From From Naureen Shah, director of Amnesty International USA’s Security and Human Rights Program, writing for Medium:
It’s deeply disturbing that, 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government’s sense of justice is so skewed that while not a single person has been prosecuted for torture or unlawful drone killings, it is Edward Snowden who faces decades behinds bars.
So, while we witness the vilification of Edward Snowden, this is happening:
- The architects of CIA torture celebrate their abuses, safe in the knowledge they likely won’t ever be prosecuted.
- 61 men languish at Guantanamo, many locked away without charges for more than a decade, and they may die there.
- Drone strikes have killed scores, including a woman struck by Hellfire missiles and blown to bits before the eyes of her grandchildren, and yet her death has never even been acknowledged by the U.S. government.
Wednesday September 14th marked the 15th year that U.S. intelligence and defense agencies have used the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force, a law passed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, as a permission slip for human rights abuses.
These out of control agencies, unchecked by the courts and Congress, violating human rights with impunity — this is why Edward Snowden had to speak out, why it’s ludicrous to suggest he could have worked within this desperately broken system, a system where human rights abuses are systematically ignored and sometimes covered up.