We do hold in suspension our system of goverment until such times as the balance has been restored, and the criminals have been ousted. Our system of government was created explicity for such times as ours today.
Thanks to everyone who has filed charges directly with the House Judiciary Committee, and to anyone who can help me out at the new site.
President Bush doesn't bother with vetoes; he simply declares his intention not to enforce anything he dislikes. Charlie Savage at The Globe reported recently that Mr. Bush had issued more than 750 "presidential signing statements" declaring he wouldn't do what the laws required. Perhaps the most infamous was the one in which he stated that he did not really feel bound by the Congressional ban on the torture of prisoners.
In this area, as in so many others, Mr. Bush has decided not to take the open, forthright constitutional path. He signed some of the laws in question with great fanfare, then quietly registered his intention to ignore them. He placed his imperial vision of the presidency over the will of America's elected lawmakers. And as usual, the Republican majority in Congress simply looked the other way.
NYT Editorial; Veto? Who Needs a Veto?
May 5, 2006
How many people world-wide demonstrated against the war in Iraq on Saturday, March 18, 2006? Approximately 420 million people.... just some more zeros.....
in advance of Saturday's demonstration in San Francisco, about which the Associated Press reported only 1,000 demonstrators, when there were in fact 10,000 demonstrators... i was reading about the protest in Tokyo.... 2,000 to people protested on Saturday the 18th of March in Tokyo, among them 500 Japanese Buddhists who have been protesting this particular Iraq war since 2001.... and who have been protesting American wars for the last 60 years.....
TOKYO; 18 MAR 06
Over 2,000 Gather in Tokyo to Rally for Peace
In Tokyo tonight, about 2500 gathered in the Park in Shibuya, led by a buddhist chant and drums in a march down the main avenues of Shibuya's shopping districts -- one of the busiest neighborhoods in the world.
The number of participants was small, but this is TREMENDOUS considering the Japanese reticence. And the impact on pedestrians in Shibuya -- where such things literally NEVER happen -- will be incalculable.
Greenpeace was also there in force.
Tomorrow, it's your turn in the west. Please do your part.
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.... There is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
-- William O. Douglas, US Supreme Court Justice from 1939-1975
Then there's this:
Obora's team of antiwar activists, Tachikawa Jieitai Kanshi Tento Mura (Tachikawa SDF monitoring tent village) has campaigned peacefully in the western Tokyo area for quarter of a century. The group was founded in 1972 to prevent the SDF from occupying land vacated by the departing U.S. Military and uses classic antiwar tactics: sit downs, peaceful obstruction and propagandizing.
Over the years, the group has fought, with very mixed results, against the SDF occupation, the dispatch of U.S. troops to Vietnam and the construction of a military runway. By the time they were raided on Feb. 27, 2004, Tent Mura was one of the oldest protest groups in Tokyo and had shrunk to seven, mostly middle-aged activists who shared a cluttered second-story office in Tachikawa.
So on Jan. 17, 2004 when Obora and his colleagues went to the Tachikawa SDF housing complex hoping their fliers would be noticed among the piles of junk advertising that clogs up postboxes all over Japan, it was business as usual. "We had been doing this since the previous autumn," says Obora. "And we had been distributing newspapers outside bases and sending direct mail since the early 1970s. We stopped for a while because we didn't think it was having any impact."
They believed, however, that amongst the hundreds of families in the complex, some were likely to oppose Japan's first dispatch of troops to a war zone since the Second World War, a belief supported by surveys, at least until the soldiers left for Southern Iraq later that month; a Nippon Television poll in November 2003, for example, found 71 percent of the population against the deployment.
Good to go. I am especially impressed that proceeds are going to the ACLU. Counting the straws that broke this administration's back, I rate illegal warrantless domestic spying top of the heap.
Job very well done, Oakland.
We all owe a great debt to Michael Smith, to the Sunday Times, and also to Daniel Ellsberg and the (then) New York Times which first published the Pentagon Papers. The pen is still mightier than the sword... and its effects are more long lasting.