04.22.09 Hold Democrats Accountable, Too!

I wrote to Van Hollen not because he has any special responsibility for these matters, but because he is my local member of Congress.

An Open Letter to Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Dear Congressman Van Hollen:

In the past two days, the New York Times has informed us that Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) improperly used her influence to obtain favorable treatment for Israeli spies and that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was one of four members of Congress who was briefed on Bush torture policy when it was first implemented.

At the same time that I am calling for full investigation and prosecution of US leaders and citizens who broke international law and shamed our country, I must also call for Democrats to hold their own congressional leaders accountable.  It is crystal clear that the Democratic Party must renounce Harman’s behavior and seek her removal from Congress. Pelosi’s culpability is not yet so clear, but the Party must be out front in seeking full disclosure and proper action.

I call on you not to not duck these issues and not to allow our party to do so. Just as US torture made us no better than our enemies, Democratic cowardice will make us no better than the Republicans.


Keith Berner


©2009 Keith Berner

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