In May 2016, my family and I sat in a small theater across the street from The University of Tampa. The University of Tampa Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) holds its commissioning ceremony there every year. My daughter stood on the stage looking fit and trim, proud in her dress uniform with a smile that just wouldn't stop. We were all smiling and so very proud.
The violence inflicted on US soldiers is not always confined to a remote battlefield in a distant land from armed insurgents. Only recently has it become known that veteran's are dying right here at home as they await medical care from the VA healthcare system that has shamefully demonstrated the wonton disregard of their well-being.
The review of CIA interrogation methods during George W. Bush's presidency has been the subject of a contentious back-and-forth, with U.S. intelligence agencies and the White House on one side pushing for mass redactions in the name of national security and committee staffers on the other arguing that the proposed redactions render the report unintelligible.
2014 could be a very important year in the effort to ensure that U.S.-sponsored torture never happens again. The number of detainees at Guantanamo could decrease significantly, the Senate Intelligence Committee could release its report on torture, and Congress could begin to create legislation on the basis of this report.