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Roundtable Discussion: The First 100 Days of the Biden AdministrationShout out to everyone participating in another grea...
04/16/2021

Roundtable Discussion: The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration

Shout out to everyone participating in another great department event tonight!

Roundtable Discussion: The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration

Shout out to everyone participating in another great department event tonight!

Pi Sigma Alpha, Theta Lambda (NEIU) chapterPi Sigma Alpha is an honor society for political science, with chapters in ev...
04/07/2021

Pi Sigma Alpha, Theta Lambda (NEIU) chapter

Pi Sigma Alpha is an honor society for political science, with chapters in every state in the United States. Membership in this society recognizes student academic achievement and future promise in the field of political science. The virtual induction ceremony was held on April 7 with new inductees and political science professors. Congratulations inductees!

New members in 2021:

Juliana Cruz
Daniel (DJ) Fink
Jose Florentino
Gerardo Garcia
Jason Grover
Tyana Posada
Noah Rife
Samantha Stephanie Samano
Biana Samoylovich
Taylor Winfield
Robert Wolff

New members in 2020:

Zeba Mohammad Arif
Deborah Barnes
Antonio Benavides
Hector Estrada
Kenneth Kozyra
Daniel Lane
Trudy Leong
Franklin Nwoko
Derek Stienmetz

Pi Sigma Alpha, Theta Lambda (NEIU) chapter

Pi Sigma Alpha is an honor society for political science, with chapters in every state in the United States. Membership in this society recognizes student academic achievement and future promise in the field of political science. The virtual induction ceremony was held on April 7 with new inductees and political science professors. Congratulations inductees!

New members in 2021:

Juliana Cruz
Daniel (DJ) Fink
Jose Florentino
Gerardo Garcia
Jason Grover
Tyana Posada
Noah Rife
Samantha Stephanie Samano
Biana Samoylovich
Taylor Winfield
Robert Wolff

New members in 2020:

Zeba Mohammad Arif
Deborah Barnes
Antonio Benavides
Hector Estrada
Kenneth Kozyra
Daniel Lane
Trudy Leong
Franklin Nwoko
Derek Stienmetz

Our Political Science Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, celebrates its centennial milestone this year. In celebration of P...
11/30/2020
NEIU #GivingTuesday 2020 - NEIU Political Science Pi Sigma Alpha Scholarship Fundraiser

Our Political Science Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, celebrates its centennial milestone this year. In celebration of Pi Sigma Alpha, we have decided to fundraise on Giving Tuesday in order to support our Pi Sigma Alpha Scholarship Fund. The Pi Sigma Alpha scholarship supports undergraduate political science majors by providing a 500 dollar monetary award to pay for tuition, books, and fees. By giving to this award you help our students towards completing their political science degree. A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

https://p2p.onecause.com/neiugivingtuesday/team/neiu-political-science-pi-sigma-alpha-scholarship-fundraiser?participant=martyn-de-bruyn

Give 19 dollars in celebration of the 19th Amendment ratified 100 years ago in 1920.

Give 46 dollars in celebration of the election of Joe Biden as our 46th President.

Give 100 dollars in celebration of the Pi Sigma Alpha's centennial milestone this year

Thank you and best wishes,
Martyn de Bruyn

Our Political Science Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, celebrates its centennial milestone this year. In celebration of Pi Sigma Alpha, we have decided to fundraise on Giving Tuesday in order to support our Pi Sigma Alpha Scholarship Fund. The Pi Sigma Alpha scholarship supports undergraduate politic...

Dr. Sophia Mihic and Hicham Zerhouni (MA 2010).
11/16/2020

Dr. Sophia Mihic and Hicham Zerhouni (MA 2010).

Our own MA student Anna Augustyn is presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Her r...
04/08/2019

Our own MA student Anna Augustyn is presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Her research investigates Japan’s ambivalent position on a peaceful Korea in relation to Prime Minister Abe’s push for remilitarization (April 6, 2019).

The Department of Political Science sponsors the Israeli & Palestinian Speaking Event on Monday 2/18/2019 at 7:00 pm in ...
01/12/2019

The Department of Political Science sponsors the Israeli & Palestinian Speaking Event on Monday 2/18/2019 at 7:00 pm in the Golden Eagle Room. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Below is the RSVP link to the Event.

https://www.ovcampus.org/tour-neiu

Hello everyone,Below is the message from Dr. Ellen Cannon.Looking for an internship position?Through Onward Israel, coll...
12/11/2017
Chicago - Onward Israel

Hello everyone,
Below is the message from Dr. Ellen Cannon.

