Since long before George W. Bush became president, torture or complicity in torture has been a felony under U.S. law, and the United States has been party to treaties requiring that it prosecute whenever there is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction.
Ask President Obama to appoint a special prosecutor now.
The U.S. Senate has made a huge volume of evidence public. Senator Mark Udall has added a bit more. Top officials involved in the torture reported on, including George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, have repeatedly and shamelessly admitted to authorizing acts of torture and asserted that they would do so again. They've made these confessions on national television.
There is more than a reasonable prospect of conviction. But is there the will to prosecute? Can a nation that will not indict a police officer videotaped choking a man to death indict numerous officials who ordered acts of torture from air-conditioned offices?
That's up to us. There was not the will to release the Senate report until we generated it. Click here to speak up now.
More than a decade of open law violation by the federal government has not been without its influence on local police departments. A culture of impunity is threatening every liberty we claim to cherish.
Talk of "turning a corner" and "never again" is worse than useless rhetoric if accompanying the act of openly embracing lawlessness. A nation of laws enforces its laws most strictly against those who wield the greatest legal power.
Click here to call on President Obama to allow the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce our laws, and to immediately appoint a special prosecutor.
As torture is a crime of universal jurisdiction, we call on any willing court system in the world to enforce our laws if our own courts will not do so.
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