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First Step Towards Impeachment? Conyers Introduces Bills to Censure Bush and Cheney


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We speak with Congressman John Conyers (D - MI) introduced measures to censure President Bush and Vice President Cheney for misleading lawmakers on the decision to go to war in Iraq. Conyers is also seeking the creation of a select committee to investigate the Administration's possible crimes and make recommendations regarding grounds for impeachment.
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The "I" word has returned to Washington. Seven years to the week after the House of Representatives impeached President Clinton, discussion of the possible impeachment of President Bush has reached a new high.

In recent days, Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressmen John Lewis and John Conyers, Nixon's former White House Counsel John Dean as well as numerous legal scholars have suggested Bush has committed impeachable offenses by illegally ordering the National Security Agency to eavesdrop inside the country without a court warrant.

Even conservative legal scholars have admitted the severity of Bush's actions. Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said "I think if we're going to be intellectually honest here, this really is the kind of thing that Alexander Hamilton was referring to when impeachment was discussed."

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California said she had written to several constitutional scholars to ask whether Bush had committed an impeachable offense by ordering the warrant-less domestic spying.

Boxer's request came after former White House John Dean said Bush had become "the first President to admit to an impeachable offense."

Earlier this week Democratic Congressman John Conyers introduced measures to censure President Bush and Vice President Cheney - not for the domestic spying case but for misleading lawmakers on the decision to go to war in Iraq.

Conyers is also seeking the creation of a select committee to investigate the Administration's possible crimes and make recommendations regarding grounds for impeachment.

To back up his case Conyers has just released a reported titled "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution and Coverups in the Iraq War."

To support Conyers" efforts activists have also launched a website this week titled censurebush.org.

Rep. John Conyers (D - MI), second longest serving member of the House of Representatives and the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. In the 1970s he played a prominent role in the recent impeachment process of Richard Nixon.
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I fully support you quest to Censure and Impeach President Bush and Vice President Chenny. It is obvious from all of the past events these two persons are in violation of the law and the moral spirit of this democracy. They both appear to be bullies that will do anything they please outside the law. President Bush has not upheld and protected the Constitution of the United Sates Of America by his own admission on TV in his recent speeches. President Bush has sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution when he took the Oath of Office of the President of the Unites States. The 4th amendment of the Constitution is very important along with the laws that support it. Bush has basically said to the hell with the constitution that he will do what he wants.

Impeachment is an INDICTMENT, not a conviction. Let Senator Boxer pose her questions to anyone she wants, under oath, at an Impeachment hearing. The American people who are paying for this war (and their children), the Iraqi people (who have suffered the most from this war) and the World (who refused to go along with this war) deserve no less.

The Articles of Impeachment should include
---perjury. when the President swore to uphold the Constitution, he placed his hand on the Bible. Later, he denounced that Constitution as a "damned piece of paper." If this isn't perjury, what is?

--lying about WMD's in Iraq. Let him prove that he DIDN'T have all the intelligence. If he didn't, then he's falling down on his job, because, as Harry Truman once famously said, "The buck stops here."

--spying on American citizens. Since the signing of the Magna Carta by King John, English/American/Anglo-Saxon civilization has fought to keep from being ruled by tyrants. Let's keep it that way!

--being part of the conspiracy to "out" Valerie Plame. This is clearly treason.

--being part of the conspiracy to demolish the World Trade Center on 9/11. There is NO WAY this could have been accomplished except by a professionally administered demolition. Our family is in the building business and WE KNOW!!!

There is no reason to be timid or uncertain about confronting Bush on ANY of this. He is a tyrant and must stand trial before the Congress! If he is innocent, let him prove it! If not, remove him from office (and his entire Administration, too)!

'Bout time !...

WHY in the hell did W and Darth Cheney think that they could get away with this? W has committed THE HIGHEST CRIME POSSIBLE, TREASON AND VIOLATION OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO THE LETTER! Forget the impeachment hearings, just put W in one of his old electric chairs back in Texas and I'LL pull the fuckin' switch!

Isn't it bad enough that Scooter, if not also Darth himself, commited acts of TREASON for the public disclosure of an undercover CIA operative. Fitzgerald may as well just slap the cuffs on Carl Rove right now. NOW THIS IS FUCKIN' FITZMAS!! Can anyone come up with a good rendition of "White Christmas" that goes with "Republicans roasting over an open fire"?

WHY in the hell did W and Darth Cheney think that they could get away with this? W has committed THE HIGHEST CRIME POSSIBLE, TREASON AND VIOLATION OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO THE LETTER! Forget the impeachment hearings, just put W in one of his old electric chairs back in Texas and I'LL pull the fuckin' switch!

Isn't it bad enough that Scooter, if not also Darth himself, commited acts of TREASON for the public disclosure of an undercover CIA operative. Fitzgerald may as well just slap the cuffs on Carl Rove right now. NOW THIS IS FUCKIN' FITZMAS!! Can anyone come up with a good rendition of "White Christmas" that goes with "Republicans roasting over an open fire"?

Power Narcissism Arrogance Corruption > oops , that's four words!

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Thank you Congressman Conyers. As always, on time and on task. I'm glad that you represent me. Now it's time for others to get a backbone and speak out.

