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Torture ineffective, unjust


Thursday, December 7, 2017

The effects of the CIA’s secret rendition program are not over nor forgotten. Recently in Raleigh, North Carolina’s Commission of Inquiry on Torture held a public hearing. During the hearing, it came to my attention that many people may not know the torture program existed. Others believe the secret torture program was justified in post 9/11 politics.

People may not know that the United States is held under the binding force of several international treaties that ban torture, and that these treaties do have jurisdiction over not only the United States as a whole but also individual states. This being said, it should come to the public’s attention that a North Carolina company was apart of aiding the torture program.

This company was contracted by the CIA to use its planes to transport alleged terrorists to the secret prisons around the world. These ‘alleged terrorists’ were not all terrorists, and some who were kidnapped were later found out to be cases of mistaken identity. Alleged terrorist or not, this goes against a founding principle of the U.S. judicial system, innocent until proven guilty.

These men who were wrongly captured and tortured did not have a day in court. They were picked up, sent to unknown locations, tortured for information they did not have, held for months to years, then released only to have to find their own way back to their homes and families.

The people and companies who willingly helped this program should be brought to justice. They violated torture treaties, basic human rights, and participated in an act that serves no purpose.

It has been proven that torturing individuals produces nothing but false information. The U.S. needs to show the international community that we are not immune to international law and justice.

Merida Mathis



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December 16, 2018

Leadership is important in any endeavor, and at ECU we have had a spotty record in athletics. We have had some very good ADs and some that were not that good.

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December 15, 2018

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December 13, 2018

The Orange County Register got it right, and thank you Daily Reflector for including it in your Other Voices column.

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December 07, 2018

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December 06, 2018

Pipelines are far and away the safest way to move energy, far safer than alternative means. And the state could receive more than $2.5 billion in tax revenues from offshore leasing, per a recent analysis, in turn helping families.

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December 05, 2018

Reasonable people differ. I learned the truth of this back in the day when I was a student at the finest law school in all of Washtenaw County. The late renowned Whitmore Gray taught it to us in our Contracts course. He also taught us to never indulge in ad hominem commentary pertaining to folks…

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