U.S. Back on the Road to Abu Ghraib

In a major speech this week, George Bush once again declared "the United States does not torture." But of course Bush is lying - we've all seen the photos.

Now Bush wants to "legalize" past torture by allowing "evidence" collected through torture to be used in military tribunals on Guantanamo. He also wants to prevent prosecution of our torturers under the War Crimes Act.

Tell your Senators and Representatives to reject Bush's pro-torture military tribunals.
http://mail.democrats.com:81/CT00011501MTE0MDc2MQAA.HTML

Bob Fertik


It's not as visually shocking as the Abu Ghraib photos, but President Bush's speech on Wednesday tells the same horrifying story: The Bush administration is again fighting for the right to abuse detainees in U.S. custody.

This week, the White House is calling on Congress to pass military commission legislation that undermines the baseline protections for prisoners guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions - and undermines our nation's values.

As the New York Times reported yesterday, "President Bush is calculating that with a critical election just nine weeks away, neither angry Democrats nor nervous Republicans will dare deny him the power to detain, interrogate and try suspects his way." Congress should answer to the public, not President Bush. We need you to speak up!

Tell Congress to reject the President's misguided proposal - click here.
http://mail.democrats.com:81/CT00011502MTE0MDc2MQAA.HTML

If the White House succeeds, we will be inviting other nations to abuse our own troops, now and in future wars. The administration is willing to risk the lives of our soldiers - and further tarnish our reputation - so that it can engage in cruel and inhuman treatment.

The Bush Administration's proposal would permit use of evidence obtained by abusing prisoners. It would decriminalize war crimes, so that U.S. personnel who engaged in abuse - and senior officials who authorized it - would be let off the hook. Moreover, it would undercut the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the landmark case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which found that President Bush is bound by the Geneva Conventions.

Congress is considering the administration's proposal right now.

Write your elected representatives today!
http://mail.democrats.com:81/CT00011503MTE0MDc2MQAA.HTML

Together, we can build the public pressure we need to prevent this proposal from becoming law.

Jill Savitt
Director of Campaigns Human Rights First

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THE ROAD TO ABU GHRAIB REVISITED: ACT NOW!

A message from BMutiny

The White House is calling on Congress to pass legislation that undermines the baseline protections for prisoners guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions - and undermines our nation's values.

Although not as visually shocking as the Abu Ghraib prison photos from Iraq, President Bush's speech last Wednesday tells the same horrifying story: The Bush administration is again fighting for the right to abuse detainees in U.S. custody.

If the White House succeeds, we will be inviting other nations to abuse our own troops, now and in future wars. The administration is willing to risk the lives of our soldiers - and further tarnish our reputation - so that it can engage in cruel and inhuman treatment.

TELL CONGRESS TO REJECT THE PRESIDENT'S MISGUIDED PROPOSAL ON THE TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN U.S. CUSTODY - SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/966520636

PLEASE PASS THIS PETITION ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND GROUPS -- THIS IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. CITIZENS OF OTHER COUNTRIES MAY SIGN ALSO -- THE ISSUE OF TORTURE BY THE UNITED STATES IS OF WORLD CONCERN.

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