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Prosecutions and Accountability of Bush Administration Officials CCR’s 100 Days campaign to restore the Constitution:

Posted by kelliasworld on March 5, 2009

From the Center for Constitutional Rights

Evidence of the criminal activities of the Bush administration is exceedingly well documented. It is apparent in Bush administration memos, FOIA documents, congressional hearings, court documents, the testimony of victims, innumerable investigative news articles and books and direct admissions by intelligence, military and administration officials. The evidence shows that officials at the very highest level including Bush himself, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and CIA Director George Tenet were directly involved in illegal activities, including torture and war crimes.

In the face of this blatant lawbreaking and institutionalized torture and war crimes committed by the Bush administration, now is the time for accountability. The mechanism exists to hold these officials accountable for their criminal behavior and dissuade future government officials from engaging in torture, war crimes, warrantless surveillance of Americans, and other lawbreaking activities – criminal prosecution of those responsible.

A full investigation and prosecution of these actions by the Bush administration is necessary for the Obama administration to meaningfully reassert the rule of law in the United States. Government officials are not above the law, and their actions impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Prosecuting these officials for their activities is, in fact, a meaningful mechanism for securing justice for the victims and the survivors of torture and war crimes, as well as for deterring future government officials from repeating this conduct.

While the Bush administration hardly represented the first foray of the U.S. government into torture, its brazen conduct has set an example that must be repudiated — as strongly as it was asserted — through full investigation and criminal prosecution.

Download the full factsheet for more information.

Take Action!

SIGN THE PETITION

CCR has launched a new online campaign calling for accountability – and criminal prosecutions – of those Bush administration officials responsible for torture and war crimes. Help us make the point by signing on to our petition.

SEND A LETTER

We are also calling upon Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is holding a hearing on March 4 of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss a “truth commission” to investigate the crimes of the Bush administration, to support prosecutions for those government officials who violated the law. Sign a letter to Sen. Leahy and the Judiciary Committee calling for them to support prosecutions, and to oppose any immunity for the architects of these torture programs.

LEARN MORE

Holding the new administration of the United States accountable for preserving and restoring Constitutional rights is part of CCR’s 100 Days to Restore the Constitution campaign, which focuses on the harm done by previous administrations and the hopes we have for making the country a better place for all.

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