Torture is WRONG!

I love my country.  American is a country where people of many cultures and religions are welcomed with open arms.  America is a country where those without hope come to our shores and make a wonderful life for themselves.  America stands for many things, most of which are good.  But torture is wrong, no matter WHO is doing the torturing.  I hate it when my government takes an action that harms an innocent person.  I cringed when I read about this innocent man who was arrested for no good reason and sent to be tortured.  The very least we owe this man is an apology.  I have just sent an apology, an apology from my heart, despite the fact that I knew nothing of this incident. But I am an American, I when my government steps out of bounds, I should speak out and say NO!  We often forget that our elected officials are responsible to US, to the Americans who elected them.  Please stand up and be counted. 
  Help give a torture survivor his life back.


Dear Supporter,During the height of the “war on terror” in 2002, the US government allowed Maher Arar — a Canadian citizen and father of two children who was held and later released without charge — to be tortured in Syria. And even now, the US government won’t even deign to apologize to Arar for its terrible actions.

Come on. The United States can do better than this.

Torture is wrong under any circumstances. Urge President Obama and Congress to stand for human rights and apologize for the terrible mistreatment that Maher Arar suffered in Syria under its watch.

Asking the US government to do what’s right for Maher Arar is just the beginning. The torture debate is back in the headlines. And this is one debate we can’t afford to lose.

Torture survivors — and future victims — are counting on Amnesty to ensure that recent attempts by torture apologists like Dick Cheney to reopen the torture debate are roundly defeated.

Torture’s “comeback” must end now. Let’s start with a simple apology.

Thousands of people — including author Stephen King and former US senior military interrogator in Iraq Matthew Alexander — have already signed the petition demanding an apology for Maher Arar. But we need more voices willing to speak out in support of a torture survivor.

Can we — and Maher Arar — count on your voice?


Zeke Johnson
Security with Human Rights Campaigner
Amnesty International USA

P.S. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 petition signatures by the end of Torture Awareness Month in June. After you sign the petition, will you share this action with your friends on Facebook and Twitter?


“I Still Have Nightmares”

© Bud Schultz

Don’t let Congress and Obama sweep torture under the rug. Demand an apology for Maher Arar.




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About jeansasson

I'm a woman with a keen interest in a wide range of topics including women's issues; animal rights issues; humanitarian issues and political movements, such as the events currently sweeping the Middle East. I am an avid reader and collector of books, mainly about travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries. I have enormous curiosity about other people and relish hearing about lives and opinions of people from all over the world. I’m the author of the PRINCESS series, GROWING UP BIN LADEN, MAYADA DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, FOR THE LOVE OF A SON, and more. Over the past few years the princess and I have met and worked together to bring out a 4th, 5th and 6th book. The 4th is titled: PRINCESS, MORE TEARS TO CRY while the 5th is titled: PRINCESS, SECRETS TO SHARE. The 6th, titled PRINCESS, STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOWS is to be released in October 2018. I am currently working on my memoirs. Details to be released soon. You can visit my website ( or check out my books on Amazon for more info.
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2 Responses to Torture is WRONG!

  1. Theo Ichtus says:

    Since I or my government didn’t do this torturing it is not for me to sign the petition. However, if there is anything the rest of the world looks for in the USA it is moral leadership – public servants indeed serving the public and not the perversions we got used to see in other parts of the world, undemocratic leaders that don’t hesitate to use guns on their public – punishing them as if they were disobedient servants. If there’s no place for torture in the USA at least we can hope that sooner or later there’s no place for torture anywhere in the world.

  2. jeansasson says:

    Hi Theo, From my understanding this man was arrested and turned over to another government to be tortured. Seems he was just passing through. If I am wrong, I’m sorry, but this is what I am reading. If my government turned over someone to be tortured, it is the same as if we did it. I hope to get to the bottom of this. Thanks for your input… Jean

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