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Congress Must Stop Torture


A Call for Congress to Take Action on Torture
October 28th, 2009

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A Call for Congress to Take Action on Torture
October 28th, 2009

Whereas over seven years have passed since President George W. Bush fraudulently induced the U.S. congress, the American people, and the world into the illegal war in Iraq,

Whereas it is nearly five years since Specialist Darby revealed the photos of Abu Ghraib that showed us torture being committed by our government in our name,

Whereas further evidence of torture remains secret and has been hidden from the public, courts, and Congress to insulate the perpetrators from appropriate criminal liability,

Whereas over the past years we have campaigned about the illegality of this war and the need to prosecute the high-level civilian and military officials who put in place the torture,

Whereas, notwithstanding all the congressional hearings and reports so far on these matters, those officials have not been brought to justice,

Whereas a prosecutor has been appointed to address only a very small number, perhaps as few as three, of the crimes committed and none of the crimes "justified" by the clearly illegal torture memos,

Whereas the Department of Justice’s limited investigation of torture threatens to invite more torture around the world by undermining the Nuremberg precedent,

Whereas the Attorney General of the United States, under the influence of the President, appears unwilling to follow the facts about the illegal war in Iraq and torture to the full extent of the law,

Whereas we as citizens of the United States do not accept the damage to our country's honor committed by these persons, the threats to the lives and well-being of our children and fellow citizens sent to illegal wars, and the transformation of our country from a beacon of liberty to a beacon of torture,

WE NOW CALL FOR ACTION:

1. We call on Congress to start impeachment proceedings against Judge Jay Bybee of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as it is unconscionable that one who encouraged violations of such fundamental laws as those against torture and aggressive war be trusted to apply and shape the law.

2. We call on congressional committees to subpoena those responsible for aggressive war and torture, including former president Bush, vice president Cheney, and other former senior officials complicit in war crimes; and to enforce those subpoenas through the Capitol Police, rather than the Department of Justice.

3. We call on state bar associations to begin the process of revoking the law licenses of those lawyers who put in place the legal analysis for the illegal war and the torture.

4. We call on state licensing authorities to begin the process of revoking the licenses of all other professionals who participated in the torture such as psychologists, psychiatrists and other doctors.

5. We call on the American people to contact their congressional representatives and insist that, on our watch, the high, who are the instigators of illegal wars and torture, will be brought low, and that low-level personnel will not be the only ones prosecuted for committing crimes authorized and encouraged by their superiors.

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Robert H. Jackson Steering Committee
Action Center For Justice
After Downing Street
AngryVoters.Org
Backbone Campaign
Bend-Condega Friendship Project
Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law
Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
BuzzFlash.com
Campus Antiwar Network, Ole Miss
Center for Constitutional Rights
Chelsea Neighbors United to End the War, New York City
Chesapeake Citizens
Christiane Brown, The Solution Zone, KJFK
Citizens For Legitimate Government
CODE PINK: Women for Peace
Code Pink Portland
Marjorie Cohn, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Collateral Repair Project
Consumers for Peace
Defending Dissent Foundation
Democracy for America - Tucson
Democracy for NYC
Democracy In Action (DIA)
Democrats.com
Democratic Activist blog
Docudharma
Eastside FOR
The Enviro Show,WXOJ-LP/WMCB
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
High Road for Human Rights
Humanists for Peace
IndictBushNow.org
Instruments For Peace
Jobs For Afghans
Justice Through Music
Liberty Tree Foundation
The Make America Again Project
Media With Conscience
Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Nashville Peace Coalition
Nicole Sandler, RadioOrNot.com
NC Democrats Network
New York Metro Progressives
North Country Coalition for Justice and Peace
Northeast Impeachment Coalition
OpEdNews.com
Oregon PeaceWorks
Peace & Justice Forums, Billings, Montana
The People's Email Network
PoetsWest (Seattle)
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressives Democrats of New York, 14th CD
Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains
PDA/DFA Progressive Democracy South Jersey
Progressive Democrats Sonoma County
The Progressive magazine
Rebublicans For Impeachment
Reclaim The GOP
RiseUpTampaBay.com
Sitkans for Peace and Justice
Squadron13.com
SUV Network (Seniors United for Victory)
ThisCantBeHappening.net
Topanga Peace Alliance
Topplebush.com
Transylvanians for Peace of Brevard, NC
True Blue Network
Uncommon Thought Journal
Velvet Revolution
VeteransAgainstTorture.com
Veterans For Peace Chapter 099
Veterans For Peace Chicago Chapter 26
Voices of Conscience
Voters for Peace
War Crimes Times
War Criminals Watch
Washington for Impeachment
Hazel Weiser, Executive Director Society of American Law Teachers -- SALT
Western North Carolina Stop Torture Now
Young Americans for Liberty at Ole Miss

