"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) -

Friday, October 17, 2008

How You Can Help Prosecute Bush | Support

Charlotte Dennett For

Attorney General


VPR's 2008 Attorney General Debate | Wednesday October 8, 2008

Listen to the full debate » http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/82297


By David Swanson

Vincent Bugliosi's best-selling book, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" may be about to become more than a book. A viable candidate for attorney general of Vermont has committed to appointing Bugliosi as special prosecutor to immediately indict Bush, Cheney, Rice, Tenet, et alia, if she is elected. Her name is Charlotte Dennett, and she and the future of the rule of law in the world need you to send every dime you can spare to her campaign

Bugliosi struggled to find a publisher, despite his record of writing best-sellers, had to go out of the country to find a company that would make the audio version of the book, and his book has not been reviewed in a single major newspaper, although the New York Times wrote an article about the media blackout of this book (including by the New York Times) that had nonetheless become a New York Times bestseller. In fact, even those voices in the corporate media that people assume would have Vince on their shows (Maddow, Olbermann, Stewart, Colbert) have all refused. They love talking bad about Bush, but not suggesting that something might be done about it. They were the same way with impeachment. But inernational media outlets from around the world are intensely covering what Bugliosi and Dennett are doing and the prospect of seeing Bush indicted for murder.

And, even in the United States, word keeps spreading and the book keeps selling. One fan of the book has set up a site where you can fund his effort to mail a copy of the book to every attorney general and district prosecutor in the country. Other groups of supporters, like this one have generated local media coverage by sending a letter to their local prosecutor. ConvictBushCheney.org provides on this page the book's basic argument, a sample letter to send to a prosecutor, and a list of places in the country where things are happening.

Vermont, as many of us have grown accustomed to, is once again leading the way. Kurt Daims and other activists there have developed a way that all of us around the country can take a few minutes to help elect Charlotte Dennett apart from sending our money. Here's how:

1. Call anyone you know in Vermont. You can also copy pages from a Vermont phonebook at the library. OR

2. Go to http://zabasearch.com , http://411.com , or http://whitepages.com and get phone numbers of people in Vermont. Try calling people whose names start with the same letter of the alphabet as your own.

3. Say something like: "Hello. My name is _________. I'm from ________ . Have you heard of Charlotte Dennett? She's the brave and honest Progressive Party candidate for Vermont attorney general who's going to prosecute Bush. I hope you vote for her!" Some people might need to hear, "No, I'm not selling anything and I'm not a member of any organization." Maybe you can mention her web site. It's http://charlottedennettforattorneygeneral.com or http://dennettforag.com

There are only a handful of people in Vermont, and maybe a couple of cows, who do not want to see Bush in prison. Vermont has lost more troops per capita in Iraq than any other state. Two towns in Vermont have passed ordinances requiring the arrest of Bush or Cheney if they ever set foot there. Vermont is the only state Bush has never dared to visit as president. So, be confident in your calling. You're calling an entire state of people like yourself. If you reach people who are too busy or uninterested, move on. If you reach people who are enthusiastic, ask them if they can call their friends. Can they contact the campaign and volunteer to put up signs? Can they write a letter to the editor? Can they hold a fundraiser for Charlotte and invite her to speak? Can they send her a check?

More information you'll want to know:

Dennett will protect consumers and vigorously investigate inflated prescription drug pricing, credit card rip-offs, predatory bank lending, gas price gouging, and other forms of consumer fraud.

Dennett will protect workers from discrimination, such as discrimination based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability and HIV status.

Dennett will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect both public and private sector employees against retaliation.

Dennett will protect the environment and oppose the relicensing of Vermont Yankee.

Dennett will reform sex-offender laws so that the police and prosecutors have better tools for catching sex offenders.

Contributions can be made online or sent to:
Charlotte Dennett for Attorney General
PO Box 281
Montpelier, VT 05601

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NSA Spying on Military and International Aid Workers -- ACLU Files FOIA

Last week, ABC News reported that NSA officials have intercepted, listened to and passed around the phone calls of hundreds of innocent U.S. citizens working overseas -- including soldiers, journalists and human rights workers from organizations like the International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders -- even after it was clear that the calls were not in any way related to national security. NSA officials regularly passed around salacious calls such as the private "phone sex" calls of military officers calling home, according to the report.

This week, the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests demanding that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Justice Department disclose any policies and procedures pertaining to how the NSA protects Americans' privacy rights when it collects, stores and disseminates private U.S. communications. The NSA has not released a public version of its procedures for protecting the privacy of U.S. communications since 1993.

"The American public needs to know whether the NSA's procedures are sufficiently protective of our privacy rights," said Melissa Goodman, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project. "Unfortunately, there is often no meaningful court oversight of the NSA's surveillance activities, and the NSA is left to police itself."

In July 2008, Congress enacted the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), giving the NSA unprecedented power to spy on Americans without warrants. The law was passed over the strong objections of not only the ACLU and other civil liberties groups, but many members of Congress and the American public. The FISA Amendments Act permits dragnet, suspicionless surveillance of Americans' international communications -- precisely the kind of invasive and ineffective monitoring that was reported last week.

The ACLU filed a landmark lawsuit to stop the government from conducting surveillance under the new wiretapping law, arguing that the law violates the Fourth Amendment by giving the government virtually unchecked power to intercept Americans' international e-mails and telephone calls. The case was filed on behalf of a broad coalition of attorneys and human rights, labor, legal and media organizations.

"The FAA shows the danger of Congress choosing to legislate before it investigates," said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "We now know that whistleblowers approached the Senate Judiciary Committee last year with claims of NSA malfeasance and that efforts to bring them to light went nowhere. Congress should have been much more aggressive while investigating those allegations. If it had, the FISA Amendments Act may have had the safeguards needed to prevent this kind of abuse in the future. As it stands now, the privacy rights of Americans are as protected as any given NSA analyst allows them to be."

Read more about NSA surveillance gone amok on the ACLU’s blog.

Learn more information about the ACLU's ongoing FAA lawsuit.



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