Looking for an internship position?

Through Onward Israel, college-age students participate in internships related to their field, live in Tel Aviv, and engage with Israeli history and culture on a deeper level.
Applications for next summer are being accepted on a rolling basis through March 15. The program runs June 20 to Aug. 14. College students who either are from Illinois or attend school in Illinois are eligible.

https://onwardisrael.org/programs/chi/?source=Express20171208

11/03/2017

Political Science Career Day: Future Forward!
Thursday, November 9, 2017, in SU-214.

Illinois Rep. Laura Fine and Voices for Illinois Children President Tasha Green Cruzat will deliver the keynote speeches during Political Science Career Day. This year’s Career Day will focus on experts in immigration policy and law; Illinois state, county and local government; national government; advocacy for the the LGBTQ community in the courts and public policy; globalization; and electoral politics. The event will run from 9:25 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Below is the detailed schedule:

9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.: Careers in Immigration Public Policy, Politics and Law
• Dr. Alexandra Filindra, Professor, Department of Political Science at UIC; Expert in Immigration public policy.

10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.: Careers in Illinois State Government
• Richard Goldber, Former Chief of Staff to Governor Rauner and Assistant; Chief of Staff to Senator Kirk. Leading expert in State and National Politics.


12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Keynote Address: Careers in Representative Politics
• Tasha R. Green Cruzat, President of “The Voices for Illinois Children”; Chief of Staff to Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President. Ms. Cruzat is a renown expert on state, county and local politics as well as advocacy and coalition building.


1:40 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.: Careers in Global Energy and National Security
• Dr. Rachel Bronson, Executive Director and Publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists where she oversees the publishing of programs, the management of the Doomsday Clock, and the growing set of activities around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change and emerging technologies.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Preparing for Graduate and Law School: Everything you wanted to know!!
• Dr. Martyn de Bruyn, NEIU Professor of Political Science
• Dr. Gregory Neddenriep. NEIU Professor of Political Science
• Matthew Winer, Graduated Cum Laude from NEIU as a political science major in 2008. He is presently attending Kent Law School with a focus on mediation and alternative dispute resolution.


4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Careers in Advocacy, Policy, and Administration
• Brian Johnson, Executive Director of Equality Illinois, a leading advocacy agency in behalf of the Illinois LGBTQ community.


5:40 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.: Careers and Experiences In The Globalized World
• Thomas Bodine, A leading expert in global security, is currently the Navy Federal Executive Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Commander Bodine received his MA with distinction in national security and strategic studies.
• Michael Abbe, Graduated Magna Cum Laude from NEIU in 2014, with a degree in Political Science. He has twice been invited to present at the MPSA and will be published in The Asian Journal of Political Science this year with NEIU professor, Dr. Sangmin Bae and NEIU alumni Amy Infanzon. He is currently finishing his masters at NEIU in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. He just completed a semester abroad in South Korea.


7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Keynote Address: Political Science and its role in preparing you for careers in elective office
• Representative Laura Fine Illinois State Representative (17th District); former professor of Political Science at NEIU; M.A. in Political Science from NEIU


8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Political Science Faculty Round Table Discussion: Trends in Political Science Careers and how the NEIU Political Science Department is Future Forward in our Commitment to our students
• Dr. Marshall Thompson, Chair of Political Science Department; Professors: William Adler, Sangmin Bae, Russell Benjamin, Ellen Cannon, Martyn de Bruyn, Jeffrey Hill, Sophia Mihic, Gregory Neddenriep.

Once again, Professor William Adler had been quoted in an article on the Trump presidency.  In an article in The Christi...
01/01/2017
Which president will Donald Trump be most like?

Once again, Professor William Adler had been quoted in an article on the Trump presidency. In an article in The Christian Science Monitor, Dr. Adler discusses the chances Donald Trump could have the historical impact of either Theodore Roosevelt or the lack of an historical impact of Benjamin Harrison. Read it for yourself and decide.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/1225/Which-president-will-Donald-Trump-be-most-like

Donald Trump has broken the mold since he first announced his presidential candidacy. But historical echoes beckon.

Our own Dr. Adler!
12/10/2016
Northeastern Illinois University

Our own Dr. Adler!

