Examining Your MemberOctober 6th, 2007

I’m trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting with John Larson, member of Congress from my district, to ask him a dozen questions. Here they are:

  • It is a matter of public record as published in the Congressional Record that the rationale for the resolution purporting to authorize the military occupation of Iraq was based on false and misleading statements by executive branch officials, acting with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the president. Isn’t lying to Congress a felony under federal law?
  • It is a matter of public record supported by unrebutted sworn testimony that executive branch officials are holding prisoners without access to legal process, with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the president. Isn’t this kidnapping?
  • It is a matter of public record supported by unrebutted sworn testimony that executive branch officials conducted warrantless wiretapping of Americans, with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the president. Isn’t this a felony under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act?
  • It is a matter of public record supported by unrebutted sworn testimony that federal prosecutors were removed for political reasons and that the former attorney general committed perjury when he claimed not to remember critical facts relevant to their removal. Is there any doubt that the attorney general’s perjury, a felony, was committed at the direction of and with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the president?
  • It is a matter of public record supported by unrebutted sworn testimony that the federal prosecutorial function was corrupted in at least nine jurisdictions by political interference, with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the president. Doesn’t this constitute felonious conduct under the laws prohibiting obstruction of justice?
  • It is a matter of public record and an incontrovertible fact that the president has defied subpoenas duly issued by Congress. Isn’t it the duty of Congress to enforce its subpoenas with a contempt citation and to enforce that citation by appropriate legal means?
  • It is a matter of public record as published in the Federal Register that the president has issued “signing statements” instructing federal employees to violate selected provisions of duly enacted laws. Isn’t this contrary to his constitutional oath to see that the laws are faithfully executed?
  • It is a matter of public record supported by unrebutted sworn testimony that officials of the executive branch maintain contracts with armed civilians that purport to authorize the killing of other civilians, with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the president. Isn’t this a violation of the laws prohibiting homicide?
  • It is a matter of public record supported by unrebutted sworn testimony that officials of the executive branch have misdirected billions in cash and government property and have failed to equip soldiers properly, with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the president. Isn’t this felonious conduct under the laws governing the misuse of government property?
  • Aren’t you and the other members of the House of Representatives the only people in America who can hold the president accountable for these crimes and isn’t it your responsibility to do that, regardless of the political consequences?
  • If you fail to hold the president accountable, aren’t you setting a precedent for future presidents and future congresses not to hold the executive accountable for high crimes?
  • Aren’t you concerned that your failure to act will be seen as a deliberate step in the creation of a presidency that is no longer subject to the rule of law?