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Friday, September 22, 2006

We’re Not Gonna Take It


OK people, we absolutely must turn our anger into action. The despair that I feel over this compromise that McCain and the Whitehouse came up with must be put into proper terms.

Thom Hartmann puts it in proper terms.

This law is designed to keep the President and his Administration out of prison.

Michael Ratner, the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights is currently speaking on the Thom Hartmann show and has stated, in no uncertain terms, that this legislation turns America into a police state.

It removes Habeas Rights – 800 years after the Magna Carta – and it immunizes this Administration from being prosecuted for War Crimes. The simple act of passing this legislation is itself illegal – you cannot retroactively immunize someone from War Crimes prosecution.

“Law. Not War.” This is a powerful statement by Ben Ferencz, prosecutor at Nuremburg. He knows a little about War Crimes.

Remember the Holocaust, when you consider that we hold people (these are people, not 'terrists', no one has yet been convicted of anything) without any rights to even defend themselves or to ask what crime they are being held for. Americans seem awfully ignorant to the fact that any one of us can be shipped off to Gitmo. If someone wanted revenge on a person - just accuse them of being a terrorist - we are all eligible for this treatment. Remember, even the Nazis were given fair trials.

This legislation also immunizes the President from prosecution for crimes that he has already been found guilty of committing.

All over the Internets, people are talking about how the Dems should do this and the Dems should do that and why didn’t they do this…ad nauseum. There is only one thing that they can do;

I have only found one reasonable response to this legislation, they must all walk out.

Every single Dem Representative, the entire Democratic Caucus, must walk out and protest this legislation.

We need them to march in front of the Whitehouse. Leave their offices, leave the floor of the House and the Senate, leave their homes, and protest this atrocity.

The Dems need to stand up loud and clear and let it be known to the whole world that we will not stand for torture. We will not stand for illegal imprisonment. We will not stand for law breaking – especially by our elected officials.

Blog this message anywhere that you can.

We must make certain that these people who we have elected to do our business, our employees, stand up and protest this disaster before we have no democracy left. We must make sure that these people know what we expect from them.

Give your Reps a call as well, the Capitol switchboard is 1-202-225-3121. Tell them that you want them to walk out.

Hat tip to Coyote for pointing out Bob Johnson's idea. And hat tip to Bob Johnson for calling on the Dems to do the right thing.


  • At 12:27 PM, September 22, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    This is a big fight people. Write this on every Progressive Blog and attempt to get the editors to put this front and center. Top page of all blogs -

    maybe then our Reps and Senators will get the fucking message.

  • At 4:56 PM, September 22, 2006, Blogger iamcoyote said…

    Looks to me like they're going to try to provoke an attack, just like they tried in Iraq's no fly zones. Saddam was smart enough not to give Bush the cover, but I think Rummy's hoping Iran's prez doesn't have the self-control to resist a strike. All it'll take is one soldier being killed to give Bush the cover for a bombing run.

  • At 7:53 PM, September 22, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    All it'll take is one soldier being killed to give Bush the cover for a bombing run.

    Something like what happened in the Lebanese/Israeli conflict?

  • At 3:33 PM, September 23, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    Will the sheeple continue with their heads in the sand when this Administration commits more war crimes? The invasion of Iran will go unnoticed. American's will not wake up until there is a draft and they are rationed (only 10 gallons of gas for their SUVs per week might make them open their eyes.)

    I am really disgusted.

    I am having a difficult time grasping what has become of this Country.


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