Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NC Stop Torture Now Vigil Challenges Torture Flights

Jan. 23, 2011: Johnston County Courthouse, Smithfield, N.C.

Eleven members of the human rights group,  NC Stop Torture Now  vigiled against North Carolina's role in torture with banners reading, "Torture Accountability Starts at the Top," at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield, NC.  Smithfield is home to the Johnston County Airport, where
Aero Contractors is headquartered.  Aero has provided pilots and planes to fly kidnapped suspects to be tortured at various sites, including Guantanamo. 

Participants in Sunday’s vigil came from Durham, Orange, Wake, and Johnston counties.  They braved the cold for 90 minutes, catching dozens of motorists on their way to or from church and drawing several honks and thumbs-up signals.

NC STN's statewide effort seeks to gather a broad coalition including communities of faith, human and civil rights organizations, peace and justice groups, and community opinion leaders to endorse a Citizens' Commission of Inquiry into state and local governments' role in extraordinary rendition.

Report from  Christina Cowger  NC Stop Torture Now! 

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