Get Informed: Looking at US-Sponsored Torture

(28 November 2007)

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Due to our very visual display, we were able to get a fair amount of attention and many many many letters got signed.

We took shifts in the cage, and our black mask was fairly see-through... making the conditions much better than they actually are in Guantanamo Bay (you can't just say "hey, I'm off to class" and they'll let you go). Here, one of our more foolhardy volunteers is 'prepared' for his shift.

Being able to see through the mask has its advantages. It allows a somewhat strange conversation to be carried out with any passer-by without them being able to see your face, which some found disconcerting. Interestingly, while I was in the cage, someone was actually able to recognize me (and not from my voice... how creepy).

Security and... security... for some unknown reason, this photo reminded me of a quote by William Sloane Coffin Jr. "Those who fear disorder more than injustice invariably produce more of both".

Before too long, the sun set on us... which signalled the start of our candlelight vigil.

Deciding that cursing the darkness was futile, we instead opted to light some candles.

...and to make sure we didn't annoy the bureaucracy, we placed these into paper cups to ensure that we wouldn't drip wax everywhere.

How shall we arrange these candles? Let's line them up...

...just in case a minature plane (flown by a minature pilot) needs to make an emergency landing. I think the actual reason had more to do with visibility and aesthetics than hypothetical minature planes.

The night concluded with a speakers panel with Jumana Musa from AIUSA and Edward Field from Rabbis for Human Rights.

The turnout was pretty impressive considering how late it was, and that it took place on the 7th floor (lots of steps, even considering the silly way in which floors are counted in the US).

Jumana lays down the law... unsurprising as she is a legal observer.

The audience watches and listens...

Ed has a say, talks a bit about Jewish law and their take on torture, offering some interesting historiographical perspective on a subject dominated by legal arguments.

At the conclusion of the talks, there was much informal discussion.

As well as the obligatory consumption of free food.


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