If you are concerned about the state of civil liberties in America, please come out to a Bill of Rights protest on Stelzer Road tomorrow morning (3-6-2009), just east of Easton Town Center, as Barack Obama comes to town. Click here for logistical details, and here for more general discussion about the protest.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Bill of Rights Protest Meets Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2009
Release Date: March 5, 2009
What: Pro-Constitution Political Demonstration
When: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, March 6, 2009
Where: Public sidewalk outside the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio
A political demonstration in support of the U.S. Constitution and civil liberties will meet President Barack Obama when he comes to Columbus, Ohio on Friday March 6. Jim Cook, resident of Columbus and father of two, will stand outside the Aladdin Shrine Center, delivering this message to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder: “Keep the Oath of Office: Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution.”
Mr. Cook believes in the adage “Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.” “I voted for Barack Obama in November and I am glad to see him in office,” says Mr. Cook, “but that doesn’t mean his record as President is perfect.” Among areas of concern for civil libertarians:
* The Obama administration has gone to court once against people who say they’ve been tortured, and once against people who say the government spied on them without a warrant. Lawyers for President Obama assert that evidence of these unconstitutional activities cannot be brought before a judge because the existence of such programs is a state secret.
* The Obama administration has placed diplomatic pressure on the British government to prevent release of documents supporting the allegations of former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed that he was subject to rendition, beatings and genital torture with United States cooperation.
* Under the administration of Barack Obama 17 members of the Uighur ethnic minority in China remain confined to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. They have never been charged with any crime. The government makes no allegation that they have participated in or planned any action against the United States.
* Despite promises during the Democratic presidential primaries that he would oppose a bill legalizing surveillance, search and seizure, Barack Obama voted for the FISA Amendments Act as Senator in the summer of 2008 and has taken action to defend the new law in court as President. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his regret in confirmation hearings that the FISA Amendments Act was not passed sooner.
* During confirmation hearings, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed support for the reauthorization of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. Section 215 permits federal agents to secretly obtain information on citizens’ reading habits, web browsing history or “any tangible things” from libraries, bookstores, universities and other businesses without the warrant required by the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Section 215 expires as law in December 2009.
As President Obama delivers a speech on the economy and congratulates 26 new Columbus police recruits inside the Aladdin Shrine Center, Mr. Cook will distribute over 2,000 free posters with the Statue of Liberty and the text of the Bill of Rights on them. How many people will attend this pro-constitution protest? “I have no idea,” Mr. Cook admits. “But I hope that when Barack Obama sees these signs he’ll realize there are many people who still care about freedom in America.”
For additional information on this Bill of Rights protest, contact Jim Cook or visit irregulartimes.com/?p=10913.
1287 Hunter Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
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