Ray McGovern says I do not want to be associated with torture. Most people in the USA agree with him. But do you think that is going to stop Bush & Co?
Not likely,mate! Bush says the US ban on torture does not apply to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Pentagon is still planning to use confessions extracted by torture as evidence in US courts.
In other words, all that hullabaloo about McCain's Anti-Torture Bill was just political posturing: George is King now and he does whatever he pleases, OK? And he will keep on doing whatever he pleases as long as the little voices tell him he can, OK?
If that is not OK with you, you might be interested in this...
United for Peace is calling on concerned citizens to Storm The White House on March 15th.
Insofar as this is being billed as a peaceful protest, I am more than happy to endorse it.
It is our duty and the duty of the United Nations to rescue the people of the world from the U.S. dictators. Murder for occupation and theft of land is illegal. Murder of journalists is criminal. Remove the traitors who have stolen the U.S. budget and used it to commit international crimes against humanity.
If we were being bombed and our journalists were being murdered here in the U.S. by a foreign country's military, we would hope that the people of that country would stop what they are doing and go to their president's office and demand that it was stopped. If we were the ones burying thousands and thousands of our family members and watching the destruction of the homes, schools, churches and offices that we had worked for decades to build, we would hope that someone, somewhere would care enough to do something for us. We must stop the criminals in our government NOW. There is no meeting with Congress that is going to change what they are doing. We must put the power of the people into action and stay there until they leave!
Inviting everyone to the White House for a protest rally to show that we do not accept the criminal government, illegal wars and the permanent occupation planned for Iraq and Afghanistan. For Nat Turner, For Martin and Coretta, For all the Torture and Assassination in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and many others - We will not allow the Slave Holders that Still Prevail in this Country to Rule us any longer. Imprisonment and torture based on race, religion, resources or region is no different than the slavery we sought to abolish years ago. The Administration is Criminal and if they will not step down, we must storm in, show them how many of us do not accept a criminal government. How can we stand by and watch them kill our brothers, sisters, journalists and friends for their dollars?
We are calling on all citizens and governments in every country to stand with us. We are calling on all Member Nations of the U.N.; All Representatives and Justices in the World Court and International Criminal Courts; All Human Rights Advocates; All Soldiers and CIA agents and government officials who have been blackmailed or are in fear of the dictators to join us in ending this reign of corporate terror in our government. The World Criminal Courts need to incarcerate Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for admitted crimes and known crimes of international scope. The Political Cooperative will put a new, temporary government in place that is comprised of people from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and all the organizations that have finally made us aware of the truth of the savage practices and illegal policies of our government in assassinating our own officials as well as people throughout the world who oppose their criminal activity. We need all of you to save U.S. victims and global victims from their ongoing criminal activity. We are calling on the military, police, citizens and religious organizations to stand with us and help us to bring democracy back to the United States and by doing so, free the world from the wrath, occupation, theft, torture, blackmail and assassination by the Criminals in the United States Government. What they have done all over the world is much worse than what Saddam Hussein has done, so why are they not in jail too? They have admitted to international and national crimes, so why have they not been taken to Court too?
(Of course the word "storm" conjures images of violence, and at least one wingnut blogger is already denouncing the protest as an attempted coup d'état, but Eastern Europeans managed to "storm" their government buildings peacefully in 1989-90, so why can't Americans?)
The trick is to get a lot of people involved. If you share UFP's sense of outrage, you might want to join them. If not, why not organise your own protest? Every little bit helps wake the USA up to the atrocities being committed by Bush & Co.
Alternatively, you can just hope for the best... and put your faith in Magic Bunny.