Today is the 217th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Unlike most holidays, this one actually celebrates something that really matters. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this day than to do something to preserve and protect the Bill of Rights by sending letters to Congress demanding that they pass the American Freedom Agenda Act, which you can do by clicking here.
Yes, this legislation was sponsored by Ron Paul and you all know how I feel about him. Don’t let that stop you from supporting it. Though I was a staunch critic of Paul and his ties to racists and wingnuts during the campaign, I also said that I was disappointed that I could not support him because some of his positions make me want to stand up and cheer. This is one of those positions. And this is not a partisan issue. It is being put forth both by prominent conservatives and by prominent progressives.
The American Freedom Agenda Act would do the following things:
Repeal the “Military Commissions Act of 2006” and thereby restore the ancient right of habeas corpus and end legally sanctioned torture by U.S. government agents
Restore the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” (FISA) and thereby outlaw warrantless spying on American citizens by the President of the United States
Give Congress standing in court to challenge the President’s use of “signing statements” as a means to avoid executing the nation’s laws
Make it illegal for government agents to kidnap people and send them abroad to be tortured by foreign governments
Provide legal protection to journalists who expose wrong-doing by the Federal government
Prohibit the use of secret evidence to label groups or individuals as terrorists for the purpose of criminal or civil sanctions
This bill deserves our support. The Bill of Rights has been a bulwark protecting our liberty for more than 200 years. It must be restored and protected.