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.

Signed,
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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
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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, RootsAction.org, 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, WarIsACrime.org, WeThePeopleNow.org, and World Can't Wait. Additional signers include: Amnesty International USA, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Council for the National Interest, Democrats.com, 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: Publico.es: 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.)