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California Becomes Second State to Introduce Bush Impeachment


By David Swanson

Joining Illinois, California has become the second state in which a proposal to impeach President Bush has been introduced in the state legislature. And this one includes Cheney as well.

California Assemblyman Paul Koretz of Los Angeles (where the LA Times has now called for Cheney's resignation) has submitted amendments to Assembly Joint Resolution No. 39, calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. The amendments reference Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature.

The resolution, in the words of Koretz's press release, "bases the call for impeachment upon the Bush Administration intentionally misleading the Congress and the American people regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify an unnecessary war that has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives and casualties; exceeding constitutional authority to wage war by invading Iraq; exceeding constitutional authority by Federalizing the National Guard; conspiring to torture prisoners in violation of the 'Federal Torture Act' and indicating intent to continue such actions; spying on American citizens in violation of the 1978 Foreign Agency Surveillance Act; leaking and covering up the leak of the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson, and holding American citizens without charge or trial."

Koretz submitted amendments gutting AJR No. 39, a resolution unrelated to impeachment, to the Assembly Rules Committee. The Rules Committee may take up the bill this week for referral, allowing him to formally introduce the amended resolution.

AJR 39 is a bill introduced in January by Koretz calling for a moratorium on depleted uranium:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ajr_39_bill_20060104...

"At both the state and national levels," Koretz said, "we will be paying for the Bush Administration's illegal actions and terrible lack of judgment and competence for decades—not only in the billions of dollars wasted on the war and welfare for the rich, but in the worldwide loss of respect for America and Americans. Bush and Cheney must be impeached and removed from office before they undertake even deadlier misdeeds, such as the use of nuclear weapons. There are no bounds to their willingness to ignore the Constitution and world opinion—we can't afford to wait for the next disaster and hope that we can survive it."

For more information and to thank this American hero, contact Paul Michael Neuman in Koretz's District Office: (310) 285-5490 paul.neuman@asm.ca.gov or go here:
http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a42/Contact.htm

Here is a kit to help with promoting this resolution and with passing others in your towns and cities and states. Also on this page is information on activities in other states and localities:
http://www.impeachpac.org/resolutions

Get organized in California to pass this bill!
http://pdamerica.org/statecaucus.php?s=CA

Illinois Legislators Were First to Introduce Bill for Bush Impeachment

Three members of the Illinois General Assembly have introduced a bill that urges the General Assembly to submit charges to the U. S. House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States, George W. Bush, for willfully violating his Oath of Office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and if found guilty urges his removal from office and disqualification to hold any other office in the United States.

The Jefferson Manual of rules for the U.S. House of Representatives makes clear that impeachment proceedings can be initiated by a state legislature submitting charges. The state of Illinois is on its way toward forcing on the House what not a single one of its members has yet had the courage to propose: Articles of Impeachment.

The text of the Illinois bill and information on its status are available here:
http://tinyurl.com/nhs3r

The bill takes up the issues of illegal spying, torture, detentions without charge or trial, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, and the leaking of classified information.

Please thank these sponsors of the bill:

Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough, phone (217) 782-8120 or (708) 615-1747; fax (708) 615-1745

Rep Sara Feigenholtz , phone (217) 782-8062 or (773) 296-4141; fax (217) 557-7203 or (773) 296-0993

Rep. Eddie Washington phone (217) 558-1012 or (847) 623-0060, fax (847) 623-6078

Here is a kit to help with promoting this resolution and with passing others in your towns and cities. Also on this page is information on activities in other states and localities:
http://www.impeachpac.org/resolutions

Get organized in Illinois to pass this bill!
http://pdamerica.org/statecaucus.php?s=IL

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Senator Kerry gave an excellent speech yesterday.
Kerry led the anti-Viet-Nam War Veterans when he got back wounded from Viet Nam and he has shown great courage in doing this. There are still people around who love Kilssinger and Nixon for continuing the Viet Nam business as long as they did and count Kerry as a "traitor" for criticising the Viet Nam War.

