Thursday, February 7, 2013

Indict Bush Now activists will protest at Brennan confirmation Feb. 7 in D.C. !

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Indict Bush Now activists will protest at
Brennan confirmation Feb. 7 in D.C.

Indict Bush activists at Obama Inaugural Parade, 01-21-2013

Indict Bush Now activists at the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21.

Dear Glenn,

Indict Bush Now activist at San Francisco MLK march, 01-21-2

An activist demands accountability at the Martin Luther King Jr. March in San Francisco, Jan. 21.

Indict Bush Now is in high gear. Indict Bush Now signs and placards were highly visible along the Inaugural Parade route on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C., and at same time at the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in San Francisco.

The next stop for activists is this Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearings for John Brennan who has been nominated as the next CIA Director.

Brennan was a top CIA official during the Bush era and was a strong advocate for torture, secret renditions of prisoners and immunizing the telecommunications corporations who illegally participated in Bush’s secret spying program against the American people.

Indict Bush Now signs and placards will be visible during a demonstration outside the Feb. 7 confirmation hearings at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The hearings will take place at the Hart Senate Office Building (Constituion Ave. between 1st and 2nd Sts. NE) at 2:30 pm.

In Italy, the courts this week upheld the convictions of CIA officials and operatives who, under the direction of the Bush and Cheney administration, kidnapped individuals in Italy who were later tortured at secret prison sites.

This is a huge development. The AP reported on Feb. 3, 2012:

"A Milan appeals court on Friday vacated acquittals for a former CIA station chief and two other Americans, and instead convicted them in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program … . The appeals court sentenced former CIA Rome station chief Jeffrey Castelli to seven years, and handed sentences of six years each to Americans Betnie Medero and Ralph Russomando. All three were tried in absentia at both levels. A lower court that convicted 23 other Americans in 2009 had previously acquitted the three citing diplomatic immunity."

All over the world people are organizing to hold government officials accountable for torture and kidnapping.

The American people must make it clear that we are demanding that Bush, Cheney and others be indicted and prosecuted for criminal acts – including torture.

As former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark stated, unless Bush government officials are held accountable, it sends a message to all future government officials that they too have a license to engage in criminal acts.

Let’s keep up this momentum. Human rights activists continue to organize. Nothing is more critical to the protection of the U.S. Constitution than to demand the indictment of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and other officials.

Let us not let their crimes go unrecorded. These were crimes on a grand scale.

As Ramsey Clark put it so eloquently when he demanded that these officials be held accountable: “Bush and Co. have lied about weapons of mass destruction and the grave threat Iraq posed to the United States, have violated the Constitution, the Nuremberg Charter and Geneva Conventions by waging wars of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq and threatening other nations, summarily executing and killing tens of thousands of people while leaving a growing number, now thousands, young American men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces dead or wounded in their criminal war and occupation of Iraq. They have attacked the civil rights and civil liberties of the people of the United States in their efforts to tear apart the Bill of Rights and reverse decades of hard-won social justice accomplishments.”

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