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Rep. Baldwin Introduces Bill to Undo and Prosecute Bush-Cheney Crimes


Prosecution Is on the Table in Congress

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has just introduced the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2008, which calls on the next President of the United States to

* Fully investigate Bush/Cheney administration officials’ alleged crimes and hold them accountable for any illegal acts.
* Ensure that any Bush/Cheney administration official guilty of a war crime is prosecuted under the War Crimes Act and the Anti-Torture Act.
* Affirm that it is the sole legal right of Congress to declare war.
* Restore the writ of habeas corpus.
* Ensure that torture and rendition are uniformly prohibited under United States law.
* Immediately close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
* Ensure that Americans can bring claims against their government.
* Immediately take affirmative steps to protect all documents from the Bush/Cheney Administration.
* Publicly review potential abuses of the presidential pardon process.
* Reform the use of presidential signing statements.

A copy of the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2008 as introduced is at:
http://afterdowningstreet.org/baldwinbill

While no future president will take these steps unless compelled to by the people and our representatives in Congress, and while many of these steps should be taken by Congress itself rather than by the president, the first step in placing this critical set of tasks on the agenda of both the next Congress and the next White House is to ask every member of Congress to cosponsor this resolution immediately.

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Baldwin Calls for Executive Accountability To Reverse Illegal Actions and Prevent Further Abuses

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has introduced the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2008, calling on the next President to reverse the damaging and illegal actions taken by the Bush/Cheney Administration and to collaborate with Congress to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power.

“Over the past several years, serious questions have been raised about the conduct of high ranking Bush/Cheney Administration officials in relation to some of the most basic elements of our democracy: respect for the rule of law, the principle of checks and balances, and the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights,” said Baldwin. “The list of abuses of executive branch power is long, as are the Administration’s attempts to impede congressional oversight.

Indeed, Congress has presented President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other Bush/Cheney Administration officials with ample opportunities to reverse these abusive actions and restore our democracy. At each step, they have, instead, chosen to show contempt for the Congress and the American public. We must look to the next administration – and the next President – to show leadership in restoring executive branch accountability,” Baldwin said.

The Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2008 calls on the next President of the United States to immediately and publicly reaffirm our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. It specifically directs the next President to:

* Fully investigate Bush/Cheney administration officials’ alleged crimes and hold them accountable for any illegal acts.

* Ensure that any Bush/Cheney administration official guilty of a war crime is prosecuted under the War Crimes Act and the Anti-Torture Act.

* Affirm that it is the sole legal right of Congress to declare war.

* Restore the writ of habeas corpus as an essential principle of our democracy.

* Ensure that torture and rendition are uniformly prohibited under United States law.

* Immediately close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

* Ensure that Americans can bring claims against their government.

* Immediately take affirmative steps to protect all documents from the Bush/Cheney Administration and publicly reaffirm that the Office of the Vice President is indeed part of the executive branch.

* Publicly review potential abuses of the presidential pardon process.

* Reform the use of presidential signing statements.

“On January 20, 2009, the next President of the United States will stand before the American people and take an oath of office to ‘…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ Along with this oath, it is my fervent hope that he will take the decisive actions detailed in this legislation to restore our democracy,” said Baldwin.

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A copy of the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2008 as introduced is attached.

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the houses is so corrupted that they cant see anything wrong with murder or the distruction of our country so what the hell makes you think they will do anything in the future? there is only one person that even looks like he would help us out of this and that really looks like ron paul for pres and dennis kucinich as vp or the other way around . the obama macane debate i saw today shows neither one has the ability to run this country all they would be capable of is more war more spending and no real plan of their own to help this economic fleasing be over not one said any thing about restucture of the central bank the real sorce of this problem this is a scam to stall off acountability and it seems to be working for them if you really want to fix this problem you need to impeach or turn them over to inter national war crimes court witch will do congresses job since they wont so stop the treason now. impeach or get the hell out of our goverment houses

I bet less than 10 will cosponsor this bill. It won't see the light of day. Most member of both parties have long forgotten that they are workers for the people and are employed to carry out the peoples wishes. The USA is all but bankrupt because it is been run by criminals for criminals and not by the people for the people. Many crack bot cults are predicting the end of the world by 2012 these criminals are trying there best to make it happen.

Have you looked into Chuck Baldwin with the Consitution Party? Ron Paul has actually endorsed him! He is a man of integrity that would take those vows seriously. You can read about him on their website here: http://www.constitutionparty.com/. I believe the only chance we have is to elect someone who will return us to constitutional government!

Chuck baldwin is the real man, I Will be voting for him, instead of both mclame and nobama.

Time to toss the U.N. from the U.S.
See this video at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-8IU9kLCY

One person speaks the damn truth.

Thank God Ron Paul's a congressman again, he may have dropped out and lost the race for president of the united states in 2008, but the revolution will be around forever and that revolution now goes to chuck baldwin.

