For Immediate Release: September 11, 2012
Washington, DC – Today, Human Rights First issued the following statement marking the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people:
“On this solemn anniversary, we express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of 9/11, as well as to the loved ones of those military men and women who have perished in the years since as they defended our great nation. We also offer our unwavering support for all who continue to guard our freedom and security at home and abroad.
“Today, as we pause to honor the memory and sacrifice of those we have lost, we should also recommit to restoring America’s role as a world leader in the struggle for human rights. For example, a key report essential to setting the record straight on acts of torture that occurred after 9/11 is still pending before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Members of that committee should approve the report in the coming weeks and give the American people the opportunity to see it. Many of the important lessons we’ve learned in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy have come through the process of examination and disclosure. This report offers an opportunity to learn from our experience. A committee vote to share its findings about the impact torture had on our intelligence capabilities with the American people will advance national security and the rule of law.”