Demand Accountability for Torture

A new report by a journalist who has seen a secret 2007 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross concludes:

“Beginning in the spring of 2002 the United States government began to torture prisoners. This torture, approved by the President of the United States and monitored in its daily unfolding by senior officials, including the nation’s highest law enforcement officer, clearly violated major treaty obligations of the United States, including the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture, as well as US law.”

Here’s what you can do about it:

Events are planned around the country marking the sixth anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, for which there has been no accountability. From April 4 to 19, your representatives and senators will be home in their districts and states. Here are tools you can use in organizing and lobbying:

1. Print, copy, and distribute this flyer (PDF).

2. Ask your Congress member to impeach former torture memo author, now appeals court judge Jay Bybee; click here.

3. Ask your Congress member and senators to cosponsor the State Secrets Protection Act, to require court review when presidents deny access to information by claiming “state secrets;” click here.

4. Over 175 groups, including several chapters of PDA, are asking the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor for Bush and Cheney. Add your group here:

In Solidarity,
PDA Accoutability & Justice Action Group

Progressive Democrats of America is a grassroots PAC that works both inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our goal in 2009: Work with and increase the progressive majority in Congress as we build on our 2008 electoral successes. PDA’s advisory board includes seven members of Congress and activist leaders such as Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, Thom Hartmann, Jim Hightower, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.

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