Hope, change, looking forward to a better future – a lot of people just want to forget and move on right now.
Isn’t there some unfinished business we’ve got to take care of first? I’ll call it unfinished, because this business isn’t finished – it’s still going on. For example:
Imprisonment without criminal charge or POW rights
Big brother spying against… well.. anybody the government wants to spy against
These are the ongoing violations of the Bill of Rights that U.S. Representative John Conyers is proposing to investigate through a congressionally-established commission.
H. R. 104 would establish a…
“National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties… to investigate the broad range of policies of the Administration of President George W. Bush that were undertaken under claims of unreviewable war powers, including detention by the United States Armed Forces and the intelligence community, the use by the United States Armed Forces or the intelligence community of enhanced interrogation techniques or interrogation techniques not authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice, ‘ghosting’ or other policies intended to conceal the fact that an individual has been captured or detained, extraordinary rendition, domestic warrantless electronic surveillance, and other policies that the Commission may determine to be relevant to its investigation.”
I’m not seeing anything in the legislation that creates the National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties that would lead to criminal charges against Bush Administration figures. Instead, the commission would have subpoena powers to get to the truth of what’s been going on, and what’s still going on, so that we can see where rot is, and act to cut it out.
Think of it as something like truth and reconciliation. Is that something you’d like to see, or would you rather that we just sweep it all under the rug and hope for the best?
14 members of the House of Representatives have stepped forward to support the commission. They are:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
If you want to see this commission become a reality, then call your member of the House of Representatives and say so.