Quote of the Day: "The black Dooms gnashing their white teeth, grim-eyed, fierce, bloody, terrifying fought over the men who were dying for they were all longing to drink dark blood. As soon as they caught a man who had fallen or one newly wounded, one of them clasped her great claws around him and his soul went down to Hades, to chilly Tartarus. And when they had satisfied their hearts with human blood, they would throw that one behind them and rush back again into the battle and the tumult." - Description of "The Keres" in the Shield of Heracles.
Politicians send troops abroad to die. Then they bestow fake honor on them at home. It's called Memorial Day.
Chances are EVERY member of Congress will be back in their district, pontificating and posing as a patriot, who values the sacrifice of the fallen. Yet...
Last week an amendment to end legalized kidnapping failed in the House, 182-238.
You can see how your Representative voted here.
The 238 should be deeply ashamed.
If you see one, I hope you'll tell them so. And don't believe them when they tell you it doesn't apply to Americans. Now, as you'll see below, even a federal judge disagrees.
If you're not going to see them, then write them. We urge you to "Thank or Spank," depending on how he or she voted, using DownsizeDC.org's Repeal Indefinite Detention campaign.
The hardwired letter reads, "Repeal the detainee provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (Sections 1021 & 1022)."
Then, choose the appropriate text below.
Representative voted "Aye"...
Thank you for supporting the Smith-Amash Amendment to the 2013 NDAA.
Last week a federal judge placed an injunction against the 2012 NDAA "indefinite detention" provisions, based on the likelyhood that they violate the First and Fifth Amendments.
By supporting repeal, you followed your oath of office and the Constitution.
Stand firm on this issue. Please tell your Senate colleagues to insist on restoration of this amendment when they consider the NDAA. In the House, you must oppose the 2013 NDAA Conference Report unless indefinite detention is repealed.
I need you to keep fighting!
Representative voted "No"...
It is Memorial Day weekend. I am angered. You cast a troop-dishonoring vote against the Smith-Amash Amendment that would end _kidnapping_. You euphemistically call it "indefinite detention."
The vote came a day AFTER a federal judge placed an injunction on the practice based on First AND Fifth Amendments grounds! Don't you read the papers?
The hearing testimony and the judge's ruling are instructive.
* Opponents were proven right; Americans were at risk of a military kidnapping at the President's whim.
* Members of both Armed Service Committees misled you about Sections 1021 and 1022 of NDAA 2012.
Now, thankfully, Section 1021 can’t be used within our borders.
Let me ask you...
* Have _you_ been lying about the bill?
* Are you ignoring the real, textual concerns of civil libertarians, choosing instead to believe the false propaganda of the Armed Services Committee? (The text matters more than their intentions.)
* Did you originally misunderstand the bill, yet STILL ignore the federal judge's ruling?
* Did you abandon your oath of office to support the Constitution and instead decided to "let the Supreme Court sort it out?"
You'd agree that the Supreme Court gets things wrong. That's why it's YOUR responsibility to stop unconstitutional legislation before it even reaches the courts!
There's another thing I wonder about...
You will give AT LEAST one Memorial Day speech this weekend. Chances are you will honor our nation's war dead by saying they "fought for our freedom."
* Do you see ANY contradiction between your vote and your freedom rhetoric?
* Isn't a country where the commander-in-chief can kidnap anyone at will the definition of an UNFREE country?
* Are you dishonoring those who've "died for our freedom" by your delinquent legislative actions?
I demand you reconsider. Repent for what you've done. Going forward, support repeal of the kidnapping provisions. Tell your colleagues and the Senate that you will do this.
You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.
DC Downsizers, have a great holiday weekend!
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