DR. DAVID CRANE AND COL. LAWRENCE WILKERSON
ENDORSE MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS IN NORTH CAROLINA’S 11TH DISTRICT
Two of the most knowledgeable and respected leaders on the issue of torture and the moral battle to end so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against accused enemy combatants, have endorsed Democrat Moe Davis for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District.
Dr. David Crane, a Maggie Valley resident who is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and served as Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture; and Colonel Larry Wilkerson (Ret.), former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell and a Commissioner on the NCCIT as well, praised Colonel Davis for taking a stand against the use of torture when he was Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay.
“Moe Davis is a true American hero, someone who steps forward to do the right thing always,’’ Crane wrote. “To many, his heroic stepping away from Guantanamo in protest to the torture, and his principled criticism of anyone who steps away from the rule of law throughout his distinguished military and federal career, mark him as someone who represents all that is good about America and her armed forces. I have known Moe for decades and as a Western North Carolinian know that he is ‘mountain strong’ and will represent us all honestly and openly in Congress.”
Davis, an Air Force Colonel who served for 25 years and retired in 2008, was chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from 2005-07. He also served as a national security expert for the Congressional Research Service, law professor and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor. He resigned his position at Guantanamo Bay in 2007 after refusing to use evidence obtained through torture in prosecutions. He later became a leading advocate against torture and the use of evidence obtained through torture.
Wilkerson wrote: “During a terrible time when the leadership in Washington, of which I was a small part, launched an illegal war against Iraq, curtailed Americans’ civil liberties in so many unnecessary and dangerous ways, instituted a surveillance state and, worst of all, began a program of torture and rendered to other countries and to its own secret prisons both the guilty and the innocent to be tortured — in some cases, to death – Col. Davis stood out as a true patriot. He protested. He objected. He resigned his position at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Moe Davis is a real American, not a fake.”