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 ...|
|37169||Wed Dec 10 06:49:49 EST 2014||Vincent Berg||MN , US|
|37168||Wed Dec 10 01:22:01 EST 2014||Joseph A. Mungai||IL , US||Judge Pablo Ruz represents people of conscience around the world.|
|37167||Mon Dec 01 17:20:39 EST 2014||Ryan McGrath||WA , US|
|37166||Sun Nov 30 07:08:28 EST 2014||Neil Hall||ot , GB|
|37165||Thu Nov 27 14:50:36 EST 2014||E B||WA , US|
|37164||Thu Nov 27 04:17:08 EST 2014||Gerald Monti||GB|
|37163||Thu Nov 27 04:07:29 EST 2014||alis castano||ON , GB|
|37162||Fri Nov 21 16:50:13 EST 2014||Jessica Saucedo||TX , US|
|37161||Sun Nov 16 14:34:51 EST 2014||Dwight Hilpman||KS , US|
|37160||Wed Nov 12 03:08:20 EST 2014||john behn||ot , GB|
|37159||Wed Nov 12 01:17:22 EST 2014||Robert Peebles||NM , US|
|37158||Wed Nov 05 14:26:13 EST 2014||Ulla Nordgren||ot , SE|
|37157||Wed Nov 05 03:58:43 EST 2014||Sam You||TX , US|
|37156||Fri Oct 31 09:53:11 EDT 2014||Sean Terry||VA , US|
|37155||Thu Oct 23 03:04:42 EDT 2014||Jay Esposito||CA , US|
|37154||Mon Oct 13 16:18:38 EDT 2014||William McNaughton||BC , CA|
|37153||Mon Oct 13 14:22:14 EDT 2014||Alexander Dahlhaus||ot , NL|
|37152||Wed Sep 24 09:30:34 EDT 2014||José Esteves||ot , PT|
|37151||Sat Sep 20 20:13:31 EDT 2014||christine callanan||WI , US||Thank you Brave Brothers and Sisters for seeing the spirit of Truth.|
|37150||Fri Sep 19 18:32:22 EDT 2014||Cecilia Nunez||ot , AU|
|37149||Fri Sep 19 15:06:46 EDT 2014||Donna Shanske||CA , US||With the continued atrocities being committed against innocent people world-wide, it's hopeful to see that Spain is taking the lead in bringing the perpetrators to justice|
|37148||Fri Sep 19 13:58:44 EDT 2014||Noah Smith-Rowe||OR , US|
|37147||Wed Sep 17 05:09:44 EDT 2014||Honey Friedman||LA , US|
|37146||Mon Sep 15 17:00:18 EDT 2014||Christine Krol||ot , GB||It is a mockery of international law that people from some countries are labelled terrorists, while other terrorists in high office from countries such as the UK and the US are able to walk away unscathed, More....|
|37145||Sun Sep 14 19:17:22 EDT 2014||Lori Rusher||CA , US|