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Complete Recipe for Accountability: Just Add Sweat

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While Bush and Cheney can and should still be impeached, a more likely success would be the impeachment of Jay Bybee. Please ask your Congress member to pursue it: 202-224-3121.

The Second Step Is Production of Information:

Overwhelming evidence of probable cause for prosecutions is in the public realm, in some case including public confessions and other evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. No one should be denied a fair trial, but no trials should be delayed which are already compelled by the evidence. A prosecutorial investigation would be the most effective tool for producing additional evidence. The facts on Bush and Cheney are well known, and those on their chief co-conspirators somewhat less so. Making these facts better known and producing more of them is a worthwhile task, secondary to pursuing prosecutions.

Purchase The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecution.

Ask the Justice Department not to coverup torture With "state secrets" claims, as it is doing. Phone and Email the Office of Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-514-2001

Last year, Senators Edward Kennedy, Patrick Leahy, and Arlen Specter, introduced the State Secrets Protection Act, which would severely limit the use of the "state secrets" claim. Call and ask them to reintroduce this bill right away and to encourage the Attorney General to appoint a Special Prosecutor: Kennedy, 202-224-4543; Leahy, 202-224-4242; Specter, 202-224-4254.

In the House, Congress members Nadler, Petri, Conyers, Delahunt, and Lofgren have just reintroduced the State Secrets Protection Act. Ask your Congress member to sign on: 202-224-3121.

Senator Russ Feingold has requested a classified briefing to explain the "state secrets" claim. Encourage him to pursue the matter and to encourage the Attorney General to appoint a Special Prosecutor: Feingold, (202) 224-5323.

President Obama has promised transparency, but has not released even these incriminating memos that we already know about. Ask him to do so: 202-456-1111.

Ask Congress to reissue the subpoenas that were refused during the 110th Congress, and to enforce them through inherent contempt.

Senators Sheldon Whiteouse, Russ Feingold, and Patrick Leahy, as well as Congressman John Conyers, have made statements in 2009 in support of some form of accountability, and Conyers has explicitly advocated for a Special Prosecutor as well as introducing a bill to create an investigative commission. Such a commission might be counterproductive, as argued by Jonathan Turley, Peter Dyer, David Swanson, and Bob Fertik.

More on Conyers' proposal for a commission and the lengthy report he released when making the proposal go here. If you think your Congress member should sign on to H.R. 104, give them a call: 202-224-3121.

Indirect Pressure:

States and localities can pass resolutions. Here's how.

Make a citizen's arrest of a war criminal.

Taking Them to Court:

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