Up until now, the idea of impeachment has been whispered but not discussed loudly. Rep. John Conyers brought up the subject in his call for an investigation that might lead to Articles of Impeachment—a powerful first move, but not the actual Articles.
Today, The Wall Street Journal discussed impeachment by casting it in the light of its political ramifications: (www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030606N.shtml ). The graphic included in the article is provocative, showing the results of a Zogby poll that reported 51% of likely voters surveyed support impeachment if Bush lied about the reasons for the Iraq war (and contrasting it to the impeachment poll results for Clinton, which look puny by comparison).
By Cindy Sheehan
Yesterday started off like any other day for me. I woke up, missing Casey and wondering where in the world I was.
After I got my bearings, realizing I was in my friend's apartment in NYC, I got up for my day of meetings, speeches, marches and rallies.
March 8th is International Women's Day and I was in NYC with a contingent of women from Code Pink, Gold Star Families for Peace, Global Exchange, and some brave Iraqi women to work on our women's global call for peace.
THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS OF THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESENTS:
WITHDRAWING US FORCES FROM IRAQ
A Policy Framework, Strategy & Action Plan
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party
Position Paper No. 1
Progressive Policy to Withdraw US Forces from Iraq and to Support the Reconciliation and Reconstruction of the Iraqi Nation.
The Progressive Caucus strongly recommends that the California Democratic Party (CDP) adopt the following strategic plan of action for withdrawing US Forces from Iraq and, further, urges the CDP to instruct its Democratic National Committee (DNC) representatives to carry the plan forward for formal action as a National Party Policy Paper to:
By TONI LOCY, Associated Press
WASHINGTON(AP) - The perjury case against Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide appeared headed for a new confrontation Tuesday, with the CIA indicating to a federal judge that it probably would fight efforts to release highly classified intelligence briefings.
In an exchange of court filings, the CIA and lawyers for I. Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby illustrated the difficulties that U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton faces in balancing national security against a defendant's right to a fair trial.
By Jason Priestley, http://www-tech.mit.edu
MIT students like to complain about campus dining, but it could be worse. Consider Mohammed Bawazir, one of the many Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike. Bawazir was strapped down to a restraining chair, and force-fed for two hours through a largeish tube, inserted through his nose. The tube was larger than normal and the restraints more severe.
From YubaNet.com, Coastal Post Online
Green Party county officials here have approved an official resolution calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for committing "high crimes and misdemeanors."
And, late last week, the chair of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rules Committee, and Green Party member Ross Mirkarimi, voted with a majority of the panel in calling for the impeachment, or resignation of Bush and Cheney. More than a year ago, the Green Party dominated Arcata City Council also called for Bush's impeachment.
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive http://progressive.org
George W. Bush and his Administration have been so brazen in violating the law and asserting monarchical powers that we, as American citizens, must use the tool that the Constitution provides to reassert our rights, to reset the system of checks and balances, and to reestablish our democracy. That tool is impeachment.
Article II, Section 4, states: “The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Statement issued by a coalition of Korean peace groups against Korean troops in Iraq
Translated for Axis of Logic by Agatha Haun, revised by Yoo Hong
Another translation by Tlaxcala!*
Translator's Note: “Zeitun
By Associated Press
NEWFANE, Vt. -- In a white-clapboard town hall, circa 1832, voters gathered Tuesday to conduct their community's annual business and to call for the impeachment of President Bush.
"In the U.S. presently there are only a few places where citizens can act in this fashion and have a say in our nation," said select board member Dan DeWalt, who drafted the impeachment article that was placed on the warning - or official agenda - for this year's town meeting.
By James Sturcke and Agencies, Guardian
British troops could start leaving Iraq within weeks, the army's most senior officer in the country said today.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Lieutenant General Nick Houghton said a gradual withdrawal needed to begin soon in order to reassure Iraqis that British troops would not become a resident force.
