H.Res 383 – Demand Accountability for 8 years of Bush/Cheney (Action!)

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   If you don’t support warrantless wiretapping, The Patriot Act, torture or any of the other high crimes and War crimes committed by the Criminal Bush Junta you might be interested in H.Res 383.

    H.Res 383 was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA9) and is designed to act as a Congressional oversight bill that would establish a select committee to review national security laws, policies, and practices. Better yet, this committee would have power of subpoena.

    If the House Leadership pushes this bill and the House Rules committee allows for open hearings and gives this bill a closed rule barring amendments, we could well be on our way to full investigations of Bush/Cheney and their policies crimes.  


       Please call and write your Congressional Representatives and others, as well as the Attorney General’s office and The White House to support investigations into the Bush/Cheney Administration and their policies as well as the appointment of a Special Prosecutor.

    This bill has been overlooked for a while now, having been first introduced on April 30th. My hat tip goes to slangist who first brought this House Resolution to my attention in a diary titled Help Congress Bite Back On Torture. We should not let this bill die quietly in committee.

    H.Res 383 has been referred to the House Rules Committee since first being introduced. The House Rules committee currently has 9 sitting Democrats as oppossed to 4 Republicans, so there should be no reason that we cannot get this H.Res put into effect soon.

   The question is if our Legislative branch is up to the task. That is where we come in.

End the cover up

    If formed, the committee will consist of 4 members of the House chosen by the Speaker and 3 members chosen by the minority leader. The Speaker of the House shall determine who will chair this committee

   Why has this committee been proposed?

Whereas the Patriot Act gave the Government the authority to spy on and collect information about innocent Americans;

Whereas the National Security Agency spied on Americans for seven years without a warrant in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Fourth Amendment;

Whereas the FISA Amendments Act authorized the Government to collect the content of communications coming into and out of the United States without an individualized order and without any suspicion of wrongdoing;

Whereas Congress has amended our surveillance laws many times since the tragedy of September 11 yet has not received meaningful information about how these new authorities have been used;

Whereas there is no public information about how any of these powerful surveillance tools are currently being used;

Whereas the three provisions of the Patriot Act will be sunsetting on December 31, 2009, and Congress will need to review and amend the surveillance laws this year;

Whereas the United States has Federal laws, including Federal criminal laws, that prohibit the torture, or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of any person in the custody of, or under the control of, the Federal Government;

Whereas in contravention of Federal laws against torture and abuse, and beginning as early as spring of 2002, the Federal Government began to use torture and abuse during the detention and interrogation of its detainees, and to transfer detainees to countries that historically have used torture and abuse during interrogation and detention;

Whereas important decisions on the development and implementation of United States policy on interrogations and detention were made by top White House officials, including presidential directives to set up CIA detention practices, attempting to bar the application of the protections of the Geneva Conventions to certain detainees, and former President George W. Bush’s public acknowledgment that he knew his top advisors were meeting to plan and approve interrogations and that he ‘approved it’;

Whereas despite the deliberate efforts by top Government officials to hide the use of torture and abuse by barring the International Committee of the Red Cross from visiting detainees held in a secret CIA prison network, destroying 92 videotapes of interrogations, and refusing to provide, even to important standing committees of Congress, key legal memorandums that reportedly were written to try to justify torture and abuse, more than 100,000 pages of already released Government interrogation and detention documents show a deliberate and systematic program of Government-ordered torture and abuse.

    Do you really need anymore reasons to Loudly support this Resolution?

    What do you think we mean by Yelling Louder? It’s the only way to be heard!

    Well, now I’m going to ask you to Yell Better, and Smarter too.

    So, what would this committee do?

The select committee is authorized to–

(1) require by subpoena or otherwise the attendance and testimony of any person (including at a taking of a deposition by counsel or consultant of the committee), and the production of such things; and

(2) adopt a rule regulating the taking of depositions by a member, counsel, or consultant of the committee, including pursuant to subpoena.


The select committee shall report to the House from time to time the results of its investigations and studies as it may deem advisable. At least one public report shall be filed with the House not later than December 31, 2009, and shall include legislative recommendations based on its findings.

    Subpoena’s you say? A public report you say?

    So, what can the House Rules committee do with H.Res 383?

H/T to Casual Wedsnseday

    Often called the “Speaker’s Committee” the Rules Committee effectively functions as an extension of the House leadership. The Rules Committee is unique in that the Speaker hand selects her party’s members of the committee. This means that the Speaker essential has almost total control over the committee.


    The special rules also allows for bills to come up for consideration out of turn. According to chamber rules, bills are considered in the chronological order that they are listed on the House calendar. Because of this rule, important bills might not be considered before adjournment. The Rules Committee has the power to give a bill priority, effectively moving it to the front of the queue.

Considered Forthwith: The House Rules Committee

    Since this committee is not only closely connected to Speaker Pelosi but also in charge of the order to which bills appear before the body of the House, we should urge the Rules Committee Loudly to push this legislation forward in order to fully investigate the Bush/Cheney Administration and their policies.

    How badly do you want to see George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condeleeza Rice, Don Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Karl Rove, among other War Criminals, issued subpoenas to answer for their Crimes against our nation, this world and Humanity itself?

