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Santa Cruz City Council to Consider Asking for Bush Impeachment


PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Sherry Conable 831-459-7259 Louie Lafortune 831-588-8487 Santa Cruz City Council Members 831-420-5020

On Tuesday Sept 27th, the Santa Cruz City Council will consider resubmitting a letter to the House Judiciary Committee of the United States Congress calling for the investigation and possible impeachment of the the Bush Administration.

A press conference will be held between 12:30 and 1:30 PM, with Council Member Emily Reilly, Mayor Mike Rotkin, and representatives of the Coalition for Impeachment Now! (COIN!) explaining the reasons for taking this new action at this time.

The agenda item is scheduled to be heard and voted on between 3 and 4PM.

BACKGROUND:

In September of 2003, the Council, in response to the request of 100's of citizens and a coalition of 12 peace and social justice groups, sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee asking that six areas of concern with regard to the actions of the Bush Administration be investigated - the council, and therefore this community, never received an answer to that letter.

In the 10 days following that vote, the council phone lines were jammed with calls from all over the country, from folks thanking and congratulating them for standing up and speaking out!!

A new cover letter, explaining why the Council is considering resubmitting the original letter, is included below. Clearly, the evidence supporting the original concerns of this community has increased vastly in these last two years!! And in a recent poll taken after the release of the Downing Street Memos, over 47% of the people polled said they thought Bush should be impeached if he had lied about the reasons for invading Iraq.

In another recent poll, over 60% of those polled said they believed it is time to begin bringing the troops home from Iraq.

DRAFT LETTER FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE SC CITY COUNCIL (agenda item #12, currently on the consent agenda, will be heard as a regular agenda item):

Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. September 28,2005 Chair, House Judiciary Committee 2138 Rayburn House Building Washington, DC 20525

Dear Mr. Chairman:

On September 10th, 2003, the Mayor and City Council of this city sent to you, for your consideration and reply, a letter representing some very serious concerns of our constituents regarding the actions of the Bush Administration. The letter asked you to examine six areas in which our citizenry believed that the Bush Administration might well have committed impeachable offenses, and to begin impeachment immediately if you deemed it justified.

The Council, and therefore our whole community, never received a response from your committee to that letter.

In the intervening two years, copious evidence has been revealed that only heightens the need to have those questions, and others, examined and answered. A president and high ranking cabinet members who commit high crimes and misdemeanors, or engage in other highly egregious behavior that rises to the level of a crime in most people's minds, cannot be recalled. They can, however, be impeached. It is the role of the Judiciary Committee to impartially apply the rule of law and order for all of the American people, and for the honor of this country. Impeachment should be not a political tool, but one of applying justice, in the highest sense of that word.

International treaties, accords, charters, conventions, and agreements, when ratified by the United States Senate, become part of the body of what is called the "supreme law" of the land. It seems likely that the Bush Administration has violated, at the least, the United Nations Charter, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Geneva Convention, the Geneva Accord, and the Convention Against Torture, and therefore has violated the supreme law of the land. In intentionally misleading the American people, and the world, about the reasons for a preemptive and aggressive war against Iraq that has cost tens of thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and American respect abroad, they have committed an offense that, in the the minds of a vast number of Americans, rises to the level of a high crime.

In light of the recent revelations of the Downing Street Memos, with respect to the atrocities that have now been revealed at Abu Ghraib and at Guantanamo (and about which you have much more information than the general public), with regard to the information that over 1000 tons of depleted uranium (classified as a weapon of mass destruction) have been dropped on Iraq during this war, and with regard to the new information about the source of the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, we are resubmitting our letter to you in the name of the people of this community.

We hope you will give it your serious attention, and we look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Mike Rotkin Mayor

cc: City Clerk Members of the Judiciary Committee Members of the Subcommittee on the Constitution

Attachment: Letter to the House Judiciary Committee, dated September 10, 2003

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Zogby Poll on Impeachment questions

Propose a question for Zogby Poll....

