Hillary Clinton Finally Says She Isn’t Down With Torture

17 Dec 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter.

Hillary Clinton spoke out against the use of waterboarding torture during a Tuesday speech in New York City, strongly condemning the tactics for the first time since the recent release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation methods from a decade ago. NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s proud to have been part of an administration that “banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations” and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world.Hillary Clinton on Tuesday heaped praise on the Obama administration for banning “brutal interrogations” and called for legislative action — the first comments from the former secretary of state since the CIA torture report was made public. Clinton said recent world events including the mass murder of children in Pakistan and the siege in Sydney, Australia, “should steel our resolve and underscore that our values are what set us apart from our adversaries”. Bush era while appealing to her party’s growing coalition of black and Hispanic voters, who propelled President Barack Obama to the White House. “There’s no doubt that at home and abroad America is at our best when our actions match our values,” Clinton said as she was honored at the Robert F.

Clinton said Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968, would agree it’s possible to fight terrorism and reduce crime and violence without relying on torture abroad or unnecessary force at home. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights gala in midtown Manhattan. “Yes the threat of terrorism is real and urgent — scores of children were just murdered in Pakistan. Clinton’s statements follow an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday that found almost six in ten Americans believe the CIA’s treatment of suspected terrorists was justified. Advocates of the report’s release say it’s important to have a full accounting of what went on to make sure the practices don’t happen again, while opponents say it will provide fodder for terrorists around the globe and increase the risk of an attack on the U.S. Clinton also spoke about recent unrest following police-related deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York, telling attendees “black lives matter,” repeating a phrase used by activists after grand juries failed to indict officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The nonprofit says the award is meant to laud business leaders, entertainers and activists who demonstrate commitment to social change and “reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to ‘make gentle the life of this world.”’ She wondered what Kennedy would say about “the thousands of Americans marching in our streets demanding justice for all” and “the mothers who’ve lost their sons”. “What would he say to all those who have lost trust in our government and our other intuitions, who shudder at images of excessive force, who read reports about torture done in the name of our country, who see too many representatives in Washington quick to protect a big bank from regulation but slow to take action to help working families facing ever greater pressure?” Clinton said. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last week over the so-called “cromnibus” bill and a provision stripping some power from the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. Instead of speaking in strictly economic terms, Clinton talked more broadly about championing the have-nots in the United States’ racial and financial divide.

Even De Niro, who also accepted an award, couldn’t resist. “When we agree that it’s a human right to have reasonable and responsible medical care, we won’t fight about Obamacare, or whatever it will be called — Hillarycare?” he said to applause and laughter. Before the awards dinner, Ortiz told Kennedy, “I hope she runs for president, she’s got my vote.” Clinton had plenty of love for the Kennedy clan as well, praising the “extraordinary service of the Kennedy family” and sitting next to matriarch Ethel Kennedy at the head of a long table of VIPs. Before the event, Kennedy told msnbc that she too hoped Clinton would run for president and that her father, RFK, would be “very happy” with Clinton as well. Joseph Kennedy, grandson of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, as well as celebrities including America Ferrera, Melanie Griffith, Catherine Keener and Harvey Keitel. Throughout the evening, people made references to Clinton potentially running for president, from De Niro to Kerry Kennedy, Robert Kennedy’s daughter.

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