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Wednesday, October 18, 2006


I awoke this morning to find an important email in my inbox from (some say gay) Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman which stoops to using torture and the War on Terror as a political tool to attempt to keep the Republican Party in power for another two years. In this email, Mehlman states, "There is nothing more important than protecting the American people and ensuring that we have the intelligence we need to stop attacks on our homeland."
Two years ago President Bush ran for reelection stating that those who use torture to interrogate were "a few bad apples." Now the Republicans have come out and are telling us all that "there is nothing more important" in America today than for American interrogators to have the freedom to all be bad apples if the President so desires.
Interestingly enough, Mehlman's email makes it perfectly clear that if Democrats were in power this wouldn't have happened.
So true... So so true.
It is simply unbelievable that the people of this country live in such fear that they would cast away their nation's civility just to be protected by people like these Republicans.
Here is a copy of Mehlman's email:
Dear William ,
Yesterday morning marked a significant victory in the War on Terror. President Bush signed vital legislation ensuring that America can continue interrogating dangerous terrorists like 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Under this new law, the brutal terrorists who planned the attack on our country can be brought to justice. This law is an important reminder of what we can accomplish when the President and Congress work together for the safety of America.
Listen to an interview with Senator John Cornyn on the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
Watch video of the President signing the Military Commissions Act.
There is nothing more important than protecting the American people and ensuring that we have the intelligence we need to stop attacks on our homeland. The vast majority of Democrats in Congress did not agree. Shockingly, 84% of the Democrats in the House voted against interrogating terrorists, as did 73% of the Democrats in the Senate.
The Democrats who voted against this bill out of concern for terrorist civil liberties include all of their key leaders in Congress: would-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader-in waiting John Murtha, and Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid. Would the Military Commissions Act have ever seen the light of day in a Democrat-led Congress?
The law signed yesterday continues a vital program that has played a prominent role in questioning every senior al-Qaeda leader now in our custody. Republicans in Congress worked to successfully extend this program, and Democrats overwhelmingly voted "No." That's a very clear difference.
In the next 20 days, I hope you will take a stand for a stronger America by doing everything possible to ensure that these Democrats aren't given even more power in Washington. Please click here to volunteer at your local headquarters for the final stretch to victory or to take all or part of Election Day off.
The stakes are simply too high. Yesterday's victory shows why we need leaders who will make the responsible choices for our nation's security. Make your voice heard today
Sincerely,Ken MehlmanChairman, Republican National Committee