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Mar 13, 2007
Focus: Politics
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

“What PFAW’s review reveals is a lawyer who too often allows his legal judgment to be driven by his close relationship with the President rather than adherence to the law or the Constitution. The risk that such lack of independence poses … is simply too great to warrant [Gonzales’] confirmation.”
-- Ralph G. Neas, January 4, 2005

“[Gonzales] has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bush’s imperial presidency.”
-- The New York Times Editorial Page, March 11, 2007

Enough is enough.

As scandal after scandal emerges, each one shedding new light on the Bush administration’s abuse of power, violations of Americans’ civil liberties and contempt for the Constitution, People For the American Way is calling for the resignation or removal of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the first step in holding the White House and Department of Justice accountable to the rule of law.

Please sign our petition calling on congressional leaders to demand the resignation or removal of Attorney General Gonzales now!

Two years ago, PFAW vigorously opposed the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as U.S. Attorney General on the grounds that his loyalties were misplaced, showing a much greater commitment – both personal and political – to President Bush than to the law and the Constitution. It’s not just recent revelations that have confirmed our suspicions, but indeed Gonzales’ entire record as Attorney General.

Here’s a quick glance:

  • Defended the Bush administration’s illegal domestic spying program, which operated in secrecy for years in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and was declared unconstitutional by a federal district court
  • Falsely suggested in testimony before Congress that the Constitution does not provide the right of habeas corpus
  • Continues to back the Bush administration’s authority to hold U.S. detainees without judicial review
  • Oversaw the Justice Department’s failure to fully enforce laws that protect every eligible American citizen’s right to vote
  • Undermined checks and balances by asserting that the courts have no right to judge the executive branch’s national security policies

And just recently:

  • We’ve learned from long-overdue and much-needed congressional oversight hearings that dedicated and effective U.S. Attorneys were forced to resign from their posts for apparent political reasons, to be replaced by individuals chosen by Attorney General Gonzales with no congressional vetting under a little-known provision of the Patriot Act. And recent news reports indicate that the firings were driven by pressure from the White House – including President Bush himself.
  • We’ve seen reports that the FBI has been severely abusing its expanded authority under the Patriot Act by using so-called “national security letters” to obtain American citizen’s private information without judicial review.

The evidence of AG Gonzales’ failure has piled up too high and cannot be ignored any longer. And the recent hearings by Congress show a renewed commitment to oversight, indicating the time to act is NOW.

If you agree that Gonzales must resign or be removed from office, sign the petition now!


Bipartisan criticism of Gonzales’ performance has been building. And this past Sunday, both the New York Times and the third-ranking member of the Senate’s Democratic leadership, New York’s Chuck Schumer, called on Gonzales to resign.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2007 12:13pm
Mar 6, 2007
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

In February 2003 a University of South Florida professor, Dr. Sami al Arian, a Palestinian Muslim living in the U.S. for the past 32 years, was arrested on suspicion of terrorism. Though acquitted, the government is prolonging his detention through a series of maneuvers that insure his continued incarceration.

On January 22, Dr. al Arian began a hunger strike. He has lost 45 pounds in 43 days and has been moved to a prison medical facility where his health continues to deteriorate. Yet he remains resolute that the injustice must be addressed through whatever means he has left to use.

 

Please send a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez demanding that the plea bargin which he approved be allowed to go forward with the release of Dr. Al-Arian.

You'll find a sample letter and more information at Faithful America
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Posted: Mar 6, 2007 1:14pm
Nov 22, 2006
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: United States

The Tragic Parody of the Annual Presidential Turkey Pardon
Nation spares one life while taking tens of millions of others on Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, at a White House ceremony surrounded by much media fanfare, the President of the United States grants a "pardon" to a turkey. Reflecting our grand democratic tradition, people from around the nation vote on the government's website for what they think the turkey's name should be. After posing for staged photo-ops, the lucky turkey gets to live out a natural lifespan at a Virginia petting zoo. At the same time, all over America, tens of millions of turkeys will already be cooking in ovens awaiting the grand feast.

Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln started the presidential turkey pardoning custom in the 1860s by allowing his son Tad's "pet" turkey to live one Thanksgiving day. Since then, this gesture of historical kindness has evolved into a strange ritual in which the country lightheartedly hails the saving of one turkey only to devour millions of others. Symbolically, the pardon acts as a reverse sacrifice: the generosity of spirit we have shown a single bird enables people to dissociate themselves from their complicity in mass murder.

To "pardon" a turkey has a particularly apt ring to it, given what a pardon means for human prisoners who have been accused of some crime. Turkeys are indeed incarcerated on factory farms, awaiting a death sentence. The difference is that turkeys have committed no crimes: in fact, humankind is guilty of unspeakable atrocities against turkeys, most of it government-sanctioned.

These birds deserve compassion, not punishment. They are innocent victims who love life and deserve to live it as much as anyone else. In that sense, a supposed "pardon" granted by our nation's leader to a single turkey appears not as an act of mercy, but rather a disingenuous attempt to officially justify senseless slaughter in the name of an American tradition.

- Celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing a healthy vegan meal with loved ones. Try Compassionate Cooks' special Thanksgiving recipes for such delicious holiday fare as harvest-stuffed acorn squash, golden mushroom gravy, pumpkin bread and hot mulled cider. Include a Tofurky or new Garden Protein vegan turkey from the deli case at Whole Foods Market, and even your meat-eating guests will be astounded.

- If your local newspaper runs a story about the presidential turkey pardon, write a letter to the editor explaining that while one turkey may live, 45 million others needlessly die for people's Thanksgiving celebrations.

- Read about and see video footage from a new undercover investigation by Compassion Over Killing (COK) of a North Carolina turkey hatchery.

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Posted: Nov 22, 2006 8:46am
Jul 11, 2006
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

Oppose Rollbacks to Our Fisheries Management Laws

Fisheries management in this country is a mess -- rampant overfishing; wasteful bycatch of sea turtles, marine mammals, and non-target fish; and the ones doing the fishing are the ones who set the rules! That's why two national commissions have called for fundamental reform of our fisheries management system.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which is currently up for renewal, is the primary law governing management of our nation's ocean fisheries. Ocean fisheries are integral to national and coastal economies but they have significant effects on ocean ecosystems so their activities need to be carefully managed.

But a recent bill by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Ca.), H.R. 5018, goes in exactly the opposite direction, and would roll back many of the most important laws we have to prevent overfishing and to disclose the environmental impacts of commercial fisheries.

We need to send Congress a message: Protect Our Oceans; Strengthen, don't weaken, the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!
The House will be voting on the bill in July! Your Representative needs to know that you care about the health of our oceans and that he or she should oppose efforts to roll back critical environmental protections.

Email your Representative and ask him or him to oppose rollbacks to the MSA.

 

http://www.oceanchampions.org/no_rollback.htm

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Posted: Jul 11, 2006 1:11pm
Jun 7, 2006
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Poll
Location: United States
Manatees' ranking expected to change

Regulations divide developers, conservationists

Story and poll at Florida Today Newspaper

Poll is on the right side in the 'Web Extras' block. Please vote 'NO'
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Posted: Jun 7, 2006 7:44am
May 26, 2006
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States
It is being reported that Japan has succeeded in buying enough friendly votes to make radical changes within the Internation Whaling Commission - which is already nearly impotent. Please contact your representatives to voice your objection. This year's annual meeting will happen very shortly.

The U.S. is sending a new face to the IWC this year, Dr. William Hogarth. I've gathered some information about him that you can view here. Whether you are a US citizen or not, please contact him to encourage him to use the the leadership of the US to stop Japan's aggression. Here is a copy of my letter for ideas. Thanks




International Whaling Commission
Commissioner William T. Hogarth


cc President Bush president@whitehouse.gov
Senator Bill Nelson
Representative Dave Weldon
Dr. Douglas DeMaster (NOAA) douglas.demaster@noaa.gov




Dr. Hogarth,

Congratulations on your recent appointment to represent the United States as Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission. Your long and impressive resume indicates that you are very capable of meeting the challenges that you will face in this post.

