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Over the last eight years, the Bush administration has systematically dismantled some of the most important rights and protections in the United States Constitution. In the first 100 days of office, President Obama can, often with the stroke of a pen, restore, protect, and expand the fundamental rights on which our nation was founded. It is up to all of us to see that he does.
The Center for Constitutional Rights' 100 Days Campaign focuses on the harm done by previous administrations and the hopes we have for making the country a better place for all.
Join us in telling the Obama administration what you want to see in the first 100 days. Look for a series of white papers, videos, speaking tours and online activism that will bring these issues front and center in the public debate. CCR will release a series of white papers, detailing its vision on a variety of long-term CCR issues and projects, in line with CCR's mission and strategic plan. These white papers target policy makers and the politically engaged public, presenting direct policy recommendations from CCR to policy makers, and will lay out a fuller and more comprehensive set of policy goals. These papers will provide policy support for movement building to support and sustain an initiative to restore the Constitution in the first 100 days of the Obama administration and building sustained pressure at a grassroots level to make these demands upon politicians.
The first paper, “The Right to Dissent” explores the current situation of attacks upon and criminalization of dissent, from the surveillance of activists to the federalization of local law enforcement, to the labeling of activists as “terrorists.” It presents a vision for the first 100 Days of President Obama's administration that repudiates such attacks and upholds the First Amendment and our human rights.
Use this link to download the PDF version of CCR's “Right to Dissent” whitepaper.
The second paper, “Ending Arbitrary Detention, Torture and Extraordinary Rendition” presents a vision to President Obama that lays out the history of the systematic assault on the Constitution conducted by the Bush administration, and calls for swift action to end torture, extraordinary rendition and arbitrary detention, restore the rule of law, and hold those responsible for these abuses accountable for their illegal actions. This paper provides an overview of the development of the Bush administration's policies of torture, arbitrary detention and extraordinary rendition, and the struggle to end these policies, restore the Constitution, and obtain justice for their victims.
The third paper, “Amend the War Powers Resolution” provides an overview of executive abuse of war-making power, and calls for restoring checks and balances. It calls for reform and revision of the War Powers Resolution to prohibit all executive acts of war without Congressional authorization, and for an end to the illegal wars launched by the Bush administration.
The fourth paper, “Stop Warrantless Wiretapping” outlines the history of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the Bush administration’s illegal NSA spying program. It calls for restoring the constitutional protections against government spying, uncovering the full extent of illegal surveillance programs, ending immunity for telecommunications companies and prosecuting those responsible for violating the law.
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This is a sustained effort to neutralize the Bush legacy and restore the Constitution. See an overview of CCR's 100 Days Campaign.