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 ...|
|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.|
|37019||Mon Jun 09 20:08:26 EDT 2014||Terry Andrews||TX , US|
|37018||Sun Jun 08 19:11:17 EDT 2014||Alan Powrie||ot , AU|
|37017||Sun Jun 08 18:00:58 EDT 2014||Alice Beauchamp||ot , AU||Hopefully a country not intimidated from following responsibility should be congratulated by all with conscience.|
|37016||Sun Jun 08 17:35:01 EDT 2014||robert wesley-smith||ot , AU|
|37015||Sat Jun 07 17:29:55 EDT 2014||Andrew (Andy) Alcock||ot , AU||Thank you for taking this action to bring justice to all those who suffered because of the actions of the war criminals Bush and Cheney. No more unnecessary US wars started so that big US corporations More....|
|37014||Sat Jun 07 16:59:26 EDT 2014||Susan Harman||CA , US|
|37013||Sat Jun 07 14:12:35 EDT 2014||Bill Fisher||ot , AU||By his own admission, the case against Bush is undeniable. A former president who is proud to have authorised torture must be brought to justice. This is vital for a just international order.|
|37012||Sat Jun 07 13:01:03 EDT 2014||Tina Simonton||ON , CA|
|37011||Sat Jun 07 10:16:09 EDT 2014||Hilkka Vanhapelto||ot , FI|
|37010||Sat Jun 07 07:40:41 EDT 2014||Gregory Smith||MA , US|
|37009||Fri Jun 06 14:54:37 EDT 2014||Ian Brown||ot , GB|
|37008||Fri Jun 06 13:27:24 EDT 2014||David Michalek||OR , US|
|37007||Thu Jun 05 13:57:10 EDT 2014||Anonymous||KY , US||Many people, like yourselves, also want to see these villains put to justice. For far too long have these criminals got about their daily lives without even producing a drop a sweat for what they have More....|
|37006||Thu Jun 05 12:51:25 EDT 2014||jeff swenson||WA , US|
|37005||Thu Jun 05 02:03:58 EDT 2014||Vanda Wilson||SK , CA||Spain can lead the way. Please proceed for justice sake.|
|37004||Thu Jun 05 01:36:54 EDT 2014||Anonymous||CA , US|
|37003||Wed Jun 04 22:34:50 EDT 2014||Jim Messina||IA , US|
|37002||Wed Jun 04 21:09:58 EDT 2014||Rachel Ashton||SC , US||Here in the US, we had our democracy stolen from us by the unelected Bush Administration. Ther proceded to violate the Geneva Conventions, wrecking havoc across the world. Where "terrorism" may have been More....|
|37001||Wed Jun 04 12:48:52 EDT 2014||sara mcalister||ot , GB|
|37000||Wed Jun 04 12:45:59 EDT 2014||Anonymous||CA , US|
|36999||Tue Jun 03 21:34:53 EDT 2014||Anonymous||NY , US|
|36998||Mon Jun 02 13:16:23 EDT 2014||Erika Heins||OR , US||What these human beings have endured in prisons and elsewhere is sickening and until fairly recently I had no idea of the extent or the existence of the torture,I only had the idea there were terrorists More....|
|36997||Mon Jun 02 12:08:37 EDT 2014||Jacques Picher||QC , CA|