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 ...|
|36946||Fri May 23 10:56:55 EDT 2014||Mark Haasis||IL , US|
|36945||Fri May 23 09:24:20 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ZA|
|36944||Fri May 23 08:54:07 EDT 2014||Michael Reichert||NY , US|
|36943||Fri May 23 06:06:38 EDT 2014||Alison Kennedy||ot , GB|
|36942||Fri May 23 04:15:02 EDT 2014||parisa khodabandlou||NY , IR|
|36941||Fri May 23 03:06:12 EDT 2014||Carlos Ortiz||FL , US|
|36940||Thu May 22 20:28:32 EDT 2014||Tom Samuel||AB , CA|
|36939||Thu May 22 14:04:50 EDT 2014||Kevin mcdaniel||NY , US|
|36938||Thu May 22 13:57:50 EDT 2014||Martin Ouellet||ot , SE|
|36937||Thu May 22 06:43:12 EDT 2014||Dimitris Dallis||ot , GR|
|36936||Thu May 22 06:33:31 EDT 2014||Anonymous||GB|
|36935||Wed May 21 20:29:57 EDT 2014||robert stevens||ot , GB|
|36934||Wed May 21 19:32:06 EDT 2014||Amelia Sefton||MI , US|
|36933||Wed May 21 16:46:50 EDT 2014||Anonymous||FL , US|
|36932||Wed May 21 14:05:30 EDT 2014||Kaonohi Tan||NY , US|
|36931||Wed May 21 13:19:53 EDT 2014||Margherita Granero||ot , IT|
|36930||Wed May 21 00:10:28 EDT 2014||Ann Galloway||MN , US||Please help restore justice. So many of us in the US have been protesting these past 12 years and trying to get our legislature to call for investigation and prosecution. We protest the Bush and Co. More....|
|36929||Tue May 20 23:45:16 EDT 2014||Kyle Matthews||AB , CA||Prosecute all of the guilty bastards!|
|36928||Tue May 20 20:56:44 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ON , CA|
|36927||Tue May 20 20:22:31 EDT 2014||Vicki Wittmann||NC , US|
|36926||Tue May 20 18:46:23 EDT 2014||Linda Sharkey||SC , US|
|36925||Tue May 20 18:27:50 EDT 2014||Robert Wentworth||NH , US|
|36924||Tue May 20 16:18:02 EDT 2014||Sonja Johnson||MN , US|
|36923||Tue May 20 14:23:18 EDT 2014||Chuck Turchick||MN , US||In a country that takes pride in the rule of law, all perpetrators must be held accountable, especially for crimes of this magnitude.|
|36922||Tue May 20 13:33:15 EDT 2014||Anonymous||PR , US|