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Torture cannot be condoned. By doing nothing, we are condoning such actions. They MUST be brought to justice.

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves". – Edward R. Murrow

Lyn Gottschalk

As a civilized, legitimate, law-abiding Democracy, we must abide by the Geneva Convention.

Unamerican is to torture, not the free expresion of Your thougts, STOP TORTURE WITH OUR TAX MONEY, NOW!!!

TORTURE IS A WAR CRIME.
ANYONE AUTHORIZING IT, DOING IT, OR REFUSING TO PROSECUTE IT
IS A WAR CRIMINAL.

DonP I have been signing petitions, writing letters, calling Congress critters and net working with neighbors, strangers and groups. We have not even convinced the Pres it looks like a long hard slog. Hope for change, work for peace.

Obama is the latest link in a chain of criminality extending back not only to Bush, but to Clinton and Bush I (at the least). He has merely added to the crimes and extended protection for past criminals.

Democrats must put an end to their secular mystical derangement and acknowledge that the Dear Leader is slaughtering and torturing innocents daily.

"Looking forward and not backward" is in itself a crime under the Geneva Conventions and Nuremberg Principles. If he were to hold the criminals of the past accountable, they would rightly point to the fact that he also has committed similar crimes, and that's why he will never do it. Wake up and rejoin the progressive movement.

re: notChomsky

We cannot simultaneously call Obama a war criminal and expect him to prosecute Bush and Cheney. All of the Congress and the current President are not war criminals. They are not Bush and Cheney or the Torture Memo Lawyers or those that tortured captives.

"If he were to hold the criminals of the past accountable, they would rightly point to the fact that he also has committed similar crimes, and that's why he will never do it."

It is this kind of talk that helps persuade our officials not to prosecute, which is counterproductive, unless of course that is the purpose of the speaker.

By your line of thinking no Federal Prosecutor could start prosecution because by not doing it sooner they are already themselves war criminals. This point of view has been successfully used for years to stop prosecution. It is time to end it.

John H Kennedy, Denver CO, 44 yr Democratic voter, Obama supporter, organizer of Impeach Colorado Coalition and
http://ANGRYVOTERS.ORG

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We have all fallen into the trap of calling those who do not indict others "war criminals", we label those who make hard decisions about wars already in progress through no fault of their own "war criminals", we point fingers at Congresspeople lied to by the Bush Administration and even namecall any politician who does not agree with us 100% "war criminals". A war criminal is best defined by the Nuremberg Principles. When we stick to the real definition established by the ICC, we won't fall into the trap. Thank you for saying what had to be said. We must focus on THE war criminals.

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

While labeling and name-calling are probably never helpful, it surely is proper to point out that Article Twelve of the United Nations Convention Against Torture reads as follows:

"Each State Party shall ensure that its competent authorities proceed to a prompt and impartial investigation, wherever there is reasonable ground to believe that an act of torture has been committee in any territory under its jurisdiction."

And since our own officials and employees, e.g., Major General Antonio Taguba, FBI interrogator Ali Soufan, General Counsel (of the Navy) Alberto Mora, Judge Susan Crawford (convening authority of the Military Commissions tribunal) -- let alone numerous human rights organizations -- have said we tortured people, there certainly is "reasonable ground."

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https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

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