The highest officials in our government have trampled on our traditional ideals of making America a nation of laws, not of men, by illegally narrowing the scope of torture and authorizing waterboarding, walling and other inhumane interrogation techniques. In doing so, they violated the Anti-Torture Act, the War Crimes Act, the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.
In order to enforce our laws and restore the free society that our forefathers envisioned, citizens must demand accountability for abuses of the laws pertaining to torture. In the tradition of the Civil Rights movement, change will not occur unless citizens stand up for their rights under the law.
The following organizations have formed a coalition demanding accountability for torture :
Action Center for Justice
After Downing Street
Coalition for Peace Action
Consumers for Peace
Eldoradans Against Torture
Food Not Bombs
High Road for Human Rights
Hip Hop Caucus
Historians Against the War
Individuals for Justice
National Accountability Network
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
NJ Peace Action
NJ People's Organization for Progress
Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice
Peace and Justice Forums, Billings, MT
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
Progressive Democrats of America
Project Vote Count
School of the Americas Watch
Senior Action Network
The Smoking Argus Daily
The Torture Abolition Survivors Support Coalition
US Labor Against War
Veterans for Common Sense
Veterans for Peace
War Criminals Watch
Washington Peace Center
We Are Change LA
Witness Against Torture
World Can't Wait
National TV Ad Campaign to Heat Up
U.S. Torture Investigations
Provocative TV Ads Urge
Attorney General Eric Holder to Do His Job —
Uphold Laws, Our Constitution, and Appoint Special Prosecutor to Investigate Officials Who Condoned Torture
• For the first time, a national TV ad campaign calling for the prosecution of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and other officials who condoned torture will be aired on prime-time television.
• The provocative TV ads urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor.
• NYC singer-songwriter and political activist David Ippolito is the TV ad campaign's spokesperson. He wrote "Resolution (The Torture Song)."
• The TV ads roll out today. Launched in the San Francisco area, the ads will then be shown in major media markets, such as New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago, among others.
• Please contribute so we can air these ads in other Metro areas:
We need to get this aired in as many major media areas as possible, we ask if you can spare $5,$10, or even more, it will help us to get these ads in front of enough viewers, prompting them to make the call to Holder, and ask for him to appoint a special prosecutor. Or if you wish to mail a check to :
Torture Accountability Ad Campaign c/o Cynthia Papermaster 1907 McGee Ave. Berkeley,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW YORK, NY August 5, 2009 – A national television ad campaign — to push for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor — rolls out this week with 30-second commercials, to be aired during The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and The Rachel Maddow Show.
Launched in San Francisco, the TV ads will then be aired in other major media markets, such as New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among others.
“Mr. Holder swore to support and defend our Constitution. It’s time for him to live up to that oath. Torture is morally repugnant. It’s un-American. It’s illegal,” says NYC singer-songwriter and political activist David Ippolito, the ad campaign’s spokesperson, who wrote “Resolution (The Torture Song).”
A majority of Americans want a federal investigation into the treatment of detainees by government personnel, according to a Gallup and ABC News/Washington Post poll, conducted in April.
“Violations of U.S. and international law have taken place. The evidence is in clear public view,” says Cynthia Papermaster, Director of the National Accountability Network (http://accountability4torture.com/ ), an umbrella coalition of political, human, and civil rights organizations. “These ads are aimed at inspiring Americans to participate in correcting this illegal and shameful situation by phoning and emailing the Attorney General.”
“It's a very simple and necessary way to preserve our democracy from tyranny,” she continues, “and to have the resolution our country needs to go forward without the terrible shame of what has been done in our name."
The TV ads can also be watched online at: http://thatguitarman.com
David Ippolito is available for TV, radio, print, and online interviews.
You can take immediate action to end torture by holding those responsible accountable:
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