Two Dutch “justice has been served” Ruppersburger letters you don’t wanna miss

*The title refers to the statement made by Congressman Ruppersburger (officially as a statement of the committee he leads) that the conviction of whistleblower Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning:

“Justice has been served today. PFC Manning harmed our national security, violated the public’s trust, and now stands convicted of multiple serious crimes. There is still much work to be done to reduce the ability of criminals like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden to harm our national security. The House Intelligence Committee continues to work with the Intelligence Community to improve the security of classified information and to put in place better mechanisms to detect individuals who abuse their access to sensitive information.”

Letter #1: Afghanistan (the war continues, important parts bolded):

Dear Mr. Hermann:
Thank you for your letter in support of drawing down American troops in
Afghanistan. I agree that we should bring home as many of our troops as
possible, as soon as possible. As you know, the United States and its partner countries are reducing military involvement in Afghanistan as Afghan security forces assume primary responsibility for security in their own country. The process of a military draw-down is a complicated one that takes time. In addition to personnel, we must also transport millions of dollars in state-of-the-art equipment back to the United States. Congress has been assured that the current security mission will conclude at the end of 2014 and will likely transition to a far smaller mission consisting mostly of training and mentoring the Afghanistan National Security Forces. The size of this “residual force,” which will be negotiated between the U.S. and Afghanistan, might be announced
later this year.
Our humanitarian and reconstruction missions will continue beyond 2014.

Please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future if you have any questions or comments. To receive additional information about issues that are facing Congress, Maryland, and the Nation that may affect you and your community, please visit my Web site at http://www.dutch.house.gov and sign up for my periodic e-mail newsletter.

Sincerely,
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
Member of Congress

Letter #2: Why we need a colonial presence in the N. Marinas (part bolded):

This letter acknowledges receipt of your correspondence concerning proposed United States military activity in the Northern Mariana Islands. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue, and I welcome the opportunity to respond to your concerns. As you may know, the Navy has proposed to implement live-fire military training areas on the Tinian and Pagan Islands within the Northern Mariana Islands. The purpose behind this proposed action is to strengthen and enhance training for American military services in the Western Pacific region. The Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MarForPac) is currently conducting both an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as well as an Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) to address and evaluate the potential environmental impacts that military activity would have on these islands. Such issues to be considered include noise pollution, socioeconomic impacts, the protection of biological resources, water and air quality, and the threat of hazardous materials and waste, among others. The public will have the opportunity to comment on this proposal until late 2015, at which time a final decision is expected to be granted by the military. I am strongly committed to protecting our fragile natural resources, both at home and around the globe. I also understand the importance of providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need in order to protect the United States. Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should legislation related to this issue come before the full House of Representatives for a vote.

Please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future if you have any questions or comments. To receive additional information about issues that are facing Congress, Maryland, and the Nation that may affect you and your community, please visit my Web site at http://www.dutch.house.gov and sign up for my periodic e-mail newsletter.

Sincerely,
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
Member of Congress

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I'm a person interested in politics in general. I want to make a change and have a more just world for all.
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