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 ...|
|36994||Sat May 31 16:00:03 EDT 2014||Anne Beardsley||WA , US||Thank you|
|36993||Sat May 31 14:11:00 EDT 2014||Richard Van Aken||PA , US||Bravo!|
|36992||Sat May 31 10:39:37 EDT 2014||Sharen Green||ot , GB|
|36991||Fri May 30 16:35:27 EDT 2014||Leland Wilson||CA , US|
|36990||Fri May 30 07:24:31 EDT 2014||Emir Omeragic||AT||Keep up the struggle!|
|36989||Fri May 30 07:18:35 EDT 2014||Sara Evans||PA , US|
|36988||Fri May 30 02:41:35 EDT 2014||Devendra Ishaya||CT , US||This is important.|
|36987||Fri May 30 00:43:03 EDT 2014||Tom and Helen Sager||MO , US|
|36986||Thu May 29 22:37:44 EDT 2014||Robert Midura||RI , US|
|36985||Thu May 29 21:22:26 EDT 2014||Barbara Robinson||WA , US|
|36984||Thu May 29 21:19:56 EDT 2014||Lee Kendall||TX , US|
|36983||Thu May 29 11:34:32 EDT 2014||farid sharifi||FL , US|
|36982||Thu May 29 08:10:50 EDT 2014||Tim Purkiss||ot , GB|
|36981||Wed May 28 14:20:36 EDT 2014||A Soler||FL , US|
|36980||Wed May 28 13:34:57 EDT 2014||Anonymous||NB , CA|
|36979||Wed May 28 12:59:43 EDT 2014||Adrian Delgado||IL , US|
|36978||Tue May 27 19:37:53 EDT 2014||S Keedian||MB , CA|
|36977||Tue May 27 16:13:09 EDT 2014||Suneet Srivastava||ON , CA|
|36976||Tue May 27 10:56:22 EDT 2014||Brian Glantz||PA , US|
|36975||Tue May 27 10:09:05 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ot , MX|
|36974||Tue May 27 04:23:15 EDT 2014||Bruce Cook||FL , US||You've got to do this because the US government won't.|
|36973||Tue May 27 01:57:24 EDT 2014||Ronald Hurtado||LA , US|
|36972||Mon May 26 23:23:30 EDT 2014||Ellen Wasfi||DE , US||Thank you for defending justice. The American people are indebted to you.|
|36971||Mon May 26 20:39:44 EDT 2014||Russell Brandwein||MA , US|
|36970||Mon May 26 18:40:07 EDT 2014||Peter Chiu||WA , US|