Friday, April 23, 2010

Edward Horgan Speaks on Irish Government Culpability in Torture

Duke University on demand has posted Edward Horgan's talk at the the Duke University conference, "Weaving a Net of Accountability: Taking on extraordinary rendition at the state and regional level". The conference was held on April 8-10. Dr. Horgan's 10-year visa to enter the United States was withdrawn weeks before he was to attend. Many feel that it was a vindictive move by the U.S. government against a staunch critic of the U.S. policy of extraordinary rendition, and of country's like Ireland, that have cooperated with that policy, which kidnaps suspects and sends them to foreign countries, where many are tortured.

Dr. Horgan is a former Irish Defence Forces officer and co-founder of ShannonWatch, an organization that has protested the use of Shannon Airport for both renditions and U.S. military stopovers for operations aimed at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I reported on the Horgan visa story here and here.

H/T to Stephen Soldz, who was also a speaker at the Duke conference

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