Going back through history, I remember when the “War on Crime” began, and that was almost thirty (30) years ago. Then came the “War on Drugs,” and now approximately 1 in every 31 adults in the United States is behind bars or under court supervision. Why are we so cruel to our own people? LINK Now that the “War on Terror” is being expanded, and the Senate is getting ready to pass S 1959, its apparent the government is now starting a new “War” - and this one is aimed squarely at anyone and everyone that doesn’t agree with a government that dances to the tune of corporations and special interest groups rather than the people themselves. Now that Congress has ample evidence to successfully impeach George. W. Bush and Vice-President Dick (Darth) Cheney, and they still refuse to uphold the Constitution and protect the people they pledged to serve in their oaths of office, the people know that Congress is complicit in the destruction of democracy, instead opting for the money and/or acting in cowardice and fear as fascism is rapidly taking-over the governance of the United States.
The facts that have been released to the mainstream news media these last few days have been damning for the Bush administration, and even more evidence of criminality is available on the Internet for all to see; however, you in Congress must take note that President Bush has lied to a nation, and now we know that the recent NIE was only released because several senior intelligence analysts were willing to go to jail in order to insure that the people of America and the world community were apprised of the truth, not what Bush and Cheney were attempting to coerce them to say. LINK
When the President and Vice-President have flagrantly broken our laws and commit “high crimes and misdemeanors”, it is the duty of the Congress, not whether you “decide” to impeach or not. The constitution is very clear on that matter, and when an administration is flagrantly guilty of several crimes, the Congress in compelled to impeach, not decide beforehand whether they feel it will win or lose. The Congress would do well to understand the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and the argument of whether those herein cited are applicable under the actual definition of this phrase in our constitution is necessary for all to know and understand; most of the public believe “High Crimes” are felonies and crimes of such magnitude that Congress has to have an iron-clad case to bring the matter to the House of Representatives for arguments and evidence; Nothing could be further from the truth! To hear arguments that Bush hasn’t committed a crime that falls into this category is patently false and those who use such frivolous arguments against impeachment would do well to understand exactly what it entails:
The Constitution says a President can be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but it doesn’t define the term. Who decides what that means? Columbus, Ohio - 5/3/00
The Congress decides the definition: by majority vote in the House for impeachment, and by 2/3 vote in the Senate for conviction. The Framers of the Constitution deliberately put impeachment into the hands of the legislative branch rather than the judicial branch, thus transforming it from strictly a matter of legal definition to a matter of political judgment. Then Representative Gerald Ford put it into practical perspective in 1970, when he said an impeachable offense is “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”
“High crimes and misdemeanors” entered the text of the Constitution due to George Mason and James Madison. Mason had argued that the reasons given for impeachment — treason and bribery — were not enough. He worried that other “great and dangerous offenses” might not be covered, and suggested adding the word “maladministration.” Madison argued that term was too vague, so Mason then proposed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a phrase well-known in English common law. In 18th century language, a “misdemeanor” meant “mis-demeanor,”or bad behavior (neglect of duty and corruption were given as examples), while “high crimes” was roughly equivalent to “great offenses.” MUCH MORE
This passage I found on AfterdowningStreet.Org mirrors my feelings, and countless millions of other patriotic Americas that feel the same way. What the general public doesn’t know is that internment camps, concentration camps, or expanded prison capability designed to hold more than a million detainees are being built or renovated in almost every state in the union. LINK LINK LINK For the Mainstream News Media to have knowledge of these camps and not ask pertinent questions necessary to awaken the public and warn them of this danger is unconscionable, and they choose to remain silent, pleased that soon their critics may disappear while a public lulled into complacency is enslaved by the people they believed would be their saviors.
“With the recent NIE report on Iran, it is ever clearer that the administration’s deceptions have only grown in scope. If after this Congress still does not take up the call for impeachment, it is itself open to charges of collusion in high crimes against the Republic,” said Niranjan Ramakrishnan, a political analyst.
Ramakrishnan criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for pledging ‘to keep impeachment off the table’ in an October interview, describing the pledge as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘criminal’.
“To leave unchallenged the deliberate misleading of the country to war, (and the effort to do the same a second time), makes her party a knowing accessory to the same misdeeds,” he said. LINK
This is a quote from a publication that was written in 2006, and all of you know that several more crimes have manifested themselves after the publication of these words:
The Military Commission Act retroactively approved the use of torture to the beginning of the 9/11 Wars.
Congress’s reaction to the ACLU report in October of 2005 was to pass legislation banning further use of the
Freedom of Information Act to request documents on current military operations.
We are in a time of extremism, permanent war, and the unilateral manifestation of ethnocentrism and power by
an openly public cabal of people in the U.S. government. Those in power are set on the U.S. military domination
of the world. They seem willing to defy the foundational values of the American people to achieve their ends. We
have no choice but to declare openly our belief in universal human rights and demand the immediate
impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney and a full accounting of those in their administration.
Peter Phillips is a professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and director of Project Censored. He is
co-editor with Dennis Loo of the new book “Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney,”
available at: http://www.projectcensored.org/impeach.htm LINK
To reiterate the many crimes of the Bush administration would be a waste of time, as all of you in Congress know they are guilty; several books have been written on the subject, and now, placing all technicalities to the side, even the class dunce would conclude, based on the mountains of evidence and the necessity to save our country from further war and violence, the immediate necessity to impeach George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
To those Republicans and “Blue-Dog Democrats,” and Independent Joe Lieberman, please be advised that the public, whom are awakening at a remarkable rate, are watching those of you whom still defiantly support this President, and to all of you, I say that your continued support of an administration that has been proven to be liars and have spat on our Constitution and Rule of Law is causing the people to wonder if you too are guilty of, or have actively enabled their crimes. It is time for all of you to awaken to the reality that as a majority, the people of the United States want George Bush and Dick Cheney impeached, and we demand, not ask, that you fulfill your constitutionally mandated duty to impeach these tyrants before they can inflict more damage and embarrassment on the people of America and the world at large.
In regard Nancy Pelosi, we have just learned that in September of 2002, Nancy Pelosi was one of the “Gang of Four”, along with Representative Jane Harmon, who was briefed on the type(s) of torture the CIA were using to interrogate high value detainees, and none of those four objected at that time. Ms. Pelosi, knowing that the CIA was actively conducting torture, which is against our own laws as well as the Geneva Convention, failed to object and even though she was apprised the United States was actively breaking US and international law - she chose to remain silent instead of attempting to do everything in her power to rectify the situation. It is this writer’s opinion that she abdicated her duty, and in spite of Ms. Harmon’s recent statement that she couldn’t talk about it because:
“When you serve on intelligence committee you sign a second oath — one of secrecy,” she said. “I was briefed, but the information was closely held to just the Gang of Four. I was not free to disclose anything.” LINK