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Bill Younglove, MHEC member, is published in the July 27, 2015 edition of the New Yorker with a brilliant Letter to the Editor!

The “inside war” that Bruck describes is about values—and whether certain national leaders in the United States have any. When Senator Feinstein looks askance at torture, she is reminding us of the obligation of States under the U.N. Charter (Article 55), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5), and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 7) that “no one may be subjected to cruel or degrading treatment or punishment.” Aside from the fact that confessions extracted via torture are questionable, the U.S. should consider its standing in the world. To call torture an “enhanced technique” is to make a mockery of both language and justice.

Bill Younglove

Lakewood, Calif.

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