My research project is creating a public service announcement (PSA) for the people in North Carolina explaining the state’s role in the rendition, detention, and interrogation (RDI) program of the CIA. The ultimate goal of the PSA is to encourage the state of North Carolina and anyone who was involved in the stopovers to issue an official and public apology. I will work with the North Carolina Stop Torture Now organizationon to help them raise the public awareness needed to garner such an apology. At the height of the RDI program, North Carolina served as a midway point between overseas and Guantanamo Bay. Aero Contractors Limited is a private charter company that has been connected to the CIA for its role in supplying planes and pilots to take detainees to Guantanamo Bay. The video will be about two minutes in length, with the goal of humanizing the detainees. Too often people get complicated statistics and numbers thrown at them that veil the humanity of these people. I will use the artwork that detainees produced to show how similar they are to other people in hope of encouraging more sympathy toward them and action to improve their situation. I am compelled to show the staggeringly low conviction rate in Guantanamo Bay as a meaningful statistic that together with the art, can rally people to push harder for a public apology. While a public apology is a good step forward, there is nothing that can be done to completely make up for what the detainees endured in their many years at Guantanamo Bay.
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Teicher, Abe, "Guantanamo Bay Public Service Announcement" (2021). Research Days Posters 2021. 3.