    If you would like to see practices such as warrant less wiretapping end, if you would like to make sure that the Patriot Act is not renewed, and if you think that there should be FULL INVESTIGATIONS leading to PROSECUTION, please, contact the Democratic Members of the House Rules Committee and tell them to support H.Res #383 and bring it before the floor of the House for a full vote.

    Tell the Democratic House of Representatives Leadership that you want open public investigations of Bush/Cheney and that you support a closed rule for H.Res 383 today!


Contact Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi [D-CA8] by E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-0100

Contact House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] by E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-4131

Contact House Majority Whip James Clyburn [D-SC6] by E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-3315

Contact H.Res 383 Sponsor Representative Barbara Lee [D-CA9]

   Or Call (202) 225-2661

    Be sure to say thank you to Representative Lee, and tell her that you support her and House Resolution 383

    Contact House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers by E-mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-5126

Contact Rep. Robert Wexler [D-FL19} by E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-3001


    When contacting House Rules Committee members, be sure to state that you want a closed ruling on H.Res 383 and open public investigations of the Bush/Cheney Administration and their policies.

    Contact House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY28] by E-Mail here

   Or Call (202) 225-3615

    Contact Rep. Michael Arcuri [D-NY24] via E-Mail here

   Or Call (202) 225-3665

    Contact Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D-CA18] via E-Mail here

   Or Call (202) 225-6131

    Contact Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL23] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-1313

    Contact Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA5] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-7163

    Contact Rep. James McGovern [D-MA3] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-6101

    Contact Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-2645

    Contact Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-6116

    Contact Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-2161

    This is the contact information for the four Republican members of the House Rules committee. WARNING: You should only contact these Congressional representatives if you are a voter in their districts.

    Contact Ranking GOP committee member Rep. David Dreier [R-CA26] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-2305

    Contact Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart [R-FL21] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202)225-4211

    Contact Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-2071

    Contact Rep. Peter Sessions [R-TX32] via E-Mail here

    Or Call (202) 225-2231


Contact the Progressive Caucus VIA E-Mail here

   Or Call their offices at 202-225-1400

    If you wish to contact your own Representative to ask them to support this effort and H.Res 383 in order to fully and openly investigate the Bush/Cheney Administration, you can search for their contact information here or call (202) 225-1904.

    To Demand A Special Prosecutor to fully investigate the war crimes, high crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Bush/Cheney Administration, Please use the Contact Information below.

    You can Contact President Barack Obama’s White House to demand accountability here

    CALL The White House at 202-456-1111 and E-Mail the WH here

    You can Contact Attorney General’s Eric Holder’s office to demand accountability here



   U.S. Department of Justice

   950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

   Washington, DC 20530-0001


Department of Justice Main Switchboard202-514-2000

Office of the Attorney General


E-Mail the Attorney Generals Office at [email protected]



      If you need help writing a letter to AG Eric Holder there is an excellent one you can click and paste in here courtesy of Something the Dog Said.

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  3. A lot of effort went into this.

    Coincidentally, just received this e-mail from Wexler yesterday:

    Dear ,

    We are on the cusp of perhaps the most significant development in our multi-year quest for accountability:

    Multiple sources are reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder is likely to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate possible crimes committed by and under the authority of the Bush Administration – particularly as they relate to the use of torture.

    Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind: such an appointment is critical to the integrity of our system of government.   As you know, I have been pushing for such accountability for quite some time.

    All of the evidence publicly available raises significant questions as to whether the Bush Administration or interrogators violated the law regarding the authorization and use of interrogation techniques.  Such techniques such as excessive waterboarding and extreme physical brutality likely violated existing American law and international treaties against torture and led to the death of prisoners held in US custody.

    The Attorney General testified in the Judiciary Committee recently: “If somebody was tortured to death, clearly a crime would have occurred.”

    Please click here to support my emails and message.

    There are those who fear that an investigation will distract and divide us at a time when we need to focus on very pressing issues such as health care, the economy, and foreign policy.  The truth is that we can and must do both. Just as we must repair our health care and economic system, we must also repair of system of justice.

    The appointment of a Special Prosecutor has nothing to do with politics.  It has to do with the seriousness of the allegations and the evidence that supports them.

    In fact, by appointing a Special Prosecutor – the Department of Justice separates itself from the investigation, allowing the evidence to be considered totally independent of political or institutional influences.

    I refuse to believe that many Americans, regardless of their political leanings, would want any President, Vice President, or Cabinet official to exist above the law.  That is not democracy.

    Should we fail to investigate alleged abuses of power – even at this late date – we concede our rights and set dangerous precedents for the future.

    Enforcement of our laws preserves the balance of power – not simply between branches of government – but between citizens and their elected leaders.


    Congressman Robert Wexler


    I, too, believe this is a very worthwhile effort and we should all do what we can to support and urge the passage of this bill.

    At the same time, we should not lose sight, nor become lazy about urging for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor — pressure, pressure, pressure as much as possible on both issues!!

    David Swanson urges the following:

    Ask Holder to Appoint a Special Prosecutor

    According to news reports over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to appoint a special prosecutor for torture.  Now is the moment for everyone to phone and Email him asking him to do so and not to give anyone immunity from that investigation.

    Phone 202-514-2001

    Email [email protected]

    Much more you can do: Prosecute Bush & Cheney Org

    I’m going to print this out for the important phone numbers, etc.

    Thank you for this, Ministry of Truth!

    Rec’d at DK!

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