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 ...|
|36921||Tue May 20 10:54:15 EDT 2014||Radmila Kostic||NY , US|
|36920||Tue May 20 10:43:48 EDT 2014||Mark Orth||WA , US||Bush. Cheney. Rumsfeld. Rice. Wolfowitz. War criminals all. Please proceed! And thank you!
|36919||Tue May 20 10:39:07 EDT 2014||Joyce Jeffries||IN , US||WE, The American People are ashamed of our former President and Vice President, gw.bush and cheney. WE wanted them prosecuted here, but for some reason our new administration has failed to do so. We appreciate More....|
|36918||Tue May 20 10:25:15 EDT 2014||P. A. Nichols||PA , US|
|36917||Tue May 20 00:24:46 EDT 2014||Jessi Greeson||FL , US|
|36916||Mon May 19 22:49:08 EDT 2014||Anonymous||CO , US||Due to the many years of past crimes former President Bush must face justice. Thank you Spain for what the world should have done from the start.|
|36915||Mon May 19 21:30:45 EDT 2014||Larry Mabry||NC , US|
|36914||Mon May 19 19:08:15 EDT 2014||Sumit Shah||TX , US|
|36913||Mon May 19 18:30:25 EDT 2014||Evelyn Hurtado||CA , US|
|36912||Mon May 19 16:53:19 EDT 2014||Diana Ramirez||NY , US|
|36911||Mon May 19 16:26:50 EDT 2014||Clay G. Colson||FL , US||Thanks for doing what our country and DoJ have failed to do. Don't forget the war cimes and crimes against humanity over 1.4 million dead Iraqi citizens.|
|36910||Mon May 19 13:11:28 EDT 2014||SHAUN WOODSON||VA , US|
|36909||Mon May 19 10:35:45 EDT 2014||Paul Smalley||TX , US|
|36908||Mon May 19 09:47:39 EDT 2014||Louis Tabora||NC , US|
|36907||Mon May 19 08:46:07 EDT 2014||Lee Henderson||ot , ES||WELL DONE!|
|36906||Mon May 19 04:34:22 EDT 2014||Walt Bruun||IL , US||As an American who believes in the ideas and ideals that our great statesmen expressed in previous generations, I was ashamed at the rhetoric and actions taken by our present generation's leaders. The More....|
|36905||Sun May 18 23:30:31 EDT 2014||Randall Foreman||LA , US|
|36904||Sun May 18 22:05:12 EDT 2014||Judy Foster||IL , US||I am so proud of a country as wonderful and beautiful as Spain to have the courage and wherewithal to do the right thing. Thank you on behalf of millions of Americans.|
|36903||Sun May 18 20:43:52 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ON , CA|
|36902||Sun May 18 19:20:33 EDT 2014||Alvera Pritchard||FL , US|
|36901||Sun May 18 17:53:23 EDT 2014||Daniel Stevens||WA , US||The us government will not do the right thing. You will be doing the right thing by arresting us war criminals who are no different than any other criminal. I plead with you to go ahead. Peace daniel|
|36900||Sun May 18 17:07:05 EDT 2014||Joel Morris||TN , US|
|36899||Sun May 18 16:51:09 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ot , BE|
|36898||Sun May 18 16:31:19 EDT 2014||Jane Schlichting||IL , US|
|36897||Sun May 18 14:56:44 EDT 2014||Larry Bailey||CA , US|