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Question about American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
10-17-2007, 11:35 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-17-2007, 11:36 PM by hilly7.)
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Question about American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
Ok I got an email today saying

Dear Anthony,
When we launched the American Freedom Campaign eleven weeks ago, our goal was to build a grassroots democracy movement in support of our Constitution. We are thrilled with our progress to date and want to thank you personally for joining the movement. We hope that you are inspired by the progress report below and will forward this message along, encouraging others to join, as well.
Great news from the halls of Congress!
Let's start with some exciting news from Washington. Just two days ago, U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007 (H.R. 3835). This bill is designed to reverse some of the most egregious Constitutional abuses of the past six years. We hope that you will take a moment to tell your representative in Congress to co-sponsor this legislation. To do so, just send a pre-written email from the American Freedom Campaign Web site:
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/...paign_KEY=17371
The American Freedom Agenda Act would bar the use of evidence obtained through torture; require that federal intelligence gathering is conducted in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); create a mechanism for challenging presidential signing statements; repeal the Military Commissions Act, which, among other things, denies habeas corpus to certain detainees; prohibit kidnapping, detentions, and torture abroad; protect journalists who publish information received from the executive branch; and ensure that secret evidence is not used to designate individuals or organizations with a presence in the U.S. as foreign terrorists.
Like the American Freedom Campaign itself, this bill is broad in scope but with a narrow mission of ensuring that our government's actions are guided by and consistent with the provisions of our Constitution. We hope that you will take action and spread the word about this important piece of legislation.
The Constitution and the presidential candidates
The American Freedom Campaign has been doing its part to raise awareness about the current threats to our Constitution. In fact, we have inserted this issue into the middle of the presidential campaign. Over the past two months, we succeeded in getting every Democratic presidential candidate to either sign our American Freedom Pledge or provide us with a written statement expressing his or her intent to protect and defend the Constitution. The details of this effort can be seen on the following page:
http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org/ind...=63&Itemid=
We are now shifting our attention to the Republican candidates and hope that they will be equally willing to stand up for the Constitution.
Keep yourself current
Since you have received this email, you undoubtedly have visited the American Freedom Campaign Web site at some point to give us your email address. But are you aware that our site is a great source for keeping up-to-date on news related to issues like wiretapping, torture, and executive privilege? We add new articles almost every day and make sure that they are focused on the issues you care about. The two most recent articles appear on our home page. Otherwise, you can browse our entire archive on the News page located here:
http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org/ind...6&Itemid=59
If you are interested in watching a great talk given by Naomi Wolf, one of the founders of the American Freedom Campaign, you can visit our Videos page. It is a little long (47 minutes), but I guarantee you will find it interesting. Based on her study of other nations in which democracies eventually shut down, she describes how many of the actions taken by our government over the past six years presage a dark future for our country. Click on the following link to view the video:
http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org/ind...5&Itemid=64
American Freedom Campaign increases its profile
The efforts of AFC are starting to draw significant media and online attention. Our presidential pledge campaign was prominently featured in the The Hill newspaper, on ABC's "The Note" (online), and on numerous important progressive blogs. AFC was also featured in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article entitled, "Groups on left, right ask candidates to reject Bush's wider powers." You can follow this link to read the article in the Chronicle:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...4/MN4ASL450.DTL
Currently, the American Freedom Campaign is also one of the most "dugg" organizations in the country. Check it out at -- http://digg.com/political_opinion/popular/7days -- and feel free to "digg it" while you're there.
What would you pay to help save our Constitution?
OK, that headline may be a little dramatic. But AFC does need financial assistance from its supporters to keep up the fight for our democracy. If you are excited about our progress so far and want to see our campaign grow, please visit our site and make a contribution. You can donate $5, $50, $100, or whatever you want by following this link:
https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/...e_page_KEY=2644
Thank you so much for reading this far. We appreciate your interest in our activities and look forward to being in touch.
Best,
Steve
Steve Fox
Acting Campaign Director
American Freedom Campaign
http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org


Now when I search for such a bill, searching the H.R. 3835 this is what I get :

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas
To establish a coordinated national ocean exploration program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Introduced in House)

HR 3835 IH


109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3835
To establish a coordinated national ocean exploration program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 20, 2005
Mr. SAXTON (for himself, Mr. MCINTYRE, Mr. FARR, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. SIMMONS, Mr. WICKER, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, and Mr. FOLEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, and in addition to the Committee on Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned...

What am I doing wrong on this? I can not find such a bill with that title?
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10-18-2007, 03:41 AM,
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Question about American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
Can anyone tell if this bill is real?
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10-18-2007, 07:10 AM,
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Question about American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
Found it. Hope the link works. :smile:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d1.../temp/~bdvico::

Code:
American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007 (Introduced in House)

HR 3835 IH


110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3835
To restore the Constitution's checks and balances and protections against government abuses as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 15, 2007
Mr. PAUL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Select Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


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A BILL
To restore the Constitution's checks and balances and protections against government abuses as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

(a) Findings- Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Unchecked power by any branch leads to oppressive transgressions on individual freedoms and ill-considered government policies.

(2) The Founding Fathers enshrined checks and balances in the Constitution to protect against government abuses to derail ill-conceived domestic or foreign endeavors.

(3) Checks and balances make the Nation safer by preventing abuses that would be exploited by Al Qaeda to boost terrorist recruitment, would deter foreign governments from cooperating in defeating international terrorism, and would make the American people reluctant to support aggressive counter-terrorism measures.

(4) Checks and balances have withered since 9/11 and an alarming concentration of power has been accumulated in the presidency based on hyper-inflated fears of international terrorism and a desire permanently to alter the equilibrium of power between the three branches of government.

