Saturday, January 31, 2009

If we don't address it

It will come back, and next time with unchallenged precedent.

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I get an email from Credo Action:
We are already making great progress in moving forward on President Obama's agenda — but the memory remains of a president and vice president whose disregard for our founding principles will be their true historical legacy.

On January 6th, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers introduced House Resolution 104, "to establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties."

The bill would impanel a Blue Ribbon Commission to investigate potential crimes and Constitutional violations committed by the Bush Administration under the seemingly impenetrable curtain of "unreviewable war powers." The commission would be comprised of non-governmental experts on the relevant subject matter, and it would have the subpoena powers necessary to do their important work.

We have progressive majorities in both houses of Congress and a progressive in the White House. So why is H.R. 104 buried in committee?

This is a critically important piece of legislation — without it, we may never know the breadth of crimes committed by Bush Administration officials, what lengths they went to in order to dupe the public into a war that has cost thousands of lives, or how many innocent men and women have been kidnapped and tortured and denied due process in violation of both the Geneva Convention and our own Constitution. Additionally, the legislation would only cost $3 million — pocket change in the world of Congressional appropriations.

Americans deserve to know the truth about the Bush Administration's alleged crimes — and we need to make sure no president ever repeats them. We are hopeful about the future, but that does not mean we can afford not to be vigilant about our past.

Click here to ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 104 — the more co-sponsors we get, the better our chances of passing this crucial legislation.

Thank you for working to build a better world.

Kate Stayman-London, Campaign Manager

We need to know the truth.

CREDO approves H.R. 104, which establishes a commission to investigate whether the Bush Administration violated any laws — or even the Constitution.


Steve Bates said...

I've heard of "stock photos," but really...

I think you know where I stand on the substance of your post. Reading Jane Mayer's book The Dark Side leads me to believe there are a half dozen people at the top of the Bush administration who need to stand before an international court to face charges of crimes against humanity.

This is far beyond a partisan political matter: if our leaders do not respect and abide by the most serious of laws and treaties, we as a nation are in serious trouble.

ellroon said...

Will pick up the book when I can stand getting really furious. Right now I'm still so happy and the anger is ebbing....

Steve Bates said...

I do not mean to push the book on anyone. It put me in a foul mood for almost the entire week I was reading it. For several days afterward, I read no books. Now I'm following Mayer's book with an ancient volume of Rumpole short stories. Take your time; enjoy the feeling of relief.

No relief for me: I just read that Judd Gregg has cut some sort of deal that if he leaves the Senate to become Secretary of Commerce, the Democratic governor of NH will appoint a Republican replacement, denying the Dems a chance at 60 seats. WTF are they up to? Does anyone represent us anymore?

(Dammit, Blogger comments just trashed the rest of my comment with some sort of Blogger error.)

(Dammit, it did it again. If this works, I'm going back to bed...)

ellroon said...

Rumpole will fix anything. Except maybe the wreckage left behind Bush and his cabal.

Heard that about the gov. of NH, but read somewhere else it was false. Gotta wait and see...