In honor of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, here are two videos from the Reckoning with Torture project.

The Reckoning with Torture project is based on a simple but powerful notion: that coming to terms with human rights abuses starts with reading the documentary record. Over 130,000 formerly secret documents detailing the torture and abuse of detainees in US custody since 9/11 are now publicly available. A collaborative project with Doug Liman, the ACLU, and PEN, the Reckoning with Torture Project asks the public to read the record and spread the word.

Kelly Clark from Seoul, South Korea, reads a speech by President Bush denouncing torture three months after the first Abu Ghraib photographs were released.


And check out playwright Eve Ensler reading the same speech at The Cooper Union.


Over the last three years, PEN and the ACLU have staged readings showcasing declassified documents that detail America’s post-9/11 torture program. Leading writers and actors including Annie Proulx, Russell Banks, and Robert Redford have read documents. PEN now calls on the public to join our effort as well.

Here are the steps to participate.

1) Download the speech
2) Film yourself and a friend reading it
3) Send us the file

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