As for whether or not the newspapers will print your letter, here my reiterated request:
a) Write to them while carbon-copying a string of concerned citizens, letting them know how many people you are copying your emailed letter to, and asking that those readers pass the email on. Threaten to end your subscription to the paper, and remind them that it's their job to offer unbiased, uncensored information to the public. Remind them further, that they lose credibility as journalists and as a source of news, as soon as their writing becomes biased or filtered.
b) Move right on and send your letter to the local papers, and the college newsletter editors. College kids talk to their parents, thus waking the sleeping giant. It's smart strategy. Parents will listen to their kids, because they love and respect them. Local papers are also more likely to print controversial stuff than mainstream.
However, in my experience, even the San Francisco Chronicle and another paper owned by them, have published facts about the torture bill which I sent in, including my statement that I give the benefit of the doubt to those accused as "Terrorists", citing that there really is no burden of proof. I ask the public question: Is a mere newspaper photograph ample burden of proof? I ask that you please reiterate the same question, and get people thinking. Thank you for your help.
c) You could also just enter a plea to the papers for the State Secrets Protection Act to be passed, quoting the ACLU above. No facts about torture. Nothing. Just that alone would be helpful, if you really think that more hair-raising facts will be censored.
STOP this evil power mongering in public office. Keep in mind too, that according to Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild, Americans are themselves vulnerable to extraordinary rendition and torture. It's no matter to play with and nothing to idly sit by and let go by. Not funny! We all need to get up off our collective duffs and actually DO something.
No Crime on Our Dime!
Ask for your Congress person to cosponsor the State Secrets Protection Act, reminding them that we PAY them to uphold the will of the general populace, not their own whims. Please spread word.
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