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The Mikulski Watch

by William Hughes

To be fair to Mikulski, there was a time when she did speak out boldly about human rights violations. But of late she’s looking the other way when Israel violates civil and human rights, and she’s voted away our civil rights in the name of “security.” It appears that, after she took her seat in the Senate, she put her moral blinders on.
In 1976, I was sitting on Federal Hill overlooking Baltimore's harbor. Below, at Rash Field, they were holding a gala musical event to mark the "Bicentennial Year."

To add to the festivities, they had two of the locals read a historical work of note. Oprah Winfrey, then a popular newscaster at a local tv station was first. She gave a moving presentation. Then, Barbara A. Mikulski, a newly elected member of the House of Representatives, took her turn at center stage. As she began reading Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address," moans of dismay could be heard rising though out the large audience. It wasn't so much that she was a poor reader (which is forgivable), it was more what the flatness of her tone revealed: that she was totally clueless about the true meaning of the document she was reading. Like the war hawk who presently occupies the White House, Mikulski resoundingly demonstrated that evening that she had no sense of American history--none! Nor has she today.

In 1986, Mikulski, fortuitously riding a tide of Feminism, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. She won reelection in 1992 and again in 1998. Like all elected federal officials, she is required to take an oath of office to uphold our republican form of government and to "support this Constitution..." (Article VI, Sec. 3).

If you read Mikulski's web site, you get the distinct impression that she owes her first political allegiance, not to the voters of Maryland and to the principles of our republic, but to a foreign based entity: Zionist Israel!

I'm not making this up! She devotes a full page to Israel, unconditionally pledging "You can be sure that I will continue to support the state of Israel..." If she would work so passionately about reducing the murder rate in Baltimore City (we've had 175 victims, since Jan. 1) that would be one thing, but bragging about how she defends "Israel at every opportunity," is quite another.

This is especially so, in light of Ariel Sharon's regime's deplorable record on human rights in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel receives, via Mikulski and her congressional cronies, billions of dollars annually in U.S. foreign aid.

On another related issue, back in 1996, I first urged Mikulski to support the efforts of the survivors of the USS Liberty. They have continued to demand a congressional hearing on the unprovoked attack on their ship by the Israeli Defense Forces on June 8, 1967. She gave me the silent treatment.

That murderous military action took the lives of 34 brave Americans and injured 171 others. Even though Jim Ennes' riveting book, Assault on the Liberty, proved the attack was deliberate, Tel Aviv has falsely claimed it was only an "accident."

The cover-up persists, even in the face of James Bamford's new book Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency. This book reveals (pp. 185-239) convincing new evidence that the Israelis not only lied about the Egyptians’ starting the 1967 War, they lied, too, about not knowing the Liberty was an American vessel.

Nevertheless, on her sycophantic web site Mikulski boasts, "Israel has been our most dependable friend and ally." Well, she should try selling that hogwash to the Liberty survivors and their families. She might also want to explain how, in 1985, this so-called "dependable friend and ally" employed the notorious spy, Jonathan Pollard, a Washington, D.C.-based Zionist, to steal some of our most important military secrets. At first Israel lied, saying he wasn't its agent. It took until 1998, for Israel to assume responsibility for its sordid role in the scummy Pollard's betrayal of his native land.

After the Israelis, on April 18, 1996, killed 106 Lebanese civilians, (two of whom were American school children visiting from Dearborn, MI), near the ancient village of Qana (Cana), I again wrote to Mikulski in protest. Amnesty International believed the IDF "intentionally attacked the UN compound." The Israelis’ refrain was familiar. They said it was an "accident." Again, Mikulski didn't bother to respond to me.

On yet another front, Mikulski cheerleads on her site about her record on Civil Rights. Yet the truth is that she has been a co-shredder of our revered Bill of Rights. Back in the late ’90s, Sen. Arlen "Magic Bullet" Specter (R-PA), and Charles "Windbag" Schumer, now junior Senator and then a Democratic congressman from New York, pushed an Anti-Terrorism Bill through Congress, most of which became law. In part, it called for "secret trials, based on secret evidence" for non-citizens suspected of wrongdoing.

Mikulski, like Pavlov's drooling puppy, signed on to the bill, the same as she later did for the draconian measure, enacted in 2001, "The U.S.A. Patriot Act." That law drives a stake deep into the heart of some of our most precious civil liberties. And it was passed without any public congressional hearings.

By way of background, Specter, earlier in his dismal career, was the legal adviser to the Warren Commission. He came up with the ridiculous "Magic Bullet" theory that helped to derail an effective investigation into the murder of JFK. Since 1978, and up until 2001, Specter has received from pro-Israel PACs $366,123 in campaign donations, according to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs magazine.

Schumer, the other cosponsor of the bill, is a rabid gun control addict and the chief advocate in the Congress of the legally dubious "Hate Crime" schemes. If Schumer would urge taking guns away from the Israeli settlers on the occupied West Bank and Gaza, his efforts might get more credibility from his fellow lawmakers. But, they know that this confessed hard-core apologist for Israel will never do such a thing.

To be fair to Mikulski, there was a time when she did speak out boldly about human rights violations. While in the House, she did occasionally criticize the government-sponsored "death squads" in Central America. After she took her seat in the Senate, however, she put her moral blinders on.

Since September 29, 2000, till August 24, 2002, Israel has assassinated 91 unarmed Palestinian activists (Source: Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group). These individuals were "targeted" for extra-judicial killing by Sharon's blood-stained government. Tel Aviv's "death squad" operation failed to show up on Mikulski's moral compass. I can only suppose that it was because she believes that Israel is our "most dependable friend and ally."

"Citizen for Peace" activists, located in Baltimore, recently asked Mikulski to speak out against any U.S. invasion of Iraq. She has refused to do so. Is this because Sharon champions such a war? She has also repeatedly declined to help revoke the U.S./British-inspired economic sanctions against Iraq (also endorsed by Israel), that have taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi children (Source: UNICEF). The activists plan to picket her office.

We know for sure that Mikulski took an oath to uphold the Constitution and to preserve the values and principles of the republic. The key question remaining after reviewing her faithfulness to some of the duties of her office is this one:

"How in God's holy name does she sleep at night?"


William Hughes is a Baltimore attorney and the author of Andrew Jackson vs. New World Order (Authors Choice Press), which is available online. Copyright © 2002Media Monitors Network. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


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This story was published on October 2, 2002.
  
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