Early this morning, I asked you to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in protest against Barack Obama’s use of the courts to stop people from bringing evidence that their constitutional rights have been violated. I shouldn’t ask you to do something that I won’t do. So here’s my letter:
I voted for Barack Obama in the Ohio primaries because he promised to make a stand against warrantless surveillance in America, because he promised to make a stand against torture. Both of these are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. But in little more than one month in office (Dispatch, February 28), President Barack Obama has gone to to court twice, once to stop people who say they’ve been tortured, and once to stop people who say the government spied on them without a warrant. Obama says these people can’t even bring their evidence before a judge, because the very existence of torture and warrantless surveillance programs is a state secret. President Obama broke the promises of Candidate Obama to protect his own power and curtail the people’s rights. That’s not Change I Can Believe In.
James M. Cook
1287 Hunter Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
I just submitted it to the Columbus Dispatch.
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