Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Prosecute EVERYONE Involved in Torture: No Exceptions

Look, I have no idea whether or not Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL), OR ANY OTHER Democratic politician was informed about the Bush/Cheney torture program or whether or not they helped cover it up.  What the likes of Cheney don’t understand is that for those of us who are truly committed to human rights and civil liberties, this changes NOTHING about whether there should be a special prosecutor investigating and prosecuting these war crimes.  We demand prosecutions of EVERYONE involved and WE DON’T CARE whether there is an “R” or a “D” after their names!!

100 people DIED in this torture program, according to now-declassified documents.  I don’t care who gets dragged down.  We must clean out this infection before it kills our democracy.

And today, Speaker Pelosi claimed that the CIA has been lying about what it told her and when.  Now, whether you love or hate Pelosi, believe her or not, when the 3RD most powerful elected official in the nation, 2nd in line of succession for the presidency (if something happened to both pres. and vp), accuses the nation’s most powerful  intelligence and espionage agency of LYING TO CONGRESS and the American people, that’s a big deal.  Whether or not motivated by her own self-interest, it will frustrate Obama’s “Let’s move on, nothing to see here” approach.  Combined with the fact that ONLY Republicans are happy with his flip-flop on releasing the torture photos, this could, and I pray will, force the snowball to roll toward full hearings and prosecutions.  Justice is the only cure for our slide into fascism.  [Note to Pres. Obama:  When you change your mind about transparency, and civil liberties, and the people who defend your change of mind are Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), you’ve really screwed up.  It’s like being defended by Darth Vader,  Voldemort, and Wormtongue.]

Call your congresscritters and senators and demand hearings.  Call the Dept. of Justice and urge Attorney General Holder to appoint a special prosecutor.  Write your local papers and demand prosecution.  Put anti-torture signs in your yard.  Stand up for human rights and the rule of law.


May 14, 2009 - Posted by | torture


  1. Dr. Westmoreland-White

    You don’t have to be an advocate of torture to understand that using different forms of anguish treatment exist; it will continue no matter if we approve or not, because necessity is the true Mother Of Invention. This genie has been out of the bottle since the beginning of time, and anguish treatment is just one symptom, and not the root-cause of our problems!



    Comment by Pietro Savo | May 14, 2009

  2. So, if we prosecute those who violated international and domestic law, others will just invent new forms. So, we should do nothing?

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | May 14, 2009

  3. Old Russian saying…You can tell same lie 1000 times but not change truth!

    Difference between USSR Communist media and USA “mainstream media”

    In Russia government make media say what they want – even if lie.
    In USA “mainstream media” try make government what they want – even if lie..
    …..eventually they become same thing?!

    I Igor produce Obama Birth Certificate at http://www.igormaro.org

    Comment by IgorMarxo | May 14, 2009

  4. Unfortunately, that is the species we have become, hope comes about from believing that the “Mother Of Invention” can go equally in the opposite direction as well! In my mind because we do survive on such a small planet, doing nothing is never an option!

    Comment by Pietro Savo | May 14, 2009

  5. Yes prosecute. But also publish those horrifying and deeply distressing photos I accidentally saw. Let the world see what the army does to people, what war does to soldiers. I don’t believe the soldiers identified, who ‘have been dealt with’ are the only ones. These photos showed American soldiers and their “abuse” of captives in Iraq and Afghanistan which involves castration and bodily mutilation. Obama is wrong to be persuaded by the Army chief or whoever not to release the photos and his description of them as “not particularly sensational” is a blatant lie. That illegal invasion or perhaps just the army has turned soldiers into power crazed totally depraved monsters.

    Comment by steph | May 15, 2009

  6. I agree that Obama is wrong, Steph. I think the photos will come out. A federal court has ordered their release. If Obama and the Pentagon continue to fight this, I suspect that the Supreme Court will uphold that federal order.

    Then the people will DEMAND trials.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | May 15, 2009

  7. War is ugly, no matter righteous or not. As the human evolutionary process continues on it journey, war will never be one of our greatest creations. The question now becomes, are we just another species in the food chain? If so, do we have the resolve to survive? Furthermore, does survival of the strongest apply to the United States of America? Many questions, and so little time? Torture is simply a manifestation of a bigger problem, yet we choice to become lost in a symptom and not the root cause.

    Comment by Pietro Savo | May 15, 2009

  8. War is never “righteous”. While you contemplate the root cause I hope others bring the torturers and those who authorise it to justice. Part of the “root cause” is war and illegal invasion and desire for power and control.

    Comment by steph | May 15, 2009

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