Oct 27, 2014 - Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have written an open letter to US President Barack Obama, urging him to release a Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture.
“When a nation’s leaders condone and even order torture, that nation has lost its way,” said the letter, released Sunday by TheCommunity.com.
The prominent peace activists ask the US president for the “full disclosure to the American people, of the extent and use of torture and rendition by American soldiers, operatives, and contractors, as well as the authorization of torture and rendition by American officials.”
In the letter, the laureates also ask the Obama administration to specify a clear path to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, along with any other US international “black sites” – secret overseas CIA prisons where US forces have conducted torture.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has compiled a 6000-page report on the CIA's use of torture after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Advocates for human rights have been urging the White House for two years to make the report public. read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014