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WHAT YOU CAN DO:
UPDATE MAY 2010:
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UPDATE NOVEMBER 2009:
Congress must stop torture.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2009:
NBC's Law and Order Depicts Fictional Prosecution of John Yoo, Dick Cheney, et al: Watch It Here: Go HERE and click on Season 20, Episode 1, "Memo from the Dark Side." You can then watch it on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, of iReel. Spread the word. Host a house party. Think about making this happen for real.
UPDATE AUGUST 2009:
The Attorney General has appointed a special prosecutor but instructed him not to prosecute those who gave the orders, those who facilitated the program, or even those who properly followed illegal guidance. Here's how this went down.
Here's what's needed now:
Using the tools below we need to demand a broader prosecution and release of the OPR report on the OLC's drafting of memos authorizing torture.
We need to demand hearings, subpoenas, the creation of a select committee, and the impeachment of Jay Bybee.
Add your organization or individual name to joint statement requesting a Special Prosecutor. Ask organizations you're in touch with to sign on. The demand for prosecution has been supported by many members of Congress.
Sign a petition asking Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in war crimes. Sign now.
Collect signatures in the real world by printing out this PDF. Please enter the data you collect on the petition online and/or mail the completed (or partially completed) forms to JDS, 4407 Garrison Street NW, Washington DC 20016.
SEND POSTCARDS TO HOLDER: (PDF).
Phone and Email and fax the Office of the Attorney General at 202-514-2001 AskDOJ@usdoj.gov fax:202-307-6777 to request a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in war crimes.
Report Cheney and Bush's public confessions to authorizing torture as a crime tip to the FBI.
The ACLU now has its own petition to Holder: Sign it now.
Firedoglake now has one too: Sign it here.
In June 2008, 56 Democratic Congress members, led by Congresswoman Jan Shakowsky and Congressman John Conyers, wrote to Attorney General Mukasey asking for a Special Prosecutor. Conyers and Congressman Jerrold Nadler wrote to Mukasey again in December 2008. Please ask them to re-send these letters to the new Attorney General, Eric Holder. Conyers 202-225-5126, Nadler 202-225-5635. Nadler says he's drafting a new letter. Here's a letter we've drafted that you can ask your congress member to send. On April 17, 2009, Nadler publicly asked for a special prosecutor. You can ask your representative to simply release a statement like Nadler's or make comments to the media like Jan Schakowsky's. On April 28, 2009, 16 House Judiciary Committee members wrote to Holder. You accomplished this! We still need the other 419 members of Congress to do the same. In May, 2009, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky sent her own letter to Eric Holder.
Also sign the No Amnesty for Torturers Petition to Congress.
Contact the State Department's Office of War Crimes Issues and urge them to ask Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in war crimes.
Here are tips and info. on contacting Congress.
State and Local:
Bush and others can be indicted at the state or district level for murder. Please take these steps. They have also violated state laws against warrantless spying and various other crimes. Persuade or elect a decent prosecutor!
The International Criminal Court can also indict. Please request it.
Here's a complaint filed in 2010.
And petition the United Nations to set up an international tribunal.
Support this effort: http://www.BushToTheHague.org
The British and Spanish governments have begun criminal investigations. The Spanish have begun a second criminal investigation.
While Bush and Cheney can and should still be impeached, a more likely success would be the impeachment of Jay Bybee. Please ask your Congress member to pursue it: TELL CONGRESS NOW. There's no point in asking to have him disbarred in Nevada or California, because he is not even a member, but he is a member of the DC Bar and should be disbarred there.
Production of Information:
Overwhelming evidence of probable cause for prosecutions is in the public realm, in some cases including public confessions and other evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. No one should be denied a fair trial, but no trials should be delayed which are already compelled by the evidence. A prosecutorial investigation would be the most effective tool for producing additional evidence. The facts on Bush and Cheney are well known, and those on their chief co-conspirators somewhat less so. Making these facts better known and producing more of them is a worthwhile task, secondary to pursuing prosecutions.
In the House and Senate, Congress members Nadler, Petri, Conyers, Delahunt, and Lofgren, and Senators Leahy, Specter, Feingold, McCaskill, Whitehouse and Kennedy have just reintroduced the State Secrets Protection Act. ASK YOUR REP AND SENATORS TO SIGN ON. Ask your Congress member and senators to sign on and to encourage the Attorney General to appoint a Special Prosecutor: 202-224-3121.
Senator Russ Feingold has requested a classified briefing to explain the "state secrets" claim. Encourage him to pursue the matter and to encourage the Attorney General to appoint a Special Prosecutor: Feingold, (202) 224-5323.
Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Russ Feingold, Patrick Leahy, and Jack Reed, as well as Congressmen John Conyers and Jerrold Nadler, have made statements in 2009 in support of some form of accountability, and Conyers has explicitly advocated for a Special Prosecutor as well as introducing a bill to create an investigative commission. Senator Robert Byrd, too, supports some sort of accountability. A commission might be have been counterproductive before any prosecutor was appointed, but now that one (however limited) has been named, there's no reason for Congress to delay. See discussion by Jonathan Turley, Peter Dyer, David Swanson, Bob Fertik, Martin Garbus and Ron Slye. The Justice Department itself has argued for "state secrets" blocks on prosecutions on the grounds that commissions can substitute for enforcing laws. The American public prefers criminal prosecutions to commission investigations.
