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  •  They are only mistakes when you refuse to fix them (2+ / 0-)
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    The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association

    I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers--I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.


    Instead our POTUS has doubled down and codified these "mistakes" into the law of the land.

    The torture of Bradley Manning.
    The war on Whistleblowers.
    The NDAA.
    The FISA Law.
    The Military Commissions.
    The Secret courts & secret legal "interpretations".
    Indefinite Detention.
    Targeting and killing Americans without charges, judge or jury.
    The Targeted Kill Lists.
    Failure to prosecute actual criminals, ie. HSBC, Mortgage Fraud Deal, torturers, etc.
    The Monsanto Protection Act.

    Um, I'm really having a hard time seeing any differences these days.

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 09:48:08 AM PDT

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    • are now being recorded...continue. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." -Zappa My Site

      by meagert on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 09:56:05 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know about the rest.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but there actually is no "Monsanto Protection Act."

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:48:59 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, I guess it's how you view it. (0+ / 0-)

        I'll take the ACLU's position for the win!

        Unprecedented Assault on Judicial Safeguards
        This provision is not only an assault on the fundamental safeguards of our judicial system, but also will set a dangerous precedent for Congressional intervention in the Judiciary. The ability of courts to review, evaluate and judge an issue that impacts public and environmental health is a strength, not a weakness of our legal system.

        Our federal courts have long been the last resort for people seeking to challenge illegal actions by the government or its officials, including actions that may threaten freedom from discrimination, access to education, access to health care, property ownership and other important social benefits including clean air, clean water and the fair distribution of government resources. The loss of this safeguard could leave public health, the environment and livelihoods at risk for unchallenged consequences. If this provision were to become law, it would harm not only those who would otherwise challenge illegal government actions, but also all people and communities who benefit from efforts to root out government abuse and unlawful action.

        Congress should not meddle with the judicial review process or preemptively compel the Secretary of Agriculture to take actions that might harm farmers to serve the special interests of a few powerful firms. If Members feel the Plant Protection Act needs to be changed, let them propose to do it in a transparent manner, with full opportunity for public debate.
        For the foregoing reasons, we respectfully oppose the “Farmer Assurance Provision” and support any efforts to strike it from the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

        Respectfully submitted:

        ACLU et. al.

        -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

        by gerrilea on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:25:15 AM PDT

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