Cystic Fibrosis

The President is threatening me By MARIE MARCHAND In case I get picked up and taken away under President Bush's Military Commissions Act of October 2006, cystic fibrosis I want it on record that I am not a terrorist or an enemy combatant, cystic fibrosis and that the organization I run in Bellingham is not associated with any terrorist cell. There's no doubt that the administration preys on our civil liberties, cystic fibrosis and that the effects of unjust policies filter down to the local level. In 2003, cystic fibrosis a Quaker Meeting House in Florida was put under surveillance through the Pentagon's domestic spying program and labeled a threat.But Quakerism is a religion of pacifism; naturally, cystic fibrosis they would be against war. Cystic fibrosis The Department of Defense spying on a group of draft counselors? Come on.In 2004, cystic fibrosis the FBI approached the Whatcom County Library in Deming with a grand jury subpoena demanding librarians turn over the names and contact information of every person who checked out "Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America." The library pursued legal action and the FBI eventually withdrew the subpoena. The director of the Whatcom County Library System, cystic fibrosis Jane Airoldi, cystic fibrosis received a human rights award for refusing to hand over patrons' private information."Libraries are a haven where people should be able to seek whatever information they want to pursue without any threat of government intervention, cystic fibrosis" Airoldi said. When our government no longer equates terrorism with violence, cystic fibrosis but with the perceived threat of an unsubstantiated rumor of intent to "pose a significant risk of committing an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the government"; or when non-violent pacifism is misconstrued as a tactic that undermines national security, cystic fibrosis no one is exempt from capture, cystic fibrosis detention and possible torture. I perceive Bush's July 17 executive order as a personal threat. Cystic fibrosis When someone makes a threat, cystic fibrosis their intention is often to scare, cystic fibrosis isolate and subdue the other person into silence through fear. I will not be silent. Like millions of dissenters around the world, cystic fibrosis I want my name to be included among those who resisted those unjust policies and decrees. The American people must have the courage to resist. Cystic fibrosis Otherwise, cystic fibrosis our friends and neighbors may begin to disappear, cystic fibrosis and we may not hear them being carted off in the middle of the night. As a patriotic American who holds steadfast to a belief in justice, cystic fibrosis I do not accept Bush's threats to my constitutional and human rights passively. Cystic fibrosis If I disappear, cystic fibrosis I disappear. But I will not go willingly, cystic fibrosis and I will not go unnamed. Marie Marchand is executive director of Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in Bellingham.