|October 9 ,
From the Hill:
In the News:
"Ahmadinejad in New
York: A Too-Warm Welcome?"
Watch the Video "Forewarned Is Forearmed: Bush on Iran"
From the Hill:
FCNL Thanks Leaders for
Quote of the Week:
What's Really Unpatriotic Is to Remain Silent
Meet FCNL's New Legislative Representative:
From Helena Cobban:
Bush's Good Idea on
War is Not the Answer
Photo of the Week
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From the Hill: Permanent Government Spying?
In August, Congress temporarily expanded the
administration's powers to eavesdrop on all calls and
emails that might be connected to someone outside the
United States, with little or no court oversight. Now,
Congress is revisiting this legislation and could make
some of the expanded powers permanent. Read the letter
FCNL sent to members of the House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence urging them to
support the basic civil liberties of people in the
In the News: "Ahmadinejad in New York: A Too-Warm
The PBS program NOW produced a segment about the
meeting between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
and U.S. religious leaders at the end of September. FCNL
Executive Secretary Joe Volk participated in the
meeting, which is part of an
ongoing dialogue between U.S. faith communities and
the people and government of Iran in an effort to
prevent war between the two countries.
Watch the video on the PBS website.
Iran: Watch the Video "Forewarned Is Forearmed: Bush
three-minute video, put together by
psychologist Roy Eidelson, chronicles President
Bush's public war-mongering and demonization of Iran
over the last five years.
From the Hill: FCNL Thanks Leaders for Opposing
In response to reports that the Justice Department
secretly authorized harsh CIA interrogation techniques,
such as head slapping, frigid temperatures, and
simulated drowning, several members of Congress spoke
out and denounced torture. FCNL sent letters thanking
them for their statements and
urging congressional oversight.
Quote of the Week: Bruce Springsteen: What's Really
Unpatriotic Is to Remain Silent
"I believe every citizen has a stake in the course,
direction of their country. That's why we vote…It's
unpatriotic at any given moment to sit back and let
things pass that are damaging to some place that you
love so dearly and that has given me so much...I think
we've seen things happen over the past six years that I
don't think anybody ever thought they'd ever see in the
United States...When people think of the United States'
identity, they don't think of torture. They don't think
of illegal wiretapping...They don't think of no habeas
corpus...Those are things that are anti-American."
~ Bruce Springsteen,
60 Minutes, October 7, 2007
Meet FCNL's New Legislative Representative: Ann
||Before coming to FCNL,
Ann Vaughan spent three and a half years on
the Hill working to improve the U.S.
government’s response to failed and failing
states and two years serving in the Peace Corps
in Nicaragua as a health extension volunteer.
Ann joined the staff in September and is the
Legislative Representative for the Peaceful
Prevention of Deadly Conflict program. She works
on efforts to strengthen the U.S. government's
ability to prevent deadly conflict, including
efforts to bolster resource for the State
Department. If you’re interested in learning
more about these issues, she invites you to
sign up for FCNL's Prevent War email list.
From Helena Cobban: Bush's Good Idea on Global
In an October 3 Christian Science Monitor
column, FCNL Friend in Washington Helena Cobban presents
three reasons why the U.S. needs to participate fully in
international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and points out that George W. Bush has in the past
worked to advance pro-green goals.
War is Not the Answer Photo of the Week
A student from Howard University displays her War is
Not the Answer sign
at last month's anti-war march in Washington, DC.
Order a War is Not the Answer sign.