Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced he was asking a veteran
prosecutor to review whether a full investigation
should be conducted of CIA misconduct in the interrogation of detainees
during the Administration of George W. Bush.
is an important breakthrough, ending years
of impunity for the systematic torture and brutalization
of detainees. It happened only because each of you, and millions
of other Americans, insisted on legal accountability for those who
violated our country’s laws. It was your commitment to the
rule of law that has started us on the way to justice.
we can’t be too self congratulatory. Attorney General Holder’s
actions are a beginning--a very important beginning, but still only
a beginning. Even his call for a criminal review has prompted fierce
and vitriolic criticism. That is why he needs to be supported in
the steps he has taken, but encouraged to go further.
a letter to Attorney General Holder and tell
him he must hold those at the top accountable and we will add you
to our Citizen’s Arrest Action Team to keep you in the loop
about war criminals whereabouts and opportunities to slap pink cuffs
on them! When you send your letter you will get
FREE “Torture Team” cards too!
this beginning blossom into a full scale effort to uncover Bush
Administration misconduct and criminality? Will
this review become a full blown criminal investigation? Will that
investigation encompass not only CIA agents but contractors acting
at their behest? Will it go up the ladder to those who ordered the
torture and abuse? Will the investigation stop at the “I was
just following orders” defense that was firmly rejected at
the Nuremberg war crimes trials after World War II and its modern
Bushian version--I was just following the guidance of the Justice
happens next will depend on YOU.
Let the Attorney General know we support his first step, but that
it must lead to real justice, where the rule of law is upheld against
those at the top rungs of political power, not just those at the
bottom and where the false claims of national security do not trump
the clear requirements of the constitution.
is in our hands!
Dana, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janet, Jean, Jodie,
Medea, Nancy K, Nancy
M, Paris, and Rae
in Peace Senator Ted Kennedy (1932-2009)
"My vote against this misbegotten war (Iraq) is the best
vote I have cast in the United States Senate since I was elected