A last minute amendment allows the president to waive the authority based on national security and to hold a terror suspect in civilian rather than military custody. But the bill would deny US citizens suspected of being terrorists the right to trial, subjecting them to indefinite detention, and civil libertarians say the amendment essentially is meaningless...
Many of those who are sick and sharing their stories about the health effects from the deepwater spill are being harassed... Many have joined the Occupy movement.. Their message is not much different from the Tea party. What's scarier for those who make a living dividing this country is that members of both groups are starting to work with one another. I believe it is our duty to identify injustice & do something about it...
During a protest at the Coast Guard station in Mobile saturday USCG officials promised to give their superiors the following letter regarding the public's right to know when toxic dispersants are sprayed... USCG provided refreshments and treated them with respect during the event, but several were pulled over by homeland security. These folks working for the US of A reminded at least one protester that his job was to protect the country against both foreign & domestic threats. This American citizen let the officer know only real threat to the lives of Coastal citizens came from BP and the failure of our elected officials to protect those who put them in office..
These same jokers that won't let you forget about 911 when they strip away our civil liberties have all but forgotten the 11 men that died on that rig. Our fishermen have been starved out by a faulty claims process and the fisheries continue to decline. Worse, countless are sick from working & living in toxic conditions. They continue to be ignored and harassed for telling their stories.
December 9, 2011
To: The United States Coast Guard
We, the members of the below written coastal organizations, stand in full support of the Gulf Coast and her citizenry.
That is why we respectively require the following requests be granted in a timely fashion.
A public meeting with the Coast Guard involving citizens, fishing communities, indigenous nations, medical advisors and independent scientists' testimonies, regarding the ecological, environmental and acute health affects of the 2010 BP Deepwater Gulf Oil Catastrophe.
We strongly oppose the use of chemical dispersant and propose to end the use of the toxic chemicals in Gulf Waters; we fully support H.R. 3562: Ban Toxic Dispersants Act of 2011.
Pending passage of HR 3562, Gulf Coast residents have the right to accurate and timely information regarding the use of chemical dispersants in the Gulf Region. This includes pre-notification to the public regarding the reason for release, name of chemical use, method of application, location (GPS), and the amount released.
As with other time-sensitive public safety notification, we are proposing the public be notified 24 hours prior, via local media alerts.
We invite USCG Representatives, as well as other interested parties, to tour the Gulf Coast with local residents in order to see first-hand the areas of our coastline that are far from clean, and more so are continuously being impacted from oil still coming ashore.
We believe the Coast Guard wants to do right by the people and believe once they view current local coastal conditions they will make the responsible decision to require continued clean-up by BP.
We believe, when given the opportunity, the Coast Guard will do what they do best - protect our coast.
Gulf residents are ready, willing and able to assist the Coast Guard with photos, testimony, and scientific data, concerning this great need for action on behalf of the people affected.
The Alabama Oil Spill Aftermath Coalition
Operation People for Peace
Occupy Baton Rouge
On Wings of Care
Operation Homecare Inc.
Asian Americans for Change
Immaculate Heart CDC
Louisiana Shrimp Association
Calhoun County Resource Watch
Texas Injured Workers
Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO)
Voice of the Ex-offender (VOTE)
Atchafalaya Basin Keeper
P.S. here's a link to what's in COREXIT: