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NLG ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON TORTURE LIABILITY


NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD CALLS FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AND LAWYERS WHO WROTE TORTURE MEMOS

New York. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls on Congress to appoint a Special Prosecutor, independent of the Department of Justice, to investigate and prosecute high Bush officials and lawyers including John Yoo for their role in the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.

The NLG has issued a White Paper explaining why the memos, which purported to give objective legal advice, subject all those involved to prosecution under international and U.S. domestic law. This includes people who ordered the torture, approved it or gave advice to justify it.

Guild President Marjorie Cohn testified on May 6 before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the House Judiciary Committee, that some lawyers in the Department of Justice were "part of a common plan to violate U.S. and international laws outlawing torture."

The 14-page White Paper details the ways in which the lawyers, including Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, and William Haynes, counseled the White House on how to get away with war crimes. The lawyers said that the Department of Justice would not enforce federal laws against torture, maiming, assault and stalking. "Just because the statute says," John Yoo explained in a recent Esquire interview, "that doesn't mean you have to do it."

Professor Cohn told the congressmen it was "reasonably foreseeable" the lawyers' advice "would result in great physical and mental harm or death to many detainees"; more than 100 have died, many from torture. Torture, like genocide, slavery and wars of aggression, is absolutely prohibited at all times. No country can ever pass a law that would allow them.

Professor Philippe Sands, a British international litigator and author of the new book, "Torture Team," also testified at the congressional hearing. He said that after his extensive interviews with many Bush officials, including John Yoo, "it became clear to me that the Administration has spun a narrative that is false, claiming that the impetus for the new interrogation techniques came from the bottom-up. That is not true; the abuse was a result of pressure and actions driven from the highest levels of government."

It was recently revealed that Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, George Tenet, and John Ashcroft met in the White House and personally oversaw and approved the torture by authorizing specific torture techniques including waterboarding. President Bush admitted he knew and approved of their actions.

"They are all liable under the War Crimes Act and the Torture Statute," Professor Cohn testified. "Under the doctrine of command responsibility, commanders, all the way up the chain of command to the commander-in-chief, are liable for war crimes if they knew or should have known their subordinates would commit them, and they did nothing to stop or prevent it. The Bush officials ordered the torture after seeking legal cover from their lawyers."

The National Lawyers Guild calls on Congress to appoint a Special Prosecutor, independent of the Department of Justice, to investigate and prosecute the high officials of the Bush administration and the lawyers who advised them, for their roles in misusing the rule of law and legal analysis to justify torture and other crimes.

The White Paper can be read at
http://www.nlg.org/news/statements/White Paper - Yoo hearing.doc

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The witnesses testified, the evidence is documented, crimes against the Constitution openly confessed to, and Rep Jerry Nadler and his sub-Committee listened to it all but never called for an impeachment vote- the missing link.

Voting on impeachment at the hearings would restore accountability, the truth, and the rule of law.

16 high crimes and misdemeanors are cited by the National Lawyers Guild in their "Impeachment Resolution" adopted at Convention Link CLICK HERE http://www.nlg.org/convention/2007%20Resolutions/Impeachment%20resolutio...

Strike that missing link. Vote now.

John Yoo stretched the law to the limits to justify some of the most ghastly human rights violations in modern US military history.

This kind of ghoul could have made Pol Plot a world famous patriot with his distorted interpretations of US and USMJ law. Now, he stands before a chak board at a California University - (like Jewish criminal and MOSSAD 'mole' Douglas Feith, at Georgetown university, (teaching the fine points of democracy to young naive kids that 'if the truth be known of what evil these two devils represent' - would have burned them at the stake). Along with 'hands on' torture deciple Don Rumsfeld.

This Jewish monster Don Rumsfeld is the 1st Sec/Def in modern American history that had 'hands on' experience promoting and helping to 'personalize' torture over the Internet, in concert with his war crimes buddy General Geoffery Miller at the infamous GITMO torture facility at Guantanamo, who was finally promoted by Rumsfeld to Iraq's Abu Ghraib torture prison where this war criminal and his K-9 attack dogs were allowed to 'fine tune' his torture methods after he replaced another war criminal and senior torturer and unindicted war criminal General Ricardo Sanchez at Abu Ghraib.

TheAZCowBoy
Tombstone, AZ.

Get 'em John Conyers, all of these bastards deserve to be sitting in a cold wet cell in Quantico until hell freezes over.

It might be the perfect last minute Yooltide gift to all humanity to have a war crimes tribunal take place here. Finally those responsible for their misuse of public office and their outright disregard/disrespect of the Geneva Convention would be held accountable for their infamous misdeeds.

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