Obama's First Problem is US War Crimes

The president-elect has to take a stand on Bush's dark legacy

By Andrew Sullivan

There is, in the end, a simple and sobering truth: these people have to be brought to justice if the rule of law is to survive in America. In his constitutional soul, Obama knows this.


George W. Bush Belongs in Prison

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

To ensure that no future president behaves like George W. Bush we must punish him. Not merely through the words of historians, but through the physical punishment that he has inflicted on so many millions of people. In previous eras citizens would have demanded "off with his head." Now we must demand "lock him up." How poetic for a pro-torture ex-president.



We Were Promised Change, And Change Is What We Will Hold Our New President To

Of all the things that must change, the FIRST thing that must change now is that the rule of law and respect for the Constitution must be fully restored. Obama has set up a site where he professes to want to know what his priorities should be. Therefore let us all go there and make the number one idea this one.

Appoint a Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration

The direct link is rather longish, so we have set up a special action page that will open up a new window and forward you directly (or else look for the link at the very top) to the page where you can vote for this most critical idea.

Special Prosecutor Voting Link: http://www.usalone.com/special_prosecutor.php

Important: To cast a vote, when you get to the voting site, click on the box with the current number count to the left of the main header for the idea, NOT on the widget on the right hand side of the page lower down, which just reloads the same page.

President-elect Obama recently said, "If I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in coverups of those crimes with knowledge forefront, then I think a basic principle of our Constitution is nobody above the law."

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder recently said top Bush Administration officials "authorized the use of torture, approved of secret electronic surveillance of American citizens, secretly detained American citizens without due process of law, denied the Writ of Habeas Corpus to hundreds of accused enemy combatants, and authorized the use of procedures that both violate international law and the United States Constitution."

We must now hold them to honor their words of accountability.

The Bush administration has refused to investigate its own crimes and President Bush may issue blanket pardons before he leaves, indeed we fully expect him to even try to pardon himself. But that is all the more reason why we must keep as much heat as possible on the potential for real post inauguration prosecutions. No pardon could possibly be broad enough to exonerate the entire litany of the crimes of the outgoing White House without itself raising serious constitutional questions.

President Obama must appoint a Special Prosecutor - ideally Patrick Fitzgerald - to fully investigate these crimes and prosecute those responsible to demonstrate that we are truly a Nation of Laws and no one - including the President - is above the law. And you can make sure that happens by going to this link and helping to make the appointment of a special prosecutor the number one idea on the Obama "change" site by a very large and dramatic margin.

Special Prosecutor Voting Link: http://www.usalone.com/special_prosecutor.php

And then after you vote, if you haven't requested your "Impeach Both!!!" cap yet (we just shipped out another 1000 this week), if you want to go back and get one the page left behind by the link above will allow you to do that. Because anyone who thinks that the Bush administration has even now finished committing high crimes has greatly misunderestimated their depth of incorrigible malfeasance.

Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it. Our new president has asked us to be involved in telling him what to do. Let us find out if that was for real or not, by continuing to speak out, in greater numbers than ever before.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.


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