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For Immediate Release

Laura Bonham, PDA Communications Coordinator, (435) 336-2123

Tim Carpenter, PDA Executive Director, (413)-320-2015

Groups Request Special Prosecutor for Bush, Cheney

Statement on Prosecution of Former High Officials


We urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a
non-partisan independent Special Counsel to immediately commence a
prosecutorial investigation into the most serious alleged crimes of
former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard B.
Cheney, the attorneys formerly employed by the Department of Justice
whose memos sought to justify torture, and other former top officials
of the Bush Administration.

laws, and treaties that under Article VI of our Constitution are the
supreme law of the land, require the prosecution of crimes that strong
evidence suggests these individuals have committed. Both the former
president and the former vice president have confessed to authorizing a
torture procedure that is illegal under our law and treaty obligations.
The former president has confessed to violating the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act.

see no need for these prosecutions to be extraordinarily lengthy or
costly, and no need to wait for the recommendations of a panel or
"truth" commission when substantial evidence of the crimes is already
in the public domain. We believe the most effective investigation can
be conducted by a prosecutor, and we believe such an investigation
should begin immediately.

Drafted by The Robert Jackson Steering Committee

Signed By:

Progressive Democrats of America

Center for Constitutional Rights

The National Lawyers Guild

American Freedom Campaign Action Fund

High Road for Human Rights Advocacy Project

After Downing Street

Gold Star Families for Peace

Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserve Colonel and US diplomat

Delaware Valley Veterans for America

Voters for Peace

Wisconsin Impeachment / Bring Our Troops Home Coalition

Backbone Campaign

CODE PINK: Women for Peace

Velvet Revolution

Justice Through Music

Brad Blog

Cities for Peace

National Accountability Network

Northeast Impeachment Coalition

Republicans for Impeachment

Op Ed News

Raskin, cofounder of Institute for Policy Studies, member of editorial
board of The Nation, member of the special staff of the National
Security Council in Kennedy Administration

The Progressive

Peace Team

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Defending Dissent Foundation

Grassroots America

Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

Peace Action

Grandmothers Against the War

World Can't Wait

United for Peace and Justice

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

War Crimes Times

Veterans for Peace 099

Veterans for Peace 26

Veterans for Peace

Wolf, author of "End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot,"
and "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries"

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Daniel Ellsberg, Truth-Telling Project

Organizations and individuals can add their names to this statement at

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