No More Two Party dictatorship.

Who the hell is Chuck? Who cares! At least you dumped Ron Paul, sort of.

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

NO SPOILERS, PERIOD > WE MUST DEFEAT MCCAIN!!!

I am amazed at how little Americans know about their government. Did you ever hear about filibuster and cloture?

They go into detail about it on the senate's website called Filibuster and Cloture.

Basically it says that 41 members of the Senate can stop anything from being passed. Since 2007 the gop had broken all records of filibustering in the history of filibustering. To break it you need 60 minimum senators to vote against the filibuster.

Ironically when the gop had major majority they threatened to get rid of filibustering. That would have been too funny if they had as they would be completely powerless since 2007 had they done that.

BOTH McCain & Obama are facing huge challenges going forward. Whoever gets elected will want to move forward on the crucial issues facing the nation, and that does not include looking back to hold Bushco accountable for anything that happened since Bush raised his right hand and took an oath in '01.

McCain pardons Bushco or Obama moves forward with a cursory view looking back. Conyers has his new Article ready to go on "Why I Should Have Impeached Cheney/Bush", and its business as usual in the halls of Congress.

MUCH MORE COULD HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED for the American people by the 110th Democratic Congress, and the democrats in particular, by simply holding impeachment hearings with their huge majority in the House Judiciary Committee (23 to 17), debating each Article of Impeachment for one hour, then voting on each and every one of the 39 Articles of Impeachment introduced by Rep Dennis Kucinich, even now PENDING in Congress.

Democrats still have time to get the job done even now.

They can all co-sponsor, because in as much as we BELIEVE our government is legitimate and functioning now with all of their strutting and fretting, our perceptions will be sanitized with the knowledge that it has been an illusion, there may or may not be a next president and it doesn't even matter; Congress and the Judiciary branch, likewise.

...the hour is perhaps too late.

evidence both documented and videotaped for all to see means that impeachment hearings could be accomplished before lunch break.

The only logical explanation for "protecting" the world's most reviled war criminals is bribes and blackmail, roll over and play dead, pure and simple.

bush and cheney are being defended by congress including the dem leadership who have sanctioned the administrations war crimes and illegal actions. Fuck Pelosi,Reid,Hoyer,etc chris dorsey

Ralph Nader most clearly articulates the extent and nature of the corruption of the Democrats and Republicans by corporate interests.

Each vote for him shows the corporate politicians there's another citizen that will hold them accountable for corruption.

If Nader gets 5% his party will receive Federal funding, and will be able to compete with the corporate parties on a more equal footing. He's polling at 6-8% in some states, despite total censorship of his campaign by the corporate media.

If you vote for a politician from a corporate-funded party, you are part of the problem. Be part of the solution.

Even if this doesn't pass, the Russians (tired of our threats) will sift through the ashes in Washington and find them. So be it. If we can't set our house in order, someone will.

Thank you, Tammy. Push this one through but don't give up on impeachment. There is still plenty of time to impeach. Heck, we'll get Cindy Sheehan into Congress by Jan 6 to help with impeachment before the 20th as a last resort and in the meantime, I can't think of a better Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas present for the entire country than Bush's head on the figurative platter!

Ann Catherine Keirns

“Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take
a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Millions upon Millions of patriotic Americans have been calling for this since the appointment of this murderer buSh by the SCOTUS in Nov. 1999. We have been called traitors, un American, communists and allot of other things along the way. We all saw this happening before our eyes and NO one would listen, especially the fourth estate.. We all need to support her and help other members of Congress who believed this was going on to unite. I know they are all in Congress but they are all, never their at the same time. It's kind of like high school, 500 people in your class but you didn't talk to all of them. We the People need to take this fraud that the administration is trying to shove up our asses and use it to unite. More than 75% of the people of this nation are in agreement. That has not been the case for 60 years. Lets RUN WITH IT.

Will everyone quit whining and call, write, and email your reps who already are quite aware we are pretty angry from the responses they are receiving to the bail-out trickery, and tell them to support this - but to get off their duffs and impeach.
Remind them that elections are right down the road for them, too and let them know - no bailout - impeach - or find a job in this messed up job market just as we have to. Forget polite, forget "please". TELL them to DO IT and DO IT NOW.

So tired of peope crying that we can't do anyting about it. Maybe it's because your too busy crying to act that we aren't getting anything done. Fortitude and ANGER.

Now is THE Time....for the 1st time in the last 8 years, congress appears to have acknowledged the voice of the citizens....NO BAILOUT...we need to continue with the momentum and make our reps understand that if they DONT support accountability for the crimes of this administration-then by god THEY will be held accountable come the next election. We as voters need to support the representitives that reflect our values...IMPEACH NOW!

Dubya Chicanery have left such a mess, Obama is likely to be overwhelmed in merely attempting to resolve a few priorities. A better plan I think, is through the justice system... to keep pounding away until a few judges get some guts.

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