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Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., walks out of Patriot Act Meeting

 
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Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., walks out of Patriot Act Meeting
GOP Chairman Walks Out of Meeting

By JIM ABRAMS
The Associated Press
Friday, June 10, 2005; 7:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman walked off with the gavel, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing Friday on the Patriot Act.

The House Judiciary Committee hearing, with the two sides accusing each other of being irresponsible and undemocratic, came as President Bush was urging Congress to renew those sections of the post-Sept. 11 counterterrorism law set to expire in September.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the panel, abruptly gaveled the meeting to an end and walked out, followed by other Republicans. Sensenbrenner declared that much of the testimony, which veered into debate over the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, was irrelevant.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., protested, raising his voice as his microphone went off, came back on, and went off again.

"We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it," he said.

Democrats asked for the hearing, the 11th the committee has held on the act since April, saying past hearings had been too slanted toward witnesses who supported the law. The four witnesses were from groups, including Amnesty International USA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, that have questioned the constitutionality of some aspects of the act, which allows law enforcement greater authority to investigate suspected terrorists.

Nadler said Sensenbrenner, one of the authors of the Patriot Act, was "rather rude, cutting everybody off in mid-sentence with an attitude of total hostility."

Tempers flared when Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., accused Amnesty International of endangering the lives of Americans in uniform by referring to the prison at Guantanamo Bay as a "gulag." Sensenbrenner didn´t allow the Amnesty representative, Chip Pitts, to respond until Nadler raised a "point of decency."

Sensenbrenner´s spokesman, Jeff Lungren, said the hearing had lasted two hours and "the chairman was very accommodating, giving members extra time."

James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, speaking immediately after Sensenbrenner left, voiced dismay over the proceedings. "I´m troubled about what kind of lesson this gives" to the rest of the world, he told the Democrats remaining in the room.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, in a statement, said the hearing was an example of Republican abuse of power and she would ask House Speaker Dennis Hastert to order an apology from Sensenbrenner.

_ [link to www.washingtonpost.com]
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Whenever a question is asked of Bush and Co. that they don´t want to answer or an issue is raised that they know will hang them, they always say it´s "irrelevent".
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bump




red flags waving wildly


alarm mode chronic
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Red flag? WTF? You sound like a looney toon. WTF ARE you blabbing about?
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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LOL...good show from the pigs. Oink!
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Here´s the video:

[link to www.dembloggers.com]
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Maybe he had to pee!!
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he needs to chill out and smoke a joint
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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How many people does the fuck repuke from Wisconsin represent? Pop. of Wisconsin -5,363,675

How many for the Dem New Yorker? 19,227,088

The Democrat represents 4 TIMES as many people, yet has no voice in the hearing.

THIS IS FUCKED UP!!
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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hello
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Those who push the ´Patriot´ ACT want to wait until AFTER THE WAR ON TERROR IS OVER to give those held for being "suspected of terrorism" a chance to a fair trial.

But BUSHie says the "WAR on terror" will last for years and years.

Innocent people will rot in jail.

God bless the usa. Fuck!
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Its the same Shit ....

banana2poop
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Wait til the fuckers are knocking on your door, then tell me the Patriot Act is needed, no questions asked.

If you don´t believe they´re in this only for themselves you´re fuckinng deluding yourself - and make no mistake - it´s not like "Repuke" Vs. "Dummocrat", it´s the rich fucking the poor, without k-y jelly, without remorse.


But you don´t want to hear that, do you? It´s easier if it´s all repuke this, dummocrat that... fuck it makes me tired...
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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The nature and construction of the relative political bodies now, as compared to when this country was founded, are much different now.

The political process is more a´kin to a group of straight men, dating other men, with the aim of what is held in their purses, mixed somehow with either an attempt at mating, or even possibly forced intercourse.
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Sensenbrenner was late for his appointment with Gannon/Guckert.
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Sensenbrenner,_Seinfeld?

Soup Nazis.
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Fascists at their finest!

