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Think tank plans study of how US treats detainees


By Steven Martin - Posted on 17 December 2010

By LARRY NEUMEISTER
The Associated Press

Friday, December 17, 2010; 4:29 PM

NEW YORK -- A nonpartisan legal think tank plans to study U.S. treatment of terrorism detainees, partly out of concern that the country's policies lack clarity and can be manipulated to permit abuse or torture in dangerous times, members of a task force appointed to conduct the study said Friday.

Eleanor J. Hill, one of three chairpersons on The Constitution Project's new panel, said events after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks such as the abuse by American troops of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and complaints of detainee torture will be one focus of the study.

She said it was important in fighting terrorism to project an image of the United States that is consistent with the principles the country was founded upon so that terrorists are not viewed more favorably than Americans in some parts of the world.

"When you see stories of Abu Ghraib and stories of torture, it's not the kind of America we want the rest of the world to see and the kind of country we want to be," said Hill, who was a Department of Defense inspector general under President Bill Clinton. "America is not what terrorists say we are, an evil country to be hated."

Read the rest of the article at The Washington Post. The New Evangelical Partnership applauds this important step toward truth and discovery. We are proud that Dr. David Gushee is a distinguished member of this panel.

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