1/5: CCR Appeal-Send a letter to Oppose Gonzales' Nomination!!!
- Send a letter to Oppose Gonzales' Nomination!!!
Appeal from Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Constitutional Rights
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NY NY 10012
Tel: (212) 614-6470
President Bush has nominated the architect of his Administration's unlawful
torture policy to be the next Attorney General. White House Counsel Alberto
Gonzales's confirmation hearing begins on January 5. Please tell your
representatives, Tough questions are not enough! and send a message to the Bush
Administration and the world that the American people do not condone torture.
In his infamous torture memo, Alberto Gonzales called the Geneva Conventions
"obsolete" and "quaint" and paved the way to the systematic abuse of
detainees at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, many of whom are represented by the Center
for Constitutional Rights. At CCR, we have seen the terrible effect of his
policies on human beings first hand. Gonzales and his circle discussed the use
of specific torture techniques like mock burial and "water boarding," where
the victim is made to feel that he is drowning, and approved the use of dogs,
hooding, and extreme sensory deprivation, all forbidden by the Geneva
Conventions and the International Covenant Against Torture. Experts in interrogation
have long known that torture elicits false confessions and bad intelligence,
while Americans can now no longer expect to be protected by the Geneva
Conventions: the policies devised by Mr. Gonzales have endangered our own troops
the world over for decades to come.
In their scathing editorial on the nomination, The Washington Post linked
Mr. Gonzales directly to the torture at Abu Ghraib and called his legal
positions "damaging and erroneous." Newsweek wrote that "Gonzales ultimately signed
off on all of the administration's most controversial legal moves."
Yet many members of Congress have said they will not oppose Mr. Gonzales's
nomination, he will only be made to answer tough questions before sailing
through the confirmation process. We at the Center for Constitutional Rights
object to giving an architect of torture a promotion. We reiterate, tough
questions are not enough. Please ask your Senators, Representatives and the members
of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stand up and oppose the nomination of
Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General. We hope you will join us in declaring
that this man and his policies do not represent our American values!
To send a letter, click here (or paste _http://www.ccr-ny.org/actionalert_
(http://www.ccr-ny.org/actionalert) into your browser). Please circulate this
letter widely and quickly- the hearings begin the first week of the New Year!
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