SENSENBRENNER MELTDOWN! UNILATERALLY GAVELS PATRIOT ACT HEARINGS TO A CLOSE! [UPDATED]
author: bradblog
Republican Chairman Stuns Room by Shutting Down Hearings! Turns Off Hearing Room Microphones in Middle of Testimony! FURTHER UPDATES...PELOSI DEMANDS APOLOGY!

As originally reported here yesterday, Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee invoked a rarely used rule to extend Committee hearings on the renewal of the Patriot Act.


Apparently, they inappropriately called witnesses to testify today from whom the Republicans did not wish to hear. And thus, in what can only be seen as an unprecedented tyrannical abuse of Majority power in the U.S. House of Representatives, Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), suddenly and without warning, gavelled the hearings to a close! Unilaterally, without debate, and in the middle of ongoing testimony!

The extraordinary video clip of Sensenbrenners appalling display, was captured by C-SPAN and made available via DemBloggers.com.

BuzzFlash describes the remarkable incident in some detail as follows...

GOP House Judiciary Chair Uses Pinochet Tactics to Abruptly and Unilaterally Shut Down Hearing Into Abuses of the (Un)Patriot Act, Because He Was Afraid the Truth Would Come Out. America: "IT" is Happening Here. Democracy is Being Dismantled by GOP Thugs.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
June 10, 2005
BuzzFlash News Analysis

This morning, House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI) unilaterally and arbitrarily shut down committee hearings on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act without comment or issuing a statement. Sensenbrenner gaveled the committee hearings in the middle of witnesses testifying about human and civil rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay, racial profiling of individuals of Middle Eastern descent, prolonged detentions of Americans after September 11th and other abuses.

The suppression of free speech and testimony in the congressional committee in charge of protecting our civil liberties shows the Republican?s power grab has no limits and no decency. The irony was not lost on anyone.

UPDATE: We must go on the air on Tony Trupiano´s show in a just a few minutes, so this must be quick for now. (Link to that interview, with a lot more information on my conversation with a Democratic staffer who was in the room, is now below.)

To clarify some confusion on this matter, what had been referred to as "Democratic Hearings" today in some places, actually were not Democratic-only hearings (unlike the hearings that took place in January on Ohio Election Irregularities, and the recent Media Bias forum held by Conyers and other Dems).

Today´s hearings were called under the archane provision of House Rule 11, which, we are told, allows the Minority to call for an additional day of hearings and to choose their own witnesses if they are unsatisfied with the hearings as held by the Majority.

The U.S. House Judiciary Democrats have been unable to do that previously on issues like Election 2004 and Media Bias because the Majority hadn´t called a hearing at all on those matters, and thus, they were forced to call their own hearings.

We are told by a Democratic Staffer who The BRAD BLOG has just spoken to, and who was present at today´s debacle, that the Majority has been quite disturbed by those previous hearings for some time, and, in fact, during the airing of Conyers´ Media Bias forum (it ran as taped on C-SPAN at 8:30pm ET a few Saturdays ago), an email was sent to a Judiciary Committee staffer which said, in effect, "I´m watching your forum right now, hope you enjoyed it, it will be your last."

We´ll have more detail after we´re off the air, but the staffer just explained to us that the Minority was displeased with the witnesses called previously in the Commission hearings on renewal of the Patriot Act, and attempted to work with the Majority to call additional witnesses.

According to the staffer, they were told, "´You´re gonna get your hearing, but it´s gonna be 8:30am on Friday morning´...Never in the history of the Judiciary Committee have we been able to find a time when a hearing has been scheduled like that. The Congress was not in session today. We´ve never been able to find an instance when a hearing was called when Congress wasn´t in session."

"The irony, when we´re debating the Patriot Act," we were told, "of cutting off the debate and acting so anti-democratic when that´s going on, is unbelievable!

