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» Thursday, June 09, 2005

Major DSM News...

Conyers sets hearing on DSM for next Thursday...
    From The Republic of T. comes news that we have all been waiting for. Conyers has set a meeting on the DSM.
Score 1 Hearing on DSM

Wow. I haven't checked to see if anyone else is blogging this but, as I checked my newsfeeds this morning, word came in over the wire that Rep. Conyers has scheduled a Congressional hearing on the Downing Street Memo according to Raw Story :: link.

Two major pieces of information this afternoon from Shakespeare's Sister. And welcome news it is for me that MoveOn has gotten into the fray with Conyers and his letter to President Bush...

1. Since joining the campaign to get signatures on Congressman Conyers' letter to President Bush this morning, MoveOnPAC :: link has received over 336,000 signatures to that letter :: link and is currently receiving several thousand new signatures each minute (6:30 pm eastern time).

2. House Judiciary Democrats have invoked Rule 11 of the House Rules and requested an additional day of hearings on the Patriot Act and civil liberties implications of the Administration's terrorism related efforts.
BradBlog reports:   ::   link
As fallout from the Downing Street Minutes continues to rock Capitol Hill, more unwanted attention to Administration policies on the war and human rights abuses looks to be on the way. joined the call for signatures earlier this morning for John Conyers letter to George W. Bush asking for clarification about several matters in the official British minutes now known as the Downing Street Minutes. That recently released information documents an official UK meeting describing the Bush Administration policy to topple Saddam Hussein through military means and to "fix" intelligence around the policy as early as eight months prior to the war. The BRAD BLOG has learned that has received well over 240,000 new signatures to that letter in just the few hours since joining the campaign, and is receiving several thousand new signatures each minute.

But Conyers and Company is not resting. The BRAD BLOG has learned that the ranking House Judiciary Member has just announced additional hearings will be held tomorrow morning concerning the allegations of Human Rights abuses at U.S. Terror Prisons, including Gitmo and Abu Ghraib. The hearings will feature testimony from a representative of Amnesty International, the first such congressional testimony since the group released their recent report on alleged Human Rights abuses at the U.S. run prison camps

Following is the text of the just-issued press release announcing the hearings to be held tomorrow on Capital Hill (also care of BradBlog):   ::   link


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a rarely used procedural move, House Judiciary Committee Democrats invoked Rule 11 of the House Rules and requested an additional day of hearings on the Patriot Act and civil liberties implications of the Administration's terrorism related efforts. This will be the first hearing in which Members of the Committee will have the opportunity to address in detail, the horrific human rights abuses of detainees that occurred in the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons, as well as the ongoing problems of racial profiling and hate crimes that have plagued Muslim and Arab Americans since the passage of the Patriot Act in 2001. In addition, this will be the first time Amnesty International has testified before Congressional Committee since the publication of their 2005 Annual Report on human rights abuses throughout the world. The Committee will also hear testimony how the Administration has abused the immigration system to hold people without charge or bond, and have proceedings behind closed doors.

WHAT: House Judiciary Committee Democratic Oversight Hearing on Patriot Act Abuses

WHEN: Friday, June 10th @ 8:30am

WHERE: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES: Chip Pitts, Chair of the Board, Amnesty International USA Dr. James J. Zogby, President, Arab American Institute Deborah Pearlstein, Director, U.S. Law and Security Program, Human Rights First Carlina Tapia-Ruano, American Immigration Lawyers Association

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