Dear MP Network,
This month’s post has already been published by Alternet on November 30th, in their Rights and Liberties Section.
My short summary of the piece is that the Mukasey nomination result shows that we progressive activists must take on the job of educating the public on this issue now. The most powerful argument for that part of the American public still supporting torture is that torture actually threatens our safety, because it leads to lying, not valid information, whether the liars are trapped innocents or seasoned al Qaeda agents.
In the piece I suggest soundbites, possible visual scenarios, and provide resouce links for the job we face. In addition, any protest you can make to the FOX network television show called ’24,’ would be good. The show features agents torturing terrorism suspects who then tell the truth about their plans, something seasoned intelligence professionals say does not happen in real life. According to Wikipedia, ’24’ is slated to become a major motion picture soon. Friends, this is a VIP double crisis–re our national security and for our American civil right to dissent. (See also Naomi Wolf’s new book, The End of America for where this ’24’ tactic might be aimed. . .).
Please pass this on!