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Groups urge Spain to prosecute
‘Bush Six’ for torture
Movement to Indict Bush gains momentum
Just days after Bush retreated rather than face arrest and mass protests in Switzerland; the momentum for indictment continues to grow. This is a global movement and we, the American people, must do our part.
Supporters and members of the movement to Indict Bush are on the move. Congratulations to everyone who is making this movement expand its breadth and reach. Together, all of us are building the pressure.
On Valentine’s Day, a broad coalition of U.S. human rights groups presented Spanish consulates and officials with an open letter to the Spanish public. People delivered letters in New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami.
The letter was delivered in advance of the March 1 deadline for the possible prosecution of the “Bush Six” set by Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco. The Bush Six are the Bush-era government lawyers who created the “legal” justification for torture in clear violation of international law. The Six include former White House Counsel and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, along with John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington and others.
It was a court in Spain that indicted Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. With pressure, it could be a court in Spain to deal a major blow to the Bush administration torturers.
The open letter to the Spanish public states:
“We are writing to thank you and to ask for your support as your courts consider cases to bring American officials to justice for the crime of torture. A Spanish judge, acting under international law, will soon decide whether to investigate U.S. officials’ roles in authorizing torture. Š The organizations signing this letter represent hundreds of thousands in the American public who believe the U.S. government must be held to the same rule of law as other countries.”
Our movement is helping to shine a bright light on the many crimes of Bush and his cronies. Not only are former Bush administration officials under investigation in Spain, investigations also have been launched in Italy, Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom.
The American people have a special responsibility to expose Bush. Next month Iraq war veterans, who are working with IndictBushNow, are travelling to the White House to demand that Bush be indicted for war crimes.
On March 19, the 8th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, thousands of people will be hitting the streets in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere. The American people are standing up to say that no one is above the law – that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and other high officials must be prosecuted for their crimes.
-From all of us at IndictBushNow