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Rep. Baldwin Calls for Executive Branch Accountability to Reverse Illegal Actions and Prevent Further Abuses


Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has introduced the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2009 (H.Res. 417), calling on President Obama to reverse the damaging and illegal actions taken by the Bush/Cheney Administration and to collaborate with Congress to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power.

“Over the past several years, serious questions have been raised about the conduct of high ranking Bush/Cheney Administration officials in relation to some of the most basic elements of our democracy: respect for the rule of law, the principle of checks and balances, and the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights,” said Baldwin. “We must restore Americans’ faith that in a democracy, we follow the rule of law and that nobody – even the President and Vice President of the United States – is above the law,” Baldwin said.

“President Obama has already begun the work of reaffirming American values of justice and freedom. I commend him for his orders to close the detention facility at Guantanamo and prohibit illegal and immoral interrogation techniques. President Obama’s efforts to renew America must also include restoring executive branch accountability. We had an administration that spied on Americans, outed a covert intelligence agent, suspended habeas corpus, held people without charges and without access to counsel, and used torture and rendition. This measure lists steps President Obama can take to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power and restore the public’s faith in our government,” Baldwin said.

The Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2009 calls on President Obama to:
* Affirm our nation’s commitment to uphold the Constitution;
* Fully investigate Bush/Cheney administration officials’ alleged crimes and hold them accountable for any illegal acts;
* Hold accountable Bush/Cheney Administration officials who showed or show contempt for the legal duty to comply with Congressional subpoenas; disclosed the identity of any covert intelligence agent; pursued politically-motivated prosecutions;
* Ensure that any Bush/Cheney administration official guilty of a war crime is prosecuted under the War Crimes Act and the Anti-Torture Act;
* Affirm that it is the sole legal right of Congress to declare war;
* Criminalize lying to Congress and the American public about the reasons for going to war;
* Restore the writ of habeas corpus as an essential principle of our democracy;
* Ensure that torture and rendition are uniformly prohibited under United States law;
* Responsibly close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp;
* Ensure that Americans can bring claims against their government;
* Immediately take affirmative steps to protect all Bush/Cheney Administration documents;
* Publicly review potential abuses of the presidential pardon process; and
* Further reform the use of presidential signing statements.

A copy of the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2009 as introduced can be found in this PDF.

Congresswoman Baldwin explains why she feels this bill is necessary:

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"Rationalizing" depraved acts of medieval torture dehumanizes America's standards and endangers the security of defrauded soldiers in the field with retaliation...all to provide "security" for the nefarious lies of evil greedy "men".

I would rather die than allow cowardly neocrud Nazis like Cheney, Bush&Co to get away with it or "live" in their warped corporate Hamlet.

Right wing can torture or kill me but they can never hurt me, God is with me. All they can do is martyr me.

Don't try to sell me any "truth commission" type bovine excrement. The civilized world demands a Fair Trial and Accountability. Nothing else will do.

When the people fear government there is tyranny. When government fears the people there is Liberty.

(Thomas Jefferson)

Does it have the force of law?

Or, is this more Democrat posturing?

Why do Democrats feel there needs to be "a grassroots movement" to move legislation?

WE VOTED FOR THEM, JUST LIKE WE WERE TOLD TO. THEY SAID, "VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS IF YOU WANT THE WARS TO END, IF YOU WANT SINGLE PAYER, AND IF YOU WANT TO RESTORE JUSTICE." WE DID WHAT WE WERE TOLD. OK THEN, DEMOCRATS, WHERE'S THE F---ING SIZZLE?

WE VOTE. THAT'S THE EXTENT OF AMERICAN GRASSROOTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY. HERCULIAN EFFORTS CAN GET 100,000 AMERICANS TO SIGN AN ONLINE PETITION BEFORE THEY LEAVE TO GET THE KIDS OR WASH THE CAR OR GO MEET THE BANKER AGAIN.

DON'T ASK ME TO SIGN ANOTHER PETITION. JUST ADMIT THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANNOT DELIVER ON ANY MAJOR ITEM OF THE LEFT'S (AND AMERICA'S) AGENDA. AS THE ROMAN EMPIRE EXPERIENCED, THE PARTISANS IN GOVERNMENT ARE CORRUPT TO THE CORE AND ARE HELPLESS TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF EVENTS.

SANTYANA'S DICTUM ABOUT HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF IS PROVING TRUE - AGAIN.

A resolution is not a law, but a measure expressing opinions on policies or issues or a deal with the internal affairs of a house.

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John J.Coghlan
Bravo Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. There's is a growing number of politicians who want to over look crimes of their colleagues. The Justice Department, and the President,do not have the authority to decide weather they will enforce the law, or not. They have taken an oath to faithfully uphold and execute the law, and they are obliged to do so. If there is reason to believe that laws have been broken, there must a thorough investigation, and if it is determined that crimes have been committed, prosecution of the alleged perpetrators must take place. That has been a basic judicial standard in this country and around the world, for centuries.

By all standards of law and order we must hold all people who brake the law to account. The soldier who followed criminal orders, members of our inelegance community who committed illegal acts, our phone companies who broke the law, the lawyers who's advice helped to implement torture policies. members of Congress who were briefed about illegal activities, and remained silent, and last but not least, the President, Vice President, and members of their staff who initiated these criminal activities. Unless all citizens, including political leaders are held equally accountable for their actions, we do not have justice for all in this country. It is absolutely necessary to preserve and restore all the good thing that this country stands for, to investigate these despicable crimes that have been committed in our name. We must deal with these criminals in the same way that we deal with anybody else who breaks the law.

When an arresting officer is told, I didn't mean it. I thought it was for the best of everybody. I didn't know that it was against the law. The arresting officer usually says, "Tell it to the Judge."

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