Kucinich Calls the Question on Libya War Powers

Last week, voting on amendments on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives began taking action to limit U.S. military involvement in Libya's civil war.

Now the House leadership has agreed to a vote on House Concurrent Resolution 51, introduced by Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich, which would direct the President, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, to remove U.S. armed forces from the Libya war. The vote could come as early as Wednesday afternoon.

 

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Cook Report adds Kucinich to list of vulnerable Dems

I just got this email from Dennis Kucinich. Please chip in what you can to help a great independent-minded progressive: http://kucinich.us/contribute

Dear Friend,

The Cook Report has written that the seat I have held in congress for the last 14 years is no longer a safe Democratic seat.

I cannot take this election for granted.

We need immediate help to raise the funds to spend for last-minute media buys to make sure there is no question about the outcome.

Please send a contribution.

Thank you, as ever.

Dennis


Seven More Competitive House Races 

Dennis Kucinich among newly vulnerable Dems. 

3:48 PM, OCT 26, 2010 • BY MICHAEL WARREN • weeklystandard.com

The Cook Political Report has updated seven House races, moving all seven “Solid Democrat” races to “Likely Democrat.” The list includes Frank Pallone of New Jersey, David Price of North Carolina, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Lloyd Doggett of Texas, John Tierney of Massachusetts, and Dennis Kucinich of Ohio … Kucinich’s challenger, Cleveland businessman Peter Corrigan, was considered a long shot until a recent internal poll showed Corrigan within single digits of the two-time presidential candidate.


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Kucinich Legislation Ends the Extrajudicial Killing of U.S. Citizens

This posted at DandelionSalad, on the heels of growing expressions of disbelief turning to indignation that Obama has actually ordered this.  Keith Olbermann's take last Spring here, Ron Paul's speech on the House floor below.

Bill Protects Constitutional Right to a Fair Trial

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced today that he will introduce legislation that would end the practice of targeting U.S. citizens for extrajudicial killing. Earlier this year, The Washington Post and The New York Times revealed that the Obama Administration was continuing the Bush-era policy of including U.S. citizens on lists of people to be assassinated without a trial. Kucinich has spoken out forcefully against revoking the basic constitutional rights of American citizens for simply being suspected of involvement with terrorism, and he is currently recruiting cosponsors for his bill.  "Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights of all U.S. citizens," wrote Kucinich.

The full text of the letter follows:

Dear Colleague:

Earlier this year, The Washington Post and The New York Times revealed that the Obama Administration was continuing a Bush-era policy of including U.S. citizens on lists of people to be assassinated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). These citizens have had no trial.

Under such a system, U.S. citizens are added to the list simply for being suspected of involvement in terrorism, in subversion of their basic constitutional rights and due process of law. Their right to a trial and to present a defense is summarily and anonymously stripped from them. Following the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that detainees being held indefinitely in Guantánamo Bay were to be afforded habeas corpus rights, thirty-three of thirty-nine detainees were ordered released on the grounds of insufficient evidence to support accusations of their involvement in terrorism. If a U.S. citizen is added to the targeted assassination lists based on accusations absent judicial review, their punishment is death.

In a hearing of the House Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis C. Blair testified that the President authorizes such operations if it is deemed that they are seen to pose a "continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." Leading legal scholars such as Bill Quigley, the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions are among the legal voices challenging the legal authority for the U.S. government to conduct extrajudicial killings.

Intelligence operations that have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight raise serious legal questions, particularly when the outcomes of such programs constitute possible violations of international law and violations of the Constitution of the United States. Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights of all U.S. citizens. We must reject the notion that protecting the constitutional rights of some citizens requires revoking the rights of other citizens. My legislation would reaffirm our commitment to upholding our nation’s basic constitutional principles, and prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens abroad.

Sincerely,
s
Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

TEXT OF BILL:  H. R. 6010 To prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens, and for other purposes.

Ron Paul on House Floor video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_7W0U_BuVU&

Kucinich Legislation Ends the Extrajudicial Killing of U.S. Citizens

This posted at DandelionSalad, on the heels of growing expressions of disbelief turning to indignation that Obama has actually ordered this.  Keith Olbermann's take last Spring here, Ron Paul's speech on the House floor below.

