Senate Judiciary Committee, led by our superstar, Patrick Leahy, held an oversight hearing of the Justice Department and the work of Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
A contingent of 8 Codepinkers ensured that the voices of our constituency was heard. Arriving all in bright orange jumpsuits, black hoods and collared signs reading WE WILL NOT BE SILENT!
We also held up a sign for each one of the reasons we will not be silent: GITMO, TORTURE, WARRANTLESS WIRETAPPING, RENDITION, CIA TAPES, VOTER SUPPRESSION, and WATERBOARDING.
This was the first time Mukasey has appeared before the Senate as Attorney General, and it was the first Senate hearing Code Pink had attended this session.We were very present but not very pink (more orange). The signs said it all, but we could not hold our frustration to ourselves. We made two comments after Senator Leahy announced the end of the session and before the gavel.
One person addressed Mukasey by saying something like , "Attorney General Mukasey, as a naturalized citizen of the United States I found your tortured responses to senators' questions offensive to our democracy." Liz politely asked, "Could we have a little justice in the Justice Department?" We heard later that we were visible and audible on the C-Span coverage.