Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Please Take Action Now!

Dear MoveOn member,
On Thursday, President Obama released memos that describe, in horrific detail, the torture techniques authorized by the Bush administration. The memos make clear that top Bush officials didn't just condone torture—they encouraged it.

So far there's been no accountability for the architects of Bush's torture program—the top officials who justified keeping detainees awake for 11 days straight, waterboarding them repeatedly, and forcing prisoners into coffin-like boxes with insects.1

We need real consequences for those responsible—it's the only way to keep this from happening again. Attorney General Holder can open an investigation into the torture program—but he most likely won't unless people everywhere speak up and demand it.

Can you sign our petition to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the torture program? If we can reach 200,000 signatures, we'll deliver the petition to Holder by the end of the week. Clicking here will sign your name:


The petition says: "No one is above the law. It's time to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute the architects of the Bush-era torture program."

Calls for action, from the United Nations, the ACLU, Amnesty International,2 Senators Leahy and Feingold, and others, are gathering steam. The New York Times made the case for accountability in an editorial:3

"...[Obama] has an obligation to pursue what is clear evidence of a government policy sanctioning the torture and abuse of prisoners—in violation of international law and the Constitution.

This isn't about retribution or politics. It's about accountability. If hundreds of thousands of us speak up, we can make sure Holder hears this loud and clear.

Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Kat, Peter, Ilyse, and the rest of the team

P.S. You can see all the Bush administration memos here.


Unknown said...

Thanks for twitting this Peg. ;)

Utah Savage said...

Hey, I just twittered you back. I have been reading your posts but can't seem to get a comment posted. I love the look of your site and the content is stunningly good, but the doodads make commenting a pain in the ass. I know I'm old, but I'm not all that stupid.

Unknown said...

The comment link is missing on each post.

What you have to do is click on the post title, and at the bottom of the post will be the comment section.

Of course your not stupid..I AM!!! I can't fix the friggin comment program to show the link on each post.

Utah Savage said...

Well, I'm glad we cleared that up.


i signed..and would like to send obama a little note..we are mad as hell and not going to take it any more..those bastids need to be punished for what they did.bush included

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Obama is probably protecting Feinstein, Rockefeller, and the rest of the Democrats who were briefed on these "techniques".