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Excerpts from the new book "The Case for Impeachment"

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Contents


I Why Impeachment?


II An Agenda of Deceit and a Case of Overreaching


III The Origins of Impeachment


IV Impeachment, Trial and Removal


V Deadly Lies and an Illegal War


VI Dark Questions About a Dark Day


VII Taking Liberties


VIII Vengeance and Betrayal


IX Breaking Things: Bush's Way of War


X Abuse of Power, Criminal Negligence, and Other Crimes


XI Impeaching Other Bush Administration Officials


Epilogue


Appendices: Downing Street Memo, Niger Forgeries, Taguba Report, International Committee of the Red Cross Report, FBI Memo Regarding Torture at Guantanamo, Gonzales Memo on Torture,Federal Indictment of Libby, Rumsfeld Memo on Torture


Preface


We are not writing this book under any illusion that the House Republicans will pass a bill of impeachment, or even, probably, that the current Congress will see a bill of impeachment filed by a House Democrat. The Republican majority in the lower house is committed to protecting the president from impeachment, even though some of its own members have condemned his actions as unconstitutional. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party leadership, both at the top of the party and in the Congress, is so timid (and often so complicit in some of the president's worst crimes such as the war, the domestic spying, and undermining of civil liberties), that little action can be expected from that quarter either. We do believe, however, that the American public is way ahead of the Congress. We the People have become increasingly angry at Bush's imperious and unconstitutional behavior. As of the Ides of March 2006, a scant one-third of us still backed Bush, while other polls showed a majority of us thinking he should be removed from office both for his spying authorization and for his lying the nation into war.

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