Call for Action, RussiaGate, Transparency

Call For Action: Call For Release Of Documents And Independent Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Election

ACTION LETTER 1 – ASAP EMAIL ONLY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA 

Ask President Obama to release information about Russian manipulation of the 2016 election no later than Jan. 19, as has been requested by Senate Intelligence committee members Sen. Wyden, Warner, Mikulski et al. There is a general feeling that pressure from the public will be really helpful in pushing him to unclassify and release to the public important information that otherwise might be lost to us.

Dear Honorable President Obama,

I am writing to ask you to declassify and release to the public as soon as possible, but by no later than January 19, 2017, the information concerning the Russian government and U.S. election as requested by Intelligence Committee members Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Mark Warner, D-Va., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Angus King, I-Maine, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and ex-officio member Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., in their letter to you dated November 29, 2016, .

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Your name & your full address

ACTION LETTER 2:  CALL FOR INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO EXAMINE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE WITH 2016 ELECTION (Use 9/11 Model)

Call for formation of independent commission, on the model of the 9/11Commission, to examine Russian interference in the 2016 election so that the American public will know the truth. (As opposed to an investigation by the Republican-dominated Senate Intelligence committee, etc. where information might not be shared with the public even IF it is thoroughly investigated.)

One letter is for Senators; the other is for our Representative.

SENATOR LETTER/CALL CONTENT

Dear Honorable Senator (Schumer, Gillibrand)

As your constituent, I write to ask you to join Senators Leahy, Feinstein, and Cardin in calling for creation of an independent commission, on the model of the 9/11 Commission, to examine Russian interference in the 2016 election and to sponsor a companion bill to H.R.6447, the “Protecting Our Democracy Act,” which calls for the formation of such an independent commission.

As in the case of the investigation into 9/11, it is essential for an independent commission like that proposed by HR 6447 to conduct the investigation. Without investigation by such an independent commission, we will likely never know the truth about how our electoral process, the lifeblood of our democracy, was compromised and undermined by foreign influence.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to your response.

Your name & your full address

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LETTER/CALL CONTENT

(At present this goes to outgoing Rep. Gibson. Unknown if there is any staff carryover or if they will share info with Faso. If you are short on time, you could skip this one; if you want to keep them working, call them. We will re-send once we get Faso contact info.)

Dear Honorable Rep. Gibson,

As your constituent, I write to ask you to co-sponsor H.R.6447, the “Protecting Our Democracy Act,” which calls for the formation of an independent commission, on the model of the 9/11 Commission, to examine Russian interference in the 2016 election.

As in the case of the investigation into 9/11, it is essential for an independent commission like that proposed by HR 6447 to conduct the investigation. Without investigation by such an independent commission, we will likely never know the truth about how our electoral process, the lifeblood of our democracy, was compromised and undermined by foreign influence.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to your response.

Your name & your full address

3) Background information: Paul Krugman article links, Atlantic article links, PDF of Sen. Wyden et al (letter 1) & text of HR Bill (letter 2)

Krugman article links regarding this election and its existential threat to democracy:

The Tainted Election (12-12-16)

Now, outrage over the tainted election past can’t be the whole of opposition politics. It will also be crucial to maintain the heat over actual policies. Everything we’ve seen so far says that Mr. Trump is going to utterly betray the interests of the white working-class voters who were his most enthusiastic supporters, stripping them of health care and retirement security, and this betrayal should be highlighted.

But we ought to be able to look both forward and back, to criticize both the way Mr. Trump gained power and the way he uses it. Personally, I’m still figuring out how to keep my anger simmering — letting it boil over won’t do any good, but it shouldn’t be allowed to cool. This election was an outrage, and we should never forget it.

Useful Idiots Galore (12-16-16)

If we’re going to have any hope of redemption, people will have to stop letting themselves be used the way they were in 2016. And the first step is to admit the awful reality of what just happened.

That means not trying to change the subject to campaign strategy, which is a legitimate topic but has no bearing on the question of electoral subversion. It means not making excuses for news coverage that empowered that subversion.

And it means not acting as if this was a normal election whose result gives the winner any kind of a mandate, or indeed any legitimacy beyond the bare legal requirements. It might be more comfortable to pretend that things are O.K., that American democracy isn’t on the edge. But that would be taking useful idiocy to the next level.

How Republics End (12-19-16)

Why is this happening? I’m not asking why white working-class voters support politicians whose policies will hurt them . . . . My question, instead, is why one party’s politicians and officials no longer seem to care about what we used to think were essential American values. And let’s be clear: This is a Republican story, not a case of “both sides do it.”

So what’s driving this story? I don’t think it’s truly ideological. Supposedly free-market politicians are already discovering that crony capitalism is fine as long as it involves the right cronies. It does have to do with class warfare — redistribution from the poor and the middle class to the wealthy is a consistent theme of all modern Republican policies. But what directly drives the attack on democracy, I’d argue, is simple careerism on the part of people who are apparatchiks within a system insulated from outside pressures by gerrymandered districts, unshakable partisan loyalty, and lots and lots of plutocratic financial support.

For such people, toeing the party line and defending the party’s rule are all that matters. And if they sometimes seem consumed with rage at anyone who challenges their actions, well, that’s how hacks always respond when called on their hackery.

The Atlantic article link to the Obama report is here.

Click here for the press release from Leahy, Feinstein, Cardin on the issue of Independent Commission.

Click here for the Sen Wyden et al letter to Obama.

NOTE:

Note that currently we do not have contact information for AD-19 Rep. Faso, who takes office on January 3rd. When we have it, we will pass it along with this template (and any others that have gone out in the interim.)

If you have time, it is far better to call than to email. Use the template as your calling script.

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