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Throw The Rascals Out, Impeach Bush And Cheney
By Edward W. Miller, MD
"The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is nominated by the executive." -Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
We Americans have just been given an opportunity to cleanse the moral depravity tolerated in Washington during the Bush Jr. years. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D- Ohio) offers us a chance to restore the underpinnings of the democracy we inherited from our ancestors, by removing the two criminals most responsible for destroying our heritage and shaming us before the world.
On the tenth of June 2008 Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, introduced RESOLUTION 1258, Title: Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.
On 6/12/2008 the House floor voted Yeas and Nays: 251 /166 (Roll Call no. 401) to refer the Resolution to the House Judiciary Committee. Three co-sponsors of the Bill were Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey and Rep. Robert Wexler. The House Judiciary Committee with jurisdiction over measures relating to law, courts, and judges, is chaired by the Hon. John Conyers, Jr. (D) from Michigan, with Ranking Member Hon. Lamar S. Smith (R) from Texas. On the Judiciary Committee are 22 Democrats five from California), and 16 Republicans, (three from our State.)
Articles Of Impeachment For George W. Bush
Resolved, that President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors.
In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has committed the following abuses of power.
Article I: Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq.
Article II: Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression.
Article III: Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War.
Article IV: Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States.
Article V: Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression.
Article VI: Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of H. J. Res114.
Article VII: Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.
Article VIII: invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter.
Article IX: Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor.
Article Xl: Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes.
Article XI: Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq.
Article XII: Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation's Natural Resources.
Article XIIII: Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries.
Article XIV: Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Article XV: Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq.
Article XVI: Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection with Iraq and US Contractors.
Article XVII: Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives.
Article XVIII: Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy.
Article XIX: Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to "Black Sites" Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture.
Article XX: Imprisoning Children.
Article XXI: Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government.
Article XXII: Creating Secret Laws.
Article XXIII: Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Article XXIV: Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment.
Article XXV: Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens.
Article XXVI: Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements.
Article XXVII: Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply.
Article XXVIII: Tampering with Free and Fair Elections,
Corruption of the Administration of Justice.
Article XXIX: Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Article XXX Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare.
Article XXXI: Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency.
Article XXXII: Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to
Address Global Climate Change.
Article XXXIII: Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.
Article XXXIV: Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001.
Article XXXV: Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders.
Our ex-US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, on June 10, 2008, reinforced Kucinich's move to impeach, saying: "Impeachment is not a political question. Impeachment is a constitutional duty. It is the one power and highest duty the Constitution rests in the Congress to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States when the President, Vice President, and other civil officers of the United States commit treason, bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors. George Bush has deliberately, falsely and systematically mislead the Congress and the American people concerning the most criminal, costly and harmful acts of his administration, leading us to war, tragic loss of human life, the devastation of Iraq, military expenses reaching trillions of dollars, disruption of the economy that will take decades to overcome, a contemptuous assault on the Bill of Rights, an international humanitarian disaster, deliberate antagonism and provocation of nations and people, most once friendly, and an enlarging assault on the earth's environment.
On June 5, 2008, a long delayed five year U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study and 170-page report unanimously found President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top officers had made false charges and systematically presented a more dire picture about Iraq than justified by intelligence provided only to them. The Committee included both Democrats and Republicans.
Today President Bush is exerting all his power and influence to repeatedly urge Europe, Israel and others to support an attack on Iran.
Impeachment, a Constitutional duty, is the only way to prevent George W. Bush and his cabal from vastly enlarging the disastrous wars he has already inflicted on the world and the American people. The House of Representatives must quickly consider Bills of Impeachment long overdue, and the Senate must prepare to sit in judgment of President Bush, Vice President Cheney other officers who are implicated."
To Kucinich's list I would add Bush's unquestioned support of our dangerous parasite, Israel and its AIPAC lobby's slow genocide of the Palestinian people, as well as the Bush military coup and removal from office on February 29th, 2004 of Haiti's duly elected President, Jean Bertrand-Aristide. Both are impeachable offenses, and continue to distort our foreign policies and shame us before the world.
"Over the last three days, many tens of thousands of impeachment supporters have written and called Congress demanding accountability for Bush's war crimes. In a Physicians for Human Rights report, entitled "Broken Laws, Broken Lives," two-star former General Anthony Taguba, (the Army general who led the investigation into the detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib) wrote: "After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account." (Common Dreams. com)
With Kucinich's ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT residing in The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Hon. John Conyers, Jr. (D), the challenge now facing we Americans, is just how to force this Committee not only to vote favorably on the measure, but then return it to the House of Representatives for the vote on impeachment.
The majority of Republicans will vote against it, and even our Democratic House leader, Nancy Pelosi (after AIPAC bribed her with $102,000 for her campaign) told her caucus members during their weekly closed meeting "that impeachment is off the table." (www.washingtonpost.com) The Northwest Herald (6/11/08) referred to Nancy Pelosi's "do-nothing Congress"
Only a well-organized campaign by all of us will break this political deadlock and restore some semblance of democracy to our Country. Call Lynn Woolsey's office and offer your support, and call John Conyers, Jr. (202 225-5126) and encourage him to get the Bill to the House floor for a vote.
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