Friday, April 24, 2009
It couldn't be worse if it were a horror movie about a covert U.S. government takeover:
A high ranking Justice Department official colludes with CIA higher-ups, gives green light to brutally torture prisoners in clear violation of national and international law. The torture continues for years. Justice Department official rewarded with lifetime judicial appointment - becoming one of the most powerful judges in the country.
But the scary thing is, it's not a movie. It's all true.
On Tuesday, Common Cause called for the impeachment of federal Judge Jay Bybee for his role in signing a 2002 memo released last week that authorized torture. And now we need your help to make sure there's enough pressure on Congress to launch impeachment proceedings.
Write a letter today to urge your Representative to launch impeachment proceedings against Judge Jay Bybee, click on title above
Bybee, then an assistant attorney general, signed the memo that authorized various forms of torture, including waterboarding, slamming detainees into a wall, putting them in "stress positions," and depriving them of sleep for up to 11 days. These techniques are illegal under U.S. code. They are also a violation of international law, and the United States' obligations under the Geneva Convention. Additionally, the conduct authorized by Bybee in these memos is morally reprehensible.
We need to restore our nation's integrity. And we need to start today by asking Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Judge Bybee. If impeachment were successful, Bybee would be removed from the federal bench, and we, as a nation, would begin to bring accountability to these abuses of power.
Tell your Representative to launch impeachment proceedings on Judge Jay Bybee of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thanks for all that you do.
Arn Pearson, Vice President for Programs
and the rest of the team at Common Cause
***See also: "NY Times Calls for Impeachment of ByBee"