicted on the prisoners, depriving of them rights the U.S. has claimed to cherish.

Why, as Obama says the "war on terror" is winding down, will this country not close Guantanamo? And what is our responsibility to see that it does?

Sponsored by: Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls Unitarian Church, The Center for Constitutional Rights, New York Campaign Against Torture, No More Guantanamos, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Resistance Cinema, Revolution Books, Witness Against Torture, and World Can’t Wait (list in formation).