MoveOn Torture Ad Highlights Cheney for Investigation
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MoveOn.org is set to launch an aggressive new ad campaign calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the use of torture during the Bush administration and even raising the specter of targeting former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The ad, to premier on the web and blasted out to the group's five million members, is the strongest push yet from the progressive group on this front. Set to a dark voice, the narrator asks whether a double standard is in place in terms of who has been punished for the authorization and use of torture.
"If you torture an individual detainee, you might go to jail," the script reads, with footage of Lynndie England, the former United States Army reservist involved in the abuses at Abu Ghraib. "But if you authorize an entire secret torture program, you get off scot-free?"
It is at this juncture that the screen switches to a picture of Cheney, John Yoo and Jay Bybee - the latter two comprising the top components of the Bush administration legal team that rationalized these interrogation tactics.
"America is better than this," the video concludes. "Ask Attorney General Holder to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate these abuses."
Sam Stein is a Political Reporter at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, D.C.