January 7, 2004 - American Daily: American Daily criticizes RPCV Chris Shays

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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-19-87.balt.east.verizon.net - on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 10:26 am: Edit Post

American Daily criticizes RPCV Chris Shays

American Daily criticizes RPCV Chris Shays

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With that, we must talk about this young year’s public affairs blunder: Republican Congressman Chris Shays of Connecticut.

Shays said he "wouldn't go to Times Square" for the New Year's Eve celebration because it was a "tempting target" for terrorists.

Prisoner of War Shoshana Johnson also laid into the well-documented cowardly legislator: "With all due respect to the congressman, I didn't appreciate the comments. We were fighting to protect the freedom of these people and it makes me feel like I didn't do a good job."

With all the arrogance of an incumbent, Shays said he "won't owe anyone an apology. I'm just not going to be quiet about the threat. We believe terrorists might try to do an untoward event involving New York. I believe those warnings mean something. It could be a real disaster. It's not my attempt to convince people not to go. But it's my strong feeling that I have to speak the truth."

Shays seems to have forgotten that since September 11th, 2001, there has been diligence within our intelligence and military complex. Our people are doing a great job and there hasn’t been an incident since.

Let’s put it this way: Shays would have been more responsible to express concerns about having such an enormous gathering during high terrorist alerts. That would have sounded more like he was concerned about people (including constituents) first.

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Story Source: American Daily

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By shelly bankston (ip68-226-156-45.lf.br.cox.net - on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 9:49 pm: Edit Post

i am looking for the story of the RPCV applicant that was accepted to the Peace corps then asked to resign after he spoke out against the bush administration in fall 2006, spring 2007.

By Admin1 (admin) (adsl-70-240-139-254.dsl.okcyok.swbell.net - on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 10:19 pm: Edit Post

Invitee re-assigned after inflammatory remarks Date: March 12 2006 No: 813 Invitee re-assigned after inflammatory remarks
The Peace Corps has pulled the invitation to Derek Volkart to join the Morocco Training Program and offered him a position in the Pacific instead after officials read an article in which he stated that his decision to join the Peace Corps was in "response to our current fascist government." RPCV Lew Nash says that "If Derek Volkart spoke his mind as freely in Morocco about the Moroccan monarchy it could cause major problems for himself and other Peace Corps volunteers." What do other RPCVs think?

By Admin1 (admin) (adsl-70-240-139-254.dsl.okcyok.swbell.net - on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 10:20 pm: Edit Post

Peace Corps stonewalls on FOIA request Date: April 12 2006 No: 869 Peace Corps stonewalls on FOIA request
The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that Peace Corps has blocked their request for information on the Volkart case. "After the Tidings requested information pertaining to why Volkart was denied the position — on March 2 — the newspaper received a letter from the Peace Corps FOIA officer stating the requested information was protected under an exemption of the act." The Dayton Daily News had similar problems with FOIA requests for their award winning series on Volunteer Safety and Security.

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