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Democracy Unfolds under Kucinich's Care: 35 Articles of Impeachment Against Bush

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In possibly the most exciting moments of American Democracy in action in 200 years, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 Articles of Impeachment against President Bush in a nearly five-hour recitation into Congressional record on Monday night.

Congress has 72 hours to table it, send it to committee, pass it, or reject it.

In the Declaration of Independence, which was, in effect, articles of impeachment served against King George, Jefferson penned: "... and when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is (OUR) right, it is (OUR) duty, to throw off such Government ..."

Impeachment is a process by which we the people, as artisans of America, are granted the tools by which to carve out the stunning image of Democracy.

 

Impeachment is the sculptor’s hammer, which slowly but surely reveals the beauty of freedom and liberty, and releases them from their prison of stone.

Impeachment is the receptive hands of the midwife, assisting in the birth of a glorious, new America.

 This is the time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their country!

  1. By contacting Congress members and the Speaker of the House to encourage them to support impeachment, by phone or email.
  2. By contacting the media via phone, letters to the editor, etc. to tell them we want coverage of these events.
  3. By encouraging the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to support these Articles of Impeachment.

To email your Congress member go to:

www.democrats.com/35-articles-of-impeachment

David Swanson, creator of ImpeachCheney.org, Washington Director of Democrats.com and co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition, said: "Congressman Kucinich is the first, but we will be pressuring 434 other Representatives to join him. We must act to prevent an attack on Iran and to reestablish the rule of law for future administrations.

"Bush has had many accomplices, first and foremost, Vice President Cheney. But our Founders created a single executive precisely so that we could hold that one person accountable for the actions of the Executive Branch. It is high time we did so, and millions of Americans will be urging their representatives to support the effort being led by Congressman Kucinich.

Major American news media have apparently elected to ignore this stunning and historical event.

Other news sources include internet locations such as:

http://kucinich.us

http://democrats.com

http://afterdowningstreet.org

and international sources, such as the Belfast Telegraph:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article3786591.ece

Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com, said: "We've waited seven years to find one Member of Congress brave enough to stand up for our Constitution, for which generations of Americans have fought and died. We are thrilled and honored that Dennis Kucinich has chosen to be that one genuine patriot. We congratulate him on his historic leadership, and pledge to do everything in our power to persuade Congress to adopt all 35 Articles and put George W. Bush on trial before the Senate of the United States, exactly as the Founding Fathers wanted."

Fertik continued, "Some might question why Congressman Kucinich has done this now. My question is why 434 other Congress Members have not done it before. Despite the uncountable and unspeakable crimes this administration has committed, George Bush and Dick Cheney remain in power and immune from prosecution. Congress must impeach Bush and Cheney now - before they further abuse their power by pardoning for all of their crimes."

The 35 Articles, as listed in the Belfast Telegraph, are below. The full text of the articles is available at:

http://chun.afterdowningstreet.org/amomentoftruth.pdf

Also see YouTube: Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles 6-9-08

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1qy3z7XWtQc 

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 HJRes114

 

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 X

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

 


 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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