ICYMI: Here's Northeastern Illinois University Department of Political Science's Assistant Professor William Adler's appearance on Chicago Tonight.

Northeastern Illinois University
12/10/2016

Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University Department of Political Science's Assistant Professor William Adler will appear on tonight's episode of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to talk about President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet choices in a historical perspective. Tune in at 7 p.m.

Really interesting idea deserving of future study. The great fear is that a guaranteed income will cause people to stop ...
06/04/2016
What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?

Really interesting idea deserving of future study. The great fear is that a guaranteed income will cause people to stop work (work disincentive). Studies over the years have found only minimal decreases in work among primary wage earners. These studies may be too short or incomplete, so more evidence is needed. Politically, it is probably a non-starter.

Daniel Straub remembers the night he got hooked on basic income. He had invited Götz Werner, a billionaire owner of a German drugstore chain, to give an independent talk in Zurich, where Straub was…

MA student research paper presentations on East Asian Politics -- photos kindly taken by Harun Aydogan
05/03/2016

MA student research paper presentations on East Asian Politics -- photos kindly taken by Harun Aydogan

04/07/2016

Thinking about graduate school but not sure where to start?

If you’re interested in mastering a discipline, conducting research, or formalizing skills you may already be learning on the job, graduate education at Northeastern is a great investment. A graduate degree or certificate makes you a more competitive candidate in the job market and significantly increases your lifetime earning potential.

Attend the Graduate Open House on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm in Alumni Hall:

Speak to faculty and advisors from more than 50 graduate programs in business, education, liberal and fine arts, and physical and social sciences
Learn about financial aid, scholarship and assistantship opportunities.
Hear first-hand from current graduate students.
Find out how to apply for admission to begin as early as Fall 2016.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Announcing a Presentation by Dr. Ellen CannonAMERICAN WOMEN GOING TO THE POLLS:                 HOW WE CAN MAKE A DIFFER...
03/16/2016

Announcing a Presentation by Dr. Ellen Cannon

AMERICAN WOMEN GOING TO THE POLLS:
HOW WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

**Post-Graduation 2016 Job Opportunities Making Social Change**We’re looking for smart, hard-working students who work w...
02/22/2016
The Fund

**Post-Graduation 2016 Job Opportunities Making Social Change**

We’re looking for smart, hard-working students who work well in a team and are eager to make real change after graduation.

The Fund for the Public Interest (¬“the Fund”) partners with leading nonprofit groups from around the country, providing the kind of people power it takes to build organizations for the long-term, win hard-fought campaigns, and make real change on some of the most important issues of our day. And we’re hiring!

Specifically, we're hiring Citizen Outreach Directors to run our grassroots campaign offices across the country next fall -- working on behalf of groups like Environment America and the Human Rights Campaign.

We are looking for smart, motivated students who want to get their hands dirty and make a real impact on some of the most critical issues facing our society.

If you are interested in applying, visit our website at www.fundcareers.org, or contact Wyatt Cole directly – [email protected]


We’re looking forward to speaking with you more about our positions!
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01/11/2016

IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Shu-shin Wang passed passed away Saturday, January 9. He was a member of the Department of Political Science for 20 years, and continued to participate in department and university events throughout the ten years of his retirement.

Dr. Shu-shin Wang received his Ph.D. from the University of West Virginia and joined Northeastern Illinois University in 1985. He taught over a dozen different courses including introductory courses in world politics, upper level courses on Korea, Canada, China, and International Law, and graduate courses in the many aspects of international relations. As the course designer and instructor of Introduction to Political Science, he served as the entry way to the formal study of Politics for hundreds of students. He was awarded Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching in 1989, 1997, and 2001.

He served many roles in the university, most notably as advisor to the Chinese Student Club and as a member of the Asian-American Heritage Committee. For 17 years he served as a University Academic Advisor. He also participated in various other university committees including, among others, Faculty Excellence Award Committees, Student Scholarship Committees, and the Asian Studies Group.

Within the Department of Political Science, he was known as a reliable and active participant in all the activities of departmental life, and served on the Faculty Search Committee for many of the members of the Department. He served on more than his share of graduate exam and thesis committees–perhaps numbering over 200.

