In America, no one is above the law:
Speak out against pre-emptive pardons and restore the American values
of justice and due process.
Dear ACLU Supporter,
There's a real risk that President Bush may issue pardons to a
number of high-ranking Administration officials for any activities
related to torture, extraordinary rendition and other abuses.
That's right. Even before they're charged with a crime,
Bush has the power to prevent any criminal investigation into the
activities of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Gonzales and others whose
behavior raises serious questions.
Send a message to President Bush telling him you oppose preemptive
pardons for torture.
We must make it clear that preemptive pardons aimed at letting
high-ranking officials escape accountability for undermining the
Constitution and violating the law go against American values of
justice and due process.
Today, the ACLU is urging concerned people all across the country to
speak out against these pardons. Americans -- and the world -- have a
right to know the truth about torture and other abuses carried out in
Tell President Bush: you oppose preemptive pardons for torture.
This weekend, both The New York Times and The Washington Post issued
powerful editorials calling on President Bush to resist taking this
inflammatory action. We need you to do the same.
As the Post put it, "no country should be in the business of
concealing its history." We should be getting at the truth, not
excusing those involved in shameless acts.
So, in a preemptive campaign of our own, the ACLU is urging people all
across the country to tell President Bush that you won't stand
for preemptive pardons for people who were involved in torture,
illegal detention, and other abuses.
Take action: Tell President Bush you oppose preemptive pardons for
In its editorial, The New York Times made the case clearly:
"The Bush administration distorted statutes and case law to legally
justify interrogation techniques that had long been considered torture
under domestic and international law. It relied on sloppy or
aggressive legal analysis as a basis for evading judicial review of a
warrantless wiretapping program. It has at every turn chosen the most
expansive interpretation of the law to rationalize indefinite
detentions and deny federal court review to those in custody. It has,
in short, determined its preferred course of action first and then
stitched together absurd readings of the law to defend those
choices."The last thing America needs as we set out to restore the
rule of law and repair America's reputation in the world is a
last-ditch Bush effort to pardon those who guided our country so far
Please act now. Help the ACLU raise a powerful wave of protest
expressing outrage that pardons by President Bush are even under
Anthony D. Romero
P.S. Pardons could happen at any time. We need as many people as
possible to take part in this effort as quickly as possible. Please
forward this email far and wide.
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