Fundamental Protections Central to Our System of Justice Thrown By the Wayside as Senate Passes Election-Year Tribunals Bill
This legislation turns our system of justice upside down, betrays basic American values of fairness and justice, and undermines the rule of law. It gives the Bush administration a blank check to detain whoever it sees fit, and to use whatever interrogation techniques it wants, without oversight. What a disgrace.
A Blinding Flash of the Obvious: A Film about Fairness and How It Was Won was chosen to be shown at the West Chester Film Festival in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The film, produced by People For the American Way Foundation, tells the story of how a coalition of activists led Cincinnati voters to repeal an article of the city charter that required discrimination against gay people. Advocacy affiliate People For the American Way helped lead the coalition, which led to the only victory at the ballot box in 2004 for gay Americans. The West Chester festival runs October 6–8.
People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas issued the following statement in response to today’s federal district court ruling that the Bush administration’s warrantless domestic wiretapping program is illegal and unconstitutional:
People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) today filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking an injunction requiring the National Security Agency (NSA) to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed late last year. The complaint asks the court to enforce a request for documents related to recently disclosed warrantless wiretapping undertaken by the Bush administration.