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AG Holder: Help POTUS Out BY Appointing Torture Special Prosecutor

AG Holder: Help POTUS Out BY Appointing Torture Special Prosecutor

Dear Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr.:

President Obama needs help, and you are the man who can provide it.
Appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate torture.

Obama’s Achilles’ heel is his apparent perception that somehow the past,
and his stance in relation to it, is irrelevant. Economic recovery, healthcare
reform… are the forward-looking issues of the day, and we must place our
past divisions and divisiveness behind us. I do not agree.

Look at the Sunday (07/12/09) NYTimes. The lead story reads: "Cheney Is
Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project." And, juxtaposed (coincidently?),
the NYT’s "Quotation of the Day:" "No business wants to invest in a place
where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the port
authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of
law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy,
that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end."
PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the need for reform in Africa.

I was moved as well when President Obama told the world that we must "bear witness"
to the events in Iran and said: "If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the
international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern
through consent, not coercion." Yet, we Americans are not allowed to "bear witness"
to pictures that allegedly illustrate coercion by our own government while being
lied to and misled about the nature and frequency of such acts apparently over
many years.

The President’s words are indeed elegant and moving, but how do they
bear credibility when this Administration turns a ‘blind eye’ to those very
injustices at home?

So, Mr. Holder, you can actually help out President Obama by appointing a Special
Prosecutor. Consider it an act of tough love if this makes it more palatable. Yes,
I imagine the blogs, MSM, radio talk shows, etc. will have a ‘field day’. It will
certainly distract, if not delay or derail, some of President Obama’s initiatives.
There may well be political fallout. BUT, you will contribute to: 1) backing up
some of Mr. Obama’s campaign promises; 2) enhancing our world standing
and supporting President Obama’s rhetoric; and 3) bolstering the "rule of law" as the
primary governing force in our own country. Most important, you will contribute to
a true break with the Bush Administration. You will be enacting democracy by putting
in action the checks and balances designed by our founders; enabling them to uphold the
integrity of our Constitution.

Thank you in advance for your courage and dedication to your office and country.

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