Thursday, September 28, 2006

ACTION ITEM: Congressional Cowards & Fools!

TRAGIC UPDATE: The Senate caved and shockingly 12 Democrats voted in favor OF TORTURE! They are:
Carper (Del.), Johnson (S.D.), Landrieu (La.), Lautenberg (N.J.), Lieberman (Conn.), Menendez (N.J), Nelson (Fla.), Nelson (Neb.), Pryor (Ark.), Rockefeller (W. Va.), Salazar (Co.), Stabenow (Mich.)Read more here

Dear Readers, I'm deeply angered, and saddened to have to report that yesterday, 34 Democrats joined all but 7 Republicans in "the people's" House of Congress to authorize the torture of prisoners. HR 6166

That's right 34 Democrats and 219 Republicans, voted to let President George W. Bush override the Geneva Conventions and the US Constitution regarding the treatment and rights of prisoners in our custody. If passed the Senate compromise bill would,
...repudiate a half-century of international precedent by allowing Mr. Bush to decide on his own what abusive interrogation methods he considered permissible. And his decision could stay secret — there’s no requirement that this list be published. New York Times

Congress Decides © Roberta Loach 2006
S.3930, the Senate version of this disgusting violation of our most basic Democratic tenants, is currently on the Senate Floor, (as of 4:31PM PST Thursday September 28, 2006). Several proposed ammendments by a few brave Democrats, have failed. I don't know when the vote on the main bill will occur but we'd better make DAMN sure every Democrat in the Senate votes NO!

If passed this heinous bill would:

...establish a military court system to prosecute terror suspects, a response to the Supreme Court ruling last June that Congress' blessing was necessary. While the bill would grant defendants more legal rights than they had under the administration's old system, it nevertheless would eliminate rights usually granted in civilian and military courts. New York Times

Does it piss you off? Does it make you sick? Do you want to stop it?
Fax both your Senators IMMEDIATELY

Bringing Democracy to the Middle East © Roberta Loach 2006

Secondly, You'll find a list of the spineless, fearful, right-wing pandering DINOs, (Democrats in Name Only) who voted yes on this assault on the US Constitution HERE. If you recognize anyone from your state, smack them upside-the-head with a piece of YOUR mind. Let them know, in no uncertain terms, what you think of their vote on this bill.

Does it piss you off? Does it make you sick? Do you want to stop it?
Fax both your Senators IMMEDIATELY

They All Feast Together in the Same Trough © Roberta Loach 2006

If you don't want these "cowards and fools" to get away with these fraudulent changes in our legally allowed treatment of other human beings, help stop this from happening:

Enemy Combatants: A dangerously broad definition of “illegal enemy combatant” in the bill could subject legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens living in their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite detention with no hope of appeal. The president could give the power to apply this label to anyone he wanted. New York Times

Habeas Corpus: Detainees in U.S. military prisons would lose the basic right to challenge their imprisonment. These cases do not clog the courts, nor coddle terrorists. They simply give wrongly imprisoned people a chance to prove their innocence.

Judicial Review: The courts would have no power to review any aspect of this new system, except verdicts by military tribunals. The bill would limit appeals and bar legal actions based on the Geneva Conventions, directly or indirectly. All Mr. Bush would have to do to lock anyone up forever is to declare him an illegal combatant and not have a trial.

Coerced Evidence: Coerced evidence would be permissible if a judge considered it reliable — already a contradiction in terms — and relevant. Coercion is defined in a way that exempts anything done before the passage of the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act, and anything else Mr. Bush chooses.

Secret Evidence: American standards of justice prohibit evidence and testimony that is kept secret from the defendant, whether the accused is a corporate executive or a mass murderer. But the bill as redrafted by Mr. Cheney seems to weaken protections against such evidence.

Offenses: The definition of torture is unacceptably narrow, a virtual reprise of the deeply cynical memos the administration produced after 9/11. Rape and sexual assault are defined in a retrograde way that covers only forced or coerced activity, and not other forms of nonconsensual sex. The bill would effectively eliminate the idea of rape as torture. New York Times
Does it piss you off? Does it make you sick? Do you want to stop it?

Fax both your Senators IMMEDIATELY

Don't be an American who shirks from your most basic civic duty like these folks. War is not a television "Reality Show" it's just plain old reality and must be faced and processed accordingly:

War Games No. 1 © Roberta Loach 2006

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