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We Must Have a Special Prosecutor appointed to indict Bush officials who have broken Federal Laws, violated our Constitution and the Geneva Convention. (Instead Of a Blue Ribbon Commission)

A major national effort is being made to push Congress, the DOJ and the Obama administration to have a Special Prosecutor appointed to control the investigation, indictment and prosecution of any Bush Administration appointees that broke Federal Laws, our Constitution, and the Geneva Convention on Torture.  

Please sign and or endorse these petitions and letters to Holder and Leahy

And Pass This information on to all activist groups you know of, both local and national and ask them to endorse it as a group and then to pass this on to their members with a recommendation to sign the petitions.

The commission gambit has historically been used by Presidents and Congress to bury the truth, deflect criticism, silence or control those wanting a President/Congress to act, and let the guilty off the hook. The Statute of Limitations starts to run out in March. We must act now!

There is plenty of evidence of their crimes already in the public domain and Bush and Cheney have both admitted publicly that they authorized Torture in violation of Federal Law, Treaties and the Geneva Convention on Torture. If anyone says they don't have enough evidence to appoint a Special Prosecutor THEY ARE LYING!

Any additional investigation needed can come in the normal process of the Special Prosecutor preparing for Indictments against Bush, Cheney, or their appointees. Above all else, the process must be managed by a Special Prosecutor who will follow the truth, instead of political appointees to a commission, who will certainly bury the truth forever. Sen. Leahy & Rep. John Conyers' well intentioned "commissions" will be nothing but a white wash and a burial for all time of the truth.

We all need to work together for the next few weeks to get a Special Prosecutor Appointed, rather than having a commission.

We have some great efforts being made by activist groups.

You can help by Sending these links to all progressive groups you know of and asking them to

  1. Have their Group (or yours) Endorse this Letter to Attorney General Holder: ( over 150 groups have endorsed so far) *

  1. Next, Sign the Center for Constitutional Rights' Petition calling for accountability and criminal prosecutions of officials responsible for torture and war crimes. After doing that, go to and send a quick email to Sen. Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee calling for them to support prosecutions, and to oppose any immunity for the architects of these torture programs.
  1. Sign the Petition To Prosecute at
A few days ago this petition had over 63,000 signers. Add Your name!

  1. Ask each local/national group of which you are aware of, or a member of, to forward these urls to their members with the leadership's recommendation to sign and/or endorse.
  1. May we suggest you download this Fact Sheet
by the Center for Constitutional Rights. It is a well written explanation of the need for prosecution that can be cheaply photocopied and handed out at high pedestrian traffic locations, to educate the public. We suggest that you add our url, to the top of it before you photocopy so the public can have access to all of the petitions.

  1. You may send an email directly to US Attorney General Holder at the US Justice Department asking him to appoint a Special Prosecutor by emailing him at


This is the critical opportunity to push Congress and the Obama Administration to do the right thing, to prosecute Bush, Cheney and appointees now, so that future Presidents will obey our Federal Laws, our Constitution and Treaties, and avoid unnecessary wars and damage to our economy by abuse of power.

Obama said, "no one is above the law". Make Obama and Congress live up to that ideal.

Note: The people were the ones who delivered an Impeach Petition with 1,100,000 signatures to Rep. John Conyers, Chariman of the House Judiciary Committee (who refused to hold impeachment hearings or bring the resolutions up for debate). is making a difference. Join/Support Them. Note: These links and more prosecution related information can be found at

Originally posted to 1stProtestInTheStreet on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 11:41 AM PST.

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  •  We could really use everyone's publicizing this (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dkistner, Xapulin, rubine, etara, NY brit expat

    Thanks in advance for any/all help you can give to this very important and time sensitive Petition.

  •  I forwarded your story to people on my e-mail (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Xapulin, rubine

    list with the following e-mail attached. After signing the petition, I gave them names of people to write to. Here is my e-mail:

    I am sending this diary to you because it has lots of good links and petitions to call for Bush and company's prosecution for war crimes. Patrick Leahy has been proposing a truth and reconciliation tribunal, but that is not what we need. The information on the US international torture network established under Bush exists, there has been a full report from the International Commission of Jurists on the impact of the war on terror on human rights and international humanitarian law. Truth and reconciliation commissions are really useful following a civil war or a series of war crimes or crimes against humanity against citizens of the same country to try and heal the wounds inflicted by these circumstances and to heal a country. The US does not need this, we need prosecutions to make sure that this does not happen again in our country. Bush and company broke not only international humanitarian law, they broke US law with respect to torture, they need to be held accountable for their actions.

    No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

    by NY brit expat on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 12:02:27 PM PST

  •  Signed sealed and (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubine, NY brit expat

    delivered. I think if someone asked me to sign their butt to have these people prosecuted, I'd do it.

    Seriously, we need to scream for prosecution, and these are great ways to start.

    Here is another great Petition

    I also strongly encourage people to submit their letters to all elected officials through, just type in your zip and the list automatically comes up, and your letter is forwarded to each - takes about 1.3 minutes. Great, easy way to correspond on EVERYTHING - Also, you can have your letters available for public display, which I wanted to do after Leahy had a visit here on DailyKOS.

    Here's part of my letter to Leahy, but don't think I'll be getting a response or clarification:

    On February 12, 2009, you stated the following
    on Daily KOS:

    "It is important to find a path to accountability
    Prosecution is one avenue, but another avenue is to make a record of what happened.  If we find that some of the tactics still being championed by
    Vice President Cheney and Karl Rove actually do not work, then we can make an accurate assessment and judgment of what was done.

    Some say we should not look backward at all at the misdeeds and missteps of the past eight years.  There are others who say that, even if it takes all of the next eight years, divides this country, and distracts from the necessary priority of fixing the economy, we must prosecute Bush administration
    officials to lay down a marker.

    I believe we should consider a middle ground, which is to find the truth.  We need to get to the bottom of what happened -- and why -- so we make sure it never happens again.

    by Senator
    Patrick Leahy on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 10:53:33 AM PST"

    Not to throw shoes is the crime. Not to be outraged is the crime.

    by the girl on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 12:25:07 PM PST

  •  Umm 1 VERY big problem (0+ / 0-)

    the Special Prosecutor law expired years ago and ther is no way congress would give it life after what happened with BC......they know if the GOP were to get control in 2010.....they would hammer Obama with it just as they did Clinton.

    Want Europe's respect back? Vote for the Democrat named CLARK!

    by GATXER on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 01:34:55 PM PST

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