Dear Spain: Please do what the U.S. won’t. Prosecute Torture.
A Spanish judge has just decided to proceed with a case against Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. The Spanish legislature can be expected to try to block the case, unless perhaps they hear our voices loudly and clearly enough.
We began this effort in 2011, visiting Spanish embassies, generating media and placing advertisements in Spain, and communicating our appreciation for Spanish efforts to prosecute U.S. torturers. Now we need another big push.
Please sign this letter now, and we will deliver it to Spain:
(Leer en Español abajo.)
From the people of the United States of America and allies abroad
We are writing to thank you and to ask for your support as your courts consider cases to bring American officials to justice for the crime of torture. A Spanish judge, acting under international law, will soon decide whether to investigate U.S. officials' roles in authorizing torture. We hope you agree that such cases must go forward, despite pressure from the Obama administration to drop them.
The organizations signing this letter represent hundreds of thousands in the American public who believe the U.S. government must be held to the same rule of law as other countries. We are profoundly disappointed that our own government refuses to prosecute former officials, despite open admissions and government documents showing that they approved torture.
It will take a public show of support for the case to withstand pressures from Washington. WikiLeaks cables show the extremes to which U.S. officials have gone to thwart any attempt by Spain or other countries to uphold justice. We applaud the courage shown by Spanish officials who insist on giving priority to the rule of law.
Despite earlier assertions by President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that waterboarding is torture, former President George W. Bush has publicly stated that he authorized waterboarding and added proudly that he would do it again. In a TV interview aired on November 8, 2010, Bush said he considered waterboarding legal "because the lawyer said it was legal." Waterboarding and other forms of torture were banned by the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ratified by the United States in 1994.
If international law is to serve any useful purpose, other countries must condemn violations "by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment," in the words of the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg.
We sincerely hope that the citizens of Spain and its judiciary will dispel the notion that any country is above the law.
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Optional: Add your message ...|
|37071||Sun Jun 29 05:19:17 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ot , GB||Please do the right thing that so many people and countries in this world are either affraid to do or don't care enough to do|
|37070||Sun Jun 29 05:07:20 EDT 2014||Tammara MAIDEN||TX , US|
|37069||Sun Jun 29 04:37:53 EDT 2014||Naomi Dunivant||OH , US|
|37068||Sun Jun 29 04:14:53 EDT 2014||Scottie Baugh||TX , US|
|37067||Sun Jun 29 03:25:22 EDT 2014||Diane Gardner||NY , US||CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY!|
|37066||Sun Jun 29 00:23:18 EDT 2014||Anonymous||WV , US||Your action to pursue this case is the ultimate protection of human rights in the world. They were war mongers who created a war, lied about it to curry public favor for it then proceeded to murder & slaughter More....|
|37065||Sat Jun 28 23:07:17 EDT 2014||Dante Boykin||OH , US||There needs to be accountability and an explanation for the continual distortion of truth that led to so many people dying during the Bush 43 administration.|
|37064||Sat Jun 28 23:05:44 EDT 2014||Anonymous||NY , US|
|37063||Sat Jun 28 17:03:44 EDT 2014||Mark King||NY , US|
|37062||Wed Jun 25 00:03:11 EDT 2014||Andre Thibault||QC , CA||Merci beaucoup de faire appliquer la justice !|
|37061||Wed Jun 25 00:02:52 EDT 2014||Andre Thibault||QC , CA||Merci beaucoup de faire appliquer la justice !|
|37060||Sun Jun 22 04:33:33 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ON , CA||Please help us to stop torture.|
|37059||Sun Jun 22 04:16:00 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ot , AU||Murderers|
|37058||Sun Jun 22 03:50:03 EDT 2014||LJ Richards||AU|
|37057||Sun Jun 22 03:44:39 EDT 2014||Janet Querdibitty||VA , US||Please bring these criminals to justice. It is unacceptable that they continue to live free and profit from their actions. Terrible precedent if not prosecuted.|
|37056||Sun Jun 22 02:49:29 EDT 2014||Honorable Gloria Kennedy||RI , US||The Bush/Cheney administration unleashed unimaginable horror and violence. The ramifications of their foreign policy built on lies will upset the world for another 100 years.|
|37055||Sun Jun 22 00:18:48 EDT 2014||Dhruv Joshi||CA , US|
|37054||Sat Jun 21 12:39:18 EDT 2014||Amancia Hernandez||TX , US|
|37053||Fri Jun 20 23:35:06 EDT 2014||Teresa Hargrove||TN , US|
|37052||Fri Jun 20 16:05:04 EDT 2014||Diana Couturier||MI , US|
|37051||Thu Jun 19 18:58:42 EDT 2014||Arthur Persyko||CA , US||Spain: Please do what the USA cannot do itself--to prosecute it's own leaders for their horrendous crimes against humanity! Please do not let this injustice stand, unchallenged. Thank you!|
|37050||Thu Jun 19 11:32:14 EDT 2014||Stephanie Miyashirocondol||CA , US||No one committing crimes like murder and torture should be above the law. Those giving the orders are also responsible and the perpetrators.|
|37049||Thu Jun 19 02:24:24 EDT 2014||Jane Bark||CA , US|
|37048||Thu Jun 19 01:55:42 EDT 2014||Tobey Wiebe||CA , US|
|37047||Thu Jun 19 01:34:47 EDT 2014||Nancy Patterson||CA , US|