Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Letter to Arlen Specter re: Censure

I was intrigued to hear your responses to Dick Durbin's questions regarding Russell Feingold's censure measure. You said you didn't want to rush to judgment on Bush's illegal wiretapping program without knowing more about it.

However, it's clear to all of us outside the Senate that the Bush Administration absolutely adores stonewalling Congress every time Congress attempts to do any meaningful oversight. Bush & Co. refuse to give out documents, answer questions under oath, or cooperate in any way with the checks and balances system. They only give in and provide a few documents to a few members of Congress under great pressure, thus relieving the pressure while still leaving most lawmakers in the dark about what is going on.

At the same time, they have admitted to breaking laws - Bush said he authorized wiretapping outside of the FISA program - the first time a sitting President admitted publicly that he broke a federal law, even if many presidents have broken laws clandestinely. The hubris, arrogance, call it what you want, is staggering. The fact is, they lost the "benefit of the doubt" a long time ago. They have shown a great willingness to lie and mislead to consolidate their power, and no longer deserve the trust you are still willing to extend to them.

What are you thinking? What do you know? What are you not telling the American people? Have you been briefed about the wiretapping? Why are you merrily rolling along as though the entire American system of the rule of law is not teetering on the brink of complete destruction? Why are you so afraid to look this dictatorship in the eye and bring it to an end?


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