1000+ lawyers say Bush is Wrong on laws
December 23, 2007 Leave a comment
Over one thousand lawyers – including former Governor Mario Cuomo and former Reagan administration official Bruce Fein – have signed on, to an action demanding wide-ranging investigative hearings into unconstitutional and potentially criminal activity by the Bush administration.
“Michael Ratner*, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and winner of the 2007 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, said: “The majority of lawyers in this country understand that the Bush administration has really gone off the page of constitutional rights and off the page of fundamental rights, and is willing to push the Congress to restore those rights.” Ratner said he was “dismayed” that a Democratic majority has failed “to push on key illegalities… the torture program, and now the destruction of the tapes involving the torture program; the warrantless wiretapping, the denial of habeas corpus, the secret sites/rendition program, special trials, and of course what we now know is the firing of US Attorneys scandal…. The minimal that absolutely is needed to get us back on the page of law is to have serious investigative hearings that go up the chain of command and figure out who is responsible for what.”
Have for years felt that what was going on with the Patriot Act and the Presidential Actions was just wrong. We have been at war with many peoples and countries in our 200+ year history without having to violate Half of the Bill of Rights, without having to activate the Storm Troopers, without spying on what library books we read, for God’s sake. What the Bush Administration has pushed pass the legislative branch is purely criminal.
The Constitution of the United States is THE law of the country. It is THE bedrock of our legal system and is not meant to be bypassed or broken, except by the process of Amendment. To do otherwise is fundamentally illegal….
Also, the only other countries that violate the concept Habeas Corpus, as we do now, are dictatorships and fascist.
With the imminent passage of HR 1955, “The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act,” you will lose more freedoms. This is another attempted end run around Constitutional law and makes you substantially responsible for ‘thought crimes.’ Do we really want to go there.
“Michael Ratner* is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Skelly Wright Fellow at Yale Law School. He has been involved in many cases trying Human rights offenders, such as generals, state officials, etc.”