Prosecutions and Accountability

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CCR's 100 Days campaign to restore the Constitution

Evidence of the criminal activities of the Bush administration is exceedingly well documented. It is apparent in Bush administration memos, FOIA documents, congressional hearings, court documents, the testimony of victims, innumerable investigative news articles and books and direct admissions by intelligence, military and administration officials. On April 19, 2009, President Obama released four torture memos that make clear the involvement of Jay Bybee, now a federal judge, and other Bush administration lawyers in authorizing torture. Click here to join our campaign to impeach Bybee.

The evidence shows that officials at the very highest level including Bush himself, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and CIA Director George Tenet were directly involved in illegal activities, including torture and war crimes.

In the face of this blatant lawbreaking and institutionalized torture and war crimes committed by the Bush administration, now is the time for accountability. The mechanism exists to hold these officials accountable for their criminal behavior and dissuade future government officials from engaging in torture, war crimes, warrantless surveillance of Americans, and other lawbreaking activities – criminal prosecution of those responsible.

Michael Ratner talks about this issue on Democracy Now (March 5, 2009)

A full investigation and prosecution of these actions by the Bush administration is necessary for the Obama administration to meaningfully reassert the rule of law in the United States. Government officials are not above the law, and their actions impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Prosecuting these officials for their activities is, in fact, a meaningful mechanism for securing justice for the victims and the survivors of torture and war crimes, as well as for deterring future government officials from repeating this conduct.

While the Bush administration hardly represented the first foray of the U.S. government into torture, its brazen conduct has set an example that must be repudiated -- as strongly as it was asserted -- through full investigation and criminal prosecution.

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Impeach Bybee

Jay Bybee Jay Bybee, once head of the Office of Legal Counsel and now a federal judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, was the author of one of the most chilling torture memos of the Bush administration, written expressly to attempt to provide legal cover for illegal activities – specifically, the use of torture, including waterboarding, in the Torture Program. A person who conspired to violate the Constitution and human rights should not be deciding critical questions of constitutional law. Click here to send a letter to Rep. John Conyers and the House Judiciary Committee calling for Bybee to be impeached. When you send your letter, your name will be automatically added to a petition that will help to build a mass movement to demand accountability for high level government officials who violated the law and the Constitution, authorizing and directing torture and war crimes.

Take Action!


CCR has launched a new online campaign calling for accountability – and criminal prosecutions – of those Bush administration officials responsible for torture and war crimes. Help us make the point by signing on to our petition.



Holding the new administration of the United States accountable for preserving and restoring Constitutional rights is part of CCR's 100 Days to Restore the Constitution campaign, which focuses on the harm done by previous administrations and the hopes we have for making the country a better place for all.

The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld (Book)

book cover of The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld In one impeccably researched and provocative volume, The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld compiles the evidence that the Bush administration is guilty of war crimes and presents it in the form of a court case brought by one of the premier civil and human rights organizations in the United States. The book lays out the proof that high-level officials of the Bush administration ordered, authorized, implemented, and permitted war crimes, in particular the crimes of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in the name of fighting the “war on terror.”

Using primary source documents ranging from Rumsfeld’s “techniques chart” and Iraqi plaintiffs' statements to the testimony of whistleblowers and key pieces of reportage, the book sets forth evidence of a torture program that took place throughout the world: in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, secret CIA prisons, and other places unknown.

Download a PDF excerpt of this book and go to our Trial of Donald Rumsfeld page to learn more.