Trial of Donald Rumsfeld

Professor Ron Slye will speak at The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld, a non-partisan, educational event, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, in Piggott Auditorium.

Slye will speak on The “New Rules” in Defining Torture, examining the ways the Bush Administration has attempted to discard the traditional and internationally accepted rules prohibiting torture by creating “new rules” which are used to allow torture techniques to be used in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and other secret interrogation camps. Slye will also discuss the geopolitical factors which contributed to the decision to redefine “torture” so as to allow for greater coercion in interrogation techniques.

Other speakers include Jennifer Harbury, author of “Truth, Torture and the American Way,” and Pramila Jayapal, Founder and Executive Director of Hate Free Zone Washington. Trial vignettes will include stories by detainees and the cross-examination of Donald Rumsfeld.

The program is designed to educate the community about the U.S. Government’s use of torture and infliction of other war crimes upon peoples in the Middle East, to raise awareness about the criminal and international law sanctions to which our leaders must be held accountable and to build a movement calling for an independent commission and special counsel to conduct public investigations into the reports of abuse in U.S. detention centers. It is sponsored by the SU Human Rights Network, University Unitarian Church, ACLU of Washington, Amnesty International Puget Sound, American Constitution Society-Puget Sound Chapter, Hate Free Zone Washington, Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO), Rainier Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War.

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