Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Acts of Treason?

In December, Representative John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued his report on the misconduct of the Bush administration concerning the war in Iraq.
“In brief, we have found that there is substantial evidence the President, the Vice-President and other high ranking members of the Bush Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq; misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for such war; countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in Iraq; and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of their Administration. There is at least a prima facie case that these actions that federal laws have been violated – from false statements to Congress to retaliating against Administration critics."

Conyers has introduced resolution H. Res. 635 which creates a select committee with subpoena authority in order to investigate possible misconduct of the Bush administration. He has also introduced resolutions regarding censuring both Bush (H. Res. 636), and Cheney (H. Res. 637).

Even Newsweek has done a report on the domestic spying. In their report, there is mention of the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) monitoring protests ranging from enviromental sit-ins to vigils of merely a dozen people opposing the war in Iraq. The report even cites a protest about how peanut butter was regarded as a potential threat to national security!

At least now the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights have filed lawsuits against the Bush administration. These lawsuits are being filed separately by the A.C.L.U. in Federal District Court in Detroit, and the C.C.R. in Federal District Court in Manhattan. These lawsuits mark the first challenge to the domestic eavesdropping program which has been secretly utilized and approved by the executive branch of the U.S. government.

But take care what you do or say! If you speak out against this administrations tactics or their unconstitutional wanderings, you may find yourself being labeled as a traitor! As Congressman Murtha put it, "Welcome to Bush's America, where war heroes are forced to defend themselves against betraying the very flag they bled for. Where those who cry out to save this nation are cast as disobedient radicals unworthy of attention. Where there is no more debating the Presidency.


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