Contest change: New deadline is January 9, 2014. Video submissions now due on the 12th anniversary of the Yoo/Delahunty OLC memo which [falsely] stated that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to Taliban, Al Qaeda or other "non-state actors."--a turning point in the US's attempt to legitimatize torture.
Tackling Torture at the Top (T3), a committee of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) announces a video contest on the subject of torture and torture accountability. (See Contest Rules for rules, deadlines and prizes.)
Despite US and international law prohibiting the use of torturethe US has used torture, often euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” in its so-called “War on Terror”. Despite the law, despite documented proof that such efforts produce inadmissable evidence, false information and false confessions, and despite the blowback of such efforts, the US continues to shield the lawbreakers--both those who committed and those who authorized torture--by “Looking forward, not backward,” and there is evidence that such techniques continue to be used and falsely justified. Through TV shows like “24” and Hollywood films like the commercially successful “Zero Dark Thirty” and the new documentary “Manhunt” the US’s use of torture is presented as viable, and even necessary to our country’s security. Unfortunately, a majority of the under-informed and misinformed public now thinks that torture is necessary and useful.
Tackling Torture at the Top, through this contest, hopes to produce entertaining and informative videos that contradict this harmful and inhumane view, educate the public, raise questions about the direction of our foreign policy and our use of the military, and by so doing, give the public the awareness and courage to rein in our country’s out of control security apparatus.
CONTEST RULES BACKGROUND LINKS re the American way of propaganda--Zero Dark Thirty, Manhunt, Argo, Green Zone VIEW THE 20 FINALISTS (mid-January 2014)
Voting ends January 30, 2014. Winners win "Audience Favorite" prizes of $300.
A video that fits the criteria--make your own and win some money!