In a brief judgment today, Madam Justice Deborah Satanove of the Supreme Court of British Columbia rejected an appeal by the Canadian-based Lawyers Against the War (LAW) against the staying of torture charges laid against President George W. Bush last year. The judgment, which came after three weeks of deliberation but was less than five pages in length, declared the appeal "an abuse of process". Relying on a contested nine-word passage in the transcript of the secret hearing held last year, Judge Satanove declared that the real intentions of LAW were "to use the criminal procedure as a forum to express political views". According to the court, the passage could be read as a disavowal by LAW of any intention to seek the issuance of a summons or warrant against the US President. The judge ignored all the other arguments on both sides of the case.
Censure and Impeachment
By David Swanson, censurebush.org
Censure is not the enemy of impeachment, any more than impeaching Bush prevents impeaching Cheney. We have a tendency to jump five steps ahead of ourselves in order to find imaginary problems.
"A record 55% say the war in Iraq is entirely separate from the war on terrorism that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, the first time a majority has held that opinion."
Raising the Issue of Impeachment
By John Nichols, The Nation
As President Bush and his aides scramble to explain new revelations regarding Bush's authorization of spying on the international telephone calls and emails of Americans, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has begun a process that could lead to the censure, and perhaps the impeachment, of the president and vice president.
There is a prima facie case that these actions by the President, Vice-President
and other members of the Bush Administration violated a number of federal laws,
including (1) Committing a Fraud against the United States; (2) Making False
LINK TO UPDATED REPORT FROM AUGUST 2006:
INITIAL REPORT FROM DECEMBER 2005:
The following are links to the Investigative Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff
The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War (This Report is 273 pages.)
When Richard Nixon abused power, Congress held a serious, bi-partisan investigation that resulted in articles of impeachment. Strong evidence suggests that George Bush and Dick Cheney launched an illegal war and lied to Congress, spied on Americans without court approval, leaked classified information, produced phony news reports, imprisoned without charge and tortured, targeted civilians and used illegal weapons. Ask your Congress Member to cosponsor House Resolution 635 for an investigation.
Cheney Defends Presidential Powers
AP - 42 minutes ago
ABOARD AIR FORCE II - Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday vigorously defended the Bush administration's use of secret domestic spying and the expansion of presidential powers, saying "it's not an accident that we haven't been hit in four years." Talking to reporters aboard his government plane as he flew from Islamabad, Pakistan to Muscat, Oman on an overseas mission, Cheney said he believes the power of the presidency has indeed contracted since the Vietnam and Watergate era.
Bush drops rosy scenarios on Iraq
President completes major rhetorical shift
NBC News VIDEO
By Ron Fournier
Updated: 6:41 a.m. ET Dec. 19, 2005
WASHINGTON - No more rosy scenarios.
After watching his credibility and approval ratings crumble over the course of 2005, President Bush completed a rhetorical shift Sunday night by abandoning his everything-is-OK pitch to Americans and coming clean: He was wrong about the rationale for going to war in Iraq; he underestimated the dangers; the country has suffered “terrible loss
Democrats say they never OK'd wiretapping
Bush on the defensive after revelations on domestic spying
Updated: 5:36 a.m. ET Dec. 20, 2005
WASHINGTON - Some Democrats say they never approved a domestic wiretapping program, undermining suggestions by President Bush and his senior advisers that the plan was fully vetted in a series of congressional briefings.
Jonathan Alter in Newsweek writes: "What is especially perplexing about this story is that the 1978 law set up a special court to approve eavesdropping in hours, even minutes, if necessary. In fact, the law allows the government to eavesdrop on its own, then retroactively justify it to the court, essentially obtaining a warrant after the fact… This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced. [Emphasis added.] Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974. In the meantime, it is unlikely that Bush will echo President Kennedy in 1961. After JFK managed to tone down a New York Times story by Tad Szulc on the Bay of Pigs invasion, he confided to Times editor Turner Catledge that he wished the paper had printed the whole story because it might have spared him such a stunning defeat in Cuba. This time, the president knew publication would cause him great embarrassment and trouble for the rest of his presidency. It was for that reason—and less out of genuine concern about national security—that George W. Bush tried so hard to kill the New York Times story."
Look At The Global Picture
Submitted by GrahamF (not verified) on Mon, 2005-12-19 10:51.
(Editor's note: Graham F submitted this to an earlier thread, but we have chose to elevate it to the top so more people can read it.)
A united peace movement should be just that, United. The call for peace is a call extended to everyone in this world and goes beyond party divides. This peace movement should be kept free from political leanings and preferences.
No President Is Above the Law
"...with liberty and justice for all." Guess the Preznit and his merry band of cronies forgot that part of the pledge, and decided to go with "with liberty and justice so long as we're in the mood at the moment, otherwise we'll do as we please."
Lies and the Twilight Zone
Dick Bell, Democracy Cell Project
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was one of the greatest defenders of freedom in America in the 20th century. Douglas is the author of a beautiful but frightening metaphor about the subtleness with which our freedoms can slip away:
“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such a twilight that we must be aware of the change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
Can you please help spread this meme?
"Project for a New American Century" is the think tank that created US government neocons. Get people Googling PNAC, and they will find out that this neocon agenda is hardly what they voted for, indeed is dangerous to American life and to the world. Write it, say it - and now WEAR this meme.
Prices are marked very low; most profits will go to Crawford Peace House, Texas.
By Angus Reid Global Scan
Some adults in the United States believe legal charges should be sought against their president, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports for AfterDowningStreet.org. 32 per cent of respondents believe George W. Bush should be impeached and removed from office, while 58 per cent disagree.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU, New York Times
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 - Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclosed agency records show.
A pseudohistory by Amy Branham
Part III – the Angel of Death
Later that night, George prepared for bed, this time in a hotel suite far away from Washington D.C. and the White House. It was only at times like this that he could be truly alone in a room. There were Secret Service guards posted outside his door and at key locations throughout and around the hotel to keep him safe. Laura was at the White House, doing whatever it is that First Ladies do. George didn’t know what she did with her time, and he didn’t really care.
By Norman Solomon
More than a dozen years ago, I joined with Jeff Cohen (founder of the
media watch group FAIR) to establish the P.U.-litzer Prizes. Ever
since then, the annual awards have given recognition to the stinkiest
Published on Monday, December 19, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By US Senator Robert C. Byrd
December 19, 2005
Senator Byrd on Monday expressed his strong concerns about possible violations of the Constitution in the Bush Administration's admitted practice of spying on American citizens:
Posted on NoQuarter.typepad.com
By Larry C. Johnson
The claim by President Bush that he needs to ignore the FISA process in order to nab terrorists shows that he either does not understand that this law has been used to actually capture a terrorist based on a phone call from a foreign country or he is hiding something. In 1989 an Avianca plane exploded in mid-air in Colombia. The culprit? A henchman of Pablo Escobar, Dandeny Munoz-Mosquera. Mosquera was arrested in New York City on 21 September 1991. Here is the press account, which appeared in the Washington Post on 27 September 1991: