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An Open Letter To Karen Hughes

Sidney Blumenthal, Salon contributer and executive producer of "Taxi to the Dark Side" wants the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Pub

Sidney Blumenthal, Salon contributer and executive producer of "Taxi to the Dark Side" wants the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs to do her job:

One Defense Department official, believing the administration policy on detainees and torture to be illegal and counterproductive, told me that in his and others' efforts to reverse it they approached you as a last hope. After all, you have virtually unrestricted access to the president. But he recounted that you rebuffed them, and described your attitude as dismissive.

Your complicity in the torture policy is one reason that I am writing you. Despite the futility of those inside the administration in bringing the problem to you, you still remain in place to redress it. As the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, responsible for defending America's reputation in the world, you must engage the issue that has most seriously damaged our image. Your obligation will continue so long as you hold your post. Those who care about the good name of the United States will not cease viewing you as a last resort, even if you disdain or ignore them, because they cling to the desperate hope that a nagging conscience or its sudden awakening will compel you actually to do your job.

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