This isn't news, but Bush and Cheney have both put their hands on the Bible and sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and then worked assiduously to subvert the spirit and now the letter of the law.

Did we win the Cold War with the USSR only in order to become them? Secret prisons, extraordinary rendition, torture, indefinite detentions, spying on our own citizens: does this sound American to you?

We should only allow people who believe in our form of government to stand at its head. These guys should be tried here in the Senate first and then in the Hague. And we should all do what we can to help make that happen. Otherwise, the America we grew up in is lost.

I salute John Conyers for his bravery and integrity-- let us hope that his colleagues are made of the same stuff.

Let's not forget to also thank Congressman Lewis of Georgia, who was first to pronounce the I word on the radio, saying that Bush should be impeached for his offenses.

I think we should have a National WALK OUT ON BUSH day when everyone across the country agrees to stop work at twelve noon and walk out into the street to protest his administration.

Bush lied about WMD. The reason we went to war in Iraq was Saddam had a history of "using WMD on his own people". That has been stated many many many times by Bush and Cheney. The biochemical warfare used on his own people was developed by "Dr Germ". So who was released from jail Saturday? Dr. Germ herself because there was "no evidence" to hold her. Now our military are protecting her until she finds refuge abroad. Are we helping her to Iran?

Ask yourselves folks, how can we release Dr. Germ due to no evidence, yet we went to war in Iraq because Saddam used her biochemicals on his own people. Something is quite wrong in Whoville.

U.S. Protecting Released Iraqi Officials
Dec 21, 1:21 PM (ET)

By SHAFIKA MATTAR

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - U.S. forces are providing protection for most of a group of top officials from Saddam Hussein's government who were recently released from custody, an Iraqi lawyer said Wednesday.

The officials were freed after no charges were filed against them. They included Rihab Taha, known as "Dr. Germ" for her role in making bio-weapons for Saddam's regime in the 1980s, and Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, known as "Mrs. Anthrax," a former top Baath Party official and biotech researcher.

The lawyer, Badee Izzat Aref, said this week that up to 25 officials were released. The U.S. military confirmed that eight individuals formerly designated as "high-value detainees" were freed Saturday.

Aref said Wednesday that most of those released "are under the protection of the American forces in Iraq until they find a safe haven either in Iraq or abroad."

He did not give details, and it was not clear whether the officials were being kept in safehouses or whether they were elsewhere with American guards.

Aref is the lawyer of Tariq Aziz, Saddam's former deputy prime minister, who remains in U.S. custody, and several other high-value detainees.

Others who were released included Hossam Mohammed Amin, the head of the weapons inspections directorate, and Aseel Tabra, an Iraqi Olympic Committee official under Odai Saddam Hussein, the former leader's son.

Aref, who spoke to The Associated Press by telephone from Baghdad, said other Saddam-era officials are expected to be released soon to bring the total number freed to 65. He said more than 200 senior Saddam regime officials are in detention.

Finally, Rep. Conyers and Sen. Boxer are daring to raise the impeachment issue. It's about 2 years overdue.

I'm surprised my Senators and Congressman haven't blocked my email begging them for impeachment. I will write again in support of your efforts.

Question: God willing this impeachment process can be achieved in a timely manner. Who would be in line to take over? I came across the "Presidential Line of Succession" on wikipedia.org. It describes just about any scenario. According to what I read, if BOTH leave office, the next on the list to take over is Speaker of the House; in this case Dennis Hastert. His bio is pretty scary, making him an undesirable replacement. Please tell me Rumsfeld would be ousted too.

As you know there has been talk that Cheney might be planning to leave after the first of the year, claiming an exit for "health reasons." If that happens, W would be able to nominate a successor who would have to be approved by Congressional vote, much like the judicial nominees. This could be an interesting scenario, as this person would become President once Congress finally gets rid of W. Actually this is exactly how we ended up with Gerald Ford... remember? Agnew resigned > Nixon appointed Ford > Nixon resigns rather than go thru impeachment > Ford issues a pardon to Nixon! I hope the issue of handing out pardons to everyone can somehow be avoided and I appreciate this being addressed in "The Constitution in Crisis."

Ditto on the Narcissistic Behavior Disorder. Add delusions of grandeur (God complex). Bush really should be submitted for a psych evaluation. They are all ill.

Bush telling everyone "we do not torture." Meanwhile Cheney is running back and forth trying to get a stamp of approval for the CIA to be allowed?!!! Too bad he cut his trip short to sign off on the "Save the Rich, Kill the Poor" budget. I was kind of hoping someone would give him a sampling of torture while he was away.

I suppose the FBI will be at my door tomorrow wanting my computer...

What lies do the American people belive ? WMD's, Saddam tortured his own people, what do you think Bush would do to people if anyone tried to kill him, look at what he has done just because Saddam said he would get the first Bushwacker he started a war on lies and has killed over 2000 Americans talk about TORTURE of his own people. There is no evidence that Saddam gassed his own people as the republicans said. ALL LIES. IMPEACH BUSH and CENSURE CHENEY NOW !!

IT SUCKS LIVING IN THE USSA

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