He was the author of over 30 papers presented at national and international conferences, 15 articles appearing in various academic journals, and a book on military development in the People’s Republic of China.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, January 12, from 4-9 p.m., at Haben Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Rd., Skokie. An additional visitation will be held Wednesday, January 13, from 10 a.m. until the Buddhist funeral service at noon, also at the funeral home.

Congratulations to our Political Science graduate.
01/11/2016
Northeastern Illinois University

Congratulations to our Political Science graduate.

“The education I got from Northeastern really prepped me for everything I’m doing. Walking down the halls of the Capitol, everyone I’m meeting and talking to, I had background knowledge, and that’s because of the professors at Northeastern.”

Timeline Photos
11/26/2015

Timeline Photos

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A POLITICAL SCIENCE OR LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE!! Political Science Career Day coming up on November 12, 2...
11/08/2015

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A POLITICAL SCIENCE OR LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE!!

Political Science Career Day coming up on November 12, 2015 in SU-214 from 9am-9pm (ALL DAY). See the attached schedule for details!

Political Science Career Day coming up on November 12, 2015 in SU-214 from 9am-9pm (ALL DAY). See the attached schedule for details!

Democratic debate takeaway: Clinton’s performance narrowed Biden’s opening
10/14/2015
Democratic debate takeaway: Clinton’s performance narrowed Biden’s opening

Democratic debate takeaway: Clinton’s performance narrowed Biden’s opening

Hillary Clinton’s steady, studied debate performance solidified her position as Democratic presidential front-runner, narrowing Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s prospects of entering the race and dwarfing the aspirations of Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee — none of whom created a moment…

Our alum, Amy Infanzon (MA 2014), and current grad student, Michael Abbe, are presenting at the Midwest Political Scienc...
04/18/2015

Our alum, Amy Infanzon (MA 2014), and current grad student, Michael Abbe, are presenting at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) conference (Panel: "Sino-Japan Relations," April 17, 2015).

Dear NEIU family, I'm pleased to inform or remind you all about my upcoming presentation to University Community this FR...
04/14/2015
Peter Magai Bul | Sudanese Community Center

Dear NEIU family,

I'm pleased to inform or remind you all about my upcoming presentation to University Community this FRIDAY, April 17th, 11:20 - 11:40 a.m., in STUDENT UNION 217. In case you or your students will be on campus on Friday and interested to hear my personal journey and that of my fellow former refugee children popularly known as "The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan", please join me during my 20 minutes presentation. Below is a link for my brief biography: http://www.sudanesecommunitycenter.org/bio/peter-magai-bul

Thank you and I hope to see some of you there!!

Sincerely,

Peter Magai Bul
Student, Political Science

Peter Magai Bul was born in Wangulei, Jonglei state of South Sudan. He fled in 1988 when he was seven years old, eventually ending up in Ethiopia’s Dimma Refugee Camp and later Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya before being resettled in the United States in 2001. Bul is a passionate advocate for his home…

