April 17, 2007
By Ken Krayeske • 10:00 AM EST
This video demonstrates how a congressman should respond when one of their pacifist constituents is placed on a Homeland Security-funded watch list of potential violent threats, arrested and jailed.
It took a guy from Ohio Sunday night in Litchfield to show me what a federal elected official should have said to me in response to my arrest and detention.
In front of the camera, Congressman Dennis Lucinich told me to send him information about my arrest, with times and dates, so he can begin investigation. I can proudly announce that the arrest report is in his email inbox.
During Kucinich's speech, he assured the assembled Nutmeggers that the culture of fear was toast in his administration.
"As a member of Congress on the Government Oversight Committee, I intend to get some answers about why you were treated the way you were treated," Kucinich told the crowd.
"In a Kucinich administration freedom of speech is going to be prized, and we're going towork to repeal the PATRIOT Act to make sure that people understand that we're going to get government off the spying and the lying and all the other things government shouldn't be doing and doing the things they should, which relate to education and health care and jobs and housing," Kucinich said to applause.
Keep in mind that not one of the seven members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation has reached out to me about abuse of Homeland Security dollars that were involved in my arrest.
Recall that it was the Connecticut Intelligence Center out of the New Haven FBI office which helped devise and distribute the two-page color flier of me to police officers before the parade. CTIC, as it is known, did such good work that Hartford Police Officer Jeff Antuna mentioned them in the arrest report.
So no, I haven't heard anything from Connecticut's five Congressmen. But two have been to Iraq since my arrest, and combined, they have raised more than $1 million for re-election in the first quarter of 2007 (thanks to MyLeftNutmeg for the update). Fifth-District newbie Chris Murphy is responsible for more than $400,000 of that alone.
Glad to see our representatives are doing what they need to do to serve and protect themselves and their power.