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Dear friends: Please help me to get these matters below on the public radar. Your help by writing articles about these topics would be very greatly appreciated. We have so many superb journalists here on Opednews, and so many topics covered with frequency: Impeachment, 911 truth, and more.

Below I have listed a few items which I believe may be key to taking America back, and which may possibly be overlooked (I had to take a break from politics and writing for a while there, and of course I am human, so I could have missed something!) And please be advised that this list is in no particular order of priority. Except, that is, to get impeachment back ON the table and out from UNDER the table.

A) Expose the voting record of each individual Congressmember.

Particularly, Pelosi and Conyers, for obvious reasons. Help get them ousted and pressure them into voting for impeachment...as their seat in office becomse threatened by the use of our pens! Exposing the voting record of individual Congressmembers would be no small part of getting the offenders ousted. See www.aclu.org or www.congress.gov for the voting record.

B) Ask Americans at large to check the Congressional voting record before ever voting for a single thing, and never to vote based on impressions, images or assumptions.

EXAMPLE: "McCain wouldn't vote for torture. He was tortured himself". And of course, we on Opednews all know the truth about that one. In fact, he not only voted for the torture bill, but specifically voted against restoration of Habeas Corpus in Sen. Dodd's bill, Restore the Constitution Act.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Question assumptions! Check the Congressional voting record! Please write about this with frequency, and ask readers to write about the subject too. This would be enormously helpful!

C) Civil liberties:

In my experience having served on my local County ACLU Board, mainstream people don't worry so much about what they perceive as "National" issues (like warrantless wiretapping, etc) because they truly believe that it won't affect them personally. It will, in their minds, "only" happen in this or that geographical corner, and certainly not to themselves or any loved ones. Last but not least, it of course wouldn't happen on their turf.

Are these common assumptions correct? Of course not! That's why writing about specific case histories of who has been affected by civil liberties, in each of our own local areas, would be key to help opening up peoples' eyes.

Who in *your area* has been affected by the warrantless wiretapping, and in what way? Who has been subject to warrantless arrest without probable cause? Do you know anyone on the No-Fly List, or have you heard of anyone who is? Can you list any specific cases that you know about, or have dug up based on research? (I can name a few cases of people I know, right off the top of my head. And every one of them are peaceful activists!)

If you don't know of anyone in your own area, or if research has not dug this up, then please do refer to specific examples which have "only" happened "over there", on someone else's turf.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please also write about the specifics of each of the post-911 legislative bills. This will help to wake people up (if they put 2+2 together, that it can and will affect them too. That's where the mainstream will need your journalistic help. CAUTION: Don't come off as paranoid, or it will discredit you! Find ways to make them aware of the realities without spouting fear, projections, etc....just stick with facts and you will probably be okay).

At the bottom of this article, I have posted links I have saved about civil liberties violations: Please refer to them as you write and pass them on!

Informational resources, statistics, case histories, FBI documents and "terrorist" (ha!) investigations, facts about post-911 legislation, the history of each bill and who forced it through and how, etc:

The Center for Constitutional Rights www.ccrjustice.com or www.centerforconstitutionalrights.com

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This quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul (more...)

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Here is another good site re: constitutional issue... by Michael Chavers on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:48:12 AM
...people don't worry so much about what they ... by Sandy Sand on Saturday, Jun 21, 2008 at 7:41:08 AM