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Today. 3-16 call to end Bush's "Nuclear War" on the Courts

For 200 years Senate rules have required federal judges to win bipartisan support. The minority party can filibuster prejudiced or unqualified judges. Now the Republicans are threatening to "go Nuclear" (that's their phrase) and ban filibusters of judicial appointments. Then Bush can appoint his most extreme right-wing fanatics and corporate lobbyists to the highest courts on a straight party line vote.
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MoveOn.org is sponsoring a national call-in today, Wednesday March 16th, to stop this threat to our environment and our civil liberties.

:: If just 51 Senators vote against the "nuclear option" we can defeat it and protect the Supreme Court and the Bill of Rights. ::

Oregon is a key battleground because our Republican Senator Gordon Smith, conservative as he may be, always has his 'finger in the wind.' He was one of only two Republican Senators who voted to stop oil drilling in the Alaskan wilderness. He is now one of only six Republican Senators who are on record opposing Bush's plan to privatize Social Security. We MUST have his vote against "the nuclear option."

And then there is our Democratic Senator Wyden who too often does not do the right thing. He needs to hear from us as well.

Please call your Senators TODAY and just say to whoever answers the phone:

"I urge Senator ____ to oppose the 'nuclear option' and keep the courts fair by requiring that judges should have broad support in the Senate. Thank you."

Senator Smith: 202-224-3753
District Offices: Bend: 541-318-1298 Eugene: 541-465-6750 Medford: 541-608-9102 Pendleton: 541-278-1129 Portland: 503-326-3386

Senator Wyden: 202-224-5244
District Offices: Bend: 541-330-9142 Eugene: 541-431-0229 La Grande: 541-962-7691 Medford: 541-858-5122 Portland: 503-326-7525 Salem: 503-589-4555


*** Then, POST A NOTE IN THIS THREAD to let others know that you're taking a stand. ***


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From the MoveOn FAQ:
Who are these judges that would get forced onto the courts?

Take a look at just the first four to be reconsidered this term:

William Myers III has never been a judge and spent most of his career as a lobbyist for the cattle and mining industry. He has written that all habitat conservation laws are unconstitutional because they interfere with potential profit. In 2001, Bush appointed him as the chief lawyer for the Department of the Interior. In that role he continued as a champion of corporate interests, setting his agenda in meetings with former employers he promised not to speak with, and even illegally giving away sacred Native American land to be strip mined.

Terrence Boyle was a legal aide to Jesse Helms. As a judge, his signature decisions have attempted to circumvent federal laws barring employment discrimination by race, gender, and disability. His rulings have been overturned a staggering 120 times by the conservative 4th District Court of Appeals, either due to gross errors in judgment or simple incompetence.

William Pryor Jr. served as Attorney General of Alabama, where he took money from Phillip Morris, fought against the anti-tobacco lawsuit until it was almost over, and cost the people of Alabama billions in settlement money for their healthcare system as a result. He called Roe v. Wade "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history," and has consistently argued against federal protections for the civil rights of minorities, lesbian and gay couples, women, and the disabled.

William Haynes III served as the chief legal counsel for the Defense Department, where he championed the legal doctrine that led to the torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. He advised the White House that in a time of war the President should be considered exempt from all international and domestic laws barring torture. Haynes also developed the "enemy combatant" doctrine that allows for United States citizens to be detained without trial, official charges or access to a lawyer -- forever -- at the sole discretion of the President.

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If Bush uses the 'nuclear option' to get these federal judges appointed for life he will then be able to appoint FOUR equally bad or worse right-wingers to the Supreme Court.

Please call your Senators TODAY and then POST back to this thread to encourage others to do the same.

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