Torture: Cover-up by White House, CIA,–and Congressional Democrats?
I want to get back to the evolution series and the GLBT inclusion series, but this just cannot be let pass in silence. The CIA has destroyed 2 tapes of torturing subjects. The torture is a crime and the destruction of these tapes (which had been requested by several inquiries, including the 9/11 Commission) is obstruction of justice–and possibly perjury and other crimes have been committed. Now we know that prominent Democrats in Congress, including Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV), have known about this torture since 2002! No wonder Pelosi keeps blocking real investigation and impeachment of Bush officials!
This demands a special prosecutor. We cannot trust this administration to investigate itself, nor the Democrats in Congress to investigate when they might expose their own. (This is how far we have come. During the Watergate hearings and even during Iran-Contra–investigations were bi-partisan and oversight of government was a Constitutional duty, not something to be practiced only on the other party.) To join in the call for a special prosecutor, sign this petition by the American Civil Liberties Union. And contact all your friends to sign, too. Then join efforts, faith based or secular, to wipe out torture. As most readers of this blog are Christians, I suggest starting with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
Write letters to the editorial page of your hometown papers and call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and demand a special prosecutor and legislation that makes clear that waterboarding is torture and illegal. Contact all the presidential candidates’s campaigns and demand that they speak out on this and call for a special prosecutor! Don’t vote for any who won’t do this! If you are one of my international readers (God bless you!), contact your government and urge that their ambassadors to the U.S. demand an end to torture by the U.S. government in its so-called “war on terror.” Put international pressure on the U. S. just as you would any other “rogue nation” of human rights abusers–for, God help us, that is what this nation has become.
Ministers (and other faith leaders): I urge you to speak out about this from the pulpit and to the press. For the sake of all God’s children, this must stop!!!
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