To: Charlottesville, Va., Mayor Dave Norris, Police Chief Timothy Longo
From: David Swanson
I hope you will consider this request from a deeply concerned citizen on its legal merits rather than its acceptability in certain social circles or how it might be received by certain television talking heads.
Conspiracy to torture has long been a felony in the U.S. Code, in both Title 18, Section 2340, and Title 18, Section 2441. The United States is also a party to the Convention Against Torture, which requires the criminal prosecution of complicity in torture, and which -- under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution -- is part of the supreme Law of the Land.
Were a local resident credibly accused of torture, I sincerely doubt you would hesitate to seek his or her immediate arrest and indictment.
Waterboarding was universally recognized as torture until its acceptance by the U.S. government between 2001 and 2009. The United States hung Japanese soldiers for it following World War II, and U.S. citizens have been convicted for it in U.S. courts.
Former U.S. Vice President Richard B. Cheney has repeatedly admitted to authorizing waterboarding.
Obama should have had Cheney, Bush et al arrested as soon as he was sworn in. The failure to follow the Law is indicative of the corrupt system. Arrests need to be made immediately.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 17th, 2011.]