Obama on Human RightsFebruary 24, 2009 # 11:00 pm # Human Rights # No Comment
In his address this evening to a Joint Session of Congress, President Barack Obama again touched on the importance of human rights in American foreign policy. He explained:
To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend – because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists – because living our values doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger. And that is why I can stand here tonight and say without exception or equivocation that the United States of America does not torture.