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Where Are You, Bernie?
Urging action for impeachment
Letter to Editor
I sent this letter to Rep. Bernard Sanders on July 9:
"I sent you the first version of this letter about a year ago. In reply I received a non-responsive form letter about the situation in Iraq. Since that time the threat to the United States posed by the Bush administration has grown more grave, and we are faced with three and a half more disastrous years.
"I write to urge you to put before the House Judiciary Committee a motion to impeach George W. Bush and Richard Cheney on the following grounds:
They have conspired to endanger Americans at home and abroad by initiating and pursuing a war of aggression based on false premises.
In doing so they have cause the wrongful deaths of more than 1,700 American military personnel, approximately 250 American civilians, about 200 military personnel from other nations and possibly as many as 20,000 Iraqis.
They have conspired to compromise the Constitution of the United States of America by abridging many rights guaranteed to citizens and certain aliens.
They have unilaterally abrogated treaties and agreements to which the United States has long been a party, e.g. the Geneva Convention.
They have blatantly used their offices to provide favors to cronies, e.g. Halliburton.
They have severely damaged the reputation of the United States as a bastion of liberty and champion of human rights.
They have consistently lied about and/or obfuscated the truth surrounding many of their actions, both domestically and internationally, and in doing so:
Have failed to account for their actions to Congress, the rightful representatives of the American people.
"If these charges, which constitute treason by some definitions, cannot be shown to constitute 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' then I believe the American people are facing the greatest challenge to their freedom since the Revolution.
"The Bush administration poses a clear and present danger to the safety of the American people and to the constitutional health of the nation. Only congressional action can stop them from riding roughshod over the freedoms we all cherish. I urge you to act now.
"Please give serious consideration to this matter. I would appreciate receiving a response from someone higher in your organization than those who send out form letters, letting me know that this letter has actually reached your desk."
To date (Oct. 26) I have received no reply. Since July we have witnessed the incompetence of the federal emergency response system, an insult to the federal judiciary with the nomination of Harriet Miers, clear malfeasance if not outright criminal activity on the part of senior administration officials, and the 2,000th American military death in Iraq.
I hope that by putting this letter into a public medium it will attract Mr. Sanders' attention. Where are you, Bernie?
RICHARD L. BROWN