Friday, April 17, 2009

Okay, let's hold a protest

From Greenwald:

More importantly, Obama can only do so much by himself. The Obama administration should, on its own, initiate criminal proceedings, but the citizenry also has responsibilities here. These acts were carried out by our Government, and if we are really as repulsed by them as we claim, then the burden is on us to demand that something be done.

More than 250,000 Americans attended protests yesterday (ostensibly) over taxes and budget issues. If these torture revelations are met with nothing but apathy, then it will certainly be reasonable to blame Holder and Obama if they fail to act, but the responsibility will also lie with a citizenry that responded with indifference.

He's right. If a handful of Obama-hating wanna-be secessionists can work up the gumption to gather in protest over taxes THAT HAVEN'T EVEN HAPPENED YET IF EVER, then we ought to gather anyone and everyone in the United States who are morally opposed to the use of Torture and other criminal acts THAT HAVE HAPPENED.

So c'mon folks, let's gather round and rally on the National Mall and tell The Justice Department that we want Justice, that we want a Special Prosecutor investigating the criminal misdeeds of these memo-writers (Yoo, Bybee, Bradbury) and their political patrons (Feith and Cheney above all else). Let's do it. Let's rally.

All we need are the permits filled out, 50 bucks paid for the paperwork, and uh oh yeah 200 million of our closest friends. Anyone know a good date to schedule this all for?


Jen R said...

June 26 is the date that the United Nations Convention Against Torture went into effect, and it is the International Day in Support of Torture Victims. How's that for a date? Too far away? Or is it actually good, because it would give us time to organize?

Paul Wartenberg said...

Gotta see how quickly the permit papers can get done, and also see if we can get guys like Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Greenwald and the peeps at Obsidian Wings and ThinkProgress and all actually want to join in. Would like to think we can get more than 50 people for this... :)

Paul Wartenberg said...

I'm checking with Amnesty International. You'd think they'd LOVE to host a rally/vigil on No Torture Day...