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President Ronald Reagan May 20, 1988: By giving its advice and consent to ratification of this Convention, the Senate of the United States will demonstrate unequivocally our desire to bring an end to the abhorrent practice of torture.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2014 by sheriffali

To the Senate of the United States:

 

With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, subject to certain reservations, understandings, and declarations, I transmit herewith the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Convention was adopted by unanimous agreement of the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1984, and entered into force on June 26, 1987. The United States signed it on April 18, 1988. I also transmit, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State on the Convention.

 

The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention. It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

 

The core provisions of the Convention establish a regime for international cooperation in the criminal prosecution of torturers relying on so-called “universal jurisdiction.” Each State Party is required either to prosecute torturers who are found in its territory or to extradite them to other countries for prosecution.

 

In view of the large number of States concerned, it was not possible to negotiate a treaty that was acceptable to the United States in all respects. Accordingly, certain reservations, understandings, and declarations have been drafted, which are discussed in the report of the Department of State. With the inclusion of these reservations, understandings, and declarations, I believe there are no constitutional or other legal obstacles to United States ratification. The recommended legislation necessary to implement the Convention will be submitted to the Congress separately.

 

 Should the Senate give its advice and consent to ratification of the Convention, I intend at the time of deposit of United States ratification to make a declaration pursuant to Article 28 that the United States does not recognize the competence of the Committee against Torture under Article 20 to make confidential investigations of charges that torture is being systematically practiced in the United States. In addition, I intend not to make declarations, pursuant to Articles 21 and 22 of the Convention, recognizing the competence of the Committee against Torture to receive and consider communications from States and individuals alleging that the United States is violating the Convention. I believe that a final United States decision as to whether to accept such competence of the Committee should be withheld until we have had an opportunity to assess the Committee’s work. It would be possible for the United States in the future to accept the competence of the Committee pursuant to Articles 20, 21, and 22, should experience with the Committee prove satisfactory and should the United States consider this step desirable.

 

By giving its advice and consent to ratification of this Convention, the Senate of the United States will demonstrate unequivocally our desire to bring an end to the abhorrent practice of torture.

 

RONALD REAGAN
The White House,
May 20, 1988.

 

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 RONALD REAGAN SIGNED THE UN CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE

The Negro, even if he is President and has done what his predecessors have, is still challenged by some whites!

Posted in Blacks, Contradicting 150 years, Federal Courts, It is still about race for some, Limiting the black President, President Obama, Racism, Whites with tags , , , , on January 25, 2013 by sheriffali

Judges of the U.S. Court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Thomas B. Griffith, Karen LeCraft Henderson and David B. Sentelle; ruled;

 

That President Obama violated the Constitution when he made three recess appointments to the National Labor Board in January of 2012. The three federal judges who issued the ruling today, January 25, 2013 are all Republican appointees. The decision was written by David B. Sentelle, an appointee of former President Ronald Reagan who is chief judge of the federal appellate court in Washington D.C.

 

This decision is unprecedented and contradicts One Hundred and Fifty [150] years of practice by Republican and Democratic Administrations. The only difference is that Obama’s predecessors were “all” white and he, Obama, is “Half-White.”

 

We have come a long way out of the pit of 2008 that the Bush Administration had tossed us into, however, we still have surmountable problems and a long way to recover from how far we fell. The stock market closed this week at a five year high; manufacturing are progressing and the unemployment is getting better, but overall, we have to continue to work together if we are going to see the “mountain top” again!

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The juxtaposition of Obama and Romney shed light on the antithesis of who really cares about America!

Posted in 2012, America's 2%, America's 98%, Bush's Policies, Children, Current events, Deregulation, Dick Cheney, Dick morris, Donald Trump, Extreme Views, Fox News, George W. Bush, Hope for better tomorrows, Karl Rove, Koch Brothers, Misguided, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Patience, Paul Ryan, Politics, Poverty, President Obama, Progress, Racism, Recovery, Right Wing Extremists, Rush Limbaugh, Scrooge, Sean Hanity, Women's Rights with tags , , , , on November 12, 2012 by sheriffali

Mr. Optimist, President Obama, beat the crap out of the whining, Pontificating Pessimists, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the GOP establishment!

 

The Republican paradox that giving more huge tax cuts that favors the richest two percent of Americans would somehow help the other ninety-eight percent; is incongruous.

 

We have the facts on our side to prove otherwise. Former President George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 trillion dollar tax cut for the rich still exists today and where has it gotten us? It didn’t create jobs during Bush’s Presidency and as a matter of fact we lost more than three million jobs during Bush’s Stewardship of the economy.

 

We are at the edge of the financial cliff and “we” must rectify by undoing the Republican’s “pledge” to the lobbyist Grover Norquist. Just imagine, Grover Norquist introduced this pledge in 1986 and it was sanctioned by then, former President Ronald Reagan. [The Republicans Greek god]

 

The pledge that has torpedoed progress for America’s Middle-Class!

 

Below is the verbatim of the pledge and I have filled it out using Paul Ryan’s name. Mitt Romney also signed the pledge.

 

“I, Paul Ryan, pledge to the taxpayers of the 1st District of the State of Wisconsin, and to the American people that I will:  ‘ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction of elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”  

 

This pledge is not for the greater good of 98% of the hard working American people, but it is about the Republicans using this pledge to sustain America’s 2% upper-class to become even richer!