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Guantanamo Prosecutor to Speak Against Torture

A major figure in the international debate over the U.S. policy of using torture on its “war-on-terror” detainees will speak at NC State at noon Friday, Feb. 1, in Caldwell Hall, Room G-107. Col. Morris “Moe” Davis, a 25-year Air Force veteran, served as chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007.  He resigned because he objected to the use of evidence obtained by torture and political interference in the trials.

“The United States cannot stand up for justice and the rule of law when it sits idly on its own record of torture,” Davis wrote in March 2011. “It diminishes the weight of its moral authority to influence others around the world when it treats its binding legal obligations as options it can choose to exercise or ignore.”

Davis argues here that it is time to make Guantanamo testimony public and to declassify the new congressional report on Bush-era interrogation methods.

The event, sponsored by the political science department and NC Stop Torture Now, is free and open to the public.