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 ...|
|37044||Wed Jun 18 19:57:45 EDT 2014||Fred and Cathe Norman||CA , US||To our American war criminals -- No Pasarån! Please help us.|
|37043||Wed Jun 18 19:28:44 EDT 2014||Anonymous||CA , US|
|37042||Wed Jun 18 18:57:35 EDT 2014||John Henneberry||CA , US||Please prosecute all war criminals and those that have violated any international laws. I want you to prosecute George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and their co-conspirators for the crime of torture. Despite More....|
|37041||Wed Jun 18 16:50:55 EDT 2014||Denise Lytle||NJ , US|
|37040||Tue Jun 17 18:03:10 EDT 2014||Joseph Rainho||MA , US|
|37039||Tue Jun 17 16:58:19 EDT 2014||Marcus Murphy||CO , US|
|37038||Mon Jun 16 05:27:57 EDT 2014||David Gahan||SC , US|
|37037||Sun Jun 15 18:36:46 EDT 2014||CAROL ALLEN||ot , GB||Well done, its about time somebody challenged this particular democracy!!|
|37036||Sun Jun 15 13:26:27 EDT 2014||Susan White||SC , US|
|37035||Sun Jun 15 08:55:23 EDT 2014||keith kennedy||KY , US|
|37034||Sun Jun 15 07:43:20 EDT 2014||Marilyn Whiting||OH , US|
|37033||Sun Jun 15 05:23:09 EDT 2014||Nick Seidenman||ot , AU||I am a US citizen. I did NOT vote for these criminals, nor did I ever support their decision to attack a country -- Iraq -- that had NOT attacked us, who used lies and public moneys to enrich themselves More....|
|37032||Sun Jun 15 00:48:01 EDT 2014||terry koehler||IL , US|
|37031||Sat Jun 14 18:55:41 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ES|
|37030||Sat Jun 14 13:18:34 EDT 2014||Robert Spencer||NY , US|
|37029||Sat Jun 14 01:01:21 EDT 2014||Anonymous||MO , US|
|37028||Sat Jun 14 01:00:57 EDT 2014||Teresa Caldarez||MO , US|
|37027||Sat Jun 14 01:00:45 EDT 2014||Teresa Caldarez||MO , US|
|37026||Sat Jun 14 00:59:55 EDT 2014||Anonymous||NC , US|
|37025||Fri Jun 13 14:37:49 EDT 2014||Jerry Barrow||OR , US|
|37024||Fri Jun 13 01:05:44 EDT 2014||Nomi Lyonns||BC , CA|
|37023||Thu Jun 12 18:00:21 EDT 2014||Scott Burbridge||MD , US|
|37022||Wed Jun 11 11:39:52 EDT 2014||Emilie J Olivares||TX , US||We are united for peace and justice.|
|37021||Tue Jun 10 23:34:18 EDT 2014||Arlene Gould||BC , CA|
|37020||Tue Jun 10 22:36:39 EDT 2014||elizabeth woodside||NC , US||208 -->207Unrepentant lack of responsibility for death and unrest throughout the Middle East makes their deceit more worthy of prosecution. From Tunisia to Afghanistan their leadership has been bloody and nonsensical.|