Resolution Supporting a Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order on Prisoner Treatment, Torture and Cruelty

Resolution Supporting a Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order on Prisoner Treatment, Torture and Cruelty

Whereas torture as well as other cruel and inhumane treatment degrades everyone involved: not just victims, but also the perpetrators and the policymakers, and

Whereas religious leaders around the country are calling for a full investigation into the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” by US personnel since 9/11, and

Whereas President-elect Obama has stated that “America doesn’t torture” and I am going to make sure we don’t torture.” “Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.”

Be it Resolved that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls upon President Obama to issue an Executive Order that provides for rules of interrogation that we would find acceptable if used on Americans; that uses one standard for all US personnel and agencies for the treatment of prisoners, such as the US Army Field Manual; that we follow the rule of law in conformity with American principles of fairness; that the US will not transfer any person to another country that uses cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; that Congress and the courts shall play their role in protecting the values and institutions of our nation; and all US personnel will understand their duty to comply with the rule of law and their duty to prevent the use of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners and that they are fully accountable for any failure in their duty,

Be it further resolved that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party shall communicate the passage of this resolution to the President-elect; the Los Angeles County Democratic Party: to the California Democratic Congressional Delegation; and both U.S. Senators from California.

Submitted by: Beach Cities Democratic Club

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee 1/9/09

Passed by LACDP 1/16/09

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