Edited by Ann Fagan Ginger
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute (MCLI), Berkeley, California

The day after the November elections, MCLI will be ready to give to every Congress Member and Senator a handy booklet listing and describing every law that must be amended or repealed in order to get back to a constitutional, democratic federal government.

We are going to include every statute passed by Congress, every Executive Order and signing statement by Pres. Bush, every regulation by a federal agency, every other document, including international agreements.

“How are you possibly going to make a complete list?”

By letting everyone know of the project and asking for their help.

And we already know this works! We've sent out an email to 230 organizations asking for their help by sending us the name of every bad statute, etcetera on every subject, from Agriculture/Land/Crops to Water Rights and Welfare Rights. We received quick, useful emails with specific laws to include from 25 people all over the U.S.

We will soon be meeting with Congress Member Barbara Lee’s local staff to hear what they would find most useful.

Please add your laws now!

Send to:

legacy AT mcli.org

by July 31,2008.


MCLI is the publisher of the book -- Challenging U.S. Human Rights Violations Since 9/11: A Report to the People, the U.N. and the Media

"UNDOING" is to be published October 2008 and is currently a book in progress




The new Congress has the power—and the duty—to repeal or amend all “laws” put into effect in the Bush Administration that ignore basic U.S. law. These “laws” run from A to W—from Agriculture/land/crops to Water Rights and Welfare Rights. There are so many of these “laws” that each one must be described briefly in order to make this booklet handy to use—in making presentations to Congress, to the public, and to the media.

Many of these “laws” are statutes proposed by Bush/Cheney, passed by the House and Senate, signed by Bush, then funded in the next Bush budget passed by Congress.

The basic law ignored in Bush “laws” is found in the U.S. Constitution, particularly the “promote the general welfare” clause, the Ninth Amendment “protection of other [...] rights retained by the people,” and in the Bill of Rights.

“Bush laws” also contradict the United Nations Charter articles for promoting human rights and against war. And they do not enforce the three treaties ratified by the U.S. in 1992 and 1994: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT); the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Under the Constitution, Article IV, clause 2, all of these treaties are “the supreme law of the land.”

Some of Bush “laws” are Executive Orders or Signing Statements by the President that the new President can immediately strike. To start enforcing the law again, not “the law” stated by Bush/Cheney, the House and Senate can immediately cut funding for certain department and commission actions initiated under Bush/Cheney that ignore the law, such as mercenary military forces. This includes projects of NAFTA and NATO based on international agreements, not treaties, signed by the President but never ratified by the Senate. The House and Senate can also issue Rules of Construction for the Federal Courts stating that these Executive Orders and Signing Statements shall be construed as the House and Senate now set forth.

The House and Senate can pass resolutions stating that the Constitution established a three-branch government, not a unitary Presidency, and that Executive privilege has limits, so the Signing Statements by Pres. Bush are not relevant after January 20, 2009.

This 100-page booklet seeks to describe every statute, agreement, and department or commission regulation that ignores basic U.S. law and should be immediately repealed, amended, unfunded, stricken from the books.


Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute (MCLI) seeks to promote social change by increasing the recognition and use of existing human rights and peace law at the local and national levels.

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