Interesting website about planned future Zogby Poll.

http://wotisitgood4.blogspot.com/2005/09/zogby-impeachment-questions.htm...

Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark Calls For Impeachment of President Bush

Clark, who launched the website votetoimpeach.org, accused President Bush of high crimes for misleading the nation over the war and for helping to overthrow Jean Bertrand-Aristide, the democratically-elected president of Haiti.

http://www.mwcnews.net/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Bush made a lot of "mistakes".

But we need to also get rid of the

GLOBAL ELITE (Illuminati) and the

MEDIA CONTROL. (No 911 truth or criticism allowed.)

Americans are blindly following "the Beast". They are media-controlled mindless "zombies".

Else we spend eternity in HELL that we allowed ourselves to be enslaved in.

Do you "see"...?

Stanley S. Plock

Sunnyvale CA

To: Rep. John Conyers, Jr
Date: May 23, 2005
RE: The President’s Impeachable Offenses

http://www.mwcnews.net/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=115

I'm mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore! Throw your God damned TV's out the window! That is the solution to
the problem.

GO on STRIKE Right NOW! EVERBODY! THE WHOLE COUNTRY. EVERYBODY WHO IS IS PISSED OFF BECAUSE THE RICH ARE GETTING RICHER, AND THE POOR ARE GETTING THE SHAFT. EVERYBODY WHO IS NOT GETTING A TAX REBATE! EVERYBODY WHO HAD TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE THEY WERE LAID OFF THEIR JOBS, AND CAN ONLY FIND WORK FOR HALF OR LESS OF WHAT THEY WERE EARNING. EVERYBODY WHO IS STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, AND HAS TO PAY THREE DOLLARS A GALLON FOR GASOLINE! EVERYBODY WHO IS WORKING A SHITTY JOB TO PAY THE MORTGAGE FOR A CRAPPY HOUSE THAT COSTS 4 TIMES WHAT ITS WORTH! EVERYBODY WHO THINKS THAT BUSH STOLE THE ELECTION, AND THE SUPREME COURT IS GETTING FIXED BY A BUNCH OF FASCIST BASTARDS! EVERYBODY IS BELEIVES THAT CORP0RATIONS HAVE TO MUCH POWER! EVERYBODY WHO KNOWS THAT THE GULF WAR IS ABOUT CONTROLLING RESOURCES NOT DEMOCRACY! EVERYBODY WHO HAS LOST A LOVE ONE, OR FEARS LOSING A SON OR DAUGHTER TO THIS UNJUST WAR! EVERYBODY WHO MOURNS FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE WHO FIRST WERE BOMBED BACK TO THE STONE AGE, AND NOW ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INSURGENCY!

STOP PLAYING THE GAME! JUST STOP! STOP PAYING YOUR MORTGAGES! STOP PAYING YOUR VISA BILL! STOP PAYING YOUR MASTERCARD! STOP PAYING YOUR ELECTRICITY! STOP PAYING YOUR GODDAMN CABLE BILL! JUST STOP! EVERYBODY STOP!

I call for a national month of mourning. An entire month devoted to not doing anything no driving, no working, no tv, no computer, nothing. Just talking to your friends and loved ones, your neighbors, get out and walk, walk the neighborhood, talk to strangers, make some new friends, and pray. Even if you don't believe in God, still pray. Pray to the universe, pray to the great spirit, pray to your ancestors, I don't care, but just pray. Pray that those in power, stop, recognize they have gone to far. Pray that the right persons, come into power, and peacefully change over the government of these United STATEs of America. Pray that we still have a country, pray that even though this is a perfect excuse for military intervention, that they(the powers that be) excercise restraint. (That whoever actually gives them their marching orders exercises restraint.) Pray that after the month is over, real change occurs, and if it don't, then we'll pray another month, and another month after that... You see the point. I Think that will get their attention.

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