[News] Call for Special Prosecutor on Torture

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Thu Feb 17 11:15:52 EST 2005


Dear Friend:

Last week we added Gonzales to the war crimes suit we filed with the German 
prosecutor that charges Rumsfeld and other high-ranking officials with 
responsibility for torture at Abu Ghraib. Despite the thousands of letters 
many of you sent, the evidence, and the legal merits of the case, Rumsfeld 
strong-armed the German government into refusing the suit before he would 
agree to attend an important security conference in Munich.

We knew this would be a long fight: we'll be re-arguing the case in 10 
days, submitting additional papers and appealing to a higher court in 
take a minute to sign a letter demanding the appointment of a Special 
Prosecutor here in the U.S.

Those of you who joined us in standing up early to oppose the Gonzales 
nomination made a real difference - the debate began with a ranking 
Democratic Senator hugging Mr. Gonzales and calling him a non-divisive 
choice for Attorney General and ended with every one of the eight Democrats 
on the Senate Judiciary Committee doing their moral duty and voting no on 
the nomination of an architect of torture.

Thank you for acting and speaking out. We promise we'll be judicious in 
calling on you and won't clog your mailbox with endless appeals and 
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make a real difference.

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Please look for more from us in the coming weeks on the military's Stop 
Loss policy of enforced extended tours of duty. As always, please forward 
this far and wide!


Ron Daniels and Michael Ratner
Executive Director and President, Center for Constitutional Rights

P.S. Last week we filed a petition on behalf of 570 John Does at the 
Guantanamo Bay interrogation camp. The Supreme Court ruled that Guantanamo 
was not a law-free zone in CCR's successful suit last June, but the Bush 
Administration has done everything in its power to deny the detainees 
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