September 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
University of Washington Law School, Rm. 133
William H. Gates Hall
4293 Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98195

Where there is torture there has always been resistance to it. Without resistance there is no counter-force to the torturing state. In the post-9/11 era, resistance has taken many forms: dissent from individuals within the military, the security agencies and other government bodies; investigative reporting; legal challenges; the mobilization of popular resistance through the work of national and international human rights and religious organizations; grassroots efforts at the local level to raise citizen awareness and organize efforts to end torture; and, not least, the willingness of people to become informed and find ways to respond.

This is one of a series of events related to the trial (trial now canceled due to an out-of-court settlement) of “torture psychologists” James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, CIA contractors who developed and then helped carry out its illegal, blacksite torture program during the Bush-Cheney administration. The ACLU sued the psychologists on behalf of two torture victims and the survivors of a 3rd torture victim who was killed in CIA custody. 

Panel Presenters:

John Kiriakou is the former CIA whistleblower who first made public that the CIA was using waterboarding. He currently speaks and writes on a range of topics, including torture and whistleblower protection. He will be discussing dissenters in relation to torture from within the security agencies, the military, and other government bodies.

Lisa Hajjar, a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara and a prominent scholar who has written extensively about torture, will discuss the legal resistance to torture.

Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture will discuss the importance of resistance from national human rights and faith-based organizations.

Rob Crawford, co-founder and facilitator of the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture, and professor emeritus from University of Washington, Tacoma, will discuss grassroots resistance to torture.

WSRCAT will also present the American Civil Liberties Union with an AWARD in recognition of its contributions to advancing accountability for torture in the Mitchell and Jessen case and other legal actions.

Co-Sponsors: National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Center for Victims of Torture; Amnesty International Puget Sound; ACLU of Washington; UW Center for Human Rights; University of Washington School of Law; the UW Law School’s Graduate Program in Sustainable Development; UW International Human Rights Clinic; Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane; Spokane Veterans for Peace, #035; Western Washington, Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation; and Veterans For Peace, Greater Seattle Chapter 92.

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