Saturday, December 26, 2009

Texas: Time to Stand Tall on the Guantanamo Issue?

(Jump direct to quick links: TX members of Congress on Guantanamo.)

Texas is a proud and independent place. Its tradition of standing tall in the face of threats -- physical and spiritual -- is equalled only by the fame of its bluebonnet-covered hill country. By and large, however, congressmen from Texas have been shrinking violets on the Guantanamo issue.

A few Texas congressmen have been staunch defenders of Constitutional process in the face of Guantanamo practices. Hopefully, some of them will attend a major screening of The Response which is scheduled for Houston on February 25 -- a South Texas Law, Bush/Texas A&M and Baker/Rice joint event. (For updates on specific time and venue, and associated events, see the Facebook event page.)

Congressman Ron Paul (R, 14th) has said, "Fighting terrorism is a top concern for most Americans. It is understandable, knowing how vulnerable we now are to an attack by our enemies. But striking out against the liberties of all Americans, with the Patriot Act, the FBI, or Guantanamo-type justice will hardly address the problem. Liberty cannot be enhanced by undermining liberty! It is never necessary to sacrifice liberty to preserve it." (more by Congressman Paul on Guantanamo)

Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D, 25th) joined a group of 145 congressmen in a letter to then-President Bush in June, 2007, saying, "The closure of the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay would represent a positive first step toward restoring our international reputation as the leader of democracy and individual rights." (more by Congressman Doggett on Guantanamo)

Contact your representative and urge them to attend the Houston screening on February 25, 2010 -- a South Texas Law, Bush/Texas A&M and Baker/Rice joint event.

Information on how to contact your representative, and on their Guantanamo positions, is shown below.

(Don't know who your representative is? Look him/her up by zip code here.)

(Don't know how what to say? Suggestions for getting started here.)

Barton, Joe R6thContact
Brady, Kevin R8thContact
Burgess, Michael C. R26thContactOn Gitmoabove
Carter, John R. R31stContactOn Gitmoabove
Conaway, K. Michael R11thContact
Cuellar, Henry D28thContact
Culberson, John Abney R7thContactOn Gitmoabove
Doggett, Lloyd D25thContactOn Gitmoabove
Edwards, Chet D17thContact
Gohmert, Louie R1stContactOn Gitmoabove
Gonzalez, Charles A. D20thContact
Granger, Kay R12thContactOn Gitmoabove
Green, Al D9thContact
Green, Gene D29thContact
Hall, Ralph M. R4thContact
Hensarling, Jeb R5thContact
Hinojosa, Rubén D15thContact
Jackson-Lee, Sheila D18thContact
Johnson, Eddie Bernice D30thContact
Johnson, Sam R3rdContactOn Gitmoabove
McCaul, Michael T. R10thContactOn Gitmoabove
Marchant, Kenny R24thContact
Neugebauer, Randy R19thContactOn Gitmoabove
Olson, Pete R22ndContactOn Gitmoabove
Ortiz, Solomon P. D27thContact
Paul, Ron R14thContactOn Gitmoabove
Poe, Ted R2ndContactOn Gitmoabove
Reyes, Silvestre D16thContact
Rodriguez, Ciro D. D23rdContactOn Gitmoabove
Sessions, Pete R32ndContactOn Gitmoabove
Smith, Lamar R21stContact
Thornberry, Mac R13thContact

No comments:

Post a Comment