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torture

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Petition to Donald Trump

Amend 18 U.S.C. §2340A. Torture Statute to Include Torture Conducted in the USA

   Admending 18 U.S.C. §2340A statute is important to me because of my personal experience. However, more importantly there are a large number of people who are being tortured in this country with no touch technology ("EMF"), chemicals, stalking, brakeline cut, interference with communications and destroying our reputation and employment opportunities just to name a few.  In my case, I attempted to settle a patent claim and made two departments of the government angry when I discovered uses of the patent when they had previously denied uses.  My life thereafter became difficult. However, as bad as that was and is, because aspects of it is ongoing, the frustration over the fact that the criminal torture statute applies to those who are tortured outside of the United States but does not apply to those of us who are tortured in the country is papable.  If anyone should be protected by the criminal statutes from those who resort to torture just because they have the means to destroy your life, it should be American Citizens who are tortured within the shores of the land of the free and the home of the brave not because they are believed to be enemy combatants but because someone with the power decides to abuse it because there are no criminal consequences to it statutorily. I can't get back what I have lost over the going on 8 years but with your help, I can try to make it better for others  by insisting that America live up to it's great ideas of liberty and freedom. There must be a criminal statute such as the Admendment proposed to stop the torture of American  citizens  for exercising free speech, availing themselves of the civil processes, and protesting against government actions and other activity protected under the Constitution.  This is the paragraph of the current statute that we would like to amend. §2340A. Torture(a) Offense.-Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To state the following: (a) Offense.-Whoever commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.    The change is simply removing "outside the United States" but for those of us who have experienced what the inclusion of those four words has allowed in terms of pain and suffering, loss of life, liberty and property, embrassment, alienation from family and friends, job loss, loss of reputation, electronic bullying by artificially placing every derrogatory information they can find on Google to discredit you.  In my case having social security to misplace the fact that I worked for a company to deny pension benefits and so many other things that are not befitting of a great nation. Please sign this for the many of us who suffer with no one in government willing to step in and stop the assaults in the past administrations.       Thank you! Lecora

Lecora Bowen
95 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Attorney General

2016!!! Indict Eric D Boyd (#255762) for the Murders of Channon Christian & Chris Newsom

Knoxville, Tennessee   This horrifying story began when Eric Boyd borrowed his cousin, Nicole Mathis’ car, picked up his friends LeMaricus Davidson and Letalvis Cobbins from 2316 Chipman Street. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom had plans to hang out with friends for dinner and a movie. As they shared a kiss, in the parking lot of a friend’s home in the Washington Ridge Apartments, their evening was abruptly interrupted by LeMaricus Davidson and Eric Boyd pointing guns in their faces.  LeMaricus Davidson and Eric Boyd forced their way into Channon’s vehicle, Carjacking and Kidnapping the couple for what turned into a weekend of pure evil. Letalvis Cobbins, the half-brother of LeMaricus Davidson, followed Channon’s SUV in the car that Eric Boyd supplied for these crimes, back to the Chipman Street house. Channon Christian was eventually tied up, raped, tortured, had bleach poured down her mouth to erase DNA evidence, a plastic bag wrapped around her head and stuffed into a kitchen trash can where she died of suffocation. Statements made by at least three of the killers involved in these crimes not only place Eric Boyd as an accomplice to the carjacking of the couple but also a vital part of the kidnapping, torture and murder of Christopher Newsom. Christopher Newsom was gagged, his hands were tied and he was raped, tortured, shot three times (Including once execution style) thrown onto train tracks and set on fire.    Eric Boyd only received a Two Count 18-year sentence for being an accessory after the fact to the murders. Without this indictment, Eric Boyd will be set free to go home from Federal Prison in a couple of years, when he should be in prison for Life. However, directly because of him, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom will never see home again. We are less than two months away from the 10 year anniversary of these heinous murders and would greatly appreciate  you signing this petition.   ●“Don’t you ever think for one second we don’t know what you did” Channon Christians father Gary, told Boyd. “I hate you beyond your comprehension”. Gary Christian  2008  ●“We believe that LeMaricus, George Thomas and possibly Eric Boyd did the shooting”. Hugh Newsom  2014 A petition on Change.Org (Over 320,000 signatures) did help deny Parole to one of the Kidnappers (Vanessa Coleman) in this same crime. YOU, the people, were heard loud and clear. Let’s make them hear you again!  Please sign this petition and help us keep Eric Dewayne Boyd exactly where he deserves to be, behind bars! This is the final piece of closure that these two families and the City of Knoxville needs. Thank You for your support! #BringJusticeBackInStyleChannon&Christopher

Kelvin Cowans
2,891 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Fatou Bensouda