More valuable and appropriate for Congress, without interferring in (substituting for) law enforcement, would be a commission on presidential power and how to restrain it.
More on Conyers' proposal for a commission and the lengthy report he released when making the proposal go here. If you think your Congress member should sign on to H.R. 104, give them a call: 202-224-3121.
You can also get your city or state to sign and comply with international treaties!
Make a citizen's arrest of a war criminal.
Taking Them to Court:
Organizations and individuals can file other types of law suits. Please do so.
Filing Complaints With State Licensing Authorities:
File your own complaint against Jay Bybee here.
Restoring the Structure of the Rule of Law and Expanding Representative Democracy:
Senator Feingold and others have introduced a bill to amend the PATRIOT Act, repeal telecom immunity, amend National Security Letters, etc.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a resolution rejecting as unconstitutional the treaty that President George W. Bush made without consulting Congress to establish three more years of war in Iraq. Ask your Congress member to sign onto H.Res. 72: 202-224-3121. Many groups and individuals are urging Pelosi to support this.
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has announced her intention to reintroduce a resolution urging the reversal of a number of Bush-Cheney abuses of power. We should be prepared to support this, and we should ask members to sign on as original cosponsors: 202-224-3121. Likely cosponsors are members of the progressive caucus. UPDATE: The new and improved resolution is here.
A bill is in the works to allow many more than 8 Congress members to attend secret briefings by the executive department.
We also need to:
Demand that President Obama reverse all of President Bush's signing statements that altered laws, and demand that Congress ban the use of funds for any activities created in violation of the law by presidential signing statements.
Support a bill to limit abuse of signing statements: (S.875).
Amend the Constitution to clearly ban the use of presidential pardons to pardon crimes authorized by the president.
Amend the War Powers Act and the Constition to include the requirement that Congressional authorizations of war include time limits of no more than 12 months, after which Congress must vote again to extend the war or end it, to disallow the unconstitutional initiation of wars without Congressional approval, and to make the law enforceable.
Make war profiteering by any war maker a major felony. This would apply to any employee of the federal government or anyone who had within the past decade been an employee of the federal government.
Legislate a requirement that, in any war, the military aged children and grandchildren of the president, the vice president, all cabinet officials, and all Congress members serve on the front lines in the most dangerous combat positions -- no exceptions, no exemptions.
Prohibit the use of mercenaries or any armed contractors, as well as the use of any military force on American soil except when directly engaged in defensive war against a foreign nation.
Repeal the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the 2008 FISA "modernization" act and the Protect America Act, the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the PATRIOT Act.
Support a bill to permit civil suits for illegal spying to be brought against the government and not be blocked by claims of "sovereign immunity" (S.876).
Support a bill to require that the Supreme Court review cases of illegal spying (S.877).
Ban secret budgets, secret laws, and secret agencies.
Change the Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster.
Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate.
End all rendition.
Amend the Constitution to make the ban on ex-post-facto laws include any laws that would retroactively grant immunity for crimes.
Amend the Constitution to bar the vice president from exercising executive power.
Amend the Constitution to clarify the Congressional power of inherent contempt.
Amend the Constitution to include the right to vote and to have one's vote counted publicly at the polling place.
Give Washington, D.C., voting representation in Congress.
Amend the Constitution to ban private financing of campaigns, create public financing, and provide free air time to candidates.
Sign and ratify the Rome treaty to join the International Criminal Court.
Require that every bill handle only one subject.
Require that all laws be made by Congress.
Legislate a ban on presidents firing US attorneys at will. Give them four-year terms and allow their dismissal only for good cause.
Establish regular questioning of presidents by Congress members in Congress, as seen in British Parliament.
Make government transparent on the internet, including actions of agencies and actions of Congress members.
Amend Freedom of Information Act to allow less secrecy.
Ban secret holds on bills by senators.
Demand that Supreme Court ban alteration of laws via signing statements, establish policy that benefit of doubt given to departmental interpretations of law is not given to White House interpretations imposed on departments, and reject partisan and bi-partisan gerrymandering.
Require that nonprofits always reveal their corporate sponsors when lobbying.
Spreading the Word:
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Join After Downing Street.
Join the Progressive Democrats of America Issue Organizing Team on Accountability and Justice.
Join the National Accountability Network.
Join the Peace Team.
Join World Can't Wait.
Join Veterans for Peace.
Join National Lawyers Guild.
Join the ACLU.
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For People Unclear on the Concept:
The crimes and abuses: ignoring and failing to respond to threats of terrorism, misspending funds, misleading Congress, creating false propaganda, invading Iraq in violation of Constitution, UN Charter, and HJRes 114, establishing bases and seeking to control resources, allowing energy companies to secretly make policy, providing immunity to mercenaries, wasting funds on war profiteers, detention without charge, rendition, torture, murder, imprisoning children, creating secret laws, using military domestically, spying without warrant, rewriting laws with signing statements, undermining preparedness for natural disasters and destroying economy through military waste, politicizing the Justice Department, ordering obstruction of justice, blocking prosecutions with bogus claims of "state secrets," et cetera, et cetera.