Amnesty Amherst is promoting the Amnesty USA petition to President Obama that demands he investigate and prosecute those responsible for torture. According to the recently released bipartisan Senate Armed Services Committee Report, the previous administration's Office of Legal Counsel "distorted the meaning and intent of anti-torture laws" and "rationalized the abuse of detainees in U.S. The Hold Torturers Accountable with Independent Commission petition calls for the establishment of a "non-partisan, independent commission of distinguished Americans to examine, and provide a comprehensive report on, policies and actions related to the detention, treatment, and transfer of detainees after 9/11 and the consequences of those actions, and to make recommendations for future policy in this area." Amnesty USA believes that such a commission would need to be independent, backed by the full force of law, and adequately funded. Moreover, this petition asks that Attorney General Eric Holder launch a criminal investigation into torturer abuses, and hold those responsible for violations accountable. Lastly, the Amnesty USA petition asks that the Administration "produce and publish all remaining relevant policy memos that argued for, documented, and established the basis for coercive interrogation, detainee treatment and policy in the last administration." Amnesty USA and Amnesty Amherst believe it is important that the truth be exposed about our country's inhumane and illegal torture practices so that those found guilty are held responsible, and such abuses never happen again.