Congressional testimony

John Andretti

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Driver

Good morning. My name is John Andretti. I want to thank the members of the Judiciary Committee for holding this hearing. And thank you, also, for inviting me to talk on a matter that is of importance to me and the great majority of Americans - protecting their flag from acts of physical desecration.

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Major General Patrick H. Brady

Chairman of the Board, The Citizens Flag Alliance, Inc.

My name is Pat Brady, On behalf of the Citizens Flag Alliance; I thank you for hearing us.

We realize that there are good and great Americans on both sides of this issue, and some who think it is hokey, a waste of time. It would be hokey -- if our fuss were about flag burners or flag burning itself.

No matter how emotionally it affects most people, flag burning is a petty act, surely done to attract attention, to attack our country, our traditions and patriotism - but petty none the less.

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Daniel J. Bryant

Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy United States Department of Justice

Letting the People Decide: The Constitutional Amendment Authorizing Congress to Prohibit Physical Desecration of the Flag of the United States

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Richard D. Parker Williams

Professor of Law Harvard Law School

Whether Congress is empowered, if it chooses, to protect the American flag from physical desecration has been debated for well over a decade. The debate has evolved over time but, by now, a pattern in the argument is clear. Today, I would like to analyze that pattern.

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Major General Patrick H. Brady

Chairman of the Board, The Citizens Flag Alliance, Inc.

My name is Pat Brady. I am the Chairman of the Board of the Citizens Flag Alliance. We are a coalition of some 140 organizations representing every element of our culture, some 20 million souls. We are non partisan and have one mission and one mission only: to return to the people the right to protect their flag.

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