has been using a STOP TORTURE / War on Terror petition on our information tables at concerts since early 2003.
Below is a letter received from The White House due to the numerous signed petitions sent to them
We continute to use the petition.


May 5, 2005

Dear Ms. Hougas:

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your letter. We appreciate hearing your views.

President Bush has repeatedly affirmed our country's commitment to the worldwide elimination of torture. He believes that human dignity must be protected and that freedom from torture is an inalienable human right.

To assist victims of torture, the United States supports torture accountability and treatment centers, contributes to the United Nations Fund for the Victims of Torture, and supports nongovernmental organizations that work to end torture and help victims recover. Our country also provides protection, counseling, and where necessary and possible, relocation to the United States. President Bush urges all nations to join in these efforts to end torture and assist torture victims.

The President has repeatedly affirmed that he does not condone torture in any circumstances, and he has also directed our military personnel to treat all detainees in their coustody humanely. American personnel are also required to comply with all applicable United States laws, including the Constitution, Federal statutes, and our treaty obligations.

President Bush has strongly condemned the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison as inconsistent with American values and policies. Investigations are underway to review and improve detention operations in Iraq and elsewhere, and to hold accountable those who have violated U.S. law.

The United States will continue to aggressively pursue intelligence from terrorists who are seeking to harm Americans, but will not compromise the rule of law or the values and principles that make our country strong.

Thank you again for writing to the President about this important issue.


Marguerite A. Murer
Acting Director of
Presidential Correspondence