Tuesday, April 17 - Tell Senators to Reject Gina Haspel for CIA / Defend Bail Reform in Cook County

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to reject Gina Haspel for CIA director.

    • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Action 2: Rally and vigil to defend bail reform in Cook County on Thursday, April 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at 219 S. Dearborn St.

 

Action 1: Tell Senators to Reject Gina Haspel for CIA

Trump has appointed a war criminal to lead the CIA. Gina Haspel personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison during the Bush administration. She then made sure the video evidence was destroyed.

Gina Haspel was in charge of a secret “black site” prison in Thailand during the Bush administration that held men who were kidnapped, secretly detained, interrogated and tortured. Beyond waterboarding, detainees were sexually assaulted, beaten, isolated, and starved. They faced mock executions, threats to their families, and psychological experimentation. Haspel was the only person with the authority to stop interrogations at the Thailand site. She never exercised that authority.

The Senate torture report (an executive summary was released in 2014) tells us that the CIA committed crimes that went beyond what they were authorized to do, lied to Congress, the public and the Administration both about the brutality and the effectiveness—and they were never held accountable. Alberto Mora, former chief counsel of the Navy in the Bush administration, argues that there’s nothing else senators need to know about Haspel to make their decision. She is a torturer and is therefore unfit to lead the CIA.

Torture is illegal in all circumstances, without exception. It was illegal then, and it’s illegal now. Gina Haspel carried out crimes but, instead of punishment, she’s getting a promotion. Unless we stop her. It’s up to the Senate to decide whether to confirm or reject Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. We can block her if Democrats vote together. What will they choose?

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling about Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA. I want Senator [name] to immediately and publicly commit to opposing this nomination. Gina Haspel carried out torture and destroyed the evidence. She is completely unqualified to lead the CIA. Will Senator [name] oppose her? Thank you for your time.

Action and script via Indivisible.

 

Action 2: Rally to Defend Bail Reform in Cook County

Thousands of people are locked up before trial simply because they are too poor to afford bail. Cook County has made progress in decreasing the number of people incarcerated before trial through Chief Judge Evans' affordable bail order, but Sheriff Tom Dart is attacking and defying this order. He has publicly spoken out against releasing people accused of violent crimes and gun possession, even though these defendants are innocent until proven guilty. And he has refused to release some defendants that judges have ordered released on electronic monitoring.

On April 19, a lawsuit is moving forward against Sheriff Dart for his inexcusable behavior in refusing to release defendants that judges have ordered released prior to trial. Join the Chicago Community Bond Fund, The People’s Lobby, and other organizations in supporting this lawsuit and defending bail reform from Sheriff Dart's attacks.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Where: 219 S. Dearborn St.
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Daily Actions Editor