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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:18 AM
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Conyers: GOP machine collapsing of its own weight?
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 12:24 AM by paineinthearse
http://www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000257.htm

Blogged by JC on 09.27.05 @ 09:35 PM ET

Is it just me, or does the entire GOP machine seem to be collapsing of its own weight?

Where to begin? First the AP is reporting that indictments are being readied against DeLay. And the Washington Post found that some "associates" of DeLay's friend Jack Abramahoff may be involved in murder. The New York Times confirms that both the DOJ Inspector General and the FBI are looking into the DOJ's demotion of a prosecutor going after the Abramahoff connection in Guam. Though they left this out of the article, the IG investigation is in response to my letter of Aug. 23.

On the Katrina front, we had the embarassing show of "Brownie" at today's sham hearing in the House. These guys create their own phony investigation, and can't even get that right. :rofl:

Meanwhile Kudos to the New York Times for their excellent and timely piece on the real life hardship the new special interest bankruptcy bill is causing -- I was the first one out of the box with legislation to deal with that, but so far, the GOP is placing the interests of credit card companies ahead of hurricane victims.

Finally as noted below, Rawstory also has my letter to the Park Service (below) today asking for answers regarding their outrageous treatment of Cindy Sheehan and her fellow protestors.

It is starting to feel like 1994, only this time the GOP will be facing the ire of the voters in the midterms.



http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Democrat_accuses_Washingt...
Democrat accuses Park police chief of mistreating peace protesters
RAW STORY

Ranking House Judiciary Democrat Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) alleged Tuesday evening that protesters who were arrested outside the White House Monday were held in handcuffs for as long as twelve hours in cramped buses before they were released, RAW STORY has learned.

In a missive to United States Park Police Dwight Pettiford Tuesday evening, Conyers raised concern that protesters were mistreated by police.

"Some of those were released at 4:30 in the morning after being arrested at 4:00 the previous afternoon," he wrote. "Those released after midnight were unfamiliar with Washington, D.C., and had no means to travel back to their hotels once the metro had closed. Anacostia is not frequented by taxicabs after midnight."

"Many of those held captive the longest were grandmothers and senior citizens," he added.

RAW STORY was unable to reach any of those arrested for immediate comment Tuesday. Those with additional information are encouraged to email us at tips@rawstory.com .

The congressman's letter follows.

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Office of the Chief
United States Park Police
Dwight E. Pettiford
1100 Ohio Drive S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20242

Dear Chief of Police:

I am writing to request information regarding the treatment of individuals arrested on September 26, 2005, in front of the White House and processed at the United States Park Police Anacostia Station.

Yesterday 384 protestors, including peace activist Cindy Sheehan, were arrested outside the White House and were brought to the United States Park Police Anacostia Station. I was very surprised to learn that many of those arrested were kept handcuffed in vans and buses for up to 12 hours before they were charged and released. Some of those were released at 4:30 in the morning after being arrested at 4:00 the previous afternoon. Many of those held captive the longest were grandmothers and senior citizens. Those released after midnight were unfamiliar with Washington, D.C., and had no means to travel back to their hotels once the metro had closed. Anacostia is not frequented by taxicabs after midnight.

I have the following questions regarding the treatment of those arrested yesterday:

Why was the Anacostia Station chosen as the sole location to process all 384 arrestees when there were several other Park Police stations in the greater Washington, D.C. area?

In what other circumstances have arrestees been detained by U.S. Park Police for periods exceeding twelve hours before being charged with a crime?

In what other circumstances have arrestees been detained by U.S. Park Police, and kept handcuffed on buses for periods exceeding ten hours?

What is the established U.S. Park Police procedure for processing large numbers of arrestees in the Washington, D.C., area?

Please respond to the Judiciary Committee Minority Office at 2142 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515.

Sincerely,

John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Minority Member


See predecessor post at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:22 AM
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1. If we had a Free Press and a trustworthy voting system
that might be true.

As it is I hope I am wrong about the whole thing, but it seems like the Busheviks are operating with Third World impunity because they KNOW that, no matter what, they will "win".

I hope I am wrong.
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:13 AM
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26. No, unfortunately, you are exactly right.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:25 AM
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2. can we PLEASE get a genuflecting smilie...?
We are not worthy. Conyers for President in 2008.
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:27 AM
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4. He and Waxman (let's give him his props too) are true patriots! n/t
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:33 AM
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30. I've been saying Boxer/Conyers all year now.
But you are welcome to rearrange the order if you like. ;-)
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:26 AM
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3. Conyers rocks
and he may be onto somemthing.. the machine is in trouble
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:32 AM
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6. Truly. And truly presidential, at that!
I'd vote for him in a heartbeat!!!

