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Impeachment: Why and How

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Many previous presidents and vice presidents have committed one or two of the following crimes. Never before has any approached this total level of assault on the Constitution. If we do not impeach now, we never can again, and the legislative branch will not maintain power over the executive or judicial. We will be unable to end the war, stop global warming, fund education, challenge stolen elections, win elections, or accomplish any of our other goals.

Impeachable Offenses by Bush and Cheney:

Illegal spying in violation of FISA and the Fourth Amendment, openly confessed to, openly promoted in signing statements, known to involve phone calls, phone records, internet use, bank records, and observation of legal nonviolent activities.

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Illegal detentions in violation of the Fourth Amendment, International law, U.S. Law, and a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Rounding up of thousands of citizens and legal residents for detention or deportation.

Torture, maintenance of secret camps, and extraordinary rendition, in violation of the Fourth Amendment, International Law, US Law, and openly promoted in signing statement and administration policy papers.

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Illegal war - launched illegally under international law, launched in violation of the U.S. Constitution which requires that the Congress declare war, and launched on the basis of feloniously misleading Congress and the American public.

Use of a variety of illegal weapons.

Illegal targeting of civilians, journalists, and hospitals.

Illegal seizure of another nation's resources.

Illegal use of funds in Iraq that had been appropriated for Afghanistan.

Leaking of classified information in order to mislead the Congress and the public, and in order to punish truth tellers.

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Leaking of identity of an undercover agent.

Retribution against whistleblowers.

Use of signing statements to reverse 750 laws passed by Congress.

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 

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