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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36969 Mon May 26 17:44:28 EDT 2014 Casey Ehresman CO , US
36968 Mon May 26 15:30:58 EDT 2014 ROBERTO KUNERT ot , BR
36967 Mon May 26 14:43:42 EDT 2014 Anonymous NY , US Thank you for having the courage that our government does not.
36966 Mon May 26 09:51:54 EDT 2014 Peter Snow ot , PH
36965 Mon May 26 08:26:14 EDT 2014 kath gray ot , GB Thankyou for having the ethics my own country's officials do not.
36964 Mon May 26 04:16:32 EDT 2014 David Gahan SC , US
36963 Sun May 25 21:42:43 EDT 2014 Elaine Kew WA , US
36962 Sun May 25 18:57:33 EDT 2014 Wendy Li NY , US
36961 Sun May 25 13:33:27 EDT 2014 Giuseppe Fusco ot , IT
36960 Sun May 25 07:48:29 EDT 2014 Anonymous PA , US
36959 Sat May 24 23:40:52 EDT 2014 david groome GA , US
36958 Sat May 24 23:29:35 EDT 2014 Alan Podber VT , US
36957 Sat May 24 18:36:53 EDT 2014 Sharon de-Wit ot , GB
36956 Sat May 24 15:43:23 EDT 2014 Edward De La Cruz TX , US
36955 Sat May 24 14:33:27 EDT 2014 Phil Love ot , GB
36954 Sat May 24 01:37:33 EDT 2014 Claire Barker ot , GB
36953 Fri May 23 22:25:28 EDT 2014 Anonymous AB , CA Anyone who pushes for torture pushes for false information and corruption to justify their own agenda and should be held accountable for all actions for trying to destroy our global unity for greed.
36952 Fri May 23 22:24:51 EDT 2014 Jesse Lyons AB , CA Anyone who pushes for torture pushes for false information and corruption to justify their own agenda and should be held accountable for all actions for trying to destroy our global unity for greed.
36951 Fri May 23 22:23:32 EDT 2014 Jesse Lyons AB , CA Anyone who pushes for torture pushes for false information and corruption to justify their own agenda and should be held accountable for all actions for trying to destroy our global unity for greed.
36950 Fri May 23 15:22:42 EDT 2014 Shiho Fujii VA , US
36949 Fri May 23 13:12:09 EDT 2014 Anonymous TX , US
36948 Fri May 23 11:34:28 EDT 2014 Evelyn Palder TX , US
36947 Fri May 23 11:20:37 EDT 2014 Muhammad Hallaj VA , US
36946 Fri May 23 10:56:55 EDT 2014 Mark Haasis IL , US
36945 Fri May 23 09:24:20 EDT 2014 Anonymous ZA
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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.)