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can initiate impeachment, this in from Portland AFD:
Two important events happen in Portland, Wednesday, July 19th.
1. Norm Santana will present an impeachment resolution to the Portland City Council in the council chamber at 9:30. A show of support helps the council to see it's importance to the citizens of Portland.
If you can't make it, please call or email these Commissioners to pass this resolution::
Sam Adams 503-823-3008/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Leonard 503-823-4682/ email@example.com
Mayor Tom Potter 503-823-4127
2. Impeachment Teach - In
The Impeachment Teach - In will be this Wednesday, July 19th from 7 to 9pm at the First Unitarian Church on SW 12th Ave. between Main and Salmon. Our space is Fuller Hall which is downstairs (staircase on the left as you enter). Steven Goldberg is a local attorney who is part of the legal team in Portland that is challenging the National Security Agency's wireless wiretaps. He will speak to us after we watch the dvd presented by the Center for Constitutional Rights. We look forward to seeing you. Please call or email if you have any questions: Joan Coates firstname.lastname@example.org
The Impeachment of George W. Bush"A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government. Our Founding Fathers were adamant that they had established a government of laws and not men. Indeed, they recognized that the structure of government they had enshrined in our Constitution -- our system of checks and balances -- was designed with a central purpose of ensuring that it would govern through the rule of law. As John Adams said: 'The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them, to the end that it may be a government of laws and not of men.' An executive who arrogates to himself the power to ignore the legitimate legislative directives of the Congress or to act free of the check of the judiciary becomes the central threat that the Founders sought to nullify in the Constitution -- an all-powerful executive too reminiscent of the King from whom they had broken free. In the words of James Madison, 'the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.'" -- former vice president Al Gore
Who's Leading the Charge?
As of the second week of March, 30 US Representatives are asking for a probe into the grounds of impeaching Bush. The resolution, H. Res 635, is sponsored by Rep. John Conyers and co-sponsored by the others. 29 representatives are Democrats, joined by one independent, Vermont's Bernie Sanders. Even more Congressional members are on board as either asking for impeachment, a Congressional inquiry that could recommend impeachment, or Bush's outright resignation. John Lewis has called for Bush's impeachment over the NSA wiretapping scandal, and Cynthia McKinney and Bobby Rush are calling for Bush to resign. HR 635 was actually written before the NSA wiretapping became public knowledge, so it is not included in the resolution, which covers a number of issues from misleading the public to go to war, to authorizing torture. Some members of Congress, such as Lewis, appear to see firmer grounds for impeaching Bush over his controversial authorization of illegal wiretapping on Americans, than for the reasons cited in 635. Lewis told a radio station in December he would support impeachment over wiretapping. It is unclear at this point whether Conyers or another member of Congress is prepared to introduce a new bill which would deal specifically with impeaching Bush over wiretapping.
The 30 members who have signed on to HR 635 are representatives John Conyers, Neil Abercrombie, Tammy Baldwin, Michael Capuano, Lois Capps, William Lacy Clay, Sam Farr, Maurice Hinchey, Mike Honda, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Carolyn Maloney, Jim McDermott, Cynthia McKinney, Gwen Moore, Jerrold Nadler, James Oberstar, John Olver, Major Owens, Donald Payne, Charles Rangel, Martin Sabo, Bernie Sanders, Jan Schakowsky, Fortney Pete Stark, John Tierney, Nydia Velazquez, Maxine Waters, and Lynn Woolsey. One of the initial co-sponsors, Zoe Lofgren, withdrew her name, citing a clerical error. Still, Lofgren is highly disturbed by the NSA wiretapping as well as the false information leading up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. "Serious questions have been raised about President Bush's actions in approving warrantless wiretaps by the NSA, as well as questions about both the Vice President's and the President's information that was provided to the Congress as the basis for the decision to initiate war in Iraq," Lofgren said in a statement. "These important questions need to be answered, and Congress should then consider the answers in a careful, deliberate and thoughtful manner. It is important that this process be done in a dispassionate way that avoids partisanship. This thorough analysis should, in my judgment, be undertaken before anything such as these resolutions are considered." According to the article, House Democrats are under intense pressure from the centrist Democratic National Committee to stay away from advocating impeachment.
