July 18, 2019

Blueprint for Accountability, Part 2

Blueprint for Accountability series fuses theater, film, journalism and debate to craft a moral response
against torture. Fahad Hashmi will be sentenced on the same day as this event– after three years of pre-trial solitary confinement.  An exclusive interview with Fahad’s family from a few weeks ago will be one of the film components of the evening, and Fahad’s brother and father will be available for interview at the event on June 7.

Members of the press are able to enter the event for free. E-mail Rachel Olin about interviewing any of the panelists and attending the event.

Igniting an unprecedented sense of hope and possibility, the election of Barack Obama served to position American resolve and commitment as never before. Echoing the sentiments of those both home and abroad, this opportunity presented a vital call to action: a call for America to regain its footing and once again raise its standard as the great pillar for the rule of law. Although the international community may be skeptical about the U.S. role abroad, there is no time like the present to rectify America’s dignity and honesty when it comes to the misconduct of our government officials. Accountability is the cornerstone of justice. We will not be able to restore America’s reputation in the world until we can demonstrate that we hold our own leaders, and those that serve them, to the same standard that we hold those in other nations.
 
The panelists for the event include :

  • Former CIA Officer Valerie Plame Wilson
  • Retired Iraq commander Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez
  • Author and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind
  • Best-Selling Author and Investigative Journalist Jeremy Scahill
  • Poet, Journalist, and Human Rights Activist Rose Styron
  • Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights Vince Warren
  • Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture Dr. Allen Keller

 

The event is being directed by recent Oscar winner for best documentary, Fisher Stevens (The Cove)

The evening will utilize vital archival footage as well as bring to
life compelling dramatic scenes never-before-heard testimony performed by
actors James Spader, Liev Schreiber, Julianna Margulies, Mariska Hargitay and Matt Dillon.

A promotional video from last year’s Blueprint is available on Youtube.com >>