Rush Holt Offers Amendment to H.R. 2647 (2010 Nat’l. Defense Auth. Act) That Would Require DOD to Videotape Interrogations

I just received the following email from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and wanted to pass it along to everyone. Looks like there may be a vote on it tomorrow (Thursday).

Please Call your Congressional Reps. ASAP

Dear Friends:

Rep. Rush Holt is offering an amendment to H.R. 2647 (the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act) that would require the Department of Defense to videotape interrogations of detainees in its custody. This amendment will likely be voted on tomorrow (Thursday) so please call your Representative immediately and ask him or her to vote in favor of the Holt videotaping amendment. To reach your Representative you can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to his or her office.

By videotaping interrogations, we can take a small step toward ensuring a permanent end to our use of torture:

Knowing that interrogations are videotaped will send the message to our interrogators that abusing a detainee is not acceptable.

Videotape records of interrogations will enable the authorities to identify and resolve problems that might otherwise lead to the torture or other abuse of detainees.

A permanent record of each interrogation will help to protect U.S. interrogators from spurious allegations of abuse.

Tell your Representative to support the Holt videotaping amendment. Call (202) 224-3121 now!

Sincerely,

Rev. Richard Killmer
Executive Director

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