Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sign Sen. Leahy's Petition for Truth and Reconciliation Commission
We have just emerged from a time when White House officials often acted as if they were above the law. President Obama wants to move forward rather than back, and does not seem willing to investigate those abuses of power.
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has proposed the idea of a truth and reconciliation commission, not to seek vengeance, but to make sure it does not happen again.
Please take a moment to read Leahy's online petition here and then decide for yourself if you would like to sign on.
We already have over 86,000 signatures. Please consider joining us.
Here's the text in full:
I hereby join Senator Patrick Leahy's call for the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission, to investigate the Bush-Cheney Administration's constitutional abuses so we make sure they never happen again. These abuses may include the use of torture, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws.
A truth and reconciliation commission should be tasked with seeking answers so that we can develop a shared understanding of the failures of the recent past. Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened. The best way to move forward is getting to the truth and finding out what happened -- so we can make sure it does not happen again.
Given last week's statement on HARDBALL from Bush spin doctor Ari Fleischer who is still - STILL! - pushing the myth that Saddam was behind 9/11, saying that the war in Iraq was necessary to stop him from hitting us 'again', it is clear to me that we need both Truth and Reconciliation.
Sign the petition today. It only takes a minute. Thank you.