"In the committee with sole jurisdiction over civil rights and civil liberties, for the chairman to say, I don´t want to hear about guys who are getting their testicles shocked, it´s breathtaking arrogance, it´s testimony to abuse of power and how this place is now run. They´ve become everything they said they deplored when they took over the house in 1994."

Conversations with the House Democratic leadership on currently ongoing. The BRAD BLOG has learned that they are "very very concerned" about this matter, and that "the issue will be elevated."

"Ms. Pelosi is very concerned about this," said the staffer.

UPDATE: Pelosis has just issued a statement, Jesse at Stakeholder has it. Here´s a few grafs:

"Chairman Sensenbrenner proved again today that he is afraid of ideas, and that Republicans will stop at nothing to silence Democrats. It is quite ironic that at a hearing on the impact of the Patriot Act on civil liberties, the Republicans attempted to suppress free speech.

"This is part of Republican abuses of power: to silence Democrats and the voice of the minority, to deny millions of Americans a voice in Congress. Republican leaders dictate the party line and ram bills through committees, and permit few if any amendments on the floor. Republicans are unwilling and unable to compete in the marketplace of ideas, so they have chosen to arbitrarily and capriciously abuse their power simply because they can.
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I commend Judiciary Committee Democrats for continuing to question witnesses after the Republicans´ shameful behavior, and for standing up for the institution of the House.
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"As House Democratic Leader, I expect all Members to be treated by the majority with dignity and respect. I will ask Speaker Hastert to order Mr. Sensenbrenner to apologize for his behavior to the witnesses at the hearing today, and to promise that this will never again happen."

FURTHER UPDATE: After the microphones were turned off by a Republican staffer (but still captured on the C-SPAN video), one of the witnesses whose testimony was abrubtly ended, was James Zogby of the Arab American Institute. Here´s what he said:

"I just saw something...totally inappropriate. No mic on and no record being kept. But I think as we are lecturing foreign governments about the conduct of their behavior with regard to opposition -- when I see the behavior I saw here today as an American -- I´m really troubled about what kind of lesson this is going to teach to other countries in the world about how they ought to conduct an open society that allows for an opposition with rights. I´m sorry, I´m very offended." [applause in the room]

Consider it now on the record now, Mr. Zogby. Thank you for speaking up.

FURTHER FURTHER UPDATE: My interview on the TONY TRUPIANO SHOW wherein I was able to give more details from my interview with the Democratic Staffer just before going on air is now online here [MP3].

LATE AFTERNOON UPDATE: AP covers Sensenbrenner´s hissy in a not bad article. A couple of new points added:


The Republican chairman walked off with the gavel, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing Friday on the Patriot Act.
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Tempers flared when Rep. Mike Pence (news, bio, voting record), R-Ind., accused Amnesty International of endangering the lives of Americans in uniform by referring to the prison at Guantanamo Bay as a "gulag." Sensenbrenner didn´t allow the Amnesty representative, Chip Pitts, to respond until Nadler raised a "point of decency."


...STILL DEVELOPING...



...CONTACT...
Chairman Sensenbrenner
EMAIL: sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov
PHONE: 1-800-247-2971

We might also suggest you contact the media on this wherever you can. There´s video available. They like that!
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Funny how all weekend I didn´t see or even hear mention of this on MSM.
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won´t some shrink say that was an immature thing to do? If a "sheeple" tried that, we would be in BIG trouble. What makes this fat ass son of a bitch think he is GOD? Someone shove a big joint up his ass and light him up......
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wanna know what hell is? it is having dinner every day with naddler and senselessbummer at CiCi piza buffet.

how to make the gay male go straight. post a pic of the senseless-bummer on all four´s with butt in the air by your beadside.

he is a fat obnoxious asshole.
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This is another sure sign that the republican party is disolving from the inside out. That´s what usually happens when decay reaches a certain stage of rot.
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I wanted to add that they will probably ignore this like Bush ignores calls for his accountability on 911 and try to carry on Business As Usual. No accountability. No reponsibility.

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