A letter he's promised he'll read and respond to. I've written it on your behalf, and on behalf of all of the people in the US. Here's what it says:
We give great credit to the President who, on 01 Aug 14, told the world “we crossed a line” with regards to torture. Torture:
• Violates the 8th Amendment banning cruel and unusual punishment
• Is banned by The Convention against Torture, signed by the US on 10 Dec 84
• The US Terrorist Watchlist, section 3.18.39 includes torture as a criterion, citing 18.U.S.C. 2340A
• Has no statute of limitations
From Ford, to Reagan, to Bush 41 to Clinton, to Pelosi, we have an unfortunate history of pardoning the guilty in high places, only to find that this practice results in a feeling of entitlement among those elite that they can revisit those crimes upon us again and again. Let’s take a stand here and end that corruption – bring immediate action against these international torture perpetrators.
Keyboarding is great, and nobody does it better than we do on DailyKos. But when it comes to real change - which we all want and desperately need - keyboarding has one major shortcoming; the circle of people involved has to, needs to, extend beyond only ourselves.
Fortunately, the President has invented just the tool for the job, and that's just the beginning of the good news. After 150 signatures, any citizen Presidential petition becomes daylighted - public - and allows for anyone in the US to bump the total number of signatures to the requisite 100,000 by 02 Sep 2014 (1 month away!). Heck, once it's daylighted, I can envision the fine folks at Amnesty International alone seeing to it that there will be at least another 20-30K added signatures all by themselves. At least I'd sure like to find out.
Meanwhile, that 150 signature figure required for daylighting is tailor made for us here at DailyKos. Man, we regularly get diaries with four, five, six times that number in a heartbeat! That sort of thing is an eyes-closed slam dunk for us!
Help make it happen - it costs you nothing. The President's petition tool is underutilized these days, and I fully intend to commandeer it. I want to know that Barack Obama will wake up in the morning one day soon with my message in his inbox, and he's obliged by his own promise to consider it. In the case of this current petition, the worst that can happen is that the Chief Executive will tell us exactly why he chooses to take no action - even that information is valuable.
So help make it so, and spread the word - and my sincere thanks for what you DO, and DO for us ALL!