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Bush, The New York Times and the Patriot Act
By DOUG IRELAND, LA Weekly, http://www.laweekly.com
When the U.S. Senate last Friday refused to renew the liberticidal Patriot Act — with its provisions for spying on Americans’ use of libraries and the Internet, among other Constitution- shredding activities — it was in part because that morning’s New York Times had revealed how Bush and his White House had committed a major crime.
By Jim Puzzanghera, San Jose Mercury News
WASHINGTON - After the unfounded claims of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and recent news of warrantless domestic spying, some liberal activists and politicians are boldly talking about impeaching President Bush.
Dems are urged at unofficial hearing
Detroit Free Press
WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman, a prominent legal scholar and a self-described target of government surveillance urged Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday to consider impeaching President George W. Bush for his domestic surveillance program.
Democrats Abroad France initiates a call for impeachment proceedings, a first-time action taken by any grassroots group of Americans:
The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad France, in a special meeting on January 15, unanimously passed a resolution calling upon Congress to determine whether impeachable offenses have been committed by the Bush/Cheney Administration and if necessary to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney.
By MARIE COCCO
CLINTON DID IT. That is the first refuge of the right. The most rabid of Bill Clinton's detractors never recovered from the two elections that brought him to the White House. They still mine what they believe to be a trove of irresponsibility unparalleled in presidential history.
By Lisa Sorg, San Antonio Current
See, it’s not so hard to say
While we’re observing milestones — this year marks the Current’s 20th anniversary — let’s remember this week in 1998 when the Express-News called for President Bill Clinton’s resignation over the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. It seems quaint, the country getting all lathered up over fibbing about fellatio, in light of President Bush’s extensive rap sheet, which includes expanding his presidential powers to near fascist proportions.
By Barbara Cummings
Janis Karpinski of Abu Ghraib fame or noteriety spoke tonight at the library in Coronado Ca. It is joked that Coronado has more Admirals per square foot than any other town in the US. Property is the highest per square foot than anywhere else in Ca. There are 2 huge military bases there, North Island Naval Air Station and Coronado Amphib Base.
Brad Friedman of www.bradblog.com reports:
Just after the bottom of the first hour of today's O'Reilly show (after a *superb* interview with Jonathon Turley, in which Turley made a great case for the impeachment of Bush, despite O'Reilly's best effort to minimize what Turley was saying! I hope to be posting that complete interview at BRAD BLOG if I can get a copy of it).
Open to the Public
Taping of Radio Show at Institute for Policy Studies on topic of Censure and Impeachment
With Marcus Raskin, John Cavanagh, David Swanson, and (invited) Rep. John Conyers
Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Emergency Cong. Probe Needed/Impeachment Fuel Immense, Deadly, Iraq Oil Profits Await ExxonMobil, Others, Courtesy U.S. Govt.
By Nick Mottern, coordinator, www.ConsumersforPeace.org
The Bush government is pushing Iraq to sign oil agreements with multi-national oil companies like ExxonMobil that would give firms extraordinary profits ranging from 42% to 162%, compared to the 12% minimum that is normally considered profitable.
The following resolution is coming before the California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting on January 27-28.
RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH BUSH AND INVESTIGATE CHENEY, ET AL.
WHEREAS, (1) the Downing Street Memos show that President George W.Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, CondoleezzaRice, and various others began planning and executing the illegal waragainst and occupation of Iraq months before seeking Congressional and UNapproval; (2) in furtherance of this planning, (a) intelligence wasshaped to fit these plans, (b) illegal bombing runs were made againstIraq and various other potentially illegal operations and actions weretaken with the express intent to provoke Saddam Hussein to take militaryaction and decline to cooperate with the UN and other internationalentities, and (c) false statements to the American people were made byBush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and others with the apparent intent todeceive Congress and the American public in order to allow the BushAdminstration to carry out its plan for an unnecessary war; (3) as adirect result of the above actions, the U.S. and U.K. began an unapprovedwar of aggression against Iraq, killing thousands of American and Iraqimilitary forces, wounding tens of thousands more, and killing or woundingpotentially hundreds of thousands of civilians, women, children and otherinnocents; (4) that the U.S. has invested hundreds of billions of dollarsin this potentially illegal war, to the detriment of the national debt,all citizens of the U.S. and all government programs for which this moneymight otherwise have been appropriated, and to the benefit solely of themilitary contractors and supplier corporations who have been shown to beovercharging and otherwise cheating the people and the government of theU.S, and (5) these actions on the part of the Bush Administration fit thedefinition of high crimes and misdemeanors, and
By MANUEL MENDOZA / The Dallas Morning News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – This was the year it was fashionable to avoid making political statements backstage. That is, unless you were the journalist posing the loaded question.
