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Dear Frank,

In spite of all the recent news, we still have some skeptics.

The release of new Bush-Cheney era torture memos by the Justice Department reveal just how far the past administration strayed from the law and our fundamental principles.

There is a renewed public call for accountability at, and many congressional leaders — like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chris Dodd — have now thrown their support behind our proposed truth commission, too.

But some in Washington still need to be sold on the idea.

Watch my new YouTube video, thanking you for signing our petition, and then forward this message to everyone you know so we can continue building momentum behind our proposal!

Click here to watch the video.

I remain convinced that an independent truth commission is the surest way to conduct a thorough investigation of all that went wrong over the past eight years, so that we can get to the full truth and hold lawbreakers accountable.

It is now clear that reports of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay were not just the misdeeds of a “few bad apples,” but were in fact authorized by officials high up within the Bush-Cheney Administration.

We must uncover who authorized the use of waterboarding and other illegal “enhanced interrogation techniques” against detainees — the same kinds of techniques we prosecuted when used by our enemies during World War II. Only then can we hold them to account and ensure we do not repeat the same mistakes in the future.

So please watch my new YouTube video — and then forward this email to your friends and family today.

Thank you for all that you continue to do in support of this critical effort.


Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator


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