Just a head's up for anyone thinking about or planning to attend this year's Netroots Nation June 20 - 23rd, in San Jose California.
I have organized and proposed two panels on, no surprise, torture.
If it is chosen, one will be on "Torture in American Prisons" with panelists Robert Hillary King (the released member of the Angola Three who spent 29 years in solitary confinement
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... Carter Camp (a leader in the American Indian Movement http://bsnorrell.blogspot.ca/2... and Dr. Craig Haney (who assisted Dr. Philip Zimbardo with his experiments http://haney.socialpsychology.... and one other unconfirmed panelist. The panelists will talk about what techniques used in prisons according to the UN definition, why are they torture, why is it important to stop them, and what we can do to stop them.
The second panel, if it is chosen, will be on "Torture and Accountability" with panelists Marjorie Cohn (former president of the National Lawyer's Guild http://www.tjsl.edu/directory/... Dr. Jeffrey Kaye known in the blod world as Valtin (a clinical psychologist who treats those who have survived torture, who writes extensively on the subject http://firedoglake.com/author/... Armando Llorens (a lawyer who has blogged extensively about the issue on DKos and on Talk Left http://www.talkleft.com/specia... and an unconfirmed panelist. The panelists will be talking about why is it important to hold those responsible at the highest levels for authorizing and ordering torture since 9/11 legally accountable, where are we now with the issue, and where do we go from here.
I hope, if you attend the conference, you will take the time to attend one or both of these panels, if they are chosen. We are very lucky to have expert panelists.
Standing for justice and accountability,