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Letters to the Editor - Editorials

There are 166 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 11, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

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marco

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Feb 11, 2009
"...multiple unconstitutional acts likely were committed by the Bush administration." - Laure Dillion

What unconstitutional acts?
dargent77

Smithville, TN

#2 Feb 11, 2009
marco wrote:
"...multiple unconstitutional acts likely were committed by the Bush administration." - Laure Dillion
What unconstitutional acts?
For starters, invading, bombing, and now occupying a sovereign country. Because Bush & Co. sold wholesale paranoia, based on lies, to America doesn't make it right.
Then there were warrantless wiretaps, sanctioning of torture, habeous corpus issues.
But, in Bush's defense, Clinton had an affair, hurting no one except his wife, so it all comes out equal in the wash.

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Diane

Waianae, HI

#3 Feb 11, 2009
I am responding to Mr. John Kawamoto's letter.

Mr. Kawamoto the problem lies not in the teacher's union, but in its membership. The Union's membership is weighted down with mainland teachers who have come with blessings of the carpetbaggers known as Edison Alliance.

"Alliance" is headquartered in New York City. That city has been the traditional homeport of all carpetbaggers at least since Reconstruction Era (post U.S. Civil War.

The HSTA's main aim is to support and protect these carpetbaggers ("Alliance" and mainland teachers). Both are making a living off us taxpayers without giving the benefit of their education and knowledge to our children.
Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#4 Feb 11, 2009
In reading Nancy Hildwein's ltr from Berwyn, Ill., "Do something about foul-mouthed bums," sorry to say as a taxpaying resident of this State, it's not going to happen. Did you ever notice in Waikiki, except for young local youth, you don't see many local adults. Unless you're oriental, you can't get waited on in the pricey stores lining Kalakaua. The sight of homeless and their shopping carts overflowing with garbage. The smell of urine overpowers even the fresh air of Waikiki. My suggestion - try staying at the Turtle Bay Hilton on the North Shore and for a different beach experience, Kailua Beach on the Windward side.

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#5 Feb 11, 2009
President Bush was doing his job, protecting all Americans. Clinton had his dirty little affair as a sideshow to distract everyone from the fact that he was getting into little wars that had nothing to do w/ the security of the U.S., ignoring genocide in Iraq, and multiple other issues that should have been addressed (bombing of the USS Cole.)
I guess it would have been okay if President Bush had just sat on his hands and allowed a few more national landmarks get bombed. After all, there are over 250 million Americans, we could lose a few million here and there and it shouldn't bother us.
Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#6 Feb 11, 2009
To all those letter writers and commenters about Bush and Co., war crimes and etc., give it a break. That was yesterday and yesterday is gone. I listened to President Obama the other day and I was impresses with what he said. Of course the "good ole boys" in Congress and the Senate, who filled their jowls at the taxpayers trough, are bound and determined to show "this young kid" that he's got to play ball with them. Maybe, just maybe now, we have a President who is looking from the bottom up and not the usual top down. And NO, I'm not a democrat, just someone who believes in people, not party.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#7 Feb 11, 2009
"Legislators, keep your hands off rail money"

Really, how dare you try to steal the money that is going to be wasted on a rail line that won't fix any issues. Find your own pork.
Silly

Honolulu, HI

#8 Feb 11, 2009
Right on, Lauren Dillon, for making a total fool of yourself. Bush did not violate our US Constitution and your general complaint fails to specify what Bush did and where, exactly, in that Constitution, you can PROVE he violated that sacred document.

Left wing, out-there, folks, like you and dargent77, just want to moan about something, that's all.

Next time you take a break from your bong and decide to whip something up, you may want to pay attention to what it is you are complaining about otherwise it appears to be an expression of your own disappointment about how much you have accomplished in your mediocre life.

Get one.
Kamaaina Expat

United States

#9 Feb 11, 2009
marco wrote:
"...multiple unconstitutional acts likely were committed by the Bush administration." - Laure Dillion
What unconstitutional acts?
Thsi is a very abbreviated list, there are so many Constitutional laws broken by the Bush Administration that they cannot all possibly be listed here. Have you ever actually read the U.S. Constitution and it's amendments?

Geneva Convention: Even the current conservative US Supreme Court has "branded George W. Bush as a war criminal for violating the Geneva Convention regarding the torture of prisoners." Breaking of treaties, in this way, is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.

