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Marine Corps Combat Veteran and U.S. Senate Candidate Paul Hackett:

When Rush Limbaugh said that Hackett was a "staff puke who goes to Iraq to
pad the re;sume;," here's Hackett's response:

Rush is blowing it out his ass. He doesn't know what the hell he is talking about. I never talked to the man. All I can tell you is some of the Marines in my command--officers senior to me in my unit--heard him and called into that show and I guess his phone screeners, when they heard the officers were calling to criticize Rush and defend me, the callers were just politely thanked and hung up on. The officers I served under and the Marines who served under me knew that the description of "staff puke" was about 180 degrees opposite of who I am and what I did in Iraq. I was not a desk jockey. When I was on the Bill Maher Show, I said look at Rush Limbaugh. What he is. He is a draft dodger, he's a drug user, he's a drug addict, he calls himself patriotic?
What more can you say? I tend to think when he takes on a guy like me, that
he probably loses a lot of people. I am not saying I'm pure as the driven snow. I'm not saying that. Christ. I'm a Marine. The Marine Corps is not exactly Aunt Fanny's Finishing School for Girls. But I am what you see. I am all about service and I am all about patriotism. And I am all about serving my country. And when a guy like him who dodged the draft during his generation's war, with some bulls**t excuse about he had a sore ass, trust me, guys in the military we think that's disgusting.

Patriots Act: Voices of Dissent, An Oral History is a book about dissent in America and what patriotism really means. Is the term still meaningful, or has it simply become an exercise in bumper-sticker sentimentality? Here is a powerful collection of interviews with federal whistleblowers, social activists, soldiers, politicians, journalists, and even a former senior White House counter-terrorism advisor. Many of these individuals risked careers and vilification; others prison by virtue of their defiance on issues that deeply mattered to them.

Our nation grew strong on the brawny shoulders of dissent. When those in power go after their critics by employing an arsenal of unsavory tactics, from demotions to firings to personal attacks in the press, we suffer as a nation.

Those interviewed for Patriots Act have taken great risks to defend our freedoms and civil liberties. Despite their diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and even political orientation, their personal stories embody what is best about our national character. Dissent is our birthright in America. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong.

Among those who speak are: New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Paul Krugman; legenday comedian Mort Sahl; Lorenzo Dominguez, staff sergeant with California National Guard, who spoke to the media about poor training and equipment; former Senator Max Cleland, a triple-amputee Vietnam War veteran; former White House counter-terrorism expertRand Beers, and many others.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Patriotism -- United States.
Dissenters -- United States -- Interviews.
National characteristics, American.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Social conditions.