National Security Officials Ask President Obama to Make Statement Against Torture

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Washington, DCA group of former national security officials sent a letter today to President Obama urging him “to make an unequivocal statement that torture is illegal, immoral, and un-American.”

The letter was signed by:

General Joseph Hoar, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
General Paul J. Kern, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General James P. Cullen, USA (Ret.)
General Charles Krulak, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General Gerald E. Galloway, USA (Ret.)
General David M. Maddox, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General John H. Johns, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard Jr., USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Murray G. Sagsveen, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen Xenakis, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, USA (Ret.)
Colonel Theodore B. Voorhees, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles Otstott, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Smith, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster, USA (Ret.)
Bob Booker Baer
Major General John Batiste, USA (Ret.)
Vincent Cannistraro
Major General Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret.)
Jack Cloonan
Major General Eugene Fox, USA (Ret.)
William J. Daugherty, PhD
Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, USN (Ret.)
Honorable Carl Ford
Major General Melvyn Montano, USAF (Ret.)
Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith
Major General William L. Nash, USA (Ret.)
Honorable John Hamre, PhD
Major General Thomas Romig, USA (Ret.)
Honorable Alberto Mora
Major General Walter L. Stewart, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Joe Navarro
Brigadier General David M. Brahms, USMC (Ret.)
Paul Pillar, PhD
Honorable William H. Taft IV

The letter is in response to claims made by some members of the previous Administration that torture and cruel treatment produced intelligence that eventually led to the capture and death of Osama bin Laden.

While there are conflicting reports on what intelligence was used and how it was obtained, the letter calls upon President Obama to take a firm stand against torture and cruel treatment and make clear these methods are always wrong and must not be part of our national security policy.


May 5, 2011

The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

In light of the debate following the death of Osama bin Laden, we urge you to make an unequivocal statement that torture is illegal, immoral, and un-American. The use of torture undermines our national security and intelligence gathering efforts. The United States must lead by our core principles and condemn torture.


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