ACTION ALERT: Release all Torture-Related Documents
December 9, 2004
Matt Howes / ACLU Action Network Members
Albert Gonzales, George W. Bush's nominee as the country's new Atttorney-General was responsible for a legal memo arguing the the president had the right to torture human beings. Gonzales also refered to international laws forbidding torture as "quaint." The ACLU is demanding the release of dozens of documents related to the Administration's policies on the detention, interrogation and torture of foreign prisoners.
For months now, the Bush White House has refused to release dozens of documents related to the Administration's policies on the detention, interrogation and torture of foreign prisoners. But President Bush's nomination of Alberto Gonzales, who is widely regarded as one of the key architects of those policies, to be the nation's top law enforcement officer should finally allow the Senate to insist on receiving these crucial documents.
Despite requests in congressional hearings and a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the Bush Administration continues to refuse to release dozens of documents that reportedly show how policy changes that Gonzales recommended be made at the White House and at top levels of government trickled down to decisions by the military and the CIA for holding prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The American people deserve to know the truth about these policies. Unless senators receive these documents, they cannot know the true story of how Gonzalesí actions relate to some of the worst violations of human rights committed by our country against foreign prisoners.
Take Action! Urge your Senators to demand that Gonzales and the Bush Administration release all of the torture-related documents before considering Gonzales as Attorney General.
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