Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sweeney votes to give Bush more wartime powers

John Sweeney stood with the Bush administration once again when he voted to pass a bill that seeks to subvert the recent Supreme Court decision that rejected Bush's claim of wartime power.

The Washington Post reports that the Center for Constitutional Rights condemned the bill, saying it would "authorize the indefinite detention of non-citizens without access to courts -- even if they are not charged with any crime."

Democrats understand that to fight for freedom means you uphold the rule of law, you oppose torture and you ensure that the Geneva Conventions and the Constitution are both honored by our nation.

The bill "is really more about who we are as a people than it is about those who seek to harm us," said House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). "Defending America requires us to marshal the full range of our power: diplomatic and military, economic and moral. And when our moral standing is eroded, our international credibility is diminished as well." (Source, WP "House Approves Bill on Detainees")

If you really believe that freedom isn't free, it is time to fire John Sweeney and the pro-Bush Republican majority.

Freedom means that we fight those who oppose us using the rule of law. When we support those who support torture, when elect those who oppose fair trials, when we ignore the Geneva Conventions and the American Constitution - that is when Osoma bin Laden has won as far as I am concerned.

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