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There can be no doubt that today we are in a constitutional crisis that threatens the system of checks and balances that has preserved our fundamental freedoms for more than 200 years. There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact that the president is openly violating our nation's laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District, Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen John Conyers, Jr., Bobby Scott and Chris Van Hollen and other Members to hold a Democratic Hearing to consider the legal ramifications of President Bush's warrantless surveillance.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing
News from Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Contact: Karen Lighfoot, (202) 225-5051
In a pair of new reports issued today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman examines the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to investigate wrongdoing by the Bush Administration and the very different approach toward oversight taken by the Republican-controlled Congress during the Clinton Administration.
By David Swanson
We've all heard the line. "That would make us look weak on national security." That line is supposed to be based on public opinion, not just the opinions of media corporations and pundits working for Pentagon-funded think tanks. That line is supposed to have something to do with the general American public. But it does not.
President Bush has said over 100 times (documented below by Sentor Edward Kennedy) that Congress was shown the same pre-war intelligence he was. While we could take the President's word for that, Senator Kennedy thought he would just check to make sure. He submitted an amendment in December to an intelligence bill asking the White House to turn over to the Senate Intelligence Committee the President's daily briefings, beginning with the last term of the Clinton Administration and ending on first day of the war in Iraq in 2003. In response, an anonymous Republican Senator afraid of the truth, and afraid even to reveal his name, blocked the bill and is still blocking it. For the first time since 1978, the Senate recessed with this national security legislation left undone.
Email and phone these three members of the Republican leadership and demand that they have the hold taken off the bill:
By Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who has shunned public forums on the war for the past year, finally held a town hall meeting in San Francisco on January 14. Despite her public criticism of the war and her recent support of Cong. John Murtha’s call to bring the troops home, Pelosi has not used her position as Minority leader to lead her party to adopt an anti-war stance. She has also refused to support other anti-war measures, such as Cong. Barbara Lee’s bill to prohibit permanent bases in Iraq and Cong. Jim McGovern’s bill to stop funding for new deployment.
By Congressman John Murtha, Huffington Post
According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition, the definition of a civil war is a "war between political factions or regions within the same country." That is exactly what is going on in Iraq, not a global war on terrorism, as the President continues to portray it.
By Jon Williams,
Thought you all would be interested to see that after our Jan. 7 action, Lois Capps, CA-23, was inspired to send a letter to the SB News-Press expressing her anti-war feelings. I’ve responded with a letter (cc’d to our groups) commending her and asking readers—progressive, moderate and conservative—to let her know they supporter her voting no on any upcoming supplemental funding bill as that truly is the way to support our troops.
Congressperson McKinney (D-GA) gave the following speech before the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, January 7, 2006.
I have been given a most unenviable task.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-225-1294
By Kevin Zeese
Below is a useful analysis of where the Iraq War is in Congress. It is an interview I published with Kevin Martin the Executive Director of Peace Action.
Another interesting article published earlier this week describes how active duty military are turning against the Iraq War. This is based on a poll of Military News readership released on January 3. See: http://democracyrising.us/content/view/399/151/. Also on DemocracyRising this week, an article by Professor Michael Schwartz " The New Iraq War Strategy: More Bombings, More Civilian Deaths and Less Likelihood of Success" http://democracyrising.us/content/view/398/164/.
"Santorum wants non-partisan panel to evaluate Iraq war"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - January 06, 2006 - By Maeve Reston, Post-Gazette National Bureau
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rick Santorum yesterday wrote a letter to President Bush asking him to create an independent, non-partisan commission to objectively evaluate progress in Iraq.
Public Opinion and Grassroots Pressure Prove Key
By Ted Lewis, Global Exchange Newsletter, Winter 2006
The week before Thanksgiving, while President Bush was out of the country, the Congressional debate over the US occupation of Iraq finally broke into the open. It started with a Senate vote of 79 to 19 to call 2006 a year of “transition
By Eric Schmeltzer
As soon as Congress reconvenes, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) should introduce this resolution and find someone in the House to introduce the same. Explanation following:
Congresswoman Waters Denounces the President's Decision to Permit the NSA to Spy On the American Public
Contact: Mikael Moore (202) 225-2201
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) expressed outrage and concern about President Bush's decision to bypass the US Constitution and laws to permit the National Security Agency ("NSA") to spy on American citizens.
By Edward M. Kennedy, The Boston Globe
The president is not above the law; he is not King George. Yet, with sorrow, we are now learning that in this great land we have an administration that has refused to follow well-crafted, longstanding procedures that require the president to get a court order before spying on people within the United States. With outrage, we learn that this administration believes that it does not have to follow the law of the land.
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888
Conyers and 26 Other Members Submit Resolution of Inquiry in House; Members Seek Documents from Attorney General Authorizing Secret Surveillance
Representative John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, along with 26 other Members today submitted a comprehensive resolution of inquiry regarding the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program on U.S. soil. If reported favorably, the resolution would instruct the Attorney General to turn over documents in his possession authorizing the warrantless electronic surveillance and the legal recommendations to do so within 14 days, subject to any necessary redactions or security classifications.
The Associated Press
Washington - Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe Endorses Congressman Conyers' Resolutions to Censure Bush
Ohio attorney stands behind effort to investigate wrongdoing by Bush Administration
In a statement made today, U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe (OH-13) has endorsed House Resolutions 635, 636 and 637, as introduced by U.S. Congressman John Conyers (MI-14) earlier this week.
In 1968, Martin Luther King told us: “If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess ... strength without sight.
When Richard Nixon abused power, Congress held a serious, bi-partisan investigation that resulted in articles of impeachment. Strong evidence suggests that George Bush and Dick Cheney launched an illegal war and lied to Congress, spied on Americans without court approval, leaked classified information, produced phony news reports, imprisoned without charge and tortured, targeted civilians and used illegal weapons. Ask your Congress Member to cosponsor House Resolution 635 for an investigation.
Published on Monday, December 19, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By US Senator Robert C. Byrd
December 19, 2005
Senator Byrd on Monday expressed his strong concerns about possible violations of the Constitution in the Bush Administration's admitted practice of spying on American citizens:
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
1. Neil Abercrombie
2. Henry A. Waxman
3. William D. Delahunt
4. Martin T. Meehan
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has posted a petition demanding hearings on Bush's spying here:
Contact: Reid Cherlin 202-225-5635
“Neither the President himself, nor anyone else in the White House can authorize an
order to spy on Americans without a warrant