THAT SAID....... What I found missing in the speech is sufficient condemnation of the "Patriot Act" which nullifies the Bill of Rights, as well as the Presidential power to assert the classification of "Enemy Combatant" which brings with it indefinite imprisonment without charges, use of torture and suspension of the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus and possibly death.

I do not believe most US Citizens have thought this through -
Bush or any of his agents or deputies, FBI CIA or military can simply LABEL or CLASSIFY any human being in this world regardless of Nationality or Gender or age as an ENEMY COMBATANT.

Thereupon, without legal process, proof, appearance in Court or even charges being brought that person can be imprisoned, kidnapped, shipped to Cuba or elsewhere and tortured either by us or "rendered" to some countries who specialize in torture and sometimes murdered in the process. American Citizens are not exempt from this. So potentially it includes you and me and whoever reads this e-mail.

All rights provided by the United Nations Charter,The Geneva Convention, The European Union, the US Constitution, The Constitution of Sovereign Nations or any body of Authority and ancient
Law and/or Custom are nullified by the claim of the President to have these absolute rights not lawful since the time of Divine Right of Kings. (read Professor John Yoo's despicabl;e Memorandum elsewhere on this site).

To buttress these rights Professor John Yoo of Berkley, Judge Bybee of the US Court (and other despicable US government lawyers including our US Attorney General) have approved this process and have written Memos advising the President accordingly. They have written briefs for our Supreme Court making these bogus and outrageous claims which make the Nuremberg Laws passed in Nazi Germany in the 1930s look like a "Bill of Rights".

The response as far as I can see of the American people -- supposedly "the land of the Free and the home of the Brave," has been THUNDEROUS silence.

To my mind Kerry needed to voice much more forcefully his opposition to the Yoo Gonzales Bybee interpretation of Executive Power. Hereunder a warning NOTICE I place as a signature line on all my e-mail. It speaks for itself.

NOTICE: Empowered by Presidential Executive Orders, the National
Security Agency may read this email without warning, warrant, or notice.
NSA may do this without any judicial or legislative oversight. The President also claims a right designate the sender or the reader as an enemy combatant and to imprison him/her indefinitely without access to legal counsel or anyone else, and to be "rendered" to a foreign government for possible torture or death.

Samoking1

with your terrorist buddies. What a total load of crap you people spew. Not a word of truth or accuracy to the lot of it. Your side lost. Get over it.

Just thought you'd like to know that I received a copy of this article of the impending Calilfornia bill to impeach Bush and Cheney from an email buddy in Australia. The whole world waits for us to oust the scoundrels and bring them up on war crimes. Thank you for doing what you are doing. I support you completely.

Vi Huntley-Franck
Elkton, OR

Here's another Australian watching the impeachment process intently.

America is losing the world's respect because of the actions of a fanatical group of fundamentalist idiots.

Having visited your country a couple of years back I know that these ignorant arseholes are not representative of your general population. It's a pity that they're portraying this redneck image to a global audience.

People of America, I'm on your side. I can't wait to see a president who represents the friendly, intelligent America which I experienced. You guys, and the world, deserve better.

Bush was appointed President in 2000 and stole the 2004 election. The GAO has admitted the voting irregularities. And before you start putting down living in a cave in Afghanistan, remember that according to the "official story", someone living in such a cave was able to outsmart US intelligence, defeat its defenses and has so far eluded capture.

You need to get over the fact that Bush is a liar and a coward.

www.thefairandbalancednews.com

By all means, we need dumb ignorant ass rednecks from the bible belt who re-elected this ignorant, back-woods war mongerer, to replace each and EVERY American soldier fighting in Iraq right now. They are all armed to the teeth as we all know. So, they should pull all of our troops out, and deploy ALL of the rednecks to Iraq, let them fight, and all of us traitors will stay home here, alive. Impeach this fucking traitor, and send him and all his kind, like this moron, to fucking Alaska. Now everybody go nuts responding to this post, I know cursing is inappropriate, but i can't stand ignorant right wing christian right republican assholes, make me sick.

