Seriously, what is he thinking? Via.
Newsy news time:
Dennis Kucinich's non-binding resolution would have required the U.S. to pull out of Libya within 15 days. 148 House members voted for it-- including 87 Republicans-- including Michele Bachmann. 265 voted against it.
Source: First Read.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich has served seven terms in Congress, but his home state of Ohio is losing two seats due to redistricting. Washington, however, is adding one. So, if Kucinich were to move to Washington, he feels he'd have a better chance of serving an eighth term.
“I intend to stay in Congress. My work is here. I just don’t know what district I’ll be running in,” Mr. Kucinich told the station.
This is a press release from Dennis Kucinich's site:
Washington D.C. (April 14, 2011) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today scored an admission from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that his decision to strip the rights of public workers to bargain collectively “doesn’t save any” money for the Wisconsin taxpayers.
“Your proposal would require unions to hold annual votes to continue representing their own members. Can you please explain to me and members of this committee how much money this provision saves for your state budget?” question Kucinich.
After an unresponsive answer by Governor Walker, Kucinich pressed, “Did you answer the questions? How much money does it save, Governor?”
“It doesn’t save any,” admitted Governor Walker.
Kucinich then requested permission to enter into the record a letter from the State of Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau (page 3 specifically), a nonpartisan state budget agency that confirmed Governor Walker’s efforts had no effect on the state’s budget.
“The Bureau was asked to identify provisions in the Governor’s bill that are non-fiscal; non-fiscal policy items that have no state fiscal effect. This letter confirms the obvious; that Governor Walker’s effort to repeal the rights of state workers is a non-fiscal policy item. No effect on the state budget shortfall,” said Kucinich.
The Chairman of the Committee then took the highly unusual step of reserving the right to object to the document’s the inclusion in the record.
Kucinich concluded by thanking Governor Walker for clarifying the purpose of his attack on workers’ rights.
“The attack on collective bargaining right is a choice, not a budget issue. ...Governor Walker has inadvertently done a public service …and brought this issue to the forefront.”
After the hearing, Kucinich referred to the letter from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. “My good friend, Chairman Issa, inadvertently exposed the limitations of his key witness, Governor Walker, by refusing to permit into evidence a document that demonstrated that collective bargaining was a non-fiscal issue. Chairman Issa called attention to it and ensured it would get much broader circulation, for which I am very appreciative.”
I look forward to Walker's recall.
A lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking secret government files to WikiLeaks, has complained that his client was stripped and left naked in his cell for seven hours on Wednesday. [...]
The soldier’s clothing was returned to him Thursday morning, after he was required to stand naked outside his cell during an inspection, Mr. Coombs said in a posting on his Web site. [...]
First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said ... that the step was “not punitive” and that it was in accordance with brig rules, but he said that he was not allowed to say more. ... Lieutenant Villiard said. “I can confirm that it did happen, but I can’t explain it to you without violating the detainee’s privacy.”
Last night, PFC Manning was inexplicably stripped of all clothing by the Quantico Brig. He remained in his cell, naked, for the next seven hours. At 5:00 a.m., the Brig sounded the wake-up call for the detainees. At this point, PFC Manning was forced to stand naked at the front of his cell. [...]
This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification. It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated. PFC Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight. No other detainee at the Brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation.
Two words: Human rights.
By now you have heard about Private First Class Bradley Manning, a military intel officer who has been charged with being involved in leaking classified documents and videos to Wikileaks. He's been in solitary confinement for months, and human rights groups have been looking into his treatment, claiming that he's been abused.
From last Keith Olbermann's Countdown, last December:
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The United Nations’ top anti-torture envoy is looking into a complaint that the Army private suspected of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks has been mistreated in custody, a spokesperson said Wednesday.
The office of Manfred Nowak, special rapporteur on torture in Geneva, received a complaint from one of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s supporters alleging conditions in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., amount to torture, said spokesperson Xabier Celaya. Visitors say he spends at least 23 hours a day alone in a cell.
The U.N. could ask the United States to stop any violations it finds.
Think Progress is now reporting that Rep. Dennis Kucinich is protesting the Army's treatment of Manning, as well as requesting face time with him. Why? Because he (among others) would like to see for himself what is actually going on, and he is questioning whether this is a case of the U.S. Constitution being violated. If it is, he wants something to be done about it:
This is particularly shocking in light of new information revealed that Manning was suspected of having poor mental health before he was deployed to Iraq, with some superiors even requesting that he not be given firearms. Yet despite this press coverage of Manning’s treatment, the military has offered very limited access to him and has refused to address the concerns of human rights and civil liberties advocates.
Now, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates inquiring about Manning’s condition, protesting the Army’s treatment of him and requesting a visit with the imprisoned solider. In the letter, Kucinich writes that, if Manning is need of mental health treatment, the “Army must end the extreme conditions of” his confinement or at the “very least…explain the justification” for taking such extreme measures during his imprisonment.
Common Dreams has posted Kucinich's entire letter here. The following excerpt refers to the possibility of Manning's Eighth Amendment rights being ignored:
Now, reports indicate that the Army has taken Pfc. Manning, a soldier with documented mental health problems, and confined him under conditions that are almost guaranteed to exacerbate his mental health problems. If true, the Army's treatment would obviously constitute "cruel and unusual punishment" in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
There have been ongoing arguments about whether or not Manning has been abused. As Think Progress notes, "solitary confinement is a practice that is common in America’s prison system."
Last month, leading human rights groups Amnesty International and the Physicians for Human Rights both sent letters to the Department of Defense protesting Manning’s treatment; they noted that solitary confinement is widely used across the United States, it is almost unheard of for it to be used against a prisoner like Manning who has yet to even be convicted of a crime.
Questions still linger. Hopefully, Dennis Kucinich will be able to provide some answers.
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