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TORTURE IS A WAR CRIME!

FIRE, DISBAR AND PROSECUTE TORTURE ARCHITECT JOHN YOO!

RELEASE THE PHOTOS! PROSECUTE THE WAR CRIMINALS!

 

EVENT:            Press Conference and Waterboarding Demonstration

When:             Thursday, May 28th, 2009            4:30 PM

Where:             The Philadelphia Inquirer

                        400 N. Broad Street

(Philadelphia, PA)–In the face of the Obama administration’s refusal to release a reported 2,000 more photographs of detainee abuse – in spite of being ordered by a federal court yoo_torture_1.jpgto do so – torture opponents in fifteen (15)  U.S. cities will hold visible protests to demand that the government make the photos public.  These protests will also call for prosecution of those who ordered, legally justified, and carried out torture in US detention and secret prisons during the Bush years.

In Philadelphia, protestors will hold a press conference and waterboarding reinactment to call for the firing, disbarment, and prosecution of torture lawyer John Yoo in front of the Philadelphia Inquirer, where Yoo currently writes the monthly column Closing Arguments. In a series of now infamous memos while at the Office of Legal Counsel, John Yoo authorized the use of torture laid the groundwork for the wholesale and systematic torture of detainees, which to date has not been thoroughly repudiated. John Yoo insisted, “In the exercise of his plenary power to use military force, the President’s decisions are for him alone and are un-reviewable.”

World Can’t Wait has called for protest actions to meet John Yoo wherever he travels and declare: “Philadelphia: War Criminal Fee Zone!”

World Can’t Wait’s Fire John Yoo coordinator Curt Wechsler emphasizes, “Obama’s refusal to release the torture pictures, in opposition to court order, eliminates any doubt as to whether the Obama Administration is continuing the Bush Regime’s torture crimes as an operating mechanism for the “war on terror.” This latest revelation underscores the existence of a torture state that must be strongly opposed and further illuminates why the war criminals must be prosecuted.” MORE

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