DATE: 3/02/2004 03:10:00 PM
This has been a Public Service Announcement
"There ought to be limits on freedom." --George W. Bush
"If Americans win a war (not just against Saddam Hussein but the longer-term struggle) and lose the Constitution, they will have lost everything."
Lance Morrow, Time, March 10, 2003
"Many of the new security measures proposed by our government in the name of fighting the 'war on terror' are not temporary. The are permanent changes to our laws. Even the measures that, on the surface, appear to have been adopted only as long as the war on terror lasts, could be with us indefinitely. Because, as Homeland Security director Tom Ridge himself has warned, terrorism is a ('permanent condition to which American must...adjust')."
Nat Hentoff - The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance, 2003
"The government has taken the position that with no meaningful judicial review, an American citizen alleged to be an enemy combatant could be detained indefinitely without charges or counsel on the government's say-so."
-American Bar Association Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants, Preliminary Report, August 8, 2002
"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands...may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
James Madison, Federalist Papers
Bush to Limit Testimony Before 9/11 Panel
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 — President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have placed strict limits on the private interviews they will grant to the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, saying that they will meet only with the panel's top two officials and that Mr. Bush will submit to only a single hour of questioning, commission members said Wednesday.
The commission, which has 10 members and is bipartisan, said in a statement that it had also been informed by the White House that Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, had rejected its request that she testify in public about the intelligence reports that reached her desk before the Sept. 11 attacks.
George W. Bush will dredge up the souls lost on Sept. 11 when it's convenient--like when he wants to invade another country for no reason. But when he's called to take responsibility, or at least offer an explanation, for the terrible attacks that happened on his watch, suddenly the President who has spearheaded a sweeping campaign to invade the privacy and compromise the rights of others in the name of "fighting terrorism" is placing arrogant and arbitrary restrictions on when, where, and to whom he will testify.
United States citizens classified as "enemy combatants" have no such luxuries.
Our President is a disgrace to our country. Vote today and do something about it.