Human Rights First’s campaign, `Elect to End Torture ’08′ was launched on April 13 and 14 with an unprecedented gathering in Concord, N.H. at which nearly 20 retired generals and admirals met in separate sessions with candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Joe Biden, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich to discuss U.S. detention and interrogation policies. (Former Sen. John Edwards was scheduled to appear but had to cancel because of severe weather.) The group intends to meet with all presidential candidates of both parties.
The military leaders brought to the table their truly extraordinary breadth and depth of experience. They were united in their view that torture is never justified, that it produces unreliable information, and that it diminishes both the individuals who commit it and the cause they serve.