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Des Moines Anti-Torture Collective

A decentralized group that holds vigils and other actions throughout Iowa


Valley West Mall, West Des Moines, IA
35th & University Avenue, 50th & University Avenue, various other locations
West Des Moines, IA 50311
United States
Phone: 702-515-9098

Each person in the group probably has their own version of this group's history. I, Justin Norman, offer this as my personal take on its beginnings. In 2008, after learning about torture in various ways, several concerned Iowans, including myself, formed a group to study William Cavanaugh's book, Torture and Eucharist.

WikiLeaks Guantánamo release offers an opportunity for truth-telling

Nancy Talanian

The 779 classified Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) that WikiLeaks began releasing on April 24 offer an unprecedented opportunity for us to finally confront the flimsy evidence our government has compiled about hundreds of men to support their past or present indefinite detention at Guantánamo.

Videos of Des Moines Anti-Torture Collective

The Des Moines Anti-Torture Collective videotapes its weekly vigils.  Here is a sampling:

Week 44

Week 41 (three videos)


Ahmed Errachidi

Current status: 
Cleared, no charges

 Ahmed Errachidi is a gourmet chef who worked at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair (London, England). He had two young sons, one of whom was in dire need of a heart operation in 2001. He left for Pakistan in September of that year to buy silver jewelry there which he hoped to resell in Morocco in order to raise the money for his son's operation. However, in October of that year, when the US invaded Afghanistan, he left Pakistan to attempt to help civilians affected by the war.

U.S. Detention Policies a Decade After 9/11: Two Perspectives on Security

03/30/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Western New England College School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road Law School Commons
Springfield, MA
Phone: 413-665-1150


Western New England College School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road Law School Commons
Springfield, MA
Phone: 413-665-1150

Join us in Close Guantanamo Call-In Week, January 18-21, 2011

Congress has taken steps to restrict funding for closing Guantanamo. It has limited the Administration’s ability to transfer detainees to other countries, and it has created barriers to transferring detainees to the United States – even for the purpose of trial. Some members of Congress are working on ways to update and expand the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), in an effort to further expand the use of military commissions, preventive detention and even extra-judicial killing of U.S. citizens.