(5) The unprecedented constitutional powers claimed by the President since 9/11 subtracted national security and have been asserted for non-national security purposes.

(6) Experience demonstrates that global terrorism can be thwarted, deterred, and punished through muscular application of law enforcement measures and prosecutions in Federal civilian courts in lieu of military commissions or military law.

(7) Congressional oversight of the executive branch is necessary to prevent secret government, which undermines self-government and invites lawlessness and maladministration.

(8) The post-9/11 challenges to checks and balances are unique in the Nation's history because the war on global terrorism has no discernable end.

(b) Purpose- The American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007 is intended to restore the Constitution's checks and balances and protections against government abuses as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

SEC. 3. MILITARY COMMISSIONS; ENEMY COMBATANTS; HABEAS CORPUS.

(a) The Military Commissions Act of 2006 is hereby repealed.

(b) The President is authorized to establish military commissions for the trial of war crimes only in places of active hostilities against the United States where an immediate trial is necessary to preserve fresh evidence or to prevent local anarchy.

(c) The President is prohibited from detaining any individual indefinitely as an unlawful enemy combatant absent proof by substantial evidence that the individual has directly engaged in active hostilities against the United States, provided that no United States citizen shall be detained as an unlawful enemy combatant.

(d) Any individual detained as an enemy combatant by the United States shall be entitled to petition for a writ of habeas corpus under section 2241 of title 28, United States Code.

SEC. 4. TORTURE OR COERCED CONFESSIONS.

No civilian or military tribunal of the United States shall admit as evidence statements extracted from the defendant by torture or coercion.

SEC. 5. INTELLIGENCE GATHERING.

No Federal agency shall gather foreign intelligence in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). The President's constitutional power to gather foreign intelligence is subordinated to this provision.

SEC. 6. PRESIDENTIAL SIGNING STATEMENTS.

The House of Representatives and Senate collectively shall enjoy standing to file a declaratory judgment action in an appropriate Federal district court to challenge the constitutionality of a presidential signing statement that declares the President's intent to disregard provisions of a bill he has signed into law because he believes they are unconstitutional.

SEC. 7. KIDNAPPING, DETENTIONS, AND TORTURE ABROAD.

No officer or agent of the United States shall kidnap, imprison, or torture any person abroad based solely on the President's belief that the subject of the kidnapping, imprisonment, or torture is a criminal or enemy combatant; provided that kidnapping shall be permitted if undertaken with the intent of bringing the kidnapped person for prosecution or interrogation to gather intelligence before a tribunal that meets international standards of fairness and due process. A knowing violation of this section shall be punished as a felony punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to 2 years.

SEC. 8. JOURNALIST EXCEPTION TO ESPIONAGE ACT.

Nothing in the Espionage Act of 1917 shall prohibit a journalist from publishing information received from the executive branch or Congress unless the publication would cause direct, immediate, and irreparable harm to the national security of the United States.

SEC. 9. USE OF SECRET EVIDENCE TO MAKE FOREIGN TERRORIST DESIGNATIONS.

Notwithstanding any other law, secret evidence shall not be used by the President or any other member of the executive branch to designate an individual or organization with a United States presence as a foreign terrorist or foreign terrorist organization for purposes of the criminal law or otherwise imposing criminal or civil sanctions.
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10-18-2007, 03:48 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-18-2007, 03:52 PM by hilly7.)
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Question about American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
Thanks.

Also like your pic. Here is an old picture of my youngest daughter with Stripes [Image: meganstripes.jpg]
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10-19-2007, 01:41 AM,
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Question about American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
Checks and balances, gotta like that

off topic but-
gee whiz hilly, what is that, an emu or an ostrich ?
"Old McHilly had a farm" I guess the poultry are around the corner, love those fresh eggs.

I've seen you other pics.
Isn't all that hard to keep up with ?

Does NAIS affect you ?
Has Ron Paul gave an opinion on NAIS ?
&Alice laughed, &There's no use trying,& she said: &one can't believe impossible things.& &I daresay you haven't had much practice,& said the Queen. &When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.&
- Lewis Carroll

&Things are seldom as they seem ... Skim milk masquerades as cream.&
- Gilbert and Sullivan (Pinafore)

At NASA, it really is rocket science, and the decision makers really are rocket scientists.
But a body of research that is getting more and more attention points to the ways that smart people working collectively can be dumber than the sum of their parts. .. Irwin Janis? &Groupthink:& is a mode of thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive in-group, when the members' striving for unanimity override realistic appraisals ? It is the triumph of concurrence over good sense, and authority over expertise.&
-John Schwartz & Matthew L. Wade
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10-19-2007, 04:30 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-19-2007, 04:31 AM by hilly7.)
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Question about American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
Quote:Checks and balances, gotta like that

off topic but-
gee whiz hilly, what is that, an emu or an ostrich ?
"Old McHilly had a farm" I guess the poultry are around the corner, love those fresh eggs.

I've seen you other pics.
Isn't all that hard to keep up with ?

Does NAIS affect you ?
Has Ron Paul gave an opinion on NAIS ?

LOL, Naw, they never heard of me. That's an Emu that Annie raised but Megan became friends with him. You should have seen the pictures we had before the site went down. The kids wanted to play a few years ago so they hatched a few Emu. At one time we had 147 pens and avairies and over 3500 birds producing eggs, most were rare or endangered breeds. I got out of it when I was 43 and at 44 the heart attack got me the rest of the way out. Just have a few birds running around for fun plus my Black Bellied Barbados Sheep, Llamas, Fainting Goats and cows.
I gave Annie an incubator where she placed several Emu eggs and she actually hatched a few. This is Annie and Stripes (I think) when they were young.
[Image: annieemu.JPG]
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