I don’t know about you, but I am tired of living under an administration that does not respect our Constitution or the laws of the land. For this reason, I just joined more than 60 law professors and other passionate legal professionals in signing the statement below, calling for hearings before the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees to investigate whether the Bush administration has violated the Constitution and federal laws.
In a recent speech, former Governor Mario Cuomo decried the actions of the Bush administration and called on lawyers to take action. He said, “If not the lawyers, then who? If not now, when?” This captures the spirit of the “American Lawyers Defending the Constitution” campaign perfectly.
Please read the statement below and then add your name by visiting the following link.
Message to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy from American Lawyers Defending the Constitution
We are lawyers in the United States of America. As such, we have all taken an oath obligating us to defend the Constitution and the rule of law from those who would violate and subvert them, and to hold wrongdoers accountable. We believe the Bush administration has committed numerous offenses against the Constitution and may have violated federal laws. Evidence exists that it has illegally spied on Americans, tortured and abused men and women in its direct custody, sent others to be tortured by countries like Syria and Egypt, and kept people in prison indefinitely with no chance to challenge the bases of their detention. Moreover, the administration has blatantly defied congressional subpoenas, obstructing constitutional oversight of the executive branch.
Thus, we call on House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to launch hearings into the possibility that crimes have been committed by this administration in violation of the Constitution, federal statutes, and international treaties.
We call for the investigations to go where they must, including into the offices of the President and the Vice President. Should these hearings demonstrate that laws have in fact been broken by this administration, we support all such legal and congressional actions necessary to ensure the survival of our Constitution and the nation we love.
Click on the following link to sign the statement.