You are the one who should go live in a cave (you apparently already are). You have an incredible talent for ignoring massive amounts of undisputed information that proves your "president" is a liar, a crook, and someone with serious mental health issues with his itchy trigger finger on the nuclear bomb... if you still believe a word that comes out the administration than you need to go fight its wars and leave the rest of us alone... wake up and use your brain. And by the way... "Your side lost. Get over it." is the most tired and ridiculous argument ever... 1) our "side" didn't lose 2) the whole world is losing every day due to this egomanical freak and getting over it and allowing his treason and evil deeds to continue to be inflicted on America and the World is the treasonous act here.

It is quite obvious that Iraq is not the only nation headed to civil war. I expect the 30-some percent of Bush supporters to try to stage a coupe to keep him or someone representing their ideals in power.

Frankly Americans supporting Bush make Osma Bin Laden look like a pacifists. Bush is conducting both an speculative religious war and a war of the material riches of oil. Americans who support Bush are also clearly religious fundamentalists with some insane idea that there are only limited number of seats in heaven. According to them nukes are inevitable and whoever sticks to the script of Armageddon in Revelations wins. Israel is seen as a US dupe to draw the main Arab attacks expecially any stray nuke. They can hardly wait. Actually as Bush has revealed they feel they can't wait any long now that they have one of their own in power.

And to be honest Iraq has demonstrated that so-called terrorism is in fact a legalimate tool of nationhood that is more effective than conventional armies. And in fact Terrorism is less destructive and takes fewer lives. Look at how many people the US killed in the invasion phase then each month of occupation. We still kill 3 times as many each month. That is losing a war.

If Bushites want to fight a war against Islam -- we cannot stop them. But we can tell them them have to fight on the same low tech terrorist terms with the same penalties. We can tell them no support from the US government.

Perhaps we need to amendment the US Constitution to allow automatic US/UN citizen for everyone in the world -- but then also allow stripping citizenship from those who can't play nice. Deport Bush from the US and see who takes him.

As a veteran I usually in the last 20 years have stood silent on our government behavior, got tired of talking to numnuts and believers. But physical evidence is proof, everything else is BS. These rich guys and all their buddies just might have spent all our countries money on an attempt to seize control of a large part of the Middle East.
Imagine the nation who broke the mold of budding society’s by separating itself from mother colonial power, ruled arbitrary by so-called noble classes turning around and illegally attacking a sovereign nation. A country that claimed to judge by law, not men committing war crimes, torturing people, any people, and when that did not seem enough going further by flying them places in the world where they could.

Then to compound that by getting our troops maimed and killed in a foreign country spending billions of money we do not have to protract and drag out fighting in the middle of a foreign civil war. All stated reasons stated for justification have been acutely proven to beyond a show of a doubt that none of the accusations were true.
No WMD were found, no connection to the Ben Laden, you know the guy responsible they say for 9/11. Plus there was no Iraq attempt to buy yellow cake in Africa. While this same group engineered simultaneously getting the few allies inside the Middle Eastern society helping us killed by exposing the CIA specialists in NUC’s. Where have you been?
My reaction is to what can be proven to be real, if it was negligence, criminal-premeditated negligence or just plain larceny they have lost their ability to be trusted. If either of us stole a thousand dollars we would be hounded until we served some penalty, they may have ruined the entire infrastructure of our entire government, just for a lust of power and money; doesn’t that piss you of, just a little?

I think it is time that America stops being controlled by the blueblooded bastard British Family tree. Nothing has changed royalty still rules. Democracy? How about a dictatorship that makes the working class think they have a voice. Does your vote count? Why is W. laughing at the bank making money on war when our children, Yes children,are giving up their lives in Iraq. Where are the weapons of mass distruction? Oval office stockholding traitors a little north,south,west and a bit east of 1 Pennsylvania Avenue. If we do not learn from our history we are doomed to repeat it and this is one X Marine that has learned . Please America stop being ignorant rise up to the truth. She is the greatest country in the world.Dont let traitors with no country other than the Saudi Bank drag her down.
Just Like John,
Daniel A. Nester

One of the most significant changes since the last major conflict the United States was involved in - is the internet and cable television.
Yes the rest of the world has it too. In fact big dish satelites are common on the black market in third world countries. So they can watch CNN too.

