Dear Spain: Please do what the U.S. won’t. Prosecute Torture.

GRAPHIC: Ad in Spanish 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.)

To the people of Spain
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.

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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
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Partner organizations behind this effort include: CodePink Women for Peace, High Road for Human Rights, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, National Accountability Action Network, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Pax Christi USA, Progressive Democrats of America, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Robert Jackson Steering Committee,, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Tackling Torture at the Top Committee of Women Against Military Madness, Veterans for Peace, Voters for Peace, War Criminals Watch,,, and World Can't Wait. Additional signers include: Amnesty International USA, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Council for the National Interest,, Fellowship on Reconciliation, United for Peace and Justice, Velvet Revolution, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, War Resisters League, Witness Against Torture, the BRussells Tribunal, Green Shadow Cabinet, King Condemned U.S. Wars International Awareness Campaign, Prosecute U.S. Crimes Against Humanity Now, Interfaith Action for Human Rights.

February 15, 2011: Americans Spent Valentine's Day Thanking Spain for Prosecuting Bush Lawyers
February 14, 2011: Una treintena de ONG de EEUU apoya la causa
February 14, 2011: EFE: Activistas le piden a España que persiga casos de tortura del Gobierno de Bush

Para el pueblo de España
De parte del pueblo de los Estados Unidos de Norte América

Os escribimos para agradeceros y pediros apoyo urgente ya que los  tribunales de vuestro país han iniciado el proceso de llevar a funcionarios estadounidenses ante la justicia por el delito de tortura. Un juez español en conformidad con el derecho internacional ha decidido investigar el papel de dignatarios estadounidenses en la autorización de prácticas de tortura. Esperamos que estéis  de acuerdo en que estos procesos judiciales deben seguir adelante a pesar de las presiones de la administración Obama para cerrarlos.

Las organizaciones que firman esta carta representan cientos de miles de personas, el público estadounidense que cree que el gobierno de los EE.UU. debe regirse dentro del mismo marco legal que el resto de países. Estamos profundamente decepcionados de que nuestro propio gobierno se niegue a procesar a ex-funcionarios a pesar de que dichos hechos fueron admitidos abiertamente y que existen documentos oficiales que prueban que se aprobó la tortura en la base militar de Guantánamo.

Es necesaria una demostración pública de apoyo para que el proceso pueda sobrepasar las presiones de Washington. Cables publicados por WikiLeaks muestran los extremos a los que las autoridades estadounidenses han llegado para frustrar cualquier intento por parte de España o de otros países para defender la justicia. Aplaudimos la valentía demostrada por los letrados españoles que insisten en dar prioridad al cumplimiento de la ley.

A pesar de las afirmaciones del presidente Barack Obama y el fiscal general Eric Holder acerca de que el "waterboarding" (submarino) es tortura, el ex-presidente George W. Bush ha declarado públicamente que él autorizó esta práctica y añadió con orgullo que lo haría de nuevo. En una entrevista en la televisión salió al aire el 8 de noviembre de 2010 Bush dijo que consideraba el submarino legal "porque el abogado dijo que era legal". El submarino y otras formas de tortura fueron prohibidos por la Convención de la ONU contra la Tortura y otros tratos o penas crueles, inhumanos o degradantes, ratificada por Estados Unidos en 1994.

Si el derecho internacional ha de tener algún propósito útil, terceros países deben condenar violaciones "cometidas por cualquier otra nación, incluidas las que están aquí presentes en este juicio" son las palabras del fiscal jefe de Nuremberg.

Esperamos sinceramente de los ciudadanos de España y su poder judicial que disipen toda noción de que algunos países están por encima de la ley.

Por favor firmar por encima

(Thank you to Dr. TR. Rojas-D for translation.)