And perhaps he IS onto something. After all, he is THERE in the belly of the beast. Maybe he's hearing things - specifically or just mumbles in hallways about trouble and discontent and stuff that never was even farted out in secret before, when things were more - um - "under control" shall we say? Maybe it's a feeling he's getting. I mean, it's not like Conyers is some congressional rookie. Besides, at his age, with his experience, seeing what he's seen, I'd bet he's got a VERY acute sixth sense about things. One gains greatly in wisdom, perspective, and smarts, if one has been around as long as he has.

I respect this man HUGELY!!!
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SlowDownFast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:38 AM
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9. Great post!
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Corgigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:30 AM
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5. You know something is going on
Just tonight we were called on our private number by someone claiming to represent the Republican party and wanted to ask some questions. My husband asked them where they got our phone number and they said they purchased it from some election boards. Husband then said, Oh and I hate Republicans and I won't tell them a damn thing.

This has never happened to us EVER. This Republican party never seeks out Dem's to find out our opinion. Gut tells me, yep they are worried.
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SlowDownFast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:36 AM
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7. My favorite line:

"It is starting to feel like 1994, only this time the GOP will be facing the ire of the voters in the midterms."

God Bless you, John Conyers!
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marbuc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:38 AM
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8. Anacostia is a dangerous place to be after midnight
especially for those not familiar with the city.
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Pam-Moby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:58 AM
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10. Conyers is up on the main issues.
He rocks. Kick
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:08 AM
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11. Conyers is the politician which has earned the utmost respect
Let's hope that justice is done for the victims of Katrina and that lessons are learned from that.

Wonderful post as usual. I hope that many will read what John Conyers has to say and what he stands for, because somehow it feels like he is one of the few honest politician who cares about the people and fights for the people.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:41 AM
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12. as usual
Conyers is asking all the right questions.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:55 AM
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13. The man is the master of understatement...come on over JC, we love you!
" And the Washington Post found that some "associates" of DeLay's friend Jack Abramahoff may be involved in murder." Holy cow!

He is a warrior leader Leonidas, leading his Trojans to a glorious victory at Thermopylae (anniversary, 9/17-19).

And how about that Park Service. Remember when BushCo removed the woman who headed the Park Service because she wouldn't play along with budget cuts. They sure got their man to replace her.

Great post buddy! Now, go to bed!
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:05 AM
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14. .
Morning :kick:
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:12 AM
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15. Conyers/Sheehan 2008
They have earned their place.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:21 AM
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16. Yes, and they should announce TODAY
In order to secure the protection they need.

I'd love to see the bushies try to arrest a VP candidate.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:11 AM
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24. A direct request to Congressman John Conyers from B Robert Franza MD
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 10:12 AM by paineinthearse
I wholeheartedly support this post and urge all to read this and the links.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Thank you "understandinglife", :yourock:
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:26 AM
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17. We need Many More John Conyers Jr.
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lala_rawraw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:45 AM
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18. KICKY
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:46 AM
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19. kick
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:48 AM
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20. A recommendation and big THANK YOU to John Conyers! nt
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:57 AM
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21. Nominated. Conyers kicks GOP ass!
This man is amazing! He is one of the very few politicians who make me proud t be an American citizen.

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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:58 AM
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22. K & N'd!
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Marnieworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:11 AM
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23. I love John Conyers
Imagine how great it would be if other reps did their jobs as well?
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:12 AM
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25. Bring on the indictments.
Come on, let's get on with it.
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confludemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:19 AM
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27. great headline, would add, "and with no help from Democratic opposition"
since it's been largely absent.
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corkhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:18 AM
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28. thanks for posting this
I wish we had a hundred more like Conyers.
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:31 AM
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29. Wow! Conyers does it again! I LOVE that guy!
:kick:
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:09 PM
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31. Molly Ivins predicted this would happen. She said the Republicans would
be like a rotting steak around the neck of America after 4 more years, and that we would not be able to tolerate the smell. (Paraphrased) ... looks like Molly might have been on to something?
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:47 PM
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32. Conyers ROCKS!!! Simple as that!
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enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:56 PM
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33. Bless you John Conyers.
kick
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