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IT'S TIME TO SPEAK THE TRUTH AND WALK IN PEACE! All this hoopla is supposed to finesse a 70-year long cruel military oppression of Palestinians by Zionists; and a 70-Year long occupation of Palestinian lands designed for the Two-State Policy previously planned by the negotiating parties; continuous theft of Palestinian lands by Zionist zealots lusting after Palestine for a so-called "Eschrak Yisroel" or "greater Israel" to be carved with the blood of the innocent people dying in this horrible ordeal. Stalling, obfuscating, and finessing a bloody history of Zionist abuse and violation of Palestinian Human Rights by Zionist terrorists who fancy that ranting-and-raving about "Holocaust" and "anti-Semitism" give them a green light for committing genocide. Peace-makers join each other on the peace table for honest discussion of problems to be freely and openly resolved through civilized deliberation, without underhanded backstabbing or dissimulation. Every time Zionists rattle about the so-called "peace process," they proceed to mix it up with demolitions and confiscation of lands that do not belong to them. There are peace-loving and peace-making Jews in the Middle-East, who are not participants in the Talmudic Zionists clan's conniving agenda to turn the region into a hell on earth until Zionists end up stealing all the lands of Palestine for illegal kibbutzim, settlements, or housing projects or whatever verbiage they coin to rationalize their criminal acts. The international community must work and co-labor with those open-minded peace-loving Jews living in that bloody violent place called "Israel" among the intransigent Zionists refusing to come to the peace-table through open, free, honest, deliberative meetings. Zionist arrogance is due to unwise tolerance of their abuses by the United States, the greatest military power on the globe, that also lavishly hands-over $3.8 BILLION DOLLARS every year to Zionists, to support and sustain the "Criminal Zionist War Machine." We must rescue this lamentable situation with the godly Hope that reasonable and peaceable Jews in "Israel" can freely and justly exert their social and political influence to weigh in towards bringing peace between Zionists and Palestinians, for the good of both people-groups whose children and young people, women and elderly folks are paying the price, by continuing to merely exist within a military cage where only violence and death are rampant, during day or night, which takes a heavy psychological and emotional toll on both people-groups who almost daily, have to mourn the unjust murder of their loved ones. It's time to seriously and honestly talk peace and walk in peace! It is long overdue that the living waters of God's grace begin to flow in that blood-soaked violent land so mistakenly referred to as the so-called "holy land!" God calls on people, to "be holy" and "righteous" as HE is holy and righteous, and not the dust of the Earth that ends up being our ultimate graveyard anyway! We don't need blood-soaked religious sites to visit, but a peaceful Middle-East environment where both people-groups can share God-given liberty, justice, freedom, and prosperity, not only for this generation, but also for future generations, if they're lucky enough to inherit a peaceful world. Honest reckoning with the Truth keeps Hope alive in peaceable ways that lead to real justice and prosperous freedom! Our loving Creator beckons and entreats us for our own good! God have Mercy on us all with His forbearance, forgiveness, and Grace! *
TWO STARKLY DIFFERENT VISIONS OF AMERICA! Mr. Cheney seems to view America as an overbearing military brawn who must continuously impose his imperial will upon his neighbors, lest they might wake-up with their eyes opened to think for themselves in freedom, while we ought to be earnestly endeavoring to preserve the good prevailing amidst the numerous "thorns pricking at our sides." Water-boarding is one of those "thorns pricking at our sides," Mr. Cheney, as epitomized by crimes against Humanity during which such vile human rights abuses were perpetrated by the CIA at Abhu-Ghraib prison, that included r**e, so**my, physical beatings, sexual abuse, and murder. Do you understand the gravity of the situation, Mr. Cheney? We're talking about public officials of the government of the United States of America, the greatest, and hopefully, not the most irremediably cruel, nation, the world has ever known! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/05/10/torture-at-abu-ghraib Mr. Cheney appears to envision America as "a bully empire" bent on doing anything under the heavens conjured up by the execrable ambitions of its temporarily elected and appointed leaders, regardless of how repugnant, abject, degrading, cruel, dehumanizing and reviling the methods and ways and means. Mr. Cheney, and I do hope you "get my drift," we fought a Civil War in the years 1861-1865, exactly because of such inhumane attitudes as you currently hold towards Human Beings whom you perceptually presume as "different" from you! That's not good enough for this great nation! Our blessed Union was saved in 1865 so that we might no longer repeat such a monstrous folly! But, as we've learned throughout our history, especially during the Vietnam War and under the Nixon Administration, the end does NOT justify the means, Mr. Cheney! Errors get corrected; wrongs get redressed; and damage gets restituted! To the contrary, Mr. Cheney, we uphold America as an exceptional nation whose wise and compassionate leadership would inspire other countries to cherish the glorious hope that their own people can also live in liberty and justice, without fear of the cruel whip of an unjust taskmaster. Christ Jesus "became flesh" more than 2,000 years ago. But, Human Liberty, through Christ our Lord, God's eternal gift to Humanity, "became flesh," only 242 years ago, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-Six, Mr. Cheney! And we're it: We the People of The United States of America! Like America's Founding Fathers, we