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August 31, 2006

Coalition of American Groups Urges Senate Reject UK Treaty



August 31st Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NYC & Washington, DC

The Unity in Action Committee released a statement today
calling on the U. S. Senate to reject the ratification of
what is being referred to as a ‘modern’ extradition treaty
between the U. S. and the U. K. The treaty governs
requests for the detention and then removal of U. S.
citizens to England to then be tried by Her Majesty’s

"This treaty," stated Robert Linnon Ph. D. President of the
Irish American Unity Conference, "is intended to target and
intimidate Americans for past, present and future activity
in opposition to British misrule in Ireland." "Protecting
the right of Americans to have their day in court should be
job one for our Senators," stated Jay Dooling IAUC Press
Secretary of Houston, TX, "and never twisted by some to
mean being weak on fighting terrorism."

The National Chairman of Irish Northern Aid Paul Doris of
Philadelphia stated: "This Treaty alters the separation of
powers principle in a way that is intended to threaten and
intimidate U. S. citizens with prosecution by a government
that has corrupted law and justice in Ireland and has a
disgraceful record of violations of human and civil
rights." Continued Gerry Coleman, Publicity Director for
INA: "Why should Americans be put in harms way when the
existing Treaty---which preserves the role of the
judiciary--- has proven to be no impediment to an
extradition to this very day!!"

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, the nations oldest
Irish Catholic organization of women shared the concern of
all in the UIA coalition. "The LAOH has denounced this
US/UK treaty," stated National President Dorothy Weldon of
Pittsburgh, PA, "as an assault on the basic civil liberties
of ALL Americans."

"The strong opposition of the Brehon Law Society,"
concluded Jim Cullen, a prominent attorney in New York
City, "is that it simply is unwarranted, and threatens
fundamental violence to American legal traditions. The
Treaty substitutes decisions by political operatives and
bureaucrats for the review and rulings of the federal
judiciary. We must insist that the courts determine key
issues like rights and liberties that arise in extraditions
to the UK, a jurisdiction whose concern for these matters
of due process particularly in Northern Ireland are more
than suspect."

The Treaty (Doc. 108-23) is on the agenda of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee Sept. 7th. Additional member
organizations of the coalition include the Emergency
Parades Committee, Americans for A New Irish Agenda and the
Irish-American Labor



For further information please contact Ned McGinley at 570-
905-5715 or Jim Cullen at

Michael J. Cummings
12 Marion Avenue
Albany, New York 12203-1814

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