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A Call for Alliance Among Impeachment Advocates; Immigration Reform, Constitution, War on Al Qaeda

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Note: This petition has been revised, sections in bold are added sections regarding Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's charge of an "on-going cover-up" by the Bush administration of strong connections between the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, the release of notorious bin Laden associate Ali Mohamed, and the release of Melvin Lattimore (Majahid Abdulquaadir Menepta).


Boston, Massachusetts, Saturday, March 15, 2008

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There comes a time in the struggle for freedom when Americans must unite. At times we unite with those whose priorities may not be ours, and those whom with we disagree on many things. I launch this call because I will do anything to save my Constitution. My call is to my countrymen in the Immigration Reform Movement, who believe that George Bush must be impeached for aiding and abetting a level of illegal immigration unseen at any time in our history, 13 million to 20 million illegal aliens present and an influx of a million more per year, which, differently from previous generations, now robs American workers of jobs that Americans will do, and results in unfair competition to businesses which play by the rules. In the long term this is beyond the assimilative powers of even our nation, and thus awakens the threat that Balkanization poses to national security.

The interest of a nation in a common culture and language is clear, even if that culture is an amalgam of many other cultures, something to be celebrated and treasured as uniquely American. Except for our citizens of Native American ancestry, we all came from someplace else.

I reject walls, which desecrate the startling beauty of the American Southwest, mass round-ups, and the militarization of the problem which the scoundrels in our government offer as placebos without ever touching the real cause. I am against placing the blame and punishment on poor, hardworking people who are only doing what any one of us would do in the same conditions. The problem of illegal immigration can be solved humanely in one stroke, by the identification and jailing of employers who turn a blind eye to worker status. Blaming illegal workers is like blaming minnows for swarming for food. It is asinine and immoral. Prosecute employers, and the problem evaporates with no further ado. Stop sprinkling the meal upon the pond, and the swarm ceases.

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Whether in meat-packing plants, slaughterhouses, farms, ranches, or kitchens, the corporate benefactors of the politicians continue to enrich themselves as the charade of deportations goes on, resulting in hapless pawnship of some of the world's least fortunate, cruelly tempted here by corporate greed.

I reject the vitriol of the small number in the Immigration Reform Movement who, in addressing a legitimate problem, lapse into near or outright racism and bigotry, invoking images of whiteness and cultural purity which offend me. The blood of an American is all the same color on the battlefield, whatever his or her origin. But while it may not affect those in some professional classes in our society, the economics of illegal immigration have changed. Employers hire large numbers of illegal aliens knowingly to avoid paying a decent wage.

The Impeachment of Dick Cheney Then George Bush Movement is at a crossroads. Through citizen action alone the Movement has accomplished what none of the Democratic Party scoundrels would accomplish, save for the courageous few like Dennis Kucinich and Robert Wexler. The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee at this time is deliberating House Resolution 333, to begin impeachment hearings on Vice President Dick Cheney immediately. Numerous towns, cities and states have passed impeachment resolutions directing their congressional representatives to support impeachment, and some towns, like Kennebunkport, Maine, are mulling resolutions which explore the legal possibilities of ordering the arrest of George W. Bush, for war crimes and crimes against the Constitution, the minute he sets foot into town.

As well, a remarkable agreement is emerging between the left and many on the right that Iraq represents nothing more than imperial expansion, openly planned and discussed by thinkers on the Council on Foreign Relations and the Project for a New American Century. The columnist Pat Buchanan has said that with the invasion of Iraq "we played right into bin Laden's hand." The cabalists in our government do not even bother to hide this, the documents are there for all to see. This is the height of monarchical arrogance.

As Achilles said in the war against Troy, "it seems we must unite." Perhaps as a result of location and career, illegal immigration is not something that has worried me, but I must believe those of my brethren who tell me that the effect of the current level on their economic prospects is real. And even my progressive sensibilities question the wisdom of granting social security benefits to illegal workers, when I am not even sure there will be any left for me, an American, upon my own rapidly approaching decrepitude.

As it is completely clear that the strong correction of nation's course which is necessary will not take place under the administration of George W. Bush, whether it regards immigration, upholding of the Constitution, or the War Against Al Qaeda, I issue the following call to my countrymen:

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Be it resolved that we, the New Patriot Alliance, are committed to the enforcement of the laws already in place to punish the employers of illegal immigrants, not with fines considered a cost of doing business but with jail time. We are committed to restoring the rule of law and the Constitution. We will work together to deliver to this government the jolt which will correct our course, and achieve our immediate aims, here described. With our combined energies this can be achieved.

We Americans are a fractious tribe, famous for squabbling and inner division, and yet when our most basic interests are at stake, we area also famous for a genius for self-governance, and ejecting tyrants, who may be more concerned with corporate profits and unconstitutional powers than with the good of the nation. Coalition-building is an old and respectable American habit. We call upon the U.S. Congress to act on the following articles of impeachment against George Bush, or be considered part and parcel of the Monarchical Powers Treason Train. But first we call for the impeachment of Dick Cheney according to the articles of HR 333, to be followed by the impeachment of George W. Bush.

A high crime is defined as one which seeks the overthrow of the country, which gives aid or comfort to its enemies, or which injures the country to the profit of an individual or group. The Founding Father George Mason insisted on adding "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" to the impeachable offenses of "treason or bribery," in order to guard against presidents who displayed dictatorial tendencies. By putting corporate profits before national security, and putting an appetite for power before his oath to "uphold, protect, and defend the United States Constitution," George Bush abundantly deserves this label. Therefore we of the New Patriot Alliance charge:

 

-That George Bush has attempted to overturn the Bill of Rights Fourth and Sixth Amendments, freedom from unreasonable search, and the inalienable right to a jury trial, by claiming wartime powers in a "war with no end," a blatant and transparent ruse to claim permanent, unconstitutional powers for the Executive Branch. We agree with Bruce Fein that "The constitutional grievances against the White House are chilling, reminiscent of the kingly abuses that provoked the Declaration of Independence."