lift up America as a "city on a hill" whose lights of Freedom would shine so brightly as to enlighten and enliven every form of free government on the Earth, for evoking, emulating, mirroring, and endorsing the spiritual integrity of our constitutional principles that are written in such ways that prudently safeguard the fragile edifice of free government on the Earth against the well-known vicissitudes of Human nature that have too many times plagued the landscape of Human experience, and against the preponderant tendency, the insidious propensity to corruption, that have baffled the conscience of Humanity throughout the ages on this Planet. Mr. Cheney, the cruel exercise of brutish military power and martial force, framed within the vilest forms of torture as perpetrated by certain officials in our representative form of government, have continued to mar our global reputation and good will since and throughout the beginning decades of the 21st Century, because certain individuals in our midst, have put their own personal ambitions above the true interests of this great nation. You, Mr. Cheney, are obsessed with your own reputation while we are deeply alarmed by your downgrading of our national reputation on Planet Earth. You already know this, Mr. Cheney! You, Mr. Cheney, are mortal; and you are going to die, eventually. But America must live through all time! Your stance favoring the use of torture to extract information from unwilling Human Beings is corrosive to the soul of our great country! You are not being "though" or "gong ho," Mr. Cheney! You are simply displaying a cruel and sadistic character, which is an arrogant and insolent defamation of our own national American character! But we learn from our past, Mr. Cheney! We develop, grow, and mature in wisdom and good judgment due to our analytical reflection upon our experiences on this Planet! The convenient expediency of selfish ambition and egocentric self-interests must not override "our greater calling," "our supreme commission" to impart God's merciful revelations about Human Liberty to the rest of Humanity! Thus, far, we've been enthralled in a great terrifying, horrifying, bloody mess! That's not the will of our Almighty Creator for us, Mr. Cheney! This great nation, the United States of America must live on, throughout all time, for present and future generations and generations to come. Thus, criminal torture as a method of interrogation of prisoners under the jurisdiction or trust of the United States of America remains anathema to the judicious integrity of our free representative republic. Criminal torture is the nemesis of good repute and the nullifier of forbearance amongst men and women of good conscience. Criminal torture is forbidden by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, our original blueprint for free and just governance. And such constitutional prohibitions have no preconditions or reservations, or "loop holes," allowing our public officials to circumvent the basic fundamental principles that protect, preserve, secure and defend all people-groups or groups of persons against such debasing abuses, regardless of the "labels" concocted by said public officials that degrade, soil and abuse the Humanity of others, labeled whether "hostile combatants," "alien terrorists," "foreign monsters," or whatever words the characters and symbols of our English alphabet can semantically form. You, Mr. Cheney, fail to understand that this Constitution provides "a broad blanket of protection and security" for ALL HUMANITY against such vile cruelties that mar the conscience of decent Americans and defame our American character throughout the world. Perhaps, to your dismay and regret, the fact is that we are not a rogue geographical territory akin to those conquered by the Roman Empire, Mr. Cheney! We are a free constitutional representative republic, a nation Under God! You cannot contrive certain "labels" that dehumanize "non American citizens," so that you can then torture, abuse, or murder them, while violating with impunity and contempt, the very basic fundamental principles of justice and fairness upon which this great nation is founded and erected. All Human persons accused of a crime or detained as prisoners under the jurisdiction or trust of the United States of America are protected by the noblest, highest, most universally applicable, most eternal principles of Human dignity, respect, compassion, and decency that are enshrined in our Founding Documents. Such eternal universal principles of Human dignity, respect, worth, and decency inspired our beloved President Abraham Lincoln to prophesy: "That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — That government of the people, by the people, and for the people SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH." (November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Cemetery Address). This "nation under God" that shall not perish from the Earth, Mr. Cheney, is these United States of America! The supreme portent of this magnanimous mandate transcends the petty transient monetary interests that animate your degrading "form of patriotism," often said to be "the last refuge of a scoundrel." This super-arching eternal Mandate, Mr. Cheney, must live beyond the few temporary years of your own life on the Earth, and beyond the myopic lenses of your puny transient selfish interests that are anchored to mere expediencies of the present such as "filling your own pockets" with millions of dollars in money, portfolios of securities, stocks, and bonds, and other "financial instruments" that cater to your personal ephemeral, greedy, base, and "crass hoarding instincts." Do you understand how puny your selfish ambition is, compared to the great commission with which we've been entrusted by our Creator, for our great nation, the United States of America, on this Planet Earth, Mr. Cheney? As you very well know, given the advanced years marking your chronological age appearance on this side of the Universe, you, like all mortals, Mr. Cheney, will pass away, at the fair discretion, just