OK, this is my suggestion, make an appt or just show up at your Congressperson’s office yourself and/or a few friends and actually discuss what Single Payer actually is. Ask your Congressperson what his/her stance is first, then talk about H. R. 676. You may want to find out how much money she/he has received from corporate lobbyists beforehand so you can take that info with you. http://www.opensecrets.org/ ~ DS
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Reported Proposal Shows Troubling Signs
NEW YORK – According to an Associated Press report today, the Obama administration is considering plans to open a “courtroom-within-a-prison” complex on U.S. soil to hold Guantánamo detainees when the prison camp in Cuba closes. The proposal reportedly includes holding some detainees indefinitely without charge or trial and trying others in military tribunals. President Obama has pledged to close Guantánamo by January 22, 2010.
The following can be attributed to Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project:
“Closing Guantánamo will be an empty gesture if we just reopen it on shore under a different name. While it’s encouraging that the administration is attempting to meet the deadline for closing Guantánamo, any arrangement that allows indefinite detention without charge or trial will leave in place the problems that led President Obama to order the prison closed in the first place.
Prisoners suspected of terrorism-related crimes should be charged and tried in federal courts that adhere to the rule of law and due process. These courts have shown themselves capable of handling complex terrorism prosecutions while affording defendants the procedural protections that the Constitution requires. Given that the federal courts are fully capable of handling these prosecutions, a new system of indefinite detention without charge or trial would be not only unconstitutional but unnecessary as well.
Any system of indefinite detention without charge or trial would be inconsistent with American values and would only provoke the same legal challenges and international outcry that Guantánamo provoked. The current administration should learn from the experience of the previous one that there are no shortcuts to achieving real justice.”
Imagine if you were imprisoned for seven years without charge or trial, and then a judge ruled that the government’s case against you consisted solely of unreliable allegations made by other prisoners who were tortured, coerced, bribed or suffering from mental health issues, and a “mosaic” of intelligence, purporting to rise to the level of evidence, which actually relied, to an intolerable degree, on second- or third-hand hearsay, guilt by association and unsupportable suppositions, and stated that the government “should take all necessary diplomatic steps to facilitate“ your release.
Now imagine that, instead of being freed, you continued to be held because the government refused to send you home, stating that it would not release you unless you first passed through a rehabilitation center in your home country, or, preferably, in a third country.
excerpts from: Iran is ready to build an N-bomb – it is just waiting for the Ayatollah’s order
by James Hider, Richard Beeston and Michael Evans, Times, 3 August 2009
Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times.
The sources said that Iran completed a research programme to create weaponised uranium in the summer of 2003 and that it could feasibly make a bomb within a year of an order from its Supreme Leader.
A US National Intelligence Estimate two years ago concluded that Iran had ended its nuclear arms research programme in 2003 because of the threat from the American invasion of Iraq.
But intelligence sources have told The Times that Tehran had halted the research because it had achieved its aim — to find a way of detonating a warhead that could be launched on its long-range Shehab-3 missiles. […]
The Iranian Defence Ministry has been running a covert nuclear research department for years, employing hundreds of scientists, researchers and metallurgists in a multibillion-dollar programme to develop nuclear technology alongside the civilian nuclear programme.
Every week, Marcia Carroll collects examples of privatization (that is, corporatization of the peoples’ assets). Looking at her website, privatizationwatch.org, will either make you laugh helplessly or make your blood boil.
Between 1949 and 1989, the Soviet Union exploded 460 nuclear bombs in eastern Kazakhstan. The damage residents suffered as a result of being exposed to high levels of radiation has been passed on and seems to have intensified in the following generations.