Action Alert! “Stand the F..k Up!” *

(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

* (budhydharma)


Shoulda’ happened yesterday already!

Cong. Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill “Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2009” (H.Res. 417), “calling on President Obama to reverse the damaging and illegal actions taken by the Bush/Cheney Administration and to collaborate with Congress to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power.”   h/t David Swanson

Here are the key points of the bill:

“Over the past several years, serious questions have been raised about the conduct of high ranking Bush/Cheney Administration officials in relation to some of the most basic elements of our democracy: respect for the rule of law, the principle of checks and balances, and the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights,” said Baldwin. “We must restore Americans’ faith that in a democracy, we follow the rule of law and that nobody – even the President and Vice President of the United States – is above the law,” Baldwin said.

“President Obama has already begun the work of reaffirming American values of justice and freedom. I commend him for his orders to close the detention facility at Guantanamo and prohibit illegal and immoral interrogation techniques. President Obama’s efforts to renew America must also include restoring executive branch accountability. We had an administration that spied on Americans, outed a covert intelligence agent, suspended habeas corpus, held people without charges and without access to counsel, and used torture and rendition. This measure lists steps President Obama can take to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power and restore the public’s faith in our government,” Baldwin said.

The Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2009 calls on President Obama to:

* Affirm our nation’s commitment to uphold the Constitution;

* Fully investigate Bush/Cheney administration officials’ alleged crimes and hold them accountable for any illegal acts;

* Hold accountable Bush/Cheney Administration officials who showed or show contempt for the legal duty to comply with Congressional subpoenas; disclosed the identity of any covert intelligence agent; pursued politically-motivated prosecutions;

* Ensure that any Bush/Cheney administration official guilty of a war crime is prosecuted under the War Crimes Act and the Anti-Torture Act;

* Affirm that it is the sole legal right of Congress to declare war;

* Criminalize lying to Congress and the American public about the reasons for going to war;

* Restore the writ of habeas corpus as an essential principle of our democracy;

* Ensure that torture and rendition are uniformly prohibited under United States law;

* Responsibly close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp;

* Ensure that Americans can bring claims against their government;

* Immediately take affirmative steps to protect all Bush/Cheney Administration documents;

* Publicly review potential abuses of the presidential pardon process; and

* Further reform the use of presidential signing statements.

A copy of the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2009 as introduced can be found in this PDF.

Congresswoman Baldwin explains why she feels this bill is necessary:


Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Find your Congress Member’s phone and fax numbers.

This bill stands a “hair’s” chance of getting through, but we, nonetheless, should DO everything to support it — show our solidarity — PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TOMORROW, and ask them to support Tammy Baldwin’s Bill.  In other words, “Stand the F..K UP!”   🙂


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  1. For Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and every Day you can think of!  🙂

  2. It is sad though, there’s not enough to go around. No courage, no responsibility, no justice…….no accountability. No, we will eat the hypocrisy of the last eight years…..and it will be a mess.

  3. on board already? Ill call Sheila J Lee tomorrow.

    I mentioned elsewhere that I am just now reading Mayer’s book, The Dark Side… only page 40 or so, but I swear…. (Im glad theyve got this Bill going but) I wonder if we’ll need a Constitutional Amendment before its all over! !

  4. from thomas


    Title: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that President Barack Obama should immediately work to reverse damaging and illegal actions taken by the Bush/Cheney Administration and collaborate with Congress to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power.

    Sponsor: Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] (introduced 5/7/2009)      Cosponsors (None)

    Latest Major Action: 5/7/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    And I think my Rep is on a couple of those committees.

  5. Thanks for putting this in the “spotlight.”  I just hope people will “Stand the F..k Up!”

  6. Rep. Tammy Baldwin is on the Democrats’ House Judiciary Committee.  So, in addition to contacting your own representatives, please contact the House Judiciary Committee Democratic members and urge them to sign on to Tammy’s bill.  The phone numbers are listed in the link above, and I will post it here, too.  Another thing, too, is that you don’t have to limit your calls to just your representatives, you can call any representative you wish with the same message.  Here’s a complete list of them.

  7. tahoe, and anyone else… Ive made some progress with the computer problems Ive been having … but Im still sort of on a self-imposed Stand By status…Im not going to be posting essays or diaries for a while, I think. I dunno.

    Anyway… I am therefore going to post my thoughts HERE instead! ha!

    I appreciate that tahoe in particular is great about posting ACTION Alerts, others do it too, but Im just…. really …feeling …. frustrated.

    We need to get our shit together.

    Anyway… this is coming up Wednesday, theres a webcast and I imagine C-Span will carry it:

    “What Went Wrong: Torture and the Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush Administration”

    Senate Judiciary Committee

    Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts

    View a webcast of this hearing

    DATE: May 13, 2009

    TIME: 10:00 AM

    Im mostly concerned about the Pentagon Photos to be released in the next few weeks. We should be DOING something… WHAT? I have no idea, lol, but I just feel like we should be gearing up for that. You KNOW there will be tons of the usual horsehsit out there. Look at fuckin Darth on the Sunday Shows yesterday saying the same fuckin LIES over and over like as if saying them enough times will make them true. Im pissed. And I didnt even watch it. ! God I loathe that man.

    So. anyway. Anybody have any brilliant ideas? Im too new to “online activism”, so Im either clueless, or maybe I might have some fresh ideas. Yin. Yang.

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