Happy Monday. Welcome to my weekly letter writing campaign for torture accountability. This campaign is designed to keep the issue of accountability under the law for the Bush administrations torture program alive. Here is how it works, every Monday I write to one of the decision makers on the issue of torture accountability. You get involved (and increase the impact) by either cutting and pasting the letter over your own signature or just writing your own letter. I even provide the e-mail links so you can cc the letter to all the decision makers.
"Originally posted at Squarestate.net"
This week we are back to writing the Attorney General, as he has the final say as to whether comprehensive investigations will accrue or not.
Dear Attorney General Holder:
I write you once again to urge your action on the issue of the Bush Administration’s apparent torture program. The legal reasons why you should act are clear. Torture is both a Federal and International crime. Under the International Conventions Against Torture, any signatory has the obligation to investigate every credible allegation of torture.
Further there is an obligation to investigate not just those that carried out the act of torture, but those who ordered it. This is due to the specific exclusion of “action on orders” as a defense for commission of torture.
It is fairly clear that you and the Department of Justice have not acted on these requirements because of domestic political concerns. These concerns are probably quite real. The Republican Party and the conservative base would react vehemently to any serious investigation of the Bush Administrations ordering of torture.
This should not matter, as the rule of law is based on the idea of equal justice, regardless of political position or political calculation.
While upholding the rule of law should be enough to initiate action, it appears it is not. However, there are other considerations that you should be taking into account in making the choice to appoint a Special Prosecutor and allow him or her to fully investigate all aspects of our torture of prisoners.
It is well known, from the under oath testimony, that the Bush Administration ordered the torture of prisoners. That prisoners can not be tried because their treatment has risen to the level of torture, that we waterbaorded at least three prisoners, that we have very harshly treated hundreds more is common knowledge world wide.
Take the case of Aafia Siddiqui. She was recently convicted seven counts including attempted murder. Ms. Siddiqui is a Pakistani citizen who was on the FBI most wanted list for years before her capture. It seems that Ms. Siddiqui is guilty of the crimes she is convicted of, but the issue of United States holding of prisoners in so-called Black Sites and the torture of prisoners has clouded this issue in Pakistan.