ACLU Calls for Independent Prosecutor to Investigate Bush-Cheney Torture Authorization

George Bush’s confirmation Friday that he authorized top officials in his administration to create torture guidelines for the CIA — in violation of U.S. and international law — has prompted the ACLU to call on Congress to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate the officials’ authorization of torture:

“We have always known that the CIA’s use of torture was approved from the very top levels of the U.S. government, yet the latest revelations about knowledge from the president himself and authorization from his top advisers only confirms our worst fears,” said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. “It is a very sad day when the president of the United States subverts the Constitution, the rule of law, and American values of justice.”

…The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on Congress to demand an independent prosecutor to investigate possible violations by the Bush administration of laws including the War Crimes Act, the federal Anti-Torture Act, and federal assault laws.

“No one in the executive branch of government can be trusted to fairly investigate or prosecute any crimes since the head of every relevant department, along with the president and vice president, either knew or participated in the planning and approval of illegal acts,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “Congress cannot look the other way; it must demand an independent investigation and independent prosecutor.”

Officials involved in creating the torture guidelines, a process that began in 2002, included Vice President Cheney and Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, who was then the national security adviser, then Sec. of State Colin Powell, then Attorney Gen. John Ashcroft, then Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, then CIA Director George Tenet and their aides.

One comment

  • Fuzzbutt
    April 13, 2008 - 10:22 am | Permalink

    Dare we hope?

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