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Bush Impeachment

Bush Impeachment

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06/26/2012

 
More than two centuries ago, the Founders o this country set orth a pro-cedure or Congress to ollow in the event o grave abuse o power by the Chie Executive. That process is impeachment. In the ace o the monumental deceit and disregard or the Constitution that we have witnessed on the part o thePresident over the past seven years, Congressman Kucinich’s initiation o this process is neither anciul nor utile, neither vengeul nor vindictive; it is the sober ulllment o his sworn duty as a Congressman to ollow the law without regard to personal consequence and misguided political stratagem. It is, quite simply,an act o patriotism.
Elizabeth de la Vega
, Former Federal Prosecutorand author o 
United States v. George W. Bush et. al 
.
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This collection o impeachable oenses should be viewed as a sampling o the crimes and abuses o President George W. Bush and his subordinates. Bushhas had many accomplices — rst and oremost Vice President Cheney. But our Founders created a single executive precisely so that we could hold that one per-son accountable or the actions o the executive branch. It is high time we did so, and millions o Americans will be urging their representatives to support theeort being led by Congressman Kucinich.These articles establish, and hearings would establish urther, that President Bush was ‘the decider’ behind countless abuses o power. And, o course, his public comments have time and again advertised his indierence to the laws heis violating. Not only does overwhelming evidence show us that Bush knew hisclaims about WMDs to be alse, but the president has shown us that he consid-ers the question o truth or alsehood to be laughably irrelevant. When DianeSawyer asked Bush why he had claimed with such certainty that there were somany weapons in Iraq, he replied: “What’s the dierence? The possibility that [Saddam] could acquire weapons, I he were to acquire weapons, he would bethe danger.” What’s the dierence? Hundreds o thousands o corpses and a atal blow tothe rule o law among nations. That’s the dierence. Unless we remove impeach-ment rom the Constitution by ailing to exercise it, in which case truth will nolonger matter any more than justice or peace.
David Swanson
, creator o ImpeachCheney.org, WashingtonDirector o Democrats.com and co-ounder o the AterDowningStreet.org.
 
Overload is the main problem—I call it outrage atigue. The sheer multitude,not to mention magnitude, o impeachable oenses tends to dull the senses.The opportunity to dig into just one or two provided some space and ocused the mind. At the same time, the deeper one digs, the more unimaginable the dirt that comes up. Earlier, I had not taken the time to sit through the abundant evidenceo the unconscionable ways in which George Bush and George Tenet teamed up—including, in Tenet’s case, lying under oath—to stave o charges o misea-sance/maleasance beore the attacks on 9/11.The Founders pledged their lives, their ortunes, and their sacred honor to cre-ate a system in which we could protect ourselves rom unbridled power. Today,we cannot let a 21st Century string o abuses and usurpations stand without challenge.But the experience o the past several years shows that there is a very highhurdle in our way: no Common Sense. I reer, o course, to the courageous inde- pendent journalism o the likes o Tom Paine who stirred the innate dignity o  Americans toward sacrice or independence and reedom. Tom Paine would be horried to see what has become o his proession today—with browbeaten journalists and ormer general ofcers doing the bidding o the corporationsthat own/pay them.In my view, impeachment proceedings are essential to:
• Reestablish the separation of powers in our Constitution as a check on the
so-called unitary executive’;
• Prevent a budding—and catastrophic—US attack on Iran by exposing it as
 yet another war o aggression against a country posing no threat to the US;
• Call attention to the blood already drained from our civil liberties and stanch
the bleeding.Impeachment proceedings may be the only way to orce the captive media toinorm normal citizens about what has been going on in our country. Thomas Jeerson underscored the importance o this when he said: “Whenever the peo- ple are well inormed, they can be trusted with their own government.” 
Ray McGovern
; ormer Army ocer and CIA analyst;co-ounder, Veteran Intelligence Proessionals or Sanity

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