Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Yes, you read it right -- in today's Topsy-Turvy political world, a proponent of torture is deemed to be qualified to lead the State Department's human rights efforts. At least, that's what the Trump Administration thinks. A hearing on the nomination of Marshall Billingsly to the post of Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, will be held by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, September 19, at 9:30 a.m. Here's a link to more information on the hearing.
Here's the background you need:
Human Rights First (founded by former State Dep't Human Rights chief Michael Posner) has compiled this fact sheet on the nominee's positions.
An analysis from two Human Rights First experts is available here.
Human Rights Watch's letter opposing the nomination is here.
And to think, it was just five years ago that the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a full report on these Bush era abuses, and the US use of torture was roundly condemned by the international community.