So This Is Why Bush Allowed Torture…

It has been said in the past that the Bush administration is not only reckless but lawless.  The extent of this lawlessness was made abundantly clear yesterday.

In what we could only wish had been an April Fool’s Day joke, the Department of Justice declassified and released a 2003 Office of Legal Counsel memo advising the Pentagon that laws and treaties forbidding torture and other forms of abuse did not apply to U.S. interrogators because of the president’s wartime power.

What kind of harm, you might ask, would be prohibited under the standard established by this memo?  Very little, it turns out.  It declared that an interrogation technique must “shock the conscience” in order for it to be illegal.  But it gets even worse.  The memo also asserted, “Whether conduct is conscience-shocking turns in part on whether it is without any justification.”

Just because one lawyer at the Justice Department wrote a memo asserting that certain conscience-shocking actions were justified and therefore legal does not change the real truth here:  The Bush administration has flagrantly violated domestic law and international treaties.

The only question now is what should be done.

Prosecutions may be appropriate.  Impeachment should not be out of the question.  But what is needed immediately is a thorough investigation into the Bush administration’s understanding of the extent of the president’s power as commander-in-chief.

Please send an email to your representatives in Congress, urging them to support wide-ranging hearings into the abuses of executive power that have occurred over the past seven years.  Just click here to get started:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=23997

At this point in history, we must be concerned not only with punishing Bush administration officials for wrongdoing, but also with setting standards for the next administration.  We must establish now that the “war on terror” has NOT created a “wartime president” with unlimited powers.  If we do not, then we can only expect executive power to expand in the future.

Tell your representatives in Congress you are concerned about excessive executive power by sending an email today:

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And after you have sent your email, please use our Tell-A-Friend option to encourage others to do the same.

Thank you for taking action.

Best,
Steve

Steve Fox
Campaign Director
American Freedom Campaign Action Fund

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One Response to So This Is Why Bush Allowed Torture…

  1. rain says:

    this is a horrific miscarriage of justice, im sicked at the ideal that bush believes him self to be above beyond and against the laws he swore to uphold. i never voted for the pig and no one i know did.impeachment seems fair at this juncture. bush with such despicable tactics as theses has singe handedly destroyed the united states in the eyes of all the country’s we used to coexist with. i wish he could be removed from office tonight.

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