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I wrote a letter to Canada upon learning that the United States had been placed on a list of countries that torture.

Originally Posted January 17, 2008:

I understand you have placed the United States on a list of countries where someone could potentially be tortured.

The manual - part of a training course on torture awareness for diplomats - also includes Israel, China, Iran and Afghanistan on its watch list.

While I understand your concern with the current practices of the United States, I would like you to remember that the actions of this administration and a small, but incessantly obnoxious minority, do not represent the views and values of most Americans. Also, we are currently in the process of remedying the situation. I assure you, in roughly one year we will have expunged the problem and will once again be a safe place to visit. We look forward to seeing you again in the future and hope you will not hold the mistakes of our past against us.

Thank You,

The United States