Lt Gen Houghton said most UK personnel should be home by summer 2008, adding that the process of reducing Britain's 8,000-strong force in Iraq would happen in four stages, due to begin in the spring or by the end of the summer.
By James Kuhnhenn, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Washington - Republicans in Congress are trying to limit the scope of any investigation into how President Bush's secret domestic-surveillance program has operated. Some key lawmakers are also working to legalize such spying on U.S. citizens in the future, perhaps with some judicial restrictions.
The dual-track effort is designed to protect the Bush administration from an all-out congressional inquiry into the secret program, while rejecting Bush's argument that he already has full legal authority to order such surveillance.
The Wall Street Journal published a story Monday featuring a graphic
which noted that 51 percent of respondents in a recent national poll
said yes when asked: "If the president didn't tell the truth about the
reasons for the Iraq war, should Congress consider impeachment?" In
1998, in contrast, 27 percent said yes to the question: "If the
president lied about having a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky,
By Ariel Parkinson, Berkeley Daily Planet
Hitler managed the Holocaust. He managed it so that in Germany everyone knew and no one knew. There would be worse news tomorrow. The wastes were picked up; the busses ran. Everyone knew, and didn’t know. It was happening. It happened. In his introduction to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Shirer comments that Hitler was able to commit his high crimes and misdemeanors because the Germans were too torpid, too stupid, and too blind.
Between the Lines Q&A
A weekly column featuring progressive viewpoints
on national and international issues
under-reported in mainstream media
for release March 5, 2006
Civil Liberties Advocates Maintain Bush's Illegal Conduct Constitutes Impeachable Offenses
Interview with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, conducted by Scott Harris
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- It is appropriate indeed that the first time voters will be offered an opportunity to weigh in on the question of whether to impeach President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors is at a town meeting in a community founded two years before the Declaration of Independence was issued.
After all, in a country founded on the principle that executives -- be they kings or presidents -- must be accountable to the people, patriots have always known that, as George Mason, the father of the Bill of Rights, told the Constitutional Convention of 1787: "No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued. Shall any man be above Justice?"
Reps. Barrow & Thompson to Hold Press Conference Introducing the "Protect America First Act of 2006"
Proposed legislation would implement tough new security oversight standards of foreign investments into American businesses involved in national security and military defense.
Congressmen John Barrow (GA-12) and Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 9th introducing the Protect America First Act of 2006. This legislation would implement tough new security oversight standards of foreign investments into American businesses involved in national security and military defense.
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches http://dahrjamailiraq.com
'Conduct Unbecoming of the Commander-In-Chief', written by Paul Kamen
for the Forum seciton of dahrjamailiraq.com examines perspectives on the
historical origins of the systematic torture of Iraqis at US hands. This
well researched piece also addresses:
-To date, the steady influx of Iraqi detainees has increased 20 percent
from 2004, causing the U.S. Military Police to continue to operate at
Lawless World: Bush Considered Flying US Spy Planes Painted With UN Colors Over Iraq In 2003 to Provoke War
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
* Lawless World: Bush Considered Flying US Spy Planes Painted With UN Colors
Over Iraq In 2003 to Provoke War *
British international law professor Philippe Sands, author of ³Lawless
World,² reveals President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly agreed
in January 2003 to invade Iraq in mid-March 2003 regardless of the outcome
of diplomatic efforts.
By Dede Miller
Yesterday my sister Cindy Sheehan was arrested outside of the U.S. mission to the United Nations. A contingent of Women which included Cindy, Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin, Missy Beattie a GSFP member whose Nephew Chase Comley was killed in Iraq and eight Iraqi women were attempting to deliver the Women Say no to War petition to the U.S. mission. This visit was pre approved by the mission. As the women arrived one of New York’s finest cited a change of plans from “higher up
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
I'm more and more convinced that it will be Republicans, many of them of the true conservative and realist kind, who effectively will do in the Bush Administration.