Meanwhile, McKinney and Rush signed a "World Can't Wait" statement calling on Bush to "step down." Three other members of Congress signed that statement -- Conyers, Waters, and Owens -- but they are already included in the impeach-or-resign count due to their sponsoring of H. Res. 635.
Republican senators Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar, and Olympia Snowe joined Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin, and Ron Wyden in calling for a joint investigation by the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees into whether the government eavesdropped "without appropriate legal authority." In a joint letter to the chairmen of the two panels, they wrote, "It is critical that Congress determine, as quickly as possible, exactly what collection activities were authorized, what were actually undertaken, how many names and numbers were involved over what period, and what was the asserted legal authority for such activities." Senate Judiciary Committee chair Arlen Specter, a Republican, has said, "I have grave doubts as to its applicability," and added that Bush's order "raises very fundamental questions...about privacy and the Bill of Rights." Hagel said bluntly, "Every president, that we know of, has complied with the law [FISA]. No president is above the law. We are a nation of laws and no president, majority leader, or chief justice of the Supreme Court can unilaterally or arbitrarily avoid a law or dismiss a law. If the vice president holds a different point of view, then he holds a different point of view. ...I take an oath of office to the Constitution. I don't take an oath of office to the vice president, a president or a political party."
Liberal Democrat Maxine Waters, a US representative,
said on February 3 in response to Bush's State of
the Union address, "His message tonight will not deal
honestly with the mistakes that he's made. And I believe that the latest
revelations about him and his spying on American citizens -- no matter
how he tries to frame it -- are impeachable offenses. I believe that
this president is not only spying on American citizens in the way that
he's describing it, but to indicate in any shape form or fashion that
he's been authorized by Congress to do it on the vote that was taken
after 9-11 is plain dishonest. And further to try to imply that he's
supported by the Constitution of the United States is even more
dishonest. And so, I think that this issue that he's been caught
red-handed on is really typical of who he is, how he handles this
presidency, and what his leadership is all about: spying and lying. And
I think it is important for us to understand that all of the other
issues that we're going to talk about today -- and particularly the war
in Iraq -- will continue to exemplify how he has lied and misled the
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Is Impeachment an Issue? TPMCafe - New York,NY,USA "if Democrats win, they just might impeach him."
Politically Strategic Impeachment OpEdNews - USA ... Bush and Cheney to be impeached, convicted, and sent packing
Bush-Cheney traitors deserve prison, impeachment The Villager - New York,NY,USA " It’s like a case of vehicular homicide: Did Bush and his goons hit Plame on purpose or was it an accident? Either way, I want them off the road."
It's time to consider impeachment Acton-The Beacon - Concord,MA,USA "It is high time to launch a formal inquiry to find out whether this second term president is to be recalled."
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Impeaching Bush, State by State:
April 26, 2006.
Taking advantage of 'Jefferson's Revenge,' state legislatures have brought impeachment much closer to reality.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney went out of their way to conceal that they had set up a secret spying and wiretapping operation against the American people. Then the New York Times learned of it, but sat on the truth for another year. When the scandal finally broke, Bush tried to minimize his crimes by saying he had merely wiretapped international calls and very few people were affected. Then, ten days ago, we learned that domestic calls and emails are also subject to wiretapping without court order.
But that doesn't tell the whole truth either. As new revelations prove, the Bush wiretapping operation is a vast undertaking.Impeachment is Prudent
On Saturday, April 15, the New York Times wrote: "A former AT&T employee has come forward with documents suggesting that there may be a lot more domestic spying going on than President Bush has admitted. The AT&T documents suggest that telephone companies may be helping the government engage in wholesale interception of telephone calls, e-mail messages and Web surfing. If AT&T is violating its customers' privacy rights, it should come clean, and stop immediately.
"According to Mark Klein, a longtime AT&T technician who is now retired, AT&T has maintained a secret room at its San Francisco Internet and telephone hub where its customers' data could be mined by keywords, e-mail addresses and other attributes. Mr. Klein says the National Security Agency was given access to the room and the data. He says other technicians have reported to him that similar rooms exist at other AT&T sites."
Bush must be impeached. The President has no right to violate federal laws and Congress has a constitutional mandate to enforce the law and hold the President accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors.
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