Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/06/07/Blueprint_for_Accountability Journalists Ron Suskind and Jeremy Scahill debate with former Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez on whether Bush Administration officials should be prosecuted for allegedly consenting to the torture of Iraqi prisoners. "There's not an issue as to whether the duly elected leaders were engaged here," says Suskind. "They were, from minute one." ----- The Culture Project presents: Blueprint for Accountability. A panel including Ron Suskind, Vince Warren and Fisher Stevens explore the dark corners of illegal kidnapping, confinement, secret prisons and torture. Harold Pinter said "I believe that, despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies, is a crucial obligation. It is, in fact, mandatory." Accountability is critical to democracy. At a time when grave challenges threaten American democracy, only a groundswell of public engagement can restore American values and moral standing in the world. At this crucial moment, Culture Project presents Blueprint for Accountability, a monthly series that asks "How can we empower ourselves to hold our leaders - in government, education and corporate institutions - accountable for the events of the past and the conditions of the future?" In a bold new hybrid of investigative journalism and theater, Blueprint for Accountability brings together the world's leading experts in politics and journalism with the most visionary artists of our time to create an architectural plan for restoring accountability into our culture. - The Culture Project Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez (born September 9, 1953) is a retired United States Army general who served as the V Corps commander of coalition forces in Iraq from June 2003 to June 2004. Ron Suskind is a former national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal. His most recent book is The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism. Mr. Suskind was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (Feature Writing) in 1995. Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!.
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