Vote “NO” on Howard Neilson
Why this video?
We do not always agree with Senator McCain, but we do when he’s talking about torture and those behind the scenes that allowed it to happen on American soil and in our name. Our next nominee falls in that category.
Howard Nielson, who is is being considered for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, has a long history of opposing LGBT civil rights, advocating for Proposition 8 (“Prop 8”), the infamous CA voter initiative that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples.
He is also implicated in torture issues.
While Neilson was working as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) from 2003 to 2005, he gave “input” and “participated” in “the review process” of the now infamous torture memos, created by then-heads of the OLC Stephen Bradbury and Daniel Levin. These memos authorized enhanced interrogation techniques,” waterboarding, and other forms of torture and human rights abuses, which were ultimately revoked in 2009.
Though now he states that he believes waterboarding to be illegal (not “wrong” or “immoral”), Nielson co-wrote a letter to the editor criticizing an editorial of his former boss as “unfair” and specifically praising Bradbury as a “careful lawyer” with “unimpeachable integrity” and “sound judgment.”
Let’s practice our own sound judgement and tell our Senators that we do not want Nielson to be confirmed.