Posted by stoptorture on January 13th, 2009
Our Nation’s Chief Lawyer Must Make A Clear Statement Against Torture
This Thursday, January 15th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to decide whether nominee Eric Holder should be confirmed as the new Attorney General. Over the last 8 years, the Bush administration has systematically dismantled some of the most important rights and protections in the U.S. Constitution. While Holder’s public statements suggest he would be a marked improvement over Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey, it is critical that the American public be certain that our nation’s chief lawyer has an unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law.
Senate Judiciary Committee members have a serious responsibility to put an end to subverting law to politics – and to ensure that President-Elect Obama appoints an Attorney General who will help him restore, protect and expand our human rights. And it is our responsibility to make our voices heard and stand against torture and other violations of human rights.
Please call the Senate Judiciary Committee members today and tell them that we need Eric Holder to make a clear statement against torture. It will only take a few minutes to urge them to ask these critical questions:
Are you, unlike your predecessor, willing to acknowledge under oath what U.S. military and civilian courts have recognized for over 100 years: that waterboarding is torture and therefore criminal? If so, will you fulfill your duty to ensure that justice and the rule of law apply to all by appointing a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute those who have used, ordered, and authorized the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture?
If you are not represented by a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, then call the committee staff directly at (202) 224-7703.
If you are a constituent of any of the following senators, please call the senators’ staffers at the numbers provided:
Patrick Leahy (D-VT) – (202) 224-7703 (SJC)
Edward Kennedy (D-MA) – (202) 224-7878 (SJC)
Herb Kohl (D-WI) – (202) 224-3406 (SJC)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – (202) 228-3841
Russell Feingold (D-WI) – (202) 224-5573 (SJC)
Charles Schumer (D-NY) – (202) 224-6542
Richard Durbin (D-IL) – (202) 224-2152 (SJC)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) – (202) 224-4524
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) – (202) 224-2921
Arlen Specter (R-PA) – (202) 224-5225 (SJC)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – (202) 224-5251
Charles Grassley (R-IA) – (202) 224-3744
Jon Kyl (R-AZ) – (202) 224-4521
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) – (202) 224-4124 (ask to speak with Matt Miner)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – (202) 224-5972
John Cornyn (R-TX) – (202) 224-2934
Sam Brownback (R-KS) – (202) 224-6521
Tom Coburn (R-OK) – (202) 224-5754