Thursday, January 22, 2009

Break the Silence Join the UN Call for Justice in the USA

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture called on the US to charge X-President George Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for their participation in torture activities and the mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

According to-Manfred Nowak-the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture:
"Judicially speaking, the United States has a clear obligation" to bring proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld...He noted Washington had ratified the UN convention on torture which required "all means, particularly penal law" to be used to bring proceedings against those violating it.

"We have all these documents that are now publicly available that prove that these methods of interrogation were intentionally ordered by Rumsfeld," against detainees at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nowak said.

"But obviously the highest authorities in the United States were aware of this," added Nowak, who authored a UN investigation report on the Guantanamo prison.

Bush stepped down from power Tuesday, with Barack Obama becoming the 44th president of the United States.

Asked about chances to bring legal action against Bush and Rumsfeld, Nowak said: "In principle yes. I think the evidence is on the table."

At issue, however, is whether "American law will recognise these forms of torture." (Source)
Join the calls for justice to restore the rule of law. Contact President Obama via the White House Switchboard at 202-456-1414. You can also send a comment to President Obama via this form. I would suggest adding VP Dick Cheney to the list since he has publicly stated that he approved various techniques (that international law defines as torture).

Break the silence that allowed Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld to commit war crimes in our name.

UPDATE--There are glitches with the White House Switchboard...the comments line is NOT set up and the WH Switchboard does not appear to be answering calls....there is just a message going on and on about staying on the line to speak to a White House operator. Unfortunatley at 8:32 am the WH operator who took my call rudely cut me off and transferred me to the non-existent comment line AFTER I had told her the comment line was not set up and taking calls. I suggest you ask for the operator number so they don't hang up on you. If enough folks call maybe the comment line will be set up quickly and the Obama White House Team will then be ready from day 2 to take citizen input. Heaven forbid we should have to wait until Day three or later.

I LOVE typing, thinking and saying PRESIDENT OBAMA.....I have high hopes that PRESIDENT OBAMA will listen to the majority of folks calling for justice and single payee universal health insurance....and the carpetbagger lobbyists will be forced to fade off into the sunset.


Cargosquid said...

Hahahahaha! UN Human Rights Council is telling US that we have to worry about torture. Its easier to state which members of the council DO NOT support torture. The UN is a joke.
Let's see how China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Cuba, and Mexico like having the UN checking on them. You won't see them lift a finger.

Now, if the US wants to investigate any claims, have at it. But the best thing to do for us is to stop financing that group of Kleptocracies that exist as the UN.

Mac said...

And replace it with what, Cargosquid, the League of Nations again? The UN may be flawed but it's the only game in town. The alternative, competing alliances, was played out prior to WWI, wasn't it?