A panel including Ron Suskind, Vince Warren and Fisher Stevens explore the dark corners of illegal kidnapping, confinement, secret prisons and torture.
Harold Pinter said "I believe that, despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies, is a crucial obligation. It is, in fact, mandatory."
Accountability is critical to democracy. At a time when grave challenges threaten American democracy, only a groundswell of public engagement can restore American values and moral standing in the world. At this crucial moment, Culture Project presents Blueprint for Accountability, a monthly series that asks "How can we empower ourselves to hold our leaders - in government, education and corporate institutions - accountable for the events of the past and the conditions of the future?"
In a bold new hybrid of investigative journalism and theater, Blueprint for Accountability brings together the world's leading experts in politics and journalism with the most visionary artists of our time to create an architectural plan for restoring accountability into our culture.
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Oscar Nominee, Crash
Golden Globe Winner, Law & Order: SVU
Director, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. is an attorney specializing in environmental law and was co-host of Ring of Fire on the Air America Radio network.
Julianna Luisa Margulies is an American actress and producer.
After several small television roles, Margulies achieved success in her regular role as Nurse Carol Hathaway onNBC's long-running medical drama ER, for which she won an Emmy Award. After her departure from ER in 2000, Margulies appeared in the 2001 miniseries The Mists of Avalon and voiced the female Iguanodon, Neera, in Disney's CGI film Dinosaur (2000). In 2009, she took the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the American legal dramaThe Good Wife on CBS, for which she has won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
She holds the record for winning more Screen Actors Guild Awards than any other individual. She won six times for her work on ER, and twice for her performance on The Good Wife.
Valerie Plame Wilson
Former CIA Agent
Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez
Former Iraq Commander
Jeremy Scahill is an unembedded, international journalist.
He is a correspondent for the national radio and television show Democracy Now! and a frequent contributor to the Nation magazine. He is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute.
Tony Award Winner, Glengarry Glen Ross
Emmy Award Winner, Boston Legal
Poet and Human Rights Activist
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America's most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience.
Mr. Suskind's latest book, "Confidence Men" (September, 2011), is a multi-layered narrative about the fall of the U.S. economy, the rise of Barack Obama, and the President's harrowing battle to take control of his White House and earn the confidence of the American people.
His previous works include the New York Times bestseller, "The Way of the World"(August, 2008), about the forces fighting the global "hearts and minds" struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; "The One Percent Doctrine" (June, 2006), a signature work on how the U.S. government frantically improvised to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; "The Price of Loyalty, George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill"(Jan 2004), a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the American government in the modern era; and "A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League" (Doubleday/Broadway, 1998) a critically-acclaimed bestseller that has redefined national debates on race, class and achievement.
In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal's senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.
Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
A panel of experts debates how best to move forward with prosecuting perpetrators of torture in the Iraq War. Would a "truth commission," be enough, as Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez argues, or should Bush be tried for his involvement?
Dr. Allen Keller summarizes Physicians for Human Rights' June 7 report, "Experiments in Torture," which alleges CIA doctors conducted illegal, unethical experiments on prisoners to test torture techniques.
The report's conclusion, he asserts, "cries out for a complete, comprehensive investigation."
Infliction of intolerable physical or psychological pain. Torture has been used by governments throughout history for punishment, coercion, and intimidation and for extracting confessions and information. A common practice in ancient times, it was defended by Aristotle but eloquently opposed by Cicero, Seneca, and St. Augustine. Beginning in the 12th century, torture was increasingly used in Europe; from the mid-14th through the 18th century it was a common part of the legal proceedings of most European countries. The Roman Catholic church supported its use by the Inquisition in cases of heresy. Common instruments of torture were the strappado (for repeatedly hoisting the body by the wrists behind the back and dropping it), the rack (for stretching the limbs and body), and the thumbscrew (for crushing the thumbs). By 1800 torture was illegal in many European countries, but it became common again in the 20th century, notably in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and it is still widely practiced in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. In 1984 the United Nations adopted an international convention against torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. By the early 21st century some 130 countries were party to the convention. The belief that only sadists are capable of committing torture was challenged by a study in the 1960s that found that ordinary people could be easily persuaded to inflict pain on others.
thankyou foratv., great disscussion, good people.
Torture by the State was a gift from the Vatican, tortured forever, Catholics 400 year Inquisition, killing was too easy torture was the proper protocal. Martin Luther was not against torture, all Monarchy tortured always, Nazi, Stalin, Mao, Americans, all torture, Hiroshima was a form of Torture, especially Nagasaki was totally unnecessary, TORTURE was inherited through Religion, Nothing New Here, it`s a bloody history, Industrialized Killing of Alfred Nobel, therefore Peace prize to General OBAMA! Tradition of WARS which always includes torture. Torture in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Newyork-USA, torture is everywhere, always has been!
I am 67,I will admit I have not been a responsible citizen never voting
never wanting to get involved. But I'm starting to find out that because
I never wanted to get involved, it has come back to haunt me. (me and several
other citizens) Our leaders are the one's that got us into this continuing
turmoil. Our leaders are not doing the will of the people in my opinion.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
Torture is said to be wrong and ineffective. Why would our military use it? Do they know something we dont or is our military leadership making egregious errors. That said, the media discussions about our specific behaviors during a time of war is treason. The prison pictures should not have been distributed and all contributing parties to the disclosure and dissemination of them should be held accountable. They must be tried and convicted and jailed as appropriate. Vince Warren, Ron Susskind, and Jeremy Scahill, are each polarizing parasites during a time of armed conflict. Their pompous five minutes of fame is at to great a price to soldiers and civilians in harms way. Their book educated but simple naive minds can not think of real on-the-ground consequences of data and specific support being provided to enemies. It just goes on and on in true parasite fashion while our boys and girls die more frequently and conflicts continue inpart because of theirs and others foul flatulent mouths and egos. They are part of an "I am the judge answer to me crowd" with no answers just more pain for everyone but themselves. They thrive in the continued turmoil.