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No better time to probe torture done in our name

Written by Susan Mannella on .

I want to thank Tony Norman for an excellent column, "Torture Report Shows How Low We've Sunk" (June 11). The recent report on medical professionals taking part in experimentation on torture techniques on prisoners cannot help but make us think of Nazi Germany.

It is chilling to think that some of our own doctors would agree to be a part of such experimentation. As a result of what had happened in Germany during World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written with the following article: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

June is Torture Awareness Month and June 26 is United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. What better time than now for us to call for accountability to request from our president and Congress that they appoint a nonpartisan commission of inquiry to look into torture abuses carried out in our name?

SCILLA WAHRHAFTIG
Park Place

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