06/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Video: Why we need a Truth Commission

Since I last blogged here about establishing a truth commission, my proposal has picked up considerable attention and support.

The release of new Bush-Cheney era torture memos by the Justice Department reveal just how far the past administration strayed from the law and our fundamental principles. But in spite of all the recent news, some in Washington still need to be sold on the idea of creating a truth commission to investigate Bush-Cheney administration abuses.

There is a renewed public call for accountability at, and many congressional leaders -- like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chris Dodd -- have now thrown their support behind our proposed truth commission, too.

But we still have skeptics, and we need to win them over. Please sign my petition at so we can keep building momentum behind the establishment of a truth commission.

I remain convinced that an independent truth commission is the surest way to conduct a thorough investigation of all that went wrong over the past eight years, so that we can get to the full truth and hold lawbreakers accountable. 

It is now clear that reports of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay were not just the misdeeds of a "few bad apples," but were in fact authorized by officials high up within the Bush-Cheney Administration.

We must uncover who authorized the use of waterboarding and other illegal "enhanced interrogation techniques" against detainees -- the same kinds of techniques we prosecuted when used by our enemies during World War II. Only then can we hold them to account and ensure we do not repeat the same mistakes in the future.

Thank you for supporting this important effort.