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Bush violated oath

On Jan. 20, 2001, and Jan. 20, 2005, George Bush placed his left hand on the Bible, raised his right hand, and swore: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Article — of the Constitution states: ... he (the president) shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed ...

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but on probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

On Dec. 19, 2005, George Bush acknowledged he secretly directed electronic surveillance, without warrants. He violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. George Bush said he will not stop. George Bush has and will continue to violate his oath.

George Bush should be impeached. He violated his oath. He violated the Constitution. He violated the law. ' Michael Brian, Medford

Scare tactics trickle down

Oh, dear. It seems that the scare tactics used by the Bush administration have had a trickle-down effect, even onto Ken Hudson of Eagle Point.

— Mr. Hudson wrote in his letter of Jan. — that he sees Sen. John McCain's concern for civil rights as a protection for terrorists. Mr. Hudson said he hopes the real people of America will remember John McCain and those like him.

That's me, I guess, for I often agree with Mr. McCain. Remember us for what, I wonder? For torture? Indefinite detention? Rendition?

Is there a litmus test for determining who the real people of America are?

How sad that fear has made Americans turn on each other with mistrust and suspicion when we most need to live constructively with our differences. ' Alice J. Rutter, Ashland

Wake up, stand up, speak up

In the past, a small, powerful elite wisely transcended its own compunction toward narrow self-interest and formulated a grand experiment designed to serve and protect the common good under freely chosen obedience to a higher law.

Today, a small, powerful group ' awash in materialistic self-interest ' is blatantly abrogating that trust, disenfranchising the common man and unwittingly undermining the foundation of our nation. Its declaration:

Preamble To The Dissolution Of The Constitution Of The United States

We the power-elite, in order to form a more perfect plutocracy, establish inequity, insure domestic subservience, provide for defense profiteering, promote the corporate welfare, secure the crackdown on liberties to our minions and their posterity, do ordain and establish this run on the Constitution of the United States of America.

We the people alone can save the American experiment; there's no time to lose. We the people must wake up, stand up, speak up! ' Pamela Chaddock, Talent

Torturing prisoners still OK

As reported Jan. 5 on Democracy Now, President Bush reserves the right to order torture of prisoners.

Recently President Bush officially signed a bill outlawing torture of detainees. While this bill received considerable media coverage, what Bush did afterward did not. According to the Boston Globe, Bush quietly issued what is known as a signing statement in which he lays out his interpretation of this new law that was overwhelming passed in Congress by both parties. In this signing statement, Bush declared that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his perceived powers to protect national security.

Legal experts say that this means that Bush believes he can waive the anti-torture restrictions of this bill. Since he couldn't get our elected representatives in Congress to defeat this bill he will ignore it whenever he chooses.

So much for our laws, our Congress, our checks and balances, the expressed will of the majority of the American people, our Constitution and the Geneva Conventions. ' Laura Catapano, Jacksonville