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Dear All – Below is an action from ACLU calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate those who authorized the use of torture techniques.

This is different than an independent prosecutor to investigate those who performed acts outside of the approved techniques. Attorney General Holder is also considering investigating members of the CIA and those contracted by the government who took actions within interrogations that were outside of the prescribed “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

This might seem confusing and it is confusing to understand how the law would find those who engaged in torture responsible. By asking for an investigation into those who were involved in the highest levels of government we help ensure that anyone who engaged in torture whether by writing memos or performing techniques is held accountable to the law.

Please click the link below to watch the video and find an email you can send Attorney General Eric Holder to encourage him to begin to create a space of healing for victims by investigating the masterminds who authorized torture.

ACLU

The Bush torture memos were never intended to see the light of day — much less to be spoken out loud. That’s what makes the ACLU’s Tortured Logic video so powerful. We asked a number of prominent artists and citizens including award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and 9/11 family member Patricia Perry to give voice to these chilling descriptions of torture techniques and the twisted justifications that were used to authorize them.

Right now, Attorney General Eric Holder is deciding if he will appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate the Bush torture program. Make sure Attorney General Holder hears the call for a thorough criminal investigation by sending him this powerful video. Forward the Tortured Logic video to Attorney General Eric Holder now, and ask him to appoint an independent prosecutor.

If Attorney General Holder sets in motion a thorough investigation, it will reaffirm that, in America, no one is above the law. But, if he does nothing, or if he limits the scope of the investigations to exclude high-level officials, it will further tarnish America’s credibility as a nation that respects the rule of law and human rights.  When the Justice Department is deluged with copies of this powerful video, it will serve as compelling evidence of the American people’s resolve to investigate and prosecute acts that showed a blatant disregard for human rights and the rule of law.

The justification to authorize the Bush torture program was endorsed by officials at the highest levels. We can’t let them just walk away. The only way to make sure this does not happen again is to conduct a thorough criminal investigation. You can help tip the balance by sharing this video with Eric Holder as he makes his decision. Please send this just-released video today.

Thank you for taking action at this crucial moment.

Sincerely, Anthony D. Romero

http://www.aclu.org/torturedlogic/

Peace Liz

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