ACLU to Testify Thursday Before House Subcommittee on Torture and Interrogation Practices

November 7, 2007 12:00 am

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Amrit Singh of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project to discuss why harsh interrogation methods are illegal and ineffective

Washington, DC – Amrit Singh at the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project will testify tomorrow as part of a panel before the House Judiciary Subcommittee looking into “enhanced” interrogation methods used on detainees in U.S. custody.

Singh will discuss government documents obtained through the ACLU’s litigation under the Freedom of Information Act that demonstrate harsh interrogation methods are not only illegal, but also ineffective in obtaining reliable intelligence. The documents show that policy deviations from longstanding legal prohibitions against torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment have resulted in the widespread abuse of prisoners.

Singh and Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, are co-authors of a recently released book, Administration of Torture. The book is the most detailed account to date of abuse in America’s overseas detention centers.

What:
House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to hold oversight hearing on Torture and the Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment of Detainees: The Effectiveness and Consequences of “Enhanced” Interrogation

Who:
Amrit Singh; staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project
Malcolm W. Nance; Anti-terrorism/Counter-terrorism intelligence specialist, former SERE instructor
Steven Kleinman; Colonel, USAFR, intelligence & national security specialist, senior intelligence officer/military interrogator
Stuart Couch; Lt. Col. US Marine Corps, Appellate Judge of the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals

When:
Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

Where:
2141 Rayburn House Office Building

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