Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Candice Miller (R-Michigan 10th) Office in Shelby Twp. A woman named Erik answered the phone. I was able to leave a message quoting Z.Brezinski's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2/1/07) in which he mentions "a plausible scenario for a military involvement with Iran" (in which he later lays out such a scenario involving Iraqi failure to meet benchmarks, etc, blame on Iran for the failure, then a(nother) 9/11-type event (with weapons of mass-destruction, this time?), either in Iraq, or in the US, leading directly to US attack on Iran.), asking that the Representative, in her capacity as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as being on the House Committee on Government Reform, work toward convening a House panel or better, to convene hearings in the House, requesting that Mr Brezinski appear and tell the House and the American people why he believes the scenario is "plausible". I also request the Rep to not forstall or otherwise work against a re-opening of an investigation into 9/11, and, if possible, actively support a new 9/11 investigation in the House.

Note: I was able to leave the message, which I believe was hand-written as I dictated, and I was not asked to leave my name or any other info.

Thaddeus McCotter (R-Michigan 11th) Office in Livonia. Kevin answered. After I stated that I wished to leave a message for the Rep, and not long after I began leaving the Brezinski quote, Kevin interrupted to ask for my name (which he heard as "Dave", but that's not what I said), and I stalled him, hoping to get the message recorded first, saying that I just wanted to say what I wanted to say, and then we could get into the details (again, hoping to avoid or ignore them at the last). Once I had finished up with the request to re-open 9/11, he said something extraordinary, which was, "I think I've spoken with you before". Regardless, I pressed on, and asked if he then had passed my previous message along to the Rep. He said I didn't leave my information, so he couldn't. I told him that, quite frankly, with the way this government has played so fast and easy with my Constitutional rights, I feel much less comfortable than I ought to leave such information. Then Kevin put me on speaker-phone, asking me, in effect, to repeat what I had just said. (What goes on in these offices? Am I a crnival side-show to these staffers? There for their amusement?) I am not playing a game, and I am dead-serious. I say that as a citizen of this state, a tax-payer, a registered voter, and an American citizen, I have every right to request such things, and as McCotter is on the House International Relations Committee, he is precisely who needs to be contacted for such redress, as he acts as our proxy in the House.
Kevin finally mumbled something about passing my message along, and then hung up. Somehow, I don't think it's going to happen. I am trying to convince the gatekeepers.

Sander Levin (D-Michigan 12th) Office in Roseville, a woman named Zeenath answered (who was very nice). It sounded as if she were actually taking down what I had to say, going so far as to get a spelling on Brezinski, but when she asked me for my name, and I told her that I was not comfortable with doing that, she came back with some arguments I've heard from these staffers before:
1. The Representative needs a way to contact you.
Ans: I do not need to be or wish to be contacted. I would prefer instead that the Rep merely consider my opinion, and either choose to agree or disagree, and it will be enough for me to know that I've been heard.
2. The computer system won't record the message without a name and an address.
My question: Is there any other way to contact the Rep., then?
Ans: "You could write a letter ...but it has to be signed and identified. The Rep won't accept anonymous correspondence. What good to the Rep is an anonymous request?"
My question: But that is precisely the point. Does the merit of the request, or the right to pose it, depend upon who it is that's doing the asking? Or, does any citizen have a right to petition the government? And, as Mr Levin is on the House Ways & Means Committee, a very influential committee, and as I am a registerd voter subject to decisions made in that committee, as a US citizen, such a petition is not only proper, it is vital, regardless of my identity. (Lobbyists do not seen required to clear such a hurdle in order for their voice to be heard. Acting, as they do, behind the shingle of one or another "Firm", "PAC" or interest group, their personal anonimity is assured, and thus cannot be singled out.) As an American citizen, my standing is as firm as theirs, my opinions are as valid.
3. We have no other way to pass along a message to the Rep.
Ans: Excuse me for saying so, because I know this is a silly question, but don't you have pen and paper in the office?

The restoration of our Republic requires that good men do something, and not sit idly by. I am inspired by the words of Webster Tarpley...
(paraphrasing) There are millions of people all across the world, millions in Asia, that would do anything that they could to stop war from happening to them. There is little that they can do. They can't stop this, but we can. And because we can, we MUST