may be the most important Email I will ever write.
has been much talk of the need for an independent, nonpartisan committee
to investigate what happened on 9/11/01: why America was so unprepared
for such a well-coordinated, devastating attack - why no one paid attention
to any of the numerous warnings in the months beforehand, and why the
FBI disregarded urgent memos from its field offices, etc. The congressional
intelligence committee currently investigating the issue is too enmeshed
in Washington politics and may be trying to avoid its own share of blame
for what eventually happened.
to say, the Bush administration is strenuously battling against an independent
commission, claiming such a body would be a distraction from their ongoing
'war on terror.' One does not have to be a raving 'liberal' to suspect
that their real interest is from having their culpability for the attacks
examined. Such culpability could stem (at the very least) from sheer
mind-boggling incompetence, to the far-fetched (but unfortunately still
plausible) possibility of their wanting a rationale to squelch any and
all domestic opposition to their agenda.
the cause and whoever is at fault, all the facts must be put on the
record and all the responsible parties must be identified; only an independent,
fully powered commission consisting of unimpeachable, nonpartisan members
can accomplish this. Despite the Bush administration 'warnings,' such
a commission will help prevent - not permit -- another 9/11 to take
place; such a commission will establish the truth of its government's
actions that the citizens of a democracy deserve as their birthright.
until recently Senator Daschle has been leading the fight for this commission
against organized GOP opposition, and with the support of Republican
senators like John McCain had a good chance of establishing such a commission.
However, according to a very disturbing article on the salon.com website
several Democratic senators have now joined the Republicans in opposing
an independent commission! The article specifically names Bob Graham
of Florida, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Dianne Feinstein of California and
John Edwards of North Carolina, and goes on to say that without all
the Senate Democrats united behind him, Daschle has for the moment given
up on pushing for the commission.
cannot allow this to happen. This may be our last chance to hold this
administration accountable -- an administration that has buried presidential
papers required by law to be released, that has announced its intention
to fight any Freedom of Information Act requests for documents and one
that attacks any questioning of its motives or actions as 'partisan
cannot allow the Democrats to continue their ineffectual 'opposition'
to the ruthless GOP steamroller that installed Bush in the White House
and Ashcroft in the Justice Department. The time is now for everyone
- everyone - to contact their own representatives, the four senators
mentioned above and Senator Daschle himself to demand that they serve
their country by not resting until an independent, fully-powered 9/11
commission is in place. By the same token, we cannot rest until we force
the Democrats to serve our nation, our Constitution and our freedom.
addresses, phone numbers and Email addresses for all the members of
the US Senate can be found at
for members of the House of Representatives at
[you must enter your zip code on this page to access your representative's
you have contacted the above office holders, forward this Email to EVERYONE
you know who shares your feelings or reservations about the direction
our country has taken since both December 2000 and September 11, 2001
and urge them to do the same. One reason the US is in its current condition
is that the forces of the ultra-right wing (that make the laughed-at
John Birch Society of the 1960's look like Rockefeller Republicans),
aided by corporate money and power, has taken over the GOP. These groups
and individuals were and are still are disciplined and single-minded
in seizing and holding onto political power.
the democratic senators who (for whatever reason) are currently following
the GOP line suddenly find themselves deluged by thousands of letters,
phone calls and Emails demanding the creation of an independent 9/11
commission, it will be VERY hard for them to look the other way. Whether
we are Democrats, liberals, progressives, Greens, independents or libertarians
does not matter as long as we are willing to band together and fight
with equal passion for what we believe. And I think it's fair to say
that we believe deeply in our country and the freedom it stands for,
while our opponents cynically exploit patriotic symbols (the flag, our
armed forces, police and fire departments and since 9/11, a sneak attack
on the US) to manipulate voting blocs into supporting actions and policies
that will only benefit a tiny handful of powerful people at the expense
of everyone else.
quote Dickens, 'God bless us, every one' - and thanks to everyone and
anyone who made it to the bottom of this Email.