-That George W. Bush has invited separatism, Balkanization, and has failed to uphold the prerogatives of American workers, clearly stated in U.S. law, by aiding levels of illegal immigration which cannot be sustained, for the benefit of corporate profits. That George Bush has shown what Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) calls "a pattern of arrogance and contempt" in making the agreement with Mexico granting social security benefits for illegal aliens. Rohrabacher says the administration "misled" Congress on the agreement and practiced "stonewalling and concealment" in the granting of social security benefits.

-That George Bush has engaged in what Rep. Rohrabacher has called an "ongoing cover-up" with respect to strong connections between the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, such as phone calls two months before the Oklahoma City bombing by Ramsey Yousef, nephew of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, to the New York apartment occupied by Terry Nichols' Phillipina wife's cousin; such as the well-established presence of Nichols and Yousef in Cebu City, the Phillipines, concurrently; and the long string of "coincidences" that Rohrabacher says would it not take a "conspiracy nut" to want to investigate. The administration has "intentionally obstructed Congress' rightful and constitutional duties."

-That the Bush administration Justice Department secured the early release of notorious bin Laden associate Ali Mohamed in July 2005, who is now walking the streets. Mohamed has strong and well-know links to the Oklahoma City bombing, to the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, to the assasination of Anwar Sadat, to the assasination of Meier Kahane, and to 9/11. That the Bush Justice Department has also allowed the release of Melvin Lattimore, described Federal ATF Agent Jeffrey Whitney as a top suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing, who has ties to 9/11 attacker Zacarias Moussaoui.

-That George Bush has bungled the war on terror. We agree with Patrick Buchanan and Ron Paul that Al Qaeda and bin Laden were delighted that the U.S invaded Iraq.

We hail from all parts of the political spectrum, and disagree heartily on many issues. We agree that although we hold many views on why Dick Cheney and George Bush must be impeached, impeached they must be. This will be followed by a caretaker presidency led by a Republican, for the interim, who must be confirmed by a majority vote of the U.S. Senate.

We wish the Mexican and the Central American people well in winning their own freedom and economic justice in their countries. God bless our nation, God bless our Constitution, and God Bless the Great Experiment begun 230 years ago, this form of government by, of and for the people.



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Phone numbers for the House Judiciary Committee, Urge "YES" for HR 333, impeachment hearings on Dick Cheney


Last name
First name
Party
State
phone
fax
Conyers, Jr.
John
D
MI
202-225-5126
202-225-0072
Smith
Lamar
R
TX
202-225-4236
202-225-8628
Davis
Artur
D
AL
202-225-2665
202-226-9567
Franks
Trent
R
AL
202-225-4576
202-225-6328
Lofgren
Zoe
D
CA
202-225-3072
202-225-3336
Gallegly
Elton
R
CA
202-225-3065
202-225-1100
Sherman
Brad
D
CA
202-225-5911
202-225-5879
Berman
Howard
D
CA
202-225-4695
202-225-3196
Schiff
Adam
D
CA
202-225-4176
202-225-5828
Waters (pro-impeach)
Maxine
D
CA
202-225-2201
202-225-7854
Sánchez
Linda
D
CA
202-225-6676
202-226-1012
Lungren
Daniel
R
CA
202-225-5716
202-226-1298
Issa
Darrell
R
CA
202-225-3906
202-225-3303
Wexler (pro-impeachment)
Robert
D
FL
202-225-3001
202-225-5974
Feeney
Tom
R
FL
202-225-2706
202.226.6299
Keller
Ric
R
FL
202-225-2176
202-225-0999
Wasserman Schultz
Debbie
D
FL
202-225-7931
202-226-2052
Johnson (pro-impeachment)
Hank
D
GA
202-225-1605
202-226-0691
Gutierrez
(NEW: pro-impeachment)
Luis
D
IL
202-225-8203
202-225-7810
Pence
Mike
R
IN
202-225-3021
202-225-3382
King
Steve
R
IA
202-225-4426
202.225.3193
Delahunt
William
D
MA
202-225-3111
202-225-5658
Ellison (pro-impeachment)
Keith
D
MN
202-225-4755
202-225-4886
Nadler
Jerrold
D
NY
202-225-5635
202-225-6923
Weiner
(NEW: Pro-impeachment)
Anthony
D
NY
202-225-6616
202-226-7253
Watt
Melvin
D
NC
202-225-1510
202-225-1512
Coble
Howard
R
NC
202-225-3065
202-225-8611
Sutton
Betty
D
OH
202-225-3401
202-225-2266
Chabot
Steve
R
OH
22-225-2216
202-225-3012
Jordan
Jim
R
OH
202-225-2676
202-226-0577
Cohen (pro-impeachment)
Steve
D
TN
202-225-3265
202-225-5663
Jackson Lee (pro-impeachment)
Sheila
D
TX
202-225-3816
202-225-3317
Gohmert
Louie
R
TX
202-225-3035
202-226-1230
Cannon
Chris
R
UT
202-225-7751
202-225-5629
Scott
Robert
D
VA
202-225-8351
202-225-8354
Forbes
J. Randy
R
VA
202-225-6365
202-226-1170
Goodlatte
Bob
R
VA
202-225-5431
202-225-9681
Boucher
Rick
D
VA
202-225-3861
202-225-0442
Baldwin (pro-impeachment)
Tammy
D
WI
202-225-2906
202-225-6942
Sensenbrenner Jr.
James
R
WI
202-225-5101
202-225-3190






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