Call for Criminal Investigation of Donald Rumsfeld and George Tenet No. 500
Americans for Democratic Action calls for a criminal investigation to be launched concerning revelations that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former CIA director George Tenet collaborated and ordered the concealing of at least one Iraqi prisoner specifically to prevent the International Committee of the Red Cross from monitoring his treatment. These charges would be serious in any case, but particularly in light of the revelations of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison, they devastatingly underscore the complete disregard by our nation’s highest officials for international treaties and conventions and basic moral standards.
Secretary Rumsfeld’s admission that he authorized the secret detention, at the request of director Tenet, is in direct contravention of the oath of office that they both took to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Under the Constitution, international treaties and conventions are the supreme law of the land. By totally disregarding the Geneva Convention and other treaties, Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Tenet have violated their oath of office. Additional concerns about potential kidnapping and abuse charges demand that a criminal investigation.
The United States has long claimed to stand for international law and basic moral standards. The behavior we have exhibited toward prisoners under our control in Iraq and Afghanistan has severely undermined our standing in the world community. Only through direct and determined action, can we begin to reclaim our standing. This resolution underscores ADA’s longstanding, historical opposition to torture and violations of human rights anywhere in the world.
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