At last: Top-down torture testimony

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May 8, 2008, 12:23:09 AM5/8/08

Thanks to you, we took a major step forward yesterday in our efforts to hold the Bush torture team accountable. We’ve been vocal in our demands urging Congress to act -- and we’re finally getting results.

John Yoo, author of the infamous Bush “torture memo,” and former Attorney General John Ashcroft both agreed to testify at an upcoming hearing. And in a bold “we mean business” move, at a packed, standing-room only hearing, a House Judiciary subcommittee gave Judiciary Chairman John Conyers the power to issue a subpoena to David Addington, Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff.

Now, just hours ago, Judiciary Chairman John Conyers used that authority and issued Mr. Addington a subpoena, compelling him to testify on June 26, at 10am.

These events are important steps to get at the truth, but tough questions must be asked of Bush administration officials. Let Congress know which questions you want answered when the Bush torture team finally appears.

Send your questions about the U.S. government and torture to Judiciary Committee members.

Investigations into high-ranking administration involvement in waterboarding and other forms of torture should have happened years ago.

But now, in the face of revelations that the highest officials in the Bush White House reviewed and approved specific CIA torture techniques for specific detainees, there is no way that Congress can avoid acting.

Our task now is to make sure this critical hearing featuring top-ranking members of the Bush torture team takes place. And we have to make sure that the toughest, most essential questions are asked and answered.

Help get at the truth about torture. Submit your questions now.

Torture is un-American and it’s a federal crime. No matter how long it takes, we’re going to get to the bottom of who authorized it, condoned it, and let it happen in our name.


Caroline Fredrickson, ACLU
Caroline Fredrickson, Director
ACLU Washington Legislative Office

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