Thursday, May 04, 2006

Torture is un-American

ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union


Dear Friends,

Torture is un-American. And our government's torture
policies are just part of a pattern of abuses that
tarnish our nation's standing in the world and weaken
our freedoms here at home.

More than two years after the ACLU began to expose the
truth about U.S. involvement in the torture and abuse
of military prisoners, the government has failed to
stop the practice or to hold a single high-ranking
official responsible.

We continue to gather signatures for our Torture is
Un-American petition and I'm writing to ask you to
please add your name today, as we prepare to present
our report on prisoner mistreatment to the Committee
Against Torture in Geneva.

Please sign the petition and help us deliver 100,000
signatures and send a loud and clear message to
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that
torture is Un-American. Sign the petition here:

Torture and abuse of prisoners. Illegal spying on
innocent Americans. Gag orders used to silence
political debate. Warrantless searches. Is
this your America?

Just this Sunday, the Boston Globe tallied up 750 laws
which the Bush administration has claimed the
authority to disobey, including the McCain amendment
against torture, and new rules for torture in military

prisons. And now even Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) has announced he will
hold hearings on the president's aggressive
claims of executive power.

How can we hold this Administration accountable for
these flagrant abuses of power? It is up to each of
us. The ACLU and its supporters stand as guardians of
the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Since
President Bush took office, we have brought dozens of
lawsuits to challenge his administration's abuses of
power. And we've been at the forefront of efforts to
persuade Congress to do their job and demand
accountability from the White House.

When our leaders encourage or condone illegal abuses,
when they disregard the rule of law and flout the
Constitution, we must do everything in our power to
stop them.

Stand with us and demand our America back. Please join
with the thousands who have already signed the
petition and help us deliver 100,000 signatures to
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. To sign now,

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

P.S. We need your help to collect 100,000 signatures
before Friday, May 5, when we present our report to
the Committee Against Torture. So, once you've signed
the petition, please invite your friends to sign it

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