Former Vice President Says Legislators From Both Parties Did Not Do Enough To Stop Secret Activities
By TEDDY DAVIS, ABC News
Jan. 16, 2006 — - In an impassioned speech about President Bush's warrantless domestic wiretapping program, former Vice President Al Gore said in Washington, DC, on Monday that "the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently."
By DOUG THOMPSON, Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, the sometimes-maverick Republican who has been a thorn in more than one GOP President’s side, brought out the word that’s been whispered in the Congressional cloakrooms and behind closed doors by other members of his party for several weeks now.
By Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who has shunned public forums on the war for the past year, finally held a town hall meeting in San Francisco on January 14. Despite her public criticism of the war and her recent support of Cong. John Murtha’s call to bring the troops home, Pelosi has not used her position as Minority leader to lead her party to adopt an anti-war stance. She has also refused to support other anti-war measures, such as Cong. Barbara Lee’s bill to prohibit permanent bases in Iraq and Cong. Jim McGovern’s bill to stop funding for new deployment.
By DICK RUPPEL | http://www.lacrossetribune.com
If we’re lucky, 25 years from now historians will categorize the first years of the 21st century as just another low point in American history.
Yes, they’ll say, the Bush administration ignored the real problems facing the United States, divided the country against itself, attacked civil liberties, increased the number and suffering of the poor, fought an unnecessary war, diminished American stature and saddled the next generation with crippling debt.
By Paul Rogat Loeb
In the wake of the Alito hearings, mainline pundits are calling his nomination a done deal. Alito didn’t spew obscenities or green bile. He didn’t admit that he’d reverse Roe v. Wade or vow to proclaim George Bush Lord Emperor. Rehearsed and coached by committee member Lindsay Graham (and by some of the same lawyers who justified Bush’s NSA wiretaps), he instead spoke deferentially and humbly about respecting legal precedent and separation of powers, while Republican committee members made him out to be a mix of Solomon and Mother Teresa. Much like Clarence Thomas during his hearings, Alito dodged the tough questions with evasions and platitudes, suffered convenient memory lapses on areas he couldn’t dodge, and justified controversial past stands by saying he was just trying to be a team player. We know little more about him than before--except about his capacity to dissemble.
BY HUGH (BUCK) DAVIS and ROBERT A. SEDLER, Detroit Free Press
Downplayed in the furor over the revelations that President George W. Bush's National Security Agency is intercepting the telephone and e-mail communications of U.S. citizens is the fact that the Supreme Court has long held that warrantless wiretapping of American citizens in the name of national security violates the Fourth Amendment. The court made that ruling in a 1972 case originating in Michigan. It's popularly known as the Keith case, after highly respected Detroit federal Judge Damon J. Keith, who rendered the initial decision deeming such wiretapping unconstitutional.
New Zogby Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping
By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,216 U.S. adults from January 9-12.
On ABC's This Week, when asked about the remedy for illegal NSA wiretapping of U.S. citizens, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), head of the Senate Judiciary Committee set to hold hearings on the matter, answered: "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."
C-SPAN, tomorrow Monday, January 16, 2006 – Noon, Eastern time
12:00 PM EST -- 1:00 (est.) LIVE
American Constitution Society
Albert Gore Jr., United States
The beginning and end of this live program may be earlier or later than the scheduled times.
MLK 'Truth, Peace & Justice' rally Sunday will focus on Bush impeachment, third Party campaign in Palo Alto for Congress
Contact: Christian Pecaut 415-573-5655, firstname.lastname@example.org
PALO ALTO - The impeachment of Pres. George Bush will be among other "Truth, Peace and Justice" topics discussed here at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally and celebration Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, in Downtown Palo Alto (University & Emerson).