As you are certainly aware, whalers from Japan, with the blessing and support of their government, have involved themselves in quite controversial activities over the years and are now prepared to increase their take of whales, including endangered species, once again. They claim to be operating within the auspices of the IWC by citing 'scientific research' as their justification. The international scientific community disputes these claims and points out that although none of the research performed by Japanese scientists has revealed anything that could not be learned by non-lethal means, Japan has succeeded in launching a growing industry dependent upon the consumption of whale meat.

Japan is now feeding mercury ladened whale meat to school aged children who are most susceptible to the all of the ills that accumulations of mercury can bring. In addition, DNA tests have proved that pet food sold around the world and in the United States contains whale meat that was obtained by these policies and activities of Japan and it's whalers. There is little doubt in any body's mind that Japan's whaling activities are not at all about science but truly industrial whaling in disguise.

It is because of this growing international recognition of Japan's abuse of the IWC that the Japanese government has overtly paid for the dues of other countries, many of which are land-locked and have no true interest in whaling, so that they might join the IWC and vote in Japan's favor on future agendas. Japan has ensured the favorable votes of these countries by promising economic paybacks in various forms. The denial of this connection by the countries involved is quite similar to Japan's denial that it is involved in illegal, industrial whaling - they have done little to hide or dispute the fact but insist on merely denying it.

As it appears that Japan may have succeeded in buying enough votes to make radical changes within the IWC, I implore you to seek ways to derail their apparent determination to complete the lobotomy of the IWC. Japan is the creator of this conspiracy and should be brought to defend this reality and to cease it's activities. If it is not, the IWC is certainly doomed and can be seen as nothing more than a huge distraction to conservation.

Dr. Hogarth, these diplomatic challenges are difficult but without success, many of the other achievements if the IWC are meaningless. I believe you are capable of joining with your colleagues who represent nations that are truly concerned about conservation and not exploitation, to meet these challenges. I hope you recognize the urgency of this matter and that you receive the support you need.

Sincerely,
Barry Berger

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Posted: May 26, 2006 10:42am
May 2, 2006
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 011806L]

Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise Training Events Within the Hawaiian Islands Operating Area (OpArea)


AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS ), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application and proposed incidental take authorization; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting RIMPAC ASW training events, in which submarines, surface ships, and aircraft from the United States and multiple foreign nations participate in ASW training exercises, utilizing mid-frequency sonar (1 kilohertz (kHz) to 10 kHz), in the U.S. Navy’s Hawaiian Operating Area (OpArea) in the summer of 2006.

Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an authorization to the Navy to incidentally harass several species of marine mammals during the training exercises.

DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than May 24, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to

Steve Leathery,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division,
Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service,
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225.

The mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.011806L@noaa.gov.

NMFS is not responsible for e-mail comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here.

Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10–megabyte file size. A copy of the application containing a list of the references used in this document may be obtained by writing to the address specified above, telephoning the contact listed below (see

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or visiting the internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm.

Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. In March, 2006, the Navy prepared a revised 2006 Supplement on the 2002 Programmatic Environmental Assessment on RIMPAC. That document will be posted on the Navy’s website (http://www.smdcen.us/rimpac06/) concurrently with this notice and the Navy will be accepting public comments. The Navy has also prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS ) for its Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR), which contains detailed supporting information for some of the issues discussed in this document and may be viewed at: http://projects.earthtech.com.

NMFS’ Ocean Acoustics Program has made additional information and references relating to the effects of anthropogenic sound available on the NMFS website at:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/bibliography.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jolie Harrison,
Office of Protected Resources, NMFS,
(301) 713–2289, ext 166.

SOURCE: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/fr/fr71-20986.pdf



Thanks to Barbara for bringing this to my attention:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=4530&pst=319186


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