Wednesday, September 20, 2006

House Committee votes for torture

Today the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5825 which decriminalizes the Bush administrations illegal wiretapping of United States Citizens without any Judicial oversight, even after the fact as the law currently allows. Co-Sponsors of this bill Include 2 Ohioan’s John Boehner of the 8th District and (big surprise here) Jean Schmidt of the 2nd district. No Democrats on the committee voted for the bill. The only Ohioan on the Committee is Steve Chabot. I have not been able to confirm that he voted for the bill or that he was even in attendance.

The same Committee also passed H.R. 6053 which legalizes Bush's illegal detainment in secret prisons, torture of prisoners and a military tribunal without allowing the accused to even know what the evidence is against them even up to the time they may receive the death penalty. No Co- sponsors from Ohio and I will add a comment to this post once I determine if Chabot voted and how.

Wiretapping without warrant, secret prisons, torture, trial without showing evidence. Is this the America visualized by the framers of the Constitution?

If these bills pass this will decriminalize Bush's illegal activities after the fact thus making impeachment unlikely. Worse then that, our standing in the world will be damaged perhaps forever.



Anonymous Janet in San Jose said...

Thank you, Joe, for speaking up. Until there is a large number of Americans speaking up to retain our freedom, the government will continue to "protect" us by taking away our rights.

8:19 PM  

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