"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Thursday, September 11, 2008

America Must Move From Retributive Justice To A Healing, Restorative Process Of Truth And Reconciliation.

America must move from the errant, retributive justice of 9/11 to a healing, restorative process of truth and reconciliation.

Before the Congress adjourns, I will bring forth a new proposal for the establishment of a National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, which will have the power to compel testimony and gather official documents to reveal to the American people not only the underlying deception which has divided us, but in that process of truth seeking set our nation on a path of reconciliation.

We suffer in our remembrance of 9/11, because of the terrible loss of innocent lives on that grim day. We also suffer because 9/11 was seized as an opportunity to run a political agenda, which has set America on a course of the destruction of another nation and the destruction of our own Constitution. And we have become less secure as a result of the warped practice of pursing peace through the exercise of pre-emptive military strength.

It is not simply 9/11 that needs to be remembered. We also need to remember the politicization of 9/11 and the polarizing narrative which followed, locking us into endless conflict, a war on terror which has wrought further terror worldwide and which has severely damaged our standing worldwide as an honorable, compassionate nation. As we were all victims of 9/11, so we have become victims of the interpretation of 9/11.

In The Halls Of Congress Committee Members to Testify on Rule of Law

On September 16, 2008, the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights will hold a hearing on "Restoring the Rule of Law."
The hearing, which will be held in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building at 10:15 am, will include testimony from several Constitution Project committee members, including former member of Congress Mickey Edwards (R-OK) (who also serves on our Board of Directors), Dean of Yale Law School Harold Koh, former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, and former general counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Suzanne Spaulding.