Joshua Katz Has Letter Published Regarding Torture Report and Police-Involved Shooting

Joshua Katz

This letter to the editor has been published in several media outlets.

To the editor:

From Ferguson, to New York, to Guantanamo Bay, we have witnessed systematic brutality,
oppression, and murder by our government. We have also witnessed the complete
unwillingness of the government to hold itself accountable. Defenders of big government
have, predictably, stepped forward to criticize, not the horrific acts of our government, but
efforts to bring wrongdoing to light. It is claimed that revelations of torture committed by our
government put Americans at risk; that risk was created when our leaders allowed this
uncivilized behavior to take place in the first place.

These acts of brutality, and lack of accountability, is the result of far too many years of two
rule. The recent torture report, for example, revealed a program of torture carried out
by Republicans but a Democratic administration attempted to delay its revelation and
indicated that it will not seek any prosecutions. In response to systematic racism
and murder by police departments, the White House has come up with a committee to study,
not how to hold murderers accountable, but why the minority population does not trust the
police. Perhaps it is because the police carry out acts of murder, cover up for fellow
officers who have committed horrific acts, and face no penalty for their actions.

The only way we will begin to clean this up is by breaking the two party duopoly. The
Libertarian Party stands with the oppressed, speaks for those who society cannot hear, and
offers hope for those who have given up any belief that the world can improve. A vote for a
Libertarian is a vote against allowing the murderer of Eric Garner to go free,
a vote against the warfare state, and a vote against torture. Wherever a person is
brutalized or killed by government, we are with them. Wherever people protest against
unjust institutions and systematic racism, we are with them. Now I ask you to stand with
us and help us to fight these depredations.

Joshua Katz
xxxx Boston Post Rd.
Apt. x
Westbrook, CT 06498

The writer is a Planning Commissioner in the town of Westbrook, the Chair of the Libertarian
Party of Connecticut, and a member of the Libertarian National Committee, the board of the
Libertarian Party.

8 thoughts on “Joshua Katz Has Letter Published Regarding Torture Report and Police-Involved Shooting

  1. paulie

    I’m guessing Jill probably did that to protect your privacy, although if the newspapers published your full address there is no reason why we shouldn’t also.

  2. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Yes, I did it to protect your privacy. I can change it back, if you like, Joshua.

  3. Joshua Katz

    It doesn’t matter to me. I have no preference, so there’s no need to go to the trouble to fix it. In the future (if it should arise again) there’s no need to go to the trouble to protect me. After all, when it’s my time, it’s my time. 😉

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