Thursday, January 15, 2009

Eric Holder Confirmation Hearings "WATERBOARDING IS TORTURE".....Finally !!!!

4 Minute Video of Leahy Asking Important Questions about Torture, listen to Holder's Answers....Stunning video.

( sorry it took awhile to find on Youtube...Linked to the title is BBC article about Torture at GItmo...)
{{Over on Sidebar I have a Petition for a Special Prosecutor to be appointed regarding war crimes....and here is a video with more about this issue...}}


enigma4ever said...

More about requesting a Special Prosecutor regarding Torture and Other War Crimes::: and have collaborated to sponsor The Citizens Petition For A Bush War Crimes Special Prosecutor. ( Petition is on sidebar).

Please go to and sign the petition! Dear Attorney General Designate Holder, We the undersigned citizens of the United States hereby formally petition you to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in War Crimes. These crimes are being euphemistically referred to as "abusive interrogation techniques" by such respected figures as Senator John McCain. These are euphemisms for torture. Torture is a War Crime. Waterboarding is a War Crime. The CIA has admitted waterboarding detainees. Recently, Vice President Cheney has brazenly admitted authorizing the program that lead to waterboarding, other forms of torture too numerous to list, and ultimately, the deaths by homicide of detainees. As Major General Antonio Taguba, the Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison has stated: "After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account." The Washington Post recently summarized the Senate Armed Services Committee Report on detainee treatment thusly: A bipartisan panel of senators has concluded that former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other top Bush administration officials bear direct responsibility for the harsh treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and that their decisions led to more serious abuses in Iraq and elsewhere. We the undersigned citizens demand a full and thorough investigation immediately upon your taking office. This investigation should be pursued no matter where it may lead and no matter what the political implications may be. To this end, we remind you that you work not on behalf of or for the President or the Congress, but for the People of the United States of America and for Justice itself. The United States is a representative democracy. The actions of our government officials are done in the name of its citizens. War Crimes have been committed in our name. Torture has been done in our name. The only way to clear our name of War Crimes is to repudiate them through the aggressive prosecution of each and every person involved to the full extent of the law through the appointment of a Special Prosecutor.

Mark Prime (tpm/Confession Zero) said...

So glad he unequivocally said it! How easy it must be to speak the truth when you've got compassion and integrity.

Let the heads roll where they may!

Fran said...

Yay & Yay! After hearing Bush blather on about LIberty & Justice, I REALLY want him & his corrupt men to have their day in course.

D.K. Raed said...

It's so much easier to tell the truth than weave a web of lies. Mukasey couldn't answer the waterboard question. Cheney smirked about "special interrogation tools". Bush snapped at school children that "America doesn't torture". But finally FINALLY the man who will by Attorney General (Justice for the People) says it IS torture! Hooray for truth!

I have doubts about any prosecutions for past waterboarding. Bush & Cheney took a lot of care to make sure they had legal cover. nevertheless I will sign the petition. and take heart that something will trip them up ... if it isn't this, it will be something else ...