will, and good judgment of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, before whose great throne of judgment you shall stand. America, must live, Mr. Cheney, beyond your mortal lifespan; beyond the petty selfish ambitions that machinate such, your schemes, of personal self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement. This America, the United States, envisioned by our Founding Fathers, and President Abraham Lincoln, must continue to mightily preserve the continuous integrity of the persistent presence of Human liberty in the Universe as already willed by our beloved Creator, unscathed by the tempest of trials and tribulations assaulting and trying "the better angels of our nature." Why, you ask, Mr. Cheney? This is why: General George Washington who conducted the campaign of resistance against the British Crown, in 1783, at the end of the Revolutionary War, took off his military uniform, surrendered his officer commission to the Continental Congress, and went back to his plantation to harvest his crops! He did not declare himself (and he could have) emperor, king, Kaiser, Caesar, Tsar, or Pharaoh, as did many mortal men like Alexander the Great, the Caesars, and countless other puny mortal flesh craving to be "god" on the Earth! Understand this, Mr. Cheney: What's at stake here transcends your myopic worldview, parasitic attitudes, and transient pecuniary interests! You don't live in a forest with monkeys and weasels, Mr. Cheney. You share a society with other Human Beings as mortal as you are, and like yourself, who are equal in worth and value with you, from the womb to the tomb! That should bring you some wisdom, prudence, and humility, Mr. Cheney, and not insolent stubborn arrogance! I would encourage you to read Publius (Federalist Papers), in the context of the times in which its articles were written, especially No. 48 and No. 51, as well as the writings, declarations, statements, and pronouncements of Abraham Lincoln, our beloved President who sacrificed his own life and interests so that this great nation might live! Our Founding Father, George Washington, embraced God's will for Humanity, by submitting his basest Human impulses to the momentous task of creating the first free republic on this Planet, the United States of America. Through the noble works of George Washington, one our beloved Founders, we had had "physical geographical birth." (Genesis Chapters 1-3, Holy Bible, KJV). But through Abraham Lincoln, we have been "born again;" we've obtained "spiritual rebirth," just as prophesied in the Holy Bible, after God had created the heavens and the Earth and then Humankind, ("physical/biological birth"); and then, as prophesied in the New Testament by God's Word that proclaims (John, Chapters 1-3, Holy Bible, KJV) that we have been reborn, "born anew," not of the will of the flesh or of human biological descent, but "born again," through our Faith in Christ Jesus by God's Holy Spirit. Mr. Cheney, we're no longer merely "in the flesh;" we're "born of God!" We're spirit-beings indwelling a mortal biological body! Think about it, Mr. Cheney: "That this nation, UNDER GOD, shall have a NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM, — That government of the people, by the people, and for the people SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH!" As prophesied by Abraham Lincoln who summoned the sacred will of "the better angels of our nature," even as he gave his own life to preserve and save this blessed Union, the United States of America, We the People, are "the last best hope of earth," Mr. Cheney! Not that we should become arrogant, foolhardy, condescending, or proud, but that we would be humbled into thanksgiving to our Creator for endowing us, Americans, with such a great blessing, such a great privilege, such a great gift, such a great commission, and such a great responsibility upon this little life-planet, Planet Earth, as to make us accountable for every good thing we accomplish as well as for every error or crime we might deliberately or unpredictably commit. We are progressing towards "a more perfect Union;" but we're not there yet! You're "stalling the process," Mr. Cheney! We are all flawed mortal sinners, Mr. Cheney! But God is love, Mr. Cheney, and there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. God is also faithful and just to forgive us our sins when we confess our sins. Through Christ Jesus, God does give us "a spirit of power," but also "of love and sound mind" for doing what is good, acceptable, right, and gracious in His eyes, not only towards our own selves, but also towards others, our own neighbors on the Earth, fellow sojourners in the Universe, who like us, are "only passing through." We're only "passing through," but not to leave behind "a hell on earth" for our posterity to moan and groan and gravel through! When we, Americans, have such awesome responsibilities for which Almighty God is holding us accountable, there are some things, Mr. Cheney, that our government just, simply, cannot be found doing; and torturing other Human Beings to extract "information," is one of them. Torture, by water-boarding or any other such cruel means of forcing Human Beings to do things against their will, ought to be so revolting to us that we should swear, vow, attest, and affirm to no longer and never engage in such despicable, dehumanizing, degrading, execrable, vile, abject, uncivilized conduct. Such conduct does defame the noblest aspirations for "the peculiar characteristics" of our own American character as "lovers of liberty" with "just powers from the consent of the governed." I thank you for your reply, Mr. Cheney and I do pray you understand the gravity of the message I am trying to impart to you, to your heart and to your mind. God bless you and God bless the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave; one nation, UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; God's living imperishable testament to his beloved Humanity that a free people can indeed govern themselves without the cruel whip of an unjust taskmaster. *