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OEN is participating in the call for a special prosecutor for Bush and Cheney.

*GROUPS REQUEST SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR BUSH, CHENEY*

OpEdNews

For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

Contact: David Swanson david@davidswanson.org <mailto:david@davidswanson.org

*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 immediately.

Drafted by The Robert Jackson Steering Committee

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/robertjackson

Signed By:

Center for Constitutional Rights

http://www.ccrjustice.org <http://www.ccrjustice.org/>
The National Lawyers Guild
http://www.nlg.org/
After Downing Street
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org <http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/>
American Freedom Campaign
http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org <http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org/>
Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserve Colonel and US diplomat http://www.voicesofconscience.com/
Backbone Campaign
http://www.backbonecampaign.org <http://www.backbonecampaign.org/>
Brad Blog
http://www.bradblog.com/
Cities for Peace
http://citiesforprogress.org/

CODE PINK: Women for Peace

http://www.codepink4peace.org <http://www.codepink4peace.org/>

Daniel Ellsberg, Truth-Telling Project

http://www.ellsberg.net/
Defending Dissent Foundation
http://www.defendingdissent.org/

Delaware Valley Veterans for America

http://www.delvalvets4america.org <http://www.delvalvets4america.org/>
Democrats.com
http://www.democrats.com/

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

http://www.space4peace.org/

Gold Star Families for Peace

http://www.cindysheehanssoapbox.com/
Grandmothers Against the War
http://www.grandmothersforpeace.org/gatw
Grassroots America
http://www.grassrootsamerica4us.org/

High Road for Human Rights Advocacy Project
http://www.highroadforhumanrights.org
Iraq Veterans Against the War

http://ivaw.org/
Justice Through Music
http://www.jtmp.org <http://www.jtmp.org/>
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

http://www.projectcensored.org/
Naomi Wolf, author of /End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot/, and /Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries/
http://naomiwolf.org/

National Accountability Network
Northeast Impeachment Coalition

http://www.neimpeach.org/wp/
Op Ed News
http://www.opednews.com/
Peace Action
http://www.peace-action.org/
Peace Team
http://www.peaceteam.net/
The Progressive
http://www.progressive.org/
Progressive Democrats of America
http://www.pdamerica.org/
Republicans for Impeachment
http://republicansforimpeachment.com/

United for Peace and Justice

http://www.unitedforpeace.org/
Velvet Revolution
http://www.velvetrevolution.us/

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/vips
Veterans for Peace
http://www.veteransforpeace.org/
Voters for Peace
http://votersforpeace.us/index2.php
War Crimes Times
http://www.warcrimestimes.org/

Wisconsin Impeachment/Bring Our Troops Home Coalition

http://www.impeachwi.com <http://www.impeachwi.com/>
World Can’t Wait
http://www.worldcantwait.net <http://www.worldcantwait.net/>

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Whistleblower: FBI lawyers knew warrantless wiretaps were ‘probably illegal’

Raw Story- Nick Juliano
Published: Monday December 15, 2008

The former FBI agent who blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s decision to circumvent the law in order to warrantlessly eavesdrop on Americans decided to go to the press after a senior government lawyer tried to steer him away from questioning the “probably illegal” surveillance program.

Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff profiled Thomas M. Tamm this weekend, revealing the circumstances surrounding the decorated agent’s decision to become a secret source for the New York Times reporters who would reveal the story of the warrantless wiretapping activities.

Tamm uncovered evidence of the extra legal surveillance while working with the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, which handled sensitive wiretaps of suspected terrorists, when he discovered that some surveillance seemed to be happening outside the boundaries of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

MORE HERE

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