In this, I am reminded of the behavior of Richard Nixon when he realized that he was fast losing his middle-class, bourgeois base: He called it quits on the Vietnam War, and likewise on his presidency after his crimes were exposed.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing
A former Central Intelligence Agency employee, Thomas Waters Jr.,
filed a lawsuit against the Agency last week, arguing that publication
of his book had been improperly blocked in the prepublication review
"The Central Intelligence Agency has unlawfully imposed a prior
restraint upon Thomas Waters by obstructing and infringing on his
right to publish his unclassified memoirs and threatening him with
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Rev. Lennox Yearwood, a Washington, DC-based social and anti-war activist, will be the keynote speaker at a Town Hall Meeting here on Saturday, March 18, that is part of a series of events to mark the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.
Rev. Yearwood is the head of the Hip-Hop Caucus, a coalition of national groups doing youth outreach, and has received national recognition for his efforts on behalf of those left homeless by the Gulf Coast disaster. On Feb. 6, he presented testimony outside the Capitol in Washington from still-homeless victims who were being evicted from hotels in the New Orleans area. The event, dubbed “The Katrina Summit,
Conversations with Machiavelli's ghost: Denials mark neoconservative's account of past and present scandal
By Larisa Alexandrovna, www.RawStory.com
Neoconservative Michael Ledeen is no stranger to intrigue. In the second part of our conversation with the occasional Pentagon advisor, RAW STORY asks about Iran Contra, the Niger forgeries, and perhaps the most fascinating allegation, that Ledeen may have been somehow involved or affiliated with P2.
P2, or Propaganda Due, was a scandal in the early 1980s involving an Italian bank, the Vatican, a neo-fascist Masonic lodge and Opus Dei, a cultish movement within the Catholic faith. Truly better than fiction, the tale of P2 and its ties to false flag operations in which Italian government agents committed acts of terror and violence against their own country for political reasons, has become the stuff of legend. Of the alleged P2 lodge members, the most important ones are the current Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Burlusconi, Vittorio Emanuele IV, the “Prince of Naples,
Cheney: Iran faces consequences in nuclear dispute
WASHINGTON - Iran will not be allowed to have nuclear weapons and faces "meaningful consequences" if it persists in defying the international community, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Tuesday.
Cheney, speaking to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, also reaffirmed that the United States was keeping all options on the table -- including military force -- in its determination to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms.
Los Angeles -- Falluja will go down in history as a cauldron of chaos. On March 31st, 2004, four American contractors were killed and dragged from their cars near the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. The assembled crowd then burned their bodies and hacked them to pieces hoisting their blackened body parts into the air for the world to see.
The U.S. Military reacted with two separate sieges of the city of Falluja, one in April and a second, more deadly attack in November, labeled Operation Phantom Fury.
By Bill Nichols, USA TODAY
Washington - At least 8,000 members of the all-volunteer U.S. military have deserted since the Iraq war began, Pentagon records show, although the overall desertion rate has plunged since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
Since fall 2003, 4,387 Army soldiers, 3,454 Navy sailors and 82 Air Force personnel have deserted. The Marine Corps does not track the number of desertions each year but listed 1,455 Marines in desertion status last September, the end of fiscal 2005, says Capt. Jay Delarosa, a Marine Corps spokesman.
By Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian
Government breaks silence on CIA flights. Aircraft landed at Brize Norton and Northholt.
The government last night admitted for the first time that aircraft suspected of being used by the CIA to transport detainees to secret interrogation centres had landed at British military airfields.
After months of refusing to answer questions from MPs or the media, it disclosed that two aircraft known to have been chartered by the CIA landed 14 times at RAF Northholt, west London, and RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire between October 2003 and May 2004.
By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
He supports the White House view that an early pullout would backfire, but he is bleak about the Sunni-Shiite conflict and says it could spread.
Baghdad, Iraq - The top U.S. envoy to Iraq said Monday that the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime had opened a "Pandora's box" of volatile ethnic and sectarian tensions that could engulf the region in all-out war and disrupt the global economy if America were to extricate itself from the country too soon.