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Sunday, August 06, 2006

US/UK Extradition Treaty Vote Sept 7th - ACT NOW

Bob Linnon, IAUC President, says: The Senate Foreign Relations committee will vote on the treaty on September 7th (SEE BELOW). Please take advantage of this time period to phone, fax and/or visit your senators' offices. We all need to oppose the US/UK Extradition treaty (SEE SUMMARY OF REASONS BELOW) and contact our Senators (http://www.congress.com/) and the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committees (SEE CONTACT INFO BELOW) and express their desire to defeat this treaty. The Senate is on a five week vacation until after Labor Day which means they will be in their home states for much of that time. They will be certainly getting summaries of visits, letters, phone calls, faxes & emails (SEE SAMPLE LETTER BELOW). The treaty has been denounced by a variety of Irish American political organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union as an assault on the Constitutional rights and basic civil liberties of all Americans. If passed, the treaty would: :: Remove the judiciary role from the extradition process, and transfer responsibility to the Executive branch.

:: Allow for provisional arrest and detention of American citizens for 60 days without a formal request from Great Britain, thereby denying Americans their right to have their day in court in front of an impartial judge.

:: Provide that American law need not be violated.

:: Permit retroactive application to alleged activity committed before the treaty's ratification.

:: Eliminate any statute of limitations.

:: Eliminate the need for authorities to demonstrate probable cause. This treaty is politically motivated and clearly targets Irish American citizens for persecution in British courts and all this just for being active in the struggle to defend the Irish against years of British interference and misrule. The US/UK Extradition Treaty has skyrocketed to the top of the Senate agenda due to British government pressure. We intend to keep it there, and will continue to voice our objections to a treaty that, if ratified, would set a dangerous precedent. Irish Americans now number over 40 million and we vote. Bob Linnon ---- Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator State & Party Fax No. Phone No. Lamar Alexander TN-R 202-228-3398 202-224-4944 George Allen VA-R 202-224-5432 202-224-4024 Joe Biden DE-D 202-224-0139 202-224-5042 Barbara Boxer CA-D 415-956-6701 202-224-3553 Lincoln Chafee RI-R 202-228-2853 202-224-2921 Norm Coleman MN-R 202-224-1152 202-224-5641 Chris Dodd CT-D 202-224-1083 202-224-2823 Russ Feingold WI-D 202-224-2725 202-224-5323 Chuck Hagel NE-R 202-224-5213 202-224-4224 John Kerry MA-D 202-224-8525 202-224-2742 Richard Lugar IN-R 202-228-0360 202-224-4814 Mel Martinez FL-R 202-224-3041 202-224-3041 Lisa Murkowski AK-R 202-224-5301 202-224-6665 Bill Nelson FL-D 202-228-2183 202-224-6551 Barack Obama IL-D 202-228-0400 202-224-2854 Paul Sarbanes MD-D 202-224-1651 202-224-4524 John Sununu NH-R 202-228-4131 202-224-2841 George Voinovich OH-R 202-228-1382 202-224-3353 ---- (Note: With the vote scheduled for September 7th, it MIGHT BE a lost cause to request another hearing (however, it would probably be easier to amend the treaty than defeat it on the Senate floor). You might delete the first two paragraphs and change the third paragraph to say: “We object to the US/UK Extradition Treaty for many reasons. This treaty – “ Remember the "count" of negative messages is frequently more important than the eloquence of the message. Take a minute to increase that count. Jay) ----

SAMPLE LETTER The Honorable (Full Name) United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Via Fax: (Ten Digit Number) Dear Senator (Last Name): The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which you are a member, is still considering the US/UK Extradition Treaty. To date Chairman Lugar has held two hearings, one on November 15, 2005 and another on July 21, 2006. The hearings have been heavily weighted with government attorneys who were opposed by our one attorney, Prof. Francis Boyle, who could not attend the second hearing due to severe weather causing his flight to be cancelled. At this time we are asking for a delay in order to formulate amendments and discuss language with our attorney and membership. Surely this is a reasonable request since this treaty has been pending for years. There are many aspects of this treaty that are a threat to all Americans and we believe it is imperative that they be rectified now. We object to this treaty for many reasons. This treaty – 1. IGNORES THE SEPARATION OF POWERS because it transfers responsibility from the federal courts to the Executive Branch.

2. DENIES THOSE CHARGED WITH HAVING A DAY IN COURT.

3. ALLOWS FOR PROVISIONAL ARREST.

4. PROVIDES THAT AMMERICAN LAW NEED NOT BE VIOLATED.

5. PERMITS RETROACTIVE APPLICATION TO ALLEGED ACTIVITY CONDUCTED EVEN BEFORE THE TREATY’S RATIFICATION. This treaty has nothing to do with Homeland Security or partisan politics. It is simply an effort to preserve our basic constitutional rights and civil liberties. Surely a short delay of a week or two is not asking too much. Thank you for considering my request. Sincerely, Your name signed Your name typed Your address Date ---- U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations HEARING before the COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS UNITED STATES SENATE ONE HUNDRED NINTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION

Thursday, September 7, 2006 Time: 9:30 AM Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building Presiding: Senator Lugar The Committee will consider and vote on the following agenda items:

Treaty:

Extradition Treaty between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Treaty Doc. 108-23) Nominations:

The Honorable Richard E. Hoagland To be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia The Honorable John R. Bolton To be U.S. Representative to the United Nations with rank of Ambassador and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Security Council and U.S. Representative to Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the United Nations John C. Rood To be Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation Additional Nominees May Be Added…

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