END IMPUNITY OF THE UNITED STATES FOR SEXUAL TORTURE

In the days following September 11, the Bush administration systematized the use of torture. These methods of interrogation were deployed in Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq in Abu Ghraib. A recent investigation suggests that torture was also practiced in “black sites”-- secret American prisons spread across the world on several continents (like Kandahar in Afghanistan) and especially in Europe. In these prisons, the United States also practiced sexual torture. The victims were systematically humiliated, raped and sexually assaulted, using methods validated at the highest level of American power. These methods of torture were devised and set up as a system around which the US has built a legal wall of impunity that goes against all international rules, beginning with the Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Convention, as our investigation shows. Thus, in spite of numerous attempts, no trial allowed to punish the architects of these crimes ever. #SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND HUMILIATION AS TOOLS OF TORTURE “We were standing in a single file line. They pulled down our pants and raped us, one by one. I don’t know what they put up our bums, but it was extremely brutal. It tore me up. Then, they sprayed us with a high-pressure hose and threw us on top of each other in a mountain of naked men. The whole time, they were taking pictures of us,” testifies Nizar Sassi, one of the 6 “Guantanamo Frenchmen”. While waterboarding has been treated in the media as a symbol of American torture, sexual assault and humiliation have always been in the background. Violated, washed with high-pressure hose, thrown on a mountain of naked men, photos of naked women stapled on the chest. The testimonies of our investigation are overwhelming (read the investigation). Other testimonies involving abusive, repeated and violent rectal inspections corroborate these facts. Sexual violence is the most violent and long-lasting traumatic experience for a victim. Sexual violence is physically destructive, but psychologically it also constitutes a real act of torture. Torture cannot be tolerated regardless of the context of urgency faced by a nation. The United States Constitution prohibits the government from using “cruel and unusual punishment” and the UN Convention Against Torture states that torture is a violation of international human rights law. And contrary to popular belief, torture is never effective. #NO ISOLATED ACTS BUT A TRUE SYSTEM George W. Bush, Dick Cheney (Vice President), Donald Rumsfeld (Defense Minister) and Condoleezza Rice (Security Advisor) organized or endorsed this system of torture. Experts, lawyers, doctors, intelligence and military staff were mobilized specifically to design and implement this "sexual weapon". These officials must be prosecuted for war crimes and non-compliance with the Geneva Convention by the International Criminal Court. #OUR COMMITMENT Asked about the potential to hold the former Bush administration and the architects of torture accountable for their actions, Barack Obama recently replied that "we must look to the future and not return to the past". During the campaign trail, Donald Trump claimed “torture works,” promising to fill Guantanamo and allow the worst forms of torture to continue in the name of “freedom”. This is obviously not acceptable. As determined producers and filmmakers, we believe that everyone has a responsibility to change the mentalities and systems that perpetuate impunity. Because those in power have not lived up to the challenge of recognizing the serious mistakes of the past, Nicolas, Stéphane and I (Marion) decided to launch the ZERO IMPUNITY movement so that these crimes do not go unpunished and happen again. #TOGETHER SUPPORT THE ICC, STRUGGLE AGAINST DIPLOMATIC PRESSURES AND ALLOW JUSTICE TO BE REALIZED At the ICC, a preliminary investigation into the crimes related to the armed conflict in Afghanistan calls into question the practices of torture and sexual violence used by the US military. Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor, said in the latest annual report on ICC preliminary examinations that "members of the US Army and the CIA used methods that constituted war crimes, torture, cruel treatment, attacks on the dignity of the person and rape". We must mobilize so that the preliminary examination leads to an investigation and trial. The ICC is under diplomatic pressure from the United States, but with support from the American people and people around the world, we can stand up to torture.

Marion, Nicolas et Stéphane (ZERO IMPUNITY)
22,036 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to International Criminal Court / ICC

National and international call and petition against kidnapping of children and parents.

National and international call and petition against kidnapping of children and parents. What right have Norwegian politicians, or other countries' politicians, to deprive people of their right to family life? That is a diverse crime against human rights, it is a crime against humanity and it is a genocide. By what right can politicians or governments in any country put themselves above human rights and international law? Every country, every authority and every human being is by the human rights committed consistently to protest such. The infection will spread also to and in other countries - if not the protests are clear and determined enough! Please translate this also to other languages! * Norwegian / norsk: Nasjonalt og internasjonalt opprop mot kidnapping av barn og foreldre. Hvilken rett har norske politikere, eller andre lands politikere, til å frata mennesker deres rett til sitt familieliv? Det er en mangfoldig forbrytelse mot menneskerettighetene, det er en forbrytelse mot menneskeheten og det er et folkemord. Med hvilken rett kan politikere eller myndigheter i noe land sette seg selv over menneskerettighetene og internasjonal lov og rett? Ethvert land, enhver myndighet og ethvert menneske er av menneskerettighetene forpliktet til konsekvent å protestere slikt. Smitten spre seg også til og i andre land - om ikke protestene er tydelige og bestemte nok! Vennligst oversett dette også til andre sprog! *

Rune L. Hansen
142 supporters