Today's Downsizer Dispatch
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Quote of the Day:
"If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual."
- Frank Herbert, author of "Dune"
Subject: Intimidation and hypocrisy
President Bush gave a nice speech before the United Nations recently. In it he extolled human rights and democracy. Then, the President of Iran stood up and provided evidence of our own President's violations of human rights and democracy.
It's a shame that the Iranian President, criminal that he is, was able to make a case against our President without lying.
Sadly, there is now even more evidence that the Iranian president could have used . . .
Additional memos have been found indicating that the Bush administration encourages the use of torture.
And the Director of the C.I.A. is investigating the C.I.A.'s Inspector General
because the Inspector General has been investigating misbehavior by the C.I.A.
We have hypocrisy on the one hand, and intimidation on the other.
Meanwhile, Congress is still working to revise a spying bill it was intimidated into passing before it had even read the bill.
When our leaders are hypocritical, and engage in fear mongering and intimidation, principled leadership must come from the people. That means us. That means you.
Unfortunately, the opportunities available to us for providing such leadership are many, because the examples of hypocrisy, fear mongering, and intimidation are also many. The Downsizer Dispatch can hit on only a few issues per week, and there are always more issues coming into view where we will need to take action.
In particular, we want to be able to spend more time on the health care issue, and on Iran, as these are the two biggest looming threats to life, liberty, and the cause of Downsizing DC. But the other big issues of the moment must not be neglected. Therefore . . .
Please send more than one message today.
Continue to pressure Congress to restore the 4th Amendment when it revises the too hastily passed "Protect America Act."
In your personal comments request the following things: Restore the requirement for individualized warrants for wiretapping of U.S. communications and email. No immunity for telecommunications companies that broke the law by permitting the government to conduct surveillance of their customers' phone and email records. Let the public see the text of Congress's bills BEFORE it's passed.
Ask Congress to repeal the detainee, torture, tribunal law.
In your personal comments mention that you are aware of the new memos indicating that the Bush administration is encouraging the use of torture.
Please strike at the fear that is driving Congress to constantly bow to the demands of the Bush administration. Join our "I am not afraid" campaign. Tell Congress you are not afraid of terrorism and that you want them to stop being afraid on your behalf.
Thank you for the leadership you provide to Congress.
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