If Barack Obama truly means what he says about protecting our children from climate destruction, he will put an immediate halt to the construction of the southern leg of Keystone XL already underway in Texas. The President knows full well that if he fails to intercede in TransCanada’s brutal assault on East Texas, Keystone XL will open the floodgates to tar sands exploitation in Canada, igniting what Bill McKibben has called a “fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 24, 2011 4:19 pm|
In May of this year, thousands of people gathered at the White House to spontaneously celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. The Park Police did not ask them for a permit, did not ask them to disperse, and there were no paddy wagons called to haul them away. Of course killing Osama bin Laden was something the President repeatedly spoke of with pride, earning himself not only a bump in his poll numbers but also a Saturday Night Live send-up.
As I sat in DC traffic court waiting for Dan Choi to be released from jail on Monday, it became clear that the objective of the government was to prevent him from doing what the Osama bin Laden celebrants had been freely permitted to do: express their first amendment rights in front of a powerful American symbol owned by the American people.