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For Immediate Release

Marjorie Cohn, NLG
Heidi Boghosian, NLG Executive Director,, 212-679-5100

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.

Our 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.

We 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

Drafted by The Robert Jackson Steering Committee

Signed By:

Center for Constitutional Rights

The National Lawyers Guild

After Downing Street

American Freedom Campaign

Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserve Colonel and
US diplomat

Backbone Campaign

Brad Blog

Cities for Peace

CODE PINK: Women for Peace

Daniel Ellsberg, Truth-Telling Project

Defending Dissent Foundation

Delaware Valley Veterans for America

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power
in Space

Gold Star Families for Peace

Grandmothers Against the War

Grassroots America

High Road for Human Rights Advocacy Project

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Justice Through Music

Marcus Raskin, co-founder of Institute for
Policy Studies, member of editorial board of the /Nation/, member of the
special staff of the National Security Council in the Kennedy Administration

Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

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

National Accountability Network

Northeast Impeachment Coalition

Op Ed News

Peace Action

Peace Team

The Progressive

Progressive Democrats of America

Republicans for Impeachment

United for Peace and Justice

Velvet Revolution

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Veterans for Peace

Voters for Peace

War Crimes Times

Wisconsin Impeachment/Bring Our Troops Home

World Can't Wait

Organizations and individuals can add their
names to this statement at

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) works to promote human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests. It was founded in 1937 as the first national, racially-integrated bar association in the U.S.

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