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Obama acknowledges waterboarding is torture – NYC medical examiner confirms police chokehold led to Eric Garner’s death

Aug 05, 2014 Obama acknowledges waterboarding is torture – NYC medical examiner confirms police chokehold led to Eric Garner’s death

Congratulations to President Obama for confirming last week that people were tortured at CIA-run prisons after the September 11, 2001, murders. Obama called the torture contrary to American values even though he proceeded to call the same CIA agents patriots.

Also, last week, the New York City medical examiner determined that police office Daniel Pantaleo’s choke hold was the primary cause of Eric Garner’s death.

The criminal justice, national security and military systems in the United States are grossly overgrown, and, therefore, all the more prone to abuses. Acknowledging the abuses is a critical step in shrinking them. However, while these systems remain so overgrown, the excessive abuses will continue.

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