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This is Our Table and Sami is Dying on It

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Nancy, this is our table and Sami al-Haj is dying on it.

We’ve tried to talk to you in every possible way we know how. You aren’t listening. In July, you asked us to wait until September for the Petraeus report. (“I’ll see you in September”).

You asked us to wait for a serial liar, a Prufrock for the Bush cabal and you did it with a straight face and via surrogates. I can’t tell you how disappointed we all were. More than disappointed. What do you call it when you know people are dying every day because your government isn’t paying attention to their public duty but only to their political agenda?

I could have written that report in July if a report is what you needed. Any ghost writer worth their salt could have written that report simply by listening to the daily memes on Fox “News” -- and any actor could have lied to Congress as the good General just did.


(Did you notice, Nancy, that the General said he was not arming tribals when it has been widely reported that he is? This man is enabling a bloodbath. Is this the authority you want to to rely on? I don’t know if that is more disgusting or more frightening. .

Meanwhile, prisoners in Guantanamo are dying. They have given up on justice, helped to that conclusion as their US government torturers systematically induce them to distrust their attorneys. “Did you know your attorney is a Jew, a homosexual, a spy?”

Sami al-Haj is dying. His crime was being a journalist in a war zone who was picked up by this homicidal regime. He finally just stopped trying to live. They force fed him, and brutally -- at times shoving tubes right into his lungs. As I type this, Sami may be dead already.

Nancy, we’ve had enough. We’re not waiting for March for the next Petraeus report that will have to equal or to exceed this last one in mendacity. On Saturday here in your district, a few thousand of us are going to spell it out again for you. We’ll be at Crissy Field at 1 p.m.. to spell out “IMPEACH” in the very biggest letters we can form. So will ABC, Reuters and the Chronicle be there. Maybe you’ll listen to them.

You need to know this: we will not be complicit with this criminal regime. And this district will not tolerate collaborators. For Sami, for the million slaughtered Iraqis, for the millions of displaced Iraqis, for our dead and walking dead, for the wounded dumped by the VA, for the homeless residents of the Ninth Ward and the forgotten victims on the Gulf Coast, for the families of 9/11 who have had to find their loved ones remains in trash heaps, we demand justice. Impeach them, Nancy.

This is our table. We are setting it. Enough. Impeach.



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