Happy Monday and welcome to the Dog’s ongoing letter writing campaign for accountability to the rule of law for the apparent Bush Administration State Sponsored Torture program. For those playing our home game, the way this works is every Monday the Dog writes a letter to decision makers urging them to take action under our legal obligations, both Federal and International, to investigate and where evidence of criminality exists prosecute those who ordered, those who justified and those who carried out torture in the name of the United States of America. You get involved by either cut and pasting the letter to the links the Dog provides, or writing your own letter based on this weeks ideas.
“Originally posted at Squarestate.net“
This week we will be writing to Attorney General Holder with copies to the President, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, House Judiciary Chairman Conyers, House Judiciary Member Nadler, and Senate Judiciary Chair Leahy.
Dear Attorney General Holder:
Sir, I have been writing you for several weeks now urging you to follow through with your obligations under US Law and International Treaty in regards to investigating the apparent White House authorized torture program of the Bush Administration.
General Holder, you are in a hard place, there is no doubt about that. There has never been an Administration or Attorney General in the history of our Republic who has had the duty to investigate the apparently criminal actions of the previous Administration. That the issue you are required to investigate is one dealing with national security and torture only makes the situation that much harder. It is, in fact, completely unfair that this burden falls on you. I recognize that completely. However, fairness is not the issue.
I should not have to remind you Mr. Attorney General; fairness is the core idea of the law. Justice must be applied evenly; else it is not actually justice. The practice of the Law is not an easy thing. It requires seven years of higher education and a very extensive exam to be admitted to its practice. This is all due the need for the Law to be practiced well in order for there to be justice. The pursuit of justice makes no allowances for what is hard or unpopular. Our system of justice requires those who practice the law, especially those who serve the public to follow the rule of law, no matter where it leads.
No matter what, General Holder, you will be remembered as a historic Attorney General. You will either be known as the AG who did the hard thing and stood for the Rule of Law regardless of the consequences, or you will be known as the AG who looked the other way on publicly known crimes of the previous Administration. There is no getting out of your historic role at this point. All that remains is which of these characterizations will be taught to future law students about your tenure as Attorney General.
You know the right thing to do; you must appoint a Special Counsel to investigate all the actions of the Bush Administration in regards to prisoners in the so called “War on Terror”. The provision which empowers you to do this was created for just such situations; times where the DOJ was so deeply involved that it can not reasonably investigate itself. This is a hard thing; you will be reviled by those on the Right who think the rule of law is a fungible thing. However it is your required duty under our laws.
The choice is yours Mr. Attorney General, will you follow the rule of law, be known as the man who put Law above politics or will you grant your tacit approval to state sponsored torture and very nearly guarantee we will have to face this horrible abuse of law and power in the future?
President Barack Obama
Speaker of the House Pelosi
Senate Majority Leader Reid
Judiciary Chair Conyers
Judiciary Chair Leahy
So there is the letter, here are the links. Just a couple of notes, first off you will have to paste the AG’s e-mail address directly into the address line of your e-mail program. Also Rep. Nadler, while a good and true ally in the fight for accountability seems to think it is appropriate to hide from the people of this nation who are not in his district. Just use the full zip code provided with the link to get past his filters. It is a real zip code from his district.
Department of Justice, attention AG Holder – AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
The White House, Attention President Obama
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Majority Leader Harry Reid
Rep John Conyers – Judiciary Committee Chair
Representative Jerry Nadler (use 11224-4561 to get past his zip code filter.)
Now it is all up to you. We are asking the AG to do a hard thing, help him to do the right thing by making it clear you expect him to follow the Rule of Law.
The floor is yours.