Bill Protects Constitutional Right to a Fair Trial

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced today that he will introduce legislation that would end the practice of targeting U.S. citizens for extrajudicial killing. Earlier this year, The Washington Post and The New York Times revealed that the Obama Administration was continuing the Bush-era policy of including U.S. citizens on lists of people to be assassinated without a trial. Kucinich has spoken out forcefully against revoking the basic constitutional rights of American citizens for simply being suspected of involvement with terrorism, and he is currently recruiting cosponsors for his bill.  "Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights of all U.S. citizens," wrote Kucinich.

The full text of the letter follows:

Dear Colleague:

Earlier this year, The Washington Post and The New York Times revealed that the Obama Administration was continuing a Bush-era policy of including U.S. citizens on lists of people to be assassinated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). These citizens have had no trial.

Under such a system, U.S. citizens are added to the list simply for being suspected of involvement in terrorism, in subversion of their basic constitutional rights and due process of law. Their right to a trial and to present a defense is summarily and anonymously stripped from them. Following the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that detainees being held indefinitely in Guantánamo Bay were to be afforded habeas corpus rights, thirty-three of thirty-nine detainees were ordered released on the grounds of insufficient evidence to support accusations of their involvement in terrorism. If a U.S. citizen is added to the targeted assassination lists based on accusations absent judicial review, their punishment is death.

In a hearing of the House Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis C. Blair testified that the President authorizes such operations if it is deemed that they are seen to pose a "continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." Leading legal scholars such as Bill Quigley, the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions are among the legal voices challenging the legal authority for the U.S. government to conduct extrajudicial killings.

Intelligence operations that have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight raise serious legal questions, particularly when the outcomes of such programs constitute possible violations of international law and violations of the Constitution of the United States. Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights of all U.S. citizens. We must reject the notion that protecting the constitutional rights of some citizens requires revoking the rights of other citizens. My legislation would reaffirm our commitment to upholding our nation’s basic constitutional principles, and prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens abroad.

Sincerely,
s
Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

TEXT OF BILL:  H. R. 6010 To prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens, and for other purposes.

Ron Paul on House Floor video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_7W0U_BuVU&

Kucinich Legislation Ends the Extrajudicial Killing of U.S. Citizens

This posted at DandelionSalad, on the heels of growing expressions of disbelief turning to indignation that Obama has actually ordered this.  Keith Olbermann's take last Spring here, Ron Paul's speech on the House floor below.

Bill Protects Constitutional Right to a Fair Trial

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced today that he will introduce legislation that would end the practice of targeting U.S. citizens for extrajudicial killing. Earlier this year, The Washington Post and The New York Times revealed that the Obama Administration was continuing the Bush-era policy of including U.S. citizens on lists of people to be assassinated without a trial. Kucinich has spoken out forcefully against revoking the basic constitutional rights of American citizens for simply being suspected of involvement with terrorism, and he is currently recruiting cosponsors for his bill.  "Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights of all U.S. citizens," wrote Kucinich.

The full text of the letter follows:

Dear Colleague:

Earlier this year, The Washington Post and The New York Times revealed that the Obama Administration was continuing a Bush-era policy of including U.S. citizens on lists of people to be assassinated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). These citizens have had no trial.

Under such a system, U.S. citizens are added to the list simply for being suspected of involvement in terrorism, in subversion of their basic constitutional rights and due process of law. Their right to a trial and to present a defense is summarily and anonymously stripped from them. Following the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that detainees being held indefinitely in Guantánamo Bay were to be afforded habeas corpus rights, thirty-three of thirty-nine detainees were ordered released on the grounds of insufficient evidence to support accusations of their involvement in terrorism. If a U.S. citizen is added to the targeted assassination lists based on accusations absent judicial review, their punishment is death.

In a hearing of the House Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis C. Blair testified that the President authorizes such operations if it is deemed that they are seen to pose a "continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." Leading legal scholars such as Bill Quigley, the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions are among the legal voices challenging the legal authority for the U.S. government to conduct extrajudicial killings.

Intelligence operations that have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight raise serious legal questions, particularly when the outcomes of such programs constitute possible violations of international law and violations of the Constitution of the United States. Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights of all U.S. citizens. We must reject the notion that protecting the constitutional rights of some citizens requires revoking the rights of other citizens. My legislation would reaffirm our commitment to upholding our nation’s basic constitutional principles, and prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens abroad.

Sincerely,
s
Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

TEXT OF BILL:  H. R. 6010 To prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens, and for other purposes.

Ron Paul on House Floor video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_7W0U_BuVU&

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