Tomorrow is Torture Accountability Action Day

A reminder from the good folks at AfterDowningStreet.org

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Thursday, June 25th Is Torture Accountability Action Day

A large coalition of human rights groups has planned rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.’s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.

Events are planned in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Honolulu, HI; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Anchorage, AK, with details available online:

http://tortureaccountability.w…

In Pasadena at 12 p.m. PT citizens will submit a formal judicial misconduct complaint against 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, former Assistant Attorney General.

Whether or not you can make it to one of the events, please do these things on Thursday:

Phone Attorney General Eric Holder and ask him to appoint a special prosecutor for torture: 202-514-2001

Email him the same request: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

Fax it to him too: 202-307-6777. To easily send a fax for free, go here: http://www.peaceandjustice.it

Please do these things now:

Sign a petition to Eric Holder if you haven’t already:

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Twitter this: Rallies all over US on 6/25 demanding accountability for torture: http://tr.im/pppa

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    • Edger on June 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    the day we hold Barack Obama and Eric Holder accountable for not holding torturers accountable?

    This could be a problem. Do we have to clear this with the extreme ‘moderates’ and ‘centrists’ first?

    Ex-detainees allege Bagram abuse

    BBC News, Kabul, June 24, 2009

    Allegations of abuse and neglect at a US detention facility in Afghanistan have been uncovered by the BBC.

    Former detainees have alleged they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs at the Bagram military base.

    The BBC interviewed 27 former inmates of Bagram around the country over a period of two months.

    The Pentagon has denied the charges and insisted that all inmates in the facility are treated humanely.

    All the men were asked the same questions and they were all interviewed in isolation.

    Ill-treatment

    They were held at various times between 2002 and 2008. They were all accused of belonging to or helping al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

    None were charged with any offence or put on trial – some even received apologies when they were released.

    Just two of the detainees said they had been treated well.

    Many allegations of ill-treatment appear repeatedly in the interviews: physical abuse, the use of stress positions, excessive heat or cold, unbearably loud noise, being forced to remove clothes in front of female soldiers.

    In four cases detainees were threatened with death at gunpoint.

    “They did things that you would not do against animals let alone to humans,” said one inmate known as Dr Khandan.

    hat tip to Sharon for emailing the link to me…

  2. What do we stand for, if it is in the best interest of our country, to allow crimes against humanity to go unpunished?  I realize that if you were ever going to do the right thing, you would be doing it by now and nothing I say makes any difference.  I am sending this email because I am ashamed of my country and I want to tell you, why.  The world is watching us, too.

    my real name.

    • Adam on June 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    It’s been decades since anyone paid any attention to one of these “action days.” The corporate media hasn’t bother to send out a camera crew to any these events in a long, long time.

    Time to try some new tactics.

  3. piece about this over at the orange place.  It hypes the mythological version of 911 with a picture of the flaming towers and to the right an “Islamic jihadist”.

    As such I’m not asking the lying sack of shits anything.

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