Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Longer Days Ahead 

Good thing the days are now going to be getting longer, since the to-do list just keeps growing. Readers were wondering how to get the international community rolling on indicting war criminals. Well:

The Center for Constitutional Rights and four Iraqis who were tortured in U.S. custody filed a complaint on November 30 with the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office against high ranking United States civilian and military commanders over the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere in Iraq.

We are asking the German prosecutor to launch an investigation because the U.S. government is unwilling to open an independent investigation into the responsibility of these officials for war crimes and the U.S. has refused to join the International Criminal Court. CCR and the Iraqi victims brought this complaint to Germany as a court of last resort. Several of the defendants are stationed in Germany.

The Pentagon and the U.S. government are taking this suit very seriously. According to the Deutsche Press Agency, Donald Rumsfeld has warned Germany that he will not attend an upcoming security conference in Munich if there is any indication of an investigation going forward, and Chief Pentagon Spokesman Larry Di Rita, calling the complaint “frivolous,” said that he raised the case with the State Department: "State is engaged in this. Obviously, it's something that we're focused on and very concerned with…” Please encourage the German prosecutor not to bow to U.S. pressure.

You can apply pressure here: INVESTIGATE RUMSFELD

Oh, and if you’re still wondering about whether or not the election was fairly conducted, it wasn’t. Of course, the liberal media will stay all over this one, so there’s no need to worry. The system works just fine. Don’t loiter here.

…Too many commentators continue to claim the recount effort is the result of bad losers. Some have even gone so far as to say that if the Republicans lost, there would be no recount—that Republicans “play fair.” In fact, concern about "fairness" is in part what is driving the recount. These commentators overlook the fact that this effort is not only about verifying the outcome of the vote. More importantly, it’s about ensuring accountability of a highly fallible elections process.

As long as any votes are miscounted, misplaced or misdirected, our elections cannot be said to be properly working. And with an electoral system that provides no consistency in how votes are counted—and some election officials hostile to a full accounting— there remains work to be done to restore voters' faith in the system…

…It is shocking that the cherished right to vote, which should be a major issue in this country, has become an invisible one. Even in the Ukraine, there will be a new election because of widespread irregularities in the presidential election. As the Supreme Court stated over a century ago, the right to vote is "a fundamental political right, because preservative of all rights." Now, more than ever, we must fight for this right. via Tom Paine

Well, a Scalia court will soon put a stop to that voting is a "fundamental political right" liberal nonsense. They had a good go at it in 2000, after all.

What's to be done? I dunno. Let's take a vote. A thank you note to Rep. Conyers would be nice. Local votes perhaps do count--the county next door just elected a new local party chair, I hear. A pissed off young woman. One county at a time.

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