Friday, April 8, 2016
A letter to Lois Frankel, U.S. Congresswoman from Florida:
Dear Representative Frankel:
On February 17, 2016, Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting assurances that the Leahy law restrictions on assistance to foreign security forces are being applied to Israel and Egypt. The letter, signed by nine other representatives and Senator Patrick Leahy, calls on the Department of State to investigate reports of human rights violations by Israeli and Egyptian forces, and to determine what action should be taken under the Leahy law.
In their letter to Secretary Kerry, the members of Congress express concern that U.S. military aid to military units in Israel and Egypt has not been subjected to the same rigorous tracking mechanisms that U.S. military aid is subjected to elsewhere in the world. This type of congressional oversight is absolutely essential to the success of our democratic system.
In addition to Rep. Hank Johnson (GA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (VT), this letter was signed by Representatives Andrè Carson (IN), Sam Farr (CA), Raúl Grijalva (AZ), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Betty McCollum (MN), Jim McDermott (WA), James McGovern (MA) and Chellie Pingree (ME). What is most troubling to me, as a Floridian, is the lack of a signature by any of our representatives from the sunshine state. You, Lois Frankel, did not sign this letter and as your constituent, I want to know why you failed in your duty to uphold the law.
Our laws are what make our country the great nation it is and failure to follow those laws is tantamount to anarchy. When Israel and Egypt violate our laws, and use our funding to abuse the basic human rights of others, then we are responsible for those actions and must act. I am very proud of those members of Congress who had the temerity to stand up and speak out against these egregious actions but I am ashamed that my own Representative would be so cowardly to not put her name on the paper.
Lois, I am calling on you as my elected Representative to Congress to do the right thing. I want you to send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry lauding the efforts of your fellow Representatives and adding your name to the list. I want you to show that you respect our laws and our land and if you refuse to do this, then I am calling on you to resign your seat. If you refuse to uphold the laws of the United States, including the Leahy law, then you must not remain a member of the U. S. Congress.
The letter sent by the Representatives to Secretary of State Kerry follows:
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA), Senator Patrick Leahy (VT), Representatives Andrè Carson (IN), Sam Farr (CA), Raúl Grijalva (AZ), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Betty McCollum (MN), Jim McDermott (WA), James McGovern (MA) and Chellie Pingree (ME).
Links I Recommend
- Common Dreams
- Crooks and Liars
- Democracy for America
- Democratic National Committee
- Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
- Media Matters
- Mick's Blog
- Nation, The
- News Hounds (we watch Fox so you won't have to)
- Patt's Adventures in Cooking
- Political Research Association
- Progressive Majority
- Public Citizen