Thursday, Oct. 8, protesters in 4 cities will simultaneously
demand 9th Circuit Federal Court judges to ask their colleague,
Torture Judge Jay Bybee, to resign. In San Francisco, protesters will
confront Bybee himself to ask him to resign.
When Bybee worked in the Office of Legal Counsel, in the Justice
Department, under Bush, he approved the memos written by John Yoo,
claiming that torture was perfectly legal. These memos are illegal and
immoral and were later repudiated by others in the Bush Administration.
The fact that Bybee authorized torture makes clear that he is a bad lawyer
and a bad person, and does not deserve to sit in judgment on anyone.
He disgraces the other judges, the 9th Circuit Court, and our country.
Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said they
would not have confirmed Bybee had they known about the memos. And the
New York Times has called for his impeachment.
The 9th Circuit is in session on Thursday in Pasadena, Seattle,
Portland, and San Francisco. Members of CodePink, Progressive
Democrats of America, World Can't Wait, National Accountability Action
Network, Individuals for Justice and others will protest Bybee's presence on the Court.
Protest here in Portland will start at high noon until 2:00 PM in front of the courthouse at
700 SW 6th Ave Thursday 10.8.09
Video: "Torture Law"