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by Kalamalama staff

 

Romero went on to list some of what he consider President Bush’s most egregious crimes against the U.S. Constitution and the American people: “Unauthorized domestic wire tapping...illegal detentions and flagrant violations of human rights at Guantanamo...secret CIA kidnappings that transport victims to countries that engage in torture...the use of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces to chill peaceful dissent...the refusal to hold high-level officials accountable for abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib.”

Bush is unlikely to be called to account for his criminal actions, since his party controls the Senate, and only the Senate can, according to the U.S. Constitution, impeach a sitting president. However, Romero’s letter was not a plea for contributions to the Democratic National Committee for money to help elect more Democrats to the Senate. Instead Romero focused on the ACLU mission: “to uphold the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in the face of this ongoing abuse of presidential power.” Helping to fund ACLU efforts is one way, Romero implied, that the average U.S. citizen “can help break this pattern of abuse,” Romero said, “and deliver a clear and unequivocal message: no one—not even the president—is above the law.”

“ The ACLU is fighting back,” Romero continued, and its efforts are bipartisan. “We’re mobilizing a wide range of Americans—Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives—to challenge the Bush/Cheney administration’s cynical assumption that no one will dare stand up to their abuse of power. We’re using all of the tools available to us in a free, democratic society,” Romero continued, “to reclaim our lost liberties.”

The ACLU’s current efforts to reassert American’s civil liberties and protect the Constitution include lawsuits challenging the NSA’s illegal spying on Americans and, Romero wrote, “exposing the monitoring and surveillance of everyday Americans who have dared to speak out against Bush administration policies.”

The organization is running ads in The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, and, Romero claimed, the “campaign has already provoked the White House into attacking us.”

The ACLU, Romero said, is “mobilizing people across the country” and “bringing together scholars and advocates to help us all understand the grave nature of the NSA program” and working with other groups, such as Moveon.org, to “bring Americans together to demand the truth and the restoration of the rule of law”

 

 

 

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