Video: Activists Demand a “Special Prosecutor for Torture”

Tag: Political Ideas

from: William Hughes

On Thursday, June 25, 2009, a spirited rally was held in John Marshall Park, in Washington, D.C. Its purpose: To demand that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a “Special Prosecutor for Torture,” who will hold accountable to the supremacy of the Law, certain members of the Bush-Cheney Gang, including ex-President George W. Bush, Jr. and V.P. Dick Cheney. They are suspected of authorizing torture on numerous detainees, in violation of the Geneva Convention, International Law, the Nuremberg Principles and the U.S. Constitution. Featured in this video are excerpts of remarks from the following speakers: David Swanson, Njambi Good, Marjorie Cohn, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and Kevin Zeese.

For background, see: and For a brief overview of the Law concerning the subject matter of Torture, go to:


Why Demand to Prosecute Torture Will Grow

Tag: Civil Rights

By David Swanson

(Remarks at Torture Accountability Action Day rally in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2009 -- video of this and other speeches at

Have you ever held a little baby in your arms? Raise your hand if you have. A toddler is as delicate and precious as a baby, but able to move around and get hurt. Bigger kids can move faster and farther. Our instincts should be to protect them.


Listen to Your Radio Tonight

Tag: Peace and War

Wednesday night, please listen to these two wonderful programs:

The Mike Malloy Show airs from 9 p.m. - 12 midnight ET and will be guest hosted by Brad Friedman. I'll be on with him live at 10:30 p.m. ET. Call in!

The Nicole Sandler Show on Air America airs from 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. (More about Nicole). I taped an interview with her this afternoon that will probably air at 11:30 or 12 midnight ET.

Both of these interviews are about rallies happening all over the country on Thursday demanding accountability for torture. Find one near you and join us!


Trading Press Events for Votes: What Should Press Do?

Tag: Media

By David Swanson

On Tuesday my local newspaper reported on an event here in town on Monday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had come down to Charlottesville and spoken publicly with local Congressman Tom Perriello, generating a story and big color photo on page 1 of the Charlottesville Daily Progress. The headline was "In UVa visit, Democrats call deficit reckless."


Van Jones and Nancy Sutley visit energy-improved house in Charlottesville, Va., June 23, 2009

Tag: Environment

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 11:00 a.m.

Congressman Tom Perriello Homeowner Ingrid Feggans Homeowner Chad Thorne Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris Albemarle County Supervisor Ann Mallek Worker Michael Stewart Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality Van Jones (hovering but not speaking)

Backstory: Admirable, if insufficient, as this event was, there is an unpleasant context. The week before this event, Congressman Tom Perriello voted for $100 billion for wars (which he was happy to do) combined with $100 billion in loans to eastern European banksters through the International Monetary Fund (which he will likely be hammered for in television ads a year from now, and which he claims to have opposed even while voting for). The White House and Democratic Party leaders made a lot of promises and threats to pass the bill in a very close vote. The day before this event House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer came to Charlottesville for an event with Perriello. Now Van Jones and Nancy Sutley came. Who will be next? My money is on a south district event with a military big whig. You read it here first.



Rallies Around U.S. To Demand Accountability for Torture

Tag: Civil Rights

Thursday, June 25, 2009, has been designated Torture Accountability Action Day by a large coalition of human rights groups planning rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.'s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.

Events are planned in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Honolulu, HI; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Anchorage, AK, with details available online:


OpEdNews Exclusive Interview with Activist David Swanson

Tag: About David Swanson

Here's an interview I did with Joan Brunwasser of READ IT HERE.

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