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While adding a comment to Bhudydharma’s FP Essay: The Torture Conspiracy: Will They Get Away With It? I came across this: Newsrelease: Conyers Plans to hold May 6 hearings on Torture Memo & Executive Power.
Excerpts Below, as well as Contact links for the Chairman of the Judiciary and the Speaker of the House:
“…Today (April 8, 2008) House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) announced plans to hold a May 6 hearing to examine a recently released torture memo and the issue of executive power as it relates to interrogation and war-making authority. Conyers also sent a letter today to University of California – Berkeley professor John Yoo asking him to testify at the hearing…”
“I am concerned that some in the administration view the president’s power as that of an imperial presidency – not a democracy,” Conyers said. “The Judiciary Committee will look at the legal basis for actions taken before and during the war and whether we need to write stronger laws to prevent a future imperial presidency from steamrolling Congress and the American people into a thoughtless war and violating our fundamental human rights obligations.”
“…The announcement comes the same day as a request from Judiciary Committee member Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) to hold such hearings…”
commanded very nicely requested that I repeat my info in a “quick” Essay-so here it is.) I know that we’ve all got some degree of “contact your representative” fatigue, but I’ll overcome mine, if you’ll overcome yours and join me in writing to Conyers here at the Contact the Judiciary Website and for good measure, let’s Tell the Speaker what we think about Bush and his “Senior Advisors” including Co-President Cheney “authorizing” Torture.
If the Chairman or Speaker need some legal guidance about the lawfulness/Constitutionality of these actions, maybe we could share the link to Keith Olbermann’s interview of Law Professor Jonathan Turley and his comments on the illegality of the Bush Administration’s actions.
Paul Keil at TPM Muckraker has a good summary of the “road to torture” here: Today’s Must Read.
So let’s take Bhudy’s advice, let’s
“…raise a unignorable din”