War Crimes: In the case of Hamdan vs Rumsfeld, it was proven that numerous war crimes have been committed by the Bush Administration in the war against Iraq, including the preemptive invasion itself. Holding and torturing prisoners being held without due process at Guantanamo Bay and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal are also serious war crimes. These are totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.

Outing of a CIA Agent: The outing of Valerie Plame-Wilson by the Bush Administration, admitted by the CIA as being a covert agent, has led directly to Dick Cheney and possibly directly to the President. This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.

Spying on Americans: President Bush has admitted to his program of warrentless spying against millions of Americans in violation of the Forth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.

800 "Signing Statements": President Bush has signed more than 800 Signing Statements that circumvent over 1000 provisions of US laws. There is no constitutional clause that gives the President the right to ignore the law just "because he says so". This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.

Missing e-mails: Two federal statutes require presidential communications, including White House e-mails, to be preserved for the nation's historical records. From 2001 to October 2003, the White House records system over-wrote all their e-mail files, and up to 2005, some e-mails still were not fully preserved. These breaks more than one Federal Laws and is totally Illegal.

Unlawful FBI Activities: The Bush Administration directed the FBI to expand the definition of "domestic terrorism" to include citizens engaged in nonviolent protest and civil disobedience. This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.

Firing of US Attorneys: This was a successful attempt by the President to use his US Attorney General and the US Justice Department for partisan political gains. This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.

Removal of Habeas Corpus: It is unconstitutional to remove the process of Habeas Corpus, which has been a freedom that first became British law in 1612. This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.
Kamaaina Expat

United States

#10 Feb 11, 2009
Want more goodies on Bush & Friends? All you need to do is learn how to read .... meanwhile I'm gonna go do some bong hits.
Kamaaina Expat

United States

#11 Feb 11, 2009
Kalamity Flats wrote:
President Bush was doing his job, protecting all Americans.
Oh, you must have forgotten, remember there was that one day when Bush wasn't protecting Americans? I think it was sometime in September of 2001.

Yah, that day I think he was doing something else.

“Nothing Good Can Come of This!”

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#12 Feb 11, 2009
dargent77 wrote:
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For starters, invading, bombing, and now occupying a sovereign country. Because Bush & Co. sold wholesale paranoia, based on lies, to America doesn't make it right.
Then there were warrantless wiretaps, sanctioning of torture, habeous corpus issues.
But, in Bush's defense, Clinton had an affair, hurting no one except his wife, so it all comes out equal in the wash.
Invading, bombing and occupying sovereign countries is not prohibited by the constitution. I won't get into the moral implications, but it isn't prohibited by the constitution.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#13 Feb 11, 2009
Kamaaina Expat wrote:
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Removal of Habeas Corpus: It is unconstitutional to remove the process of Habeas Corpus, which has been a freedom that first became British law in 1612. This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.
Expat, you're a hack! Suspension of habeas corpus has been used in the United States at various times in history on a limited scale in concern for national security. President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War. President Grant also suspended habeas corpus during the 1870s to rein in on the Klu Klux Klan. Habeas corpus was also suspended in Hawaii during World War Two while the territory was under Marshall Law.
Kamaaina Expat

United States

#14 Feb 11, 2009
Keoni K wrote:
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Invading, bombing and occupying sovereign countries is not prohibited by the constitution. I won't get into the moral implications, but it isn't prohibited by the constitution.
No, the invasion, bombing and occupying of sovereign countries is not explicitly "prohibited" by the constitution, but there are a lot of gray areas which are addressed in Article 2, Section 2 of our Constitution.

"Who has the power to declare war?"

A. The Constitution clearly grants the Congress the power to declare war, in Article 1, Section 8. This power is not shared with anyone, including the President.

The President, however, is just as clearly made the Commander in Chief of all of the armed forces, in Article 2, Section 2. In this role, the President has the ability to defend the nation or to take military action without involving the Congress directly, and the President's role as Commander in Chief is often part of the reason for that.

What this has resulted in is the essential ability of the President to order forces into hostilities to repel invasion or counter an attack, without a formal declaration of war. The conduct of war is the domain of the President.

BUT - when the President blatantly lie and manipulate fake intelligence, and his neocon thugs lie; to congress, the U.S. people, and the entire world about the reasons for invading a sovereign nation, well guess what, there are a few laws broken there. Not constitutional laws, but Federal laws.

