People's Opinion Project Launches Its First Internet Petition - 'Anti Torture Laws Negotiable? Never - Undo the Gonzales Memo'

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The People's Opinion Project (POP) launched on June 22, 2004 an email campaign that will send President George Bush a clear message that the people of America are not willing to use torture as a means of securing liberty. The POP is an organization committed to encouraging and informing dialogue around American policy in the Middle East.

The People's Opinion Project (POP) has launched an email campaign to send President George Bush a clear message that the people of America are not willing to use torture as a means of securing liberty. The campaign will be launched on June 22, 2004 via the POP's website at http://www.thepop.org . The POP, an organization committed to encouraging and informing dialogue around American policy in the Middle East, takes the issue of justified torture to be fundamental to its mission of supporting dialogue. Torture is antithetical to dialogue. Any meaningful effort to bring liberty to the Middle East must make clear that it rejects outright the brutal and inhumane practices that have led to so much suffering and instability in the region. We can not remain a trusted world leader if we reserve the right to hold ourselves above the laws which speak to the most fundamental and inarguable human rights.

FROM OUR WEBSITE: "DOES EMPOWERING OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF WITH THE AUTHORITY TO TORTURE OUR ENEMIES MAKE AMERICA BETTER? DOES IT MAKE AMERICA SAFER? JOIN IN THE POP's INAGURAL PETITION. SPEND ONE MINUTE TO CLICK PRESIDENT BUSH YOUR FEELINGS ON THE GONZALES MEMO. THIS IS A VERY, VERY BIG DEAL, TAKE THE TIME TO DEMAND A RETRACTION.

FROM THE PETITION: "We implore you to make a clear statement to the people of American and to the people of the world that America rejects outright the practice of torture and that America retracts the legal opinion put forward in the Gonzales memo.

Hatred is the root cause of terrorism, for us to act in the world community as a nation that puts first its commitment to human dignity is, therefore, both a moral and a strategic imperative. Any law that codifies this commitment must be embraced, not rejected."

"The POP is the unofficial ad agency for the human condition," says Executive Director, and co-founder Ed Bice. "The POP is neither left nor right—we act on behalf of decency and justice and we belong only to the vast conspiracy of parents who love their children.

The POP is a non-profit media-based education project founded in May, 2003. With 'Undo the Gonzalez Memo' The POP is turning the corner from a group that forwards opinion and polling work to underpin dialogue to a group that encourages policy that reflects a 'decent regard for the opinions of (hu)mankind”-(Jefferson). In this regard The POP hopes to serve as an ‘Advocate for American Idealism.'"

"Ultimately," says co-founder Kent Cavender-Bares, "the POP is an effort to persuade the American people of the social and strategic benefit of policy decisions and actions that are rooted in a concern for human dignity." The POP was founded by a carpenter and an environmental scientist — two grade school friends with a shared concern for the world their children will inherit. Cavender-Bares has devoted his career to trying to save the physical side of the planet. Erstwhile poet and amateur philosopher Bice studied social justice in Paul Wellstone’s classroom.

The petition, FAQs, Mission Statement, Polling information, 'Small World Journal'--the POP's newsletter, and 'Opinions' -- the online journal of the POP, can be found at http://www.thepop.org

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