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To the editor: As a relative of Lt. Col. Davey Lee Stanley, I would like to offer a few facts in response to his recent letter to the Beacon.
First, let me emphasize I respect Davey Lee Stanley’s right to make the statement that appeared in his letter-even if wrong. He and I both served in the military to protect that right.
He asked a friend/relative what he disliked about Bush and apparently got some stupid answers. The facts that I am going to present stand on merit of truth.
1) Bush violated the United Nations Charter by launching an illegal “War of Aggression” against Iraq without cause, using lies to sell the war to the congress and the American people—a war crime.
2) Bush violated laws of the Articles of War and the rules of the Geneva Convention by authorizing the torture of thousands of captives resulting in dozens of deaths, and keeping prisoners hidden from the International committee of the Red Cross—a war crime.
3) Bush violated the Constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans, legal residents, and non-Americans, without due process, without charge and without access to counsel.
4) Bush violated the Geneva Convention by targeting highly residential areas in Iraq with illegal weapons including white phosphorous, depleted uranium and a new type of napalm. To date, more than a million innocent Iraqi men, women and children have died since the illegal invasion of their homeland.
5) Bush violated the law and the Constitution through widespread wiretapping of phone calls and e-mails of Americans with a warrant.
6) Bush has violated the Constitution more than 800 times by using “signing statements” to exempt the White House from laws passed by the Congress—more signing statements than all the previous presidents combined.
In closing, I would like to mention the “great” economy people like you and I can afford because we both receive a pretty fair retirement from the federal government for services rendered—retirements paid by the taxpayers.
But we should not lose sight of the people that are living in poverty, especially families with small children; milk is $5.49 a gallon, some loaves of bread are $3.39, gasoline in many places is over $3 a gallon. We should not forget that millions of children are without health insurance because Bush said it was too expensive and vetoes the bill.
We should not forget the senior citizens that cannot afford needed medication and have money left to eat on.
Finally, Davey Lee, tell the millions of middle class families that are losing their homes in foreclosures, and in many cases the decrease in the home value leaves no equity, just how “great” our economy is.
I respect your right to be wrong.