Bottom line is this: Bush was the worst Prez in our nations history, his massive damage to our nation will take many generations to fix, period.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#15 Feb 11, 2009
Kamaaina Expat wrote:
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Firing of US Attorneys: This was a successful attempt by the President to use his US Attorney General and the US Justice Department for partisan political gains. This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.
Hack Expat, firing US attorneys is not against the Constitution. The controversy was over the President's rationale for the firings, and though investigated at the time, none of the allegations ever proved any wrongdoing by the president. Embarrassing for him and a number in the Justice Department who ended up resigning, but nothing that was unconstitutional.
Kamaaina Expat

United States

#16 Feb 11, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
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Expat, you're a hack! Suspension of habeas corpus has been used in the United States at various times in history on a limited scale in concern for national security. President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War. President Grant also suspended habeas corpus during the 1870s to rein in on the Klu Klux Klan. Habeas corpus was also suspended in Hawaii during World War Two while the territory was under Marshall Law.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 2 of the Constitution is known as the Suspension Clause. Just read it already. Clearly Bush broke the law. And trust me, if you truly want to debate Constitutional Law with me, you are getting into a debate that you will probably lose unless you have some serious credentials in this area of law.

It is you who are the hack... But hey, Republicans did such a sweet job for the last 8 years, I'll just shut up and dream of the good old days of Bush. Nice Job Repub's!!!
Kamaaina Expat

United States

#17 Feb 11, 2009
Hawaii Republican, yes you are correct, I am at work and typing very fast on the side. The interesting part of your reply (besides the Hack part) was "none of the allegations ever proved any wrongdoing". these allegations have not been thouroughly investigated, and Obama & his people probably won't investigate, and certainly not prosecute (unless he gets a 2nd term). Then it's balls to the wall prosections (I hope). Obama knows that it is his own political suicide to go after Bush & friends right now.

By the way, congrats on the past 8 years, I hope you enjoyed it. awesome....
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#18 Feb 11, 2009
Kamaaina Expat wrote:
<quoted text>War Crimes: In the case of Hamdan vs Rumsfeld, it was proven that numerous war crimes have been committed by the Bush Administration in the war against Iraq, including the preemptive invasion itself. Holding and torturing prisoners being held without due process at Guantanamo Bay and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal are also serious war crimes. These are totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.
Hack Expat, the Hamdan v. Rusmfeld case was not a case about war crimes and torture. It was about whether President Bush had the authority to try the GITMO detainees with the military commissions the Administration had setup. The Supreme Court decided that President Bush did not have the authority WITHOUT congressional approval. This led to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which gave the President congressional authorization to use military tribunals for the GITMO detainees. This process was moving forward until recently, when President Obama asked the military to temporarily halt the tribunals until his Administration can review the GITMO situation.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#19 Feb 11, 2009
Kamaaina Expat wrote:
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A. The Constitution clearly grants the Congress the power to declare war, in Article 1, Section 8. This power is not shared with anyone, including the President.

BUT - when the President blatantly lie and manipulate fake intelligence, and his neocon thugs lie; to congress, the U.S. people, and the entire world about the reasons for invading a sovereign nation, well guess what, there are a few laws broken there. Not constitutional laws, but Federal laws.
Hack Expat, do your homework and read the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002,[1])" which is a joint resolution (i.e., a law) passed by the United States Congress in October 2002 as Public Law No: 107-243, authorizing the Iraq War.

President Bush, to your dismay, has not violated the US Constitution here.

Furthermore, the whole "Bush lied, people died" is a left-wing mantra that may be fun and popular to say, but is completely false. The liberals love to say President Bush is an idiot and a fool, but if he has managed to lie to the entire world, what makes that of all of us?

Get over it. The President prosecuted the war based on bad intell; intell that the majority of governments thought to be true. Hey, we're not the only country with an intell service, you know that, right?
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#20 Feb 11, 2009
Kamaaina Expat wrote:
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Spying on Americans: President Bush has admitted to his program of warrentless spying against millions of Americans in violation of the Forth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). This is totaly Unconstitutional and Illegal.
Hack Expat, you need to read up on the "Protect America Act of 2007" which ammends the "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978", and permits government surveillance without warrants.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 reauthorized many provisions that are contained in Protect America Act. Notice, too, that the Obama Administration plans to keep intact much what the Bush Administration had implemented. Now, that seems curious, doesn't it?

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