Re: FW: Update: Bush nominee's hands dirtier than thought!

From: eliza@pob.huji.ac.il
Date: Wed Jun 16 2004 - 14:19:43 PDT


I'm presently reading a book dealing with this issue:
"Crimes of a President: New Revelations on the Conspiracy and Cover Up in the
Bush and Reagan Administration" by Joel Bainerman. I must admit that reading
this book has revolutionized my attitude to the US and it's foreign policies.
Before my attitude to the US was pretty much ambivalent, but after reading the
reports about the Use of Torture in Iraq and this book, I confess that in a
way I'm sorry that the USSR has no successor to break the US monopoly on
global politics. What looks like the "American Dream" from the outside is for
some (including the victims of the CIA's MKULTRA project in the 50s and 60s)
de facto a nightmare. Concerning the Bush clan and it's skeletons (skull &
bones skeletons?:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/02/60minutes/main576332.shtml ) in the
cupboard, I pretty much sympathize with the cause of "People For the American
Way". Not only the Americans have paid the price for the ruthless politics of
Bush &Co., but also no-US citizens worldwide.
Alias L.

Quoting Eugene Matusov <ematusov@udel.edu>:

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> Bush Judicial Nominee Appointed Authors of Report Arguing Rules Against
> Torture Need Not Apply
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> We've already shared with you many problems surrounding the nomination of
> William Haynes to be a federal judge: he was an
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> architect of detention policies in the war on terror; he signed off on
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> allowing U.S. citizens to be stripped of their rights by being dubbed 'enemy
> combatants'; and he helped develop the
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> military tribunals about which the Army's own Judge Advocates General have
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> expressed grave doubts.
> But now it has emerged that Haynes, the Pentagon's top lawyer, oversaw a
> working group that provided the Bush administration with a report promoting
> unsettling policies on torture. Haynes' group
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> actually argues that President Bush, in exercising his powers as commander
> in chief during times of war, is under no obligation to adhere to any rule
> of law - international or domestic - that bars the use of torture.
> You read that correctly. Despite the U.S. Constitution's plain language that
> laws passed by Congress and treaties ratified by the United States are the "
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> supreme law of the land" and that the President is obligated under the
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> care that the laws be faithfully executed," Haynes' group believes that such
> laws and treaties - including the 1984 Convention Against Torture, to which
> the U.S. was a party - in no way restrict George Bush's right to order
> torture.
> All of this is outrage enough, even if we ignore the fact that President
> Bush is actually attempting to put this man in a position of great power
> over domestic law by making him a powerful federal appellate judge. But of
> course we can't ignore that. Remember: because the U.S. Supreme Court
> accepts so few cases, the federal appeals courts have the final say in 99
> percent of the cases making it to that level. We must draw a line in the
> sand.
> Over 25,000 outraged citizens have already signed a petition statement
> demanding Bush withdraw William Haynes' nomination for a lifetime seat on
> the powerful 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The statement goes on to urge the
> Senate to deny Haynes confirmation should Bush choose to pursue this
> troubling nomination.
> It is unprecedented for us to have collected so many names for an
> under-the-radar nomination like this, but we do not have enough.
> Your signature matters because:
> * We will deliver your signatures to George W. Bush. This nomination
> is becoming more of an embarrassment to the administration each day, but the
> heat hasn't reached the point at which Bush will pull the plug. We can help
> make that possible.
> * We will deliver your signatures to the U.S. Senate. If the Bush
> administration pushes on with this nomination, there is reason for optimism
> that William Haynes will not be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Every
> constituent voice into our Senators lets them know that we care about our
> courts and we're paying attention to this nominee.
> * Your signatures bring attention to this nominee. Outrage gets
> covered - so let's show outrage. When news outlets know that something
> matters to many viewers, listeners or readers, they are more likely to cover
> it. Due in part to the signatures we've already collected, People For was
> interviewed by National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., about the problems
> surrounding the Haynes nomination.
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> Sign the petition and
> <http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M6428345103005986896655&iEvent=24367> tell
> your friends. If you take part in online discussions or regularly post to
> community boards that address issues that might dovetail with the Haynes
> nomination, we encourage you to promote our action there.
> The future of our Constitution is at stake - and by extension, the future of
> America. Stand up and be heard now, before our speech is subject to the
> filter of federal judges like William Haynes.
> Link Summary:
> Sign the petition statement against Haynes' nomination:
> <http://www.pfaw.org/go/haynes/> http://www.pfaw.org/go/Haynes/
> Tell your friends about the petition and ask them to sign:
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> http://www.pfaw.org/go/Haynes-TAF/
> Get PFAW Foundation's resources on how another right-wing justice would
> affect our rights:
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> Our campaign to defeat the federal judgeship of William Haynes is off to a
> successful start - over 25,000 Americans have joined so far. New revelations
> about Haynes' role in setting the Bush administration's stance on torture
> demand even greater outrage.
> <http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M6428864103005986896655&iEvent=24367>
> Sign the petition to President Bush urging that Haynes' nomination to a
> federal appeals court be withdrawn.
> Then,
> <http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M6428346103005986896655&iEvent=24367> ask
> your friends to sign on, too, and help make certain that Haynes is never
> given lifetime power on the federal bench over our rights and liberties.
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> The Supreme Court
> People For the American Way Foundation has put out an updated version of its
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> Courting Disaster report, identifying important issues that could be
> affected should another right-wing justice be appointed to the Court.
> <http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M6428325103005986896655&iEvent=24367>
> Click here to read the report, view the fact sheets or engage our
> interactive tool, built to quickly demonstrate what's at stake in the High
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