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 ...|
|36896||Sun May 18 12:47:20 EDT 2014||Ned Overton||NY , US|
|36895||Sun May 18 11:17:54 EDT 2014||Wendy Yost||NY , US|
|36894||Sun May 18 00:51:15 EDT 2014||Christoph Swoboda||ot , DE|
|36893||Sat May 17 15:50:54 EDT 2014||nirav patel||CA|
|36892||Sat May 17 14:01:21 EDT 2014||DAVID ROYALE||FL , US||Otherwise others will do it if they know they can get away with it!|
|36891||Sat May 17 10:26:53 EDT 2014||Keith Curry||TX , US||Cheney & Bush are International War Criminals and should be Charged as such!|
|36890||Sat May 17 10:23:10 EDT 2014||Anonymous||ot , ES||Desde el pueblo de los Estados Unidos de América y sus aliados en el extranjero Le escribimos para agradecerles y pedirles su apoyo, sus tribunales consideran casos de traer los funcionarios estadounidenses More....|
|36889||Sat May 17 05:15:07 EDT 2014||Yannick Crombez||ot , BE|
|36888||Fri May 16 17:54:55 EDT 2014||Richard Pearson||BC , CA|
|36887||Fri May 16 16:58:16 EDT 2014||Adrienne Landau||GB||Water boarding is torture. The perpatrators must be punished. The torture must be stopped for always|
|36886||Fri May 16 12:28:10 EDT 2014||Deanne Lembitz||CO , US|
|36885||Fri May 16 12:08:30 EDT 2014||R.A. Frager||MA , CA|
|36884||Fri May 16 11:56:13 EDT 2014||Joanna Nowicki||ot , GB|
|36883||Fri May 16 11:45:10 EDT 2014||Carl Kohls||NY , US|
|36882||Fri May 16 10:18:39 EDT 2014||eric bowker||WA , US|
|36881||Fri May 16 03:18:01 EDT 2014||abdul latiff||ot , MY|
|36880||Fri May 16 01:43:09 EDT 2014||Jeana Martin||OR , US|
|36879||Fri May 16 01:02:21 EDT 2014||António Leite||PT|
|36878||Thu May 15 23:00:23 EDT 2014||Mario Valdez||BC , CA|
|36877||Thu May 15 20:24:15 EDT 2014||sharon mayberry||MA , US||Thank you, amigos.|
|36876||Thu May 15 19:46:21 EDT 2014||Domenique Chery||FL , US|
|36875||Thu May 15 19:21:31 EDT 2014||Ruth Hall||ot , GB|
|36874||Thu May 15 18:13:23 EDT 2014||Tony LaMorticella||OR , US|
|36873||Thu May 15 17:41:21 EDT 2014||Varina Wooster||OR , US|
|36872||Thu May 15 17:16:06 EDT 2014||James Craigie||ot , GB|