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 ...|
|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|