The Center for Constitutional Rights plans to “flood the Oval Office with copies of the Constitution this holiday season … as a seasonal reminder that the Constitution needs to be upheld; not destroyed.”
If you add your name to the long list of signatures on this letter, CCR will send it along with another copy of the Constitution to the White House. The group is hoping to get more more than 25,000 signatures and to send that many Constitutions to President Bush by January 2008.
Dear President Bush:
Enclosed please find a copy of the U.S. Constitution. I wish you’d make some time in your busy schedule to read it.
I would have hoped that you’d be pretty familiar with it already, because you have at least three times in your life taken a solemn oath to uphold, protect and defend it, but all the signs indicate that you either don’t know what’s in it, or you don’t care.
For example, do you recall what the Constitution says about habeas corpus? It’s only 26 words, and they are very clear: “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”
So, what were you thinking when you signed the Detainee Treatment Act, which does precisely what the Constitution forbids by suspending habeas corpus?
And while you’re at it, why not take a look at Article VI, part of which seems to have escaped your notice: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”
If you understand that treaties are the law of the land, where do you get the nonsense you put out on a regular basis about torture? Because, as surely someone in the White House must be aware, the U.S. is a signatory to the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The convention against torture makes a clear statement, which (according to the Constitution) is the “Law of the Land:” “For the purposes of this Convention, the term ‘torture’ means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”
Just read it, Mr. President. And then uphold, protect and defend it, like you swore you would.
Click here to sign the letter to be sent to the President along with another copy of the Constitution.