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Cheney and Rumsfeld must pay

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I didn't think it could get worse than learning that the United States had tortured its prisoners, even as President Bush denied it. The recent release of the "torture memos" showed just that: Cheney, Rumsfeld, and their legal team had explicitly authorized heinous acts of torture.

Yesterday, it did get worse. Rumsfeld and Cheney had used torture to try to find any information that would link 9/11 and Saddam Hussein, pressuring military officials "to do whatever it took."1 They authorized such atrocities to justify their own false claims about the need to go to war in Iraq - for political cover. Unbelievable.

As a country, we cannot let such abusers of power go quietly into the night. We will act. All across the country, there is a growing chorus of groups and individuals committed to the Constitution and the rule of law that are calling for an investigation into the Bush Administration's abuses of power.

Join us in telling Congress to support the creation of a "truth commission" to investigate these abuses.

Even at the time of these illegal acts, opposing voices within the administration knew that legal justifications for torture were wrong. And what did the administration do? They tried to destroy any evidence of dissent.2

We are a nation of compassion and morals, but we are also a nation of laws. Members of Congress take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and they are obligated to investigate these criminal acts. Congress must take action now to investigate the immoral, and illegal, acts of the Bush Administration to hold accountable the leadership who made such decisions.

Write a letter to Congress and urge lawmakers to create a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the incredible abuses of power by the Bush Administration.

Thanks for all that you do.


Bob Edgar

President of Common Cause


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