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Prosecute Bush and Cheney - An Open Letter to Eric Holder

| by Code Pink
Statement on Prosecution of Former High Officials

We urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a non-partisan independent Special Counsel to immediately commence a prosecutorial investigation into the most serious alleged crimes of former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney, the attorneys formerly employed by the Department of Justice whose memos sought to justify torture, and other former top officials of the Bush Administration.


Our laws, and treaties that under Article VI of our Constitution are the supreme law of the land, require the prosecution of crimes that strong evidence suggests these individuals have committed. Both the former president and the former vice president have confessed to authorizing a torture procedure that is illegal under our law and treaty obligations. The former president has confessed to violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


We see no need for these prosecutions to be extraordinarily lengthy or costly, and no need to wait for the recommendations of a panel or “truth” commission when substantial evidence of the crimes is already in the public domain. We believe the most effective investigation can be conducted by a prosecutor, and we believe such an investigation should begin immediately.


Drafted by The Robert Jackson Steering Committee
http://afterdowningstreet.org/robertjackson


Signed By:


Center for Constitutional Rights
http://ccrjustice.org


The National Lawyers Guild
http://nlg.org


American Freedom Campaign Action Fund
http://americanfreedomcampaign.org


High Road for Human Rights Advocacy Project
http://www.highroadforhumanrights.org


After Downing Street
http://afterdowningstreet.org


Democrats.com
http://democrats.com


Gold Star Families for Peace
http://cindysheehansoapbox.com


Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserve Colonel and US diplomat
http://voicesofconscience.com


Delaware Valley Veterans for America
http://delvalvets4america.org


Voters for Peace
http://votersforpeace.us


Wisconsin Impeachment / Bring Our Troops Home Coalition
http://impeachwi.com


Backbone Campaign
http://backbonecampaign.org


CODE PINK: Women for Peace
http://codepink4peace.org


Velvet Revolution
http://velvetrevolution.us


Justice Through Music
http://jtmp.org


Progressive Democrats of America
http://pdamerica.org


Brad Blog
http://bradblog.com


Cities for Peace
http://citiesforpeace.org


National Accountability Network


Northeast Impeachment Coalition
http://neimpeach.org


Republicans for Impeachment
http://republicansforimpeachment.com


Op Ed News
http://opednews.com


Marcus Raskin, cofounder of Institute for Policy Studies, member of editorial board of The Nation, member of the special staff of the National Security Council in Kennedy Administration


The Progressive
http://progressive.org


Peace Team
http://peaceteam.net


Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
http://afterdowningstreet.org/vips


Defending Dissent Foundation
http://defendingdissent.org


Grassroots America
http://grassrootsamerica4us.org


Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored
http://projectcensored.org


Peace Action
http://peace-action.org


Grandmothers Against the War
http://grandmothersagainstthewar.org


World Can’t Wait
http://worldcantwait.net


United for Peace and Justice
http://unitedforpeace.org


Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
http://space4peace.org


War Crimes Times
http://warcrimestimes.org


Veterans for Peace 099
http://veteransforpeace.org


Veterans for Peace 26
http://veteransforpeace.org


Veterans for Peace
http://veteransforpeace.org


Naomi Wolf, author of “End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot,” and “Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries”


Iraq Veterans Against the War
http://ivaw.org


Daniel Ellsberg, Truth-Telling Project
http://ellsberg.net


Peter McLaren, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles


Smirking Chimp
http://www.smirkingchimp.com


Glenn Greenwald
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald


People for Peace & Justice/St. Augustine, FL
http://www.staugppj.org


Indict Bush Now
http://www.IndictBushNow.org


Society of American Law Teachers - SALT
http://www.saltlaw.org


Organizations and individuals can add their names to this statement at http://prosecutebushcheney.org




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