There are no secrets anymore. The world is watching us and its time we started acting like the Land of the Free and the home of the Brave. Its time we took our civic duties as a Americans serious. Because the rest of the world is watching. And they are probably wondering just what the hell those Americans are doing. About now they must think we are pretty damn ignorant.

It won't require much effort...and it can happen in as short a time as 1 month. All it will take is for everyone to actually voice thier opinions to thier elected officials. You know the ones that we elected to act in our best interest. Ya those guys. If we are silent, If we don't call them, email them, or write them letters.... Nothing will change...

Whether you believe the President and Vice President should be impeached or not you would have to be a complete idiot or a republican to still believe today you haven't weren't lied to.

And once you get your brain around that idea then you have to ask WHY
Why take such a HUGE risk to lie about something any moron would have to have known would be discovered.

And for all of you who believe the crap about how all of the wire tapping, internal survellance and rewritting the constitution was necessary consider this.

From the end of the Korean War until the fall of the Soviet Union the US was involved in the Cold War. During that time we had air raid drills, bomb proof basements, Civil Shelters within citys, we continued though that time to a period where our defense against nuclear attack was called MAD. Which stood for Mutual Assured Destruction. We had ICBMs, B-52s and Nuclear Submarines. MAD meant we basically matched the Soviet Union warhead for warhead and delivery system for delivery system to a point where there would be no winner. And in that process financially broke the Soviet Union.

During that time the Soviet Union, China and the rest of the Soviet/Communist countries had unlimited resources, Armies, Air Forces, and Navys...........AND THEY COULDN'T GET IT DONE.

We didn't need a Home Land Security, We didn't need to wire tap our citizens, We didn't need to suspend our constitution. We didn't need to torture our enemies, We didn't need to change the Geneva Convention, And we still won.

Now we are supposed to believe a bunch of camel drivers with cell phones are supposed to be a threat to our national security???????????? They have no Air Force, They have no Navy, they would have to buy a ticket on Northwest Airlines to get here.

WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE.

We do have an immediate threat to our national security and more importantly a threat to life as we have known it in the United States.
But its not from some Arab in the desert swinging on monkey bars and crawling though trenches with masks on.

The threat is real and its here.

And if we don't act soon to fix that problem it will be too late.

One final thought. For all of you who believed the Weapons of Mass Destruction pitch do this. If you haven't already downloaded Google Earth. Do that.. Just go to google and search for google earth. Download it and then zoom in on downtown Bagdad. And while you are being amazed that you can see cars, trucks, aircraft on runways, buildings, and roads. KNOW THIS>>>> The digital satelite image you are looking at is nothing compared to what the NSA, CIA, and the military have to look down on Bagdad with. So the question I have for you WMD fans is this. IF there were WMDs, and we DO HAVE the ability to watch them from satelites. HOW THE HELL DID THEY ALL GET LOST???????????......

When Korea detonated an underground nuclear test. We confirmed the test by flying an aircraft downwind. NOT OVER NORTH KOREA, But downwind of North Korea and collected air samples. We were able to tell from those air samples North Korea had in fact blew a nuke and were even able to tell it was a pretty small yield.

We have the Brits now chasing down clues on who killed the Russian guy with radioative material. They have been able to trace where he was and who he was with by the radioactive signature that was left behind.

NOW.....We have had years to look all over Iraq. We can sniff, test, take all the samples we want. AND NOT YET HAVE WE FOUND SO MUCH AS A RADIOACTIVE SCREWDRIVER THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN USED ON A WMD.

They moved them, they hid them, they buried them in the desert. HELLO PEOPLE WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT EASTER EGGS HERE. We are talking about material that is HIGHLY radioactive. You don't hide WMDs.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Impeachment New Year.

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