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Cheney Previews Legal Defense: "We Weren't Impeached"


By David Swanson

Dick Cheney today previewed a likely argument defense attorneys will employ when he and Bush and their subordinates are tried, an argument that some of us have been predicting for years: If we weren't impeached and it was "war time" anything we did must have been legal. But, of course, none of the many arguments against impeachment that were frequently employed by the Democrats in Congress ever included the laughable assertion that Bush and Cheney were obeying laws. After all, Congress was busy passing bills to legalize their actions, and other bills to redundantly criminalize them, and watching bills of the latter sort be tossed out with "signing statements." The arguments against impeachment focused on the self-fulfilling alleged impossibility of doing it, the fear of being criticized on Fox News, the supposed need to focus on something else (anyone recall what it was?), the imagined electoral impact, and even the theory that the courts could better handle it.

The latest comment from the big Dick is of special relevance to those who made that last excuse. I really do hate to say I told you so, but the fact is that impeachment could be begun this Tuesday, completed on Wednesday, and a Senate trial scheduled for February, and Cheney's leading argument would be shot.


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is thinking about how all the spineless members of congress bent over backwards to let bush and cheney rape and pillage our civil liberties.
I wonder if every senator and representative received death threats or what?
We need a constitutional amendment to limit the terms for members of congress...
Once they get elected and start getting fat on all the pork, can't get rid of them!
Only Congress has a lower approval rating than Bush Cheney... I wonder why?

... instead, and a promise that their children will be born of privilege into the "politico class" and therefore, set for life, while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet in a "free-trade zone" of a world.

...in the midst of economic hell for those of us who are struggling.
THE GOVERNMENT--IN GENERAL--HAS NO SOUL! TERM LIMITS NOW!!!

REAL "CHANGE"? http://www.dsausa.org/about/index.html

... I forgot, they got a "cost of living" pay raise. i guess it is most expensive to live in the economy they helped collapse...

... have you looked into any of this? The LNG reserves off the coast of Gaza and the deal the Egyptian and Israelis and British Gas made for it...

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2009/01/04/33-israelis-or-2-lng-reserves...

Let me know what you find.

By now House Judiciary Chair John Conyers should have all the material he needs, even more than he needs, to pen another well documented article on why he didn't impeach, something like "Why Cheney/Bush Should Have Been Impeached". Conyers didn't even follow the advise he gave in his first article when he bravely touted "impeachment is difficult and it is painful, but the courage to do what must be done is the price of remaining free", click here http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/2/4/95218/85782

If this kind of moronic thinking is not challenged we are totally beyond help. To tolerate such stupidity shows a depth of apathy on the part of the American people that will doom all of us. The path is open to literally any kind of abuse.

Al K.

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