Oil we are saying is give Impeachment a chance
regime change begins at home
"The President, Vice-President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
-- Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 4
|The House Impeaches, the Senate convicts|
The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
The President, Vice-President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
If Congress does not impeach Bush, Cheney, Rice and the others for their flagrant violations of their solemn pledges to uphold the Constitution, then the Congress should amend the Constitution to remove the sections about impeachment.
If the People Want Impeachment, Why Can't it Happen?
A Black Agenda Report radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
"The corporate media are facilitators of crime."
The latest polls show 54 percent of Americans want Vice President Dick Cheney impeached, and 46 percent would like to see the same thing happen to George Bush. There was never such a groundswell of opinion in favor of impeaching Bill Clinton, when he was president, but the proceedings went forward, nonetheless. Bill Clinton was, in effect, indicted by the U.S. House of Representatives, and then cleared by the U.S. Senate - all because of a dalliance with an intern, that killed nobody. George Bush and his Rasputin, Dick Cheney, have killed half a million Iraqis and wrecked the U.S. reputation in the world. They have funneled billions of dollars to their cronies under the guise of Iraqi "reconstruction," and billions more in the phony "reconstruction" of New Orleans. They have treated the U.S. Constitution like toilet paper, and committed more high crimes and misdemeanors than could be listed in a phone book. And yet, there is no real prospect of Bush and Cheney being impeached before their terms end in January, 2009. A free pass for world class criminals.
How did this happen? Why does Democratic leadership - and remember, these people are supposed to be lawmakers - refuse to enforce the law? Because they are not in power. And it would not make any difference if the Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate and a 75-member majority in the House. They would still not impeach the criminals, Bush and Cheney, because Democrats answer to a higher power, and that power says there will be no impeachment.
It makes no difference that huge blocks of American public opinion want George Bush and Dick Cheney out. Corporate America, the real rulers of the nation, do not want the instability that impeachment would bring. Once the process is started, once the investigations are televised, live, like the Nixon impeachment proceedings, then the dirt would fall like rain. And it is all corporate dirt, because this is the quintessential corporate administration. It exists to serve corporate America. The war in Iraq is a corporate war. The Katrina boondoggle in the Gulf region of the U.S. is an ongoing corporate theft. Every crime of the Bush administration is directly linked to their service of corporate interests, including the draconian "national security" measures that are simply devices to keep crimes, secret. Therefore, no daylight must shine on this presidency.
The point people in the conspiracy to make this administration immune to the rule of law, are the corporate news media. It is a conspiracy of silence. They pretend every day that no crimes are being committed, leaving the field wide open for the Bush men and women to concoct felonies previously unknown to American society. It is imperative that the people understand that the corporate media are not journalists; they are facilitators of crime. [emphasis added]
"Constitution in Crisis: The Case for Impeachment"
Town Hall Meeting, Olympia, Washington, February 20, 2007
Olympia's Citizen's Movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney
The audio quality is not great (recorded with an mp3 recorder in the balcony), but the information is very important
- David Lindorff (10 mb, 22 min.)
- Ray McGovern (12 mb, 26 min)
- Elizabeth de la Vega (9.5 mb, 20 min)
- questions for the panel (20 mb, 44 min.)
February 24 / 25, 2007
Impeachment is on the Loose
Breaking the Dam in Olympia
By DAVE LINDORFF
"The degree to which this President continues to take steps to go to war against Iran without consulting with the full Congress is the degree to which he is increasingly putting himself in jeopardy of an impeachment proceeding."
-- Dennis Kucinich, January 26, 2007
|Bush wanted to be dictator|
"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
-- George W. Bush, December 18, 2000 (first trip to Washington, D.C. after the Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore)
"A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it."
-- George W. Bush, July 26, 2001
"Who cares what you think?"
-- George W. Bush, July 4, 2001
"that [surveillance] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such [is] the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology ...
"I don't want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency [NSA] and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."
-- Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho), 1975, quoted in James Bamford "The Puzzle Palace"
"It may well be that if Saddam's regime falls there will be dancing on the streets of Basra. But then, if the Bush regime were to fall, there would be dancing on the streets the world over.
-- Arundhati Roy, "Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates," April 2, 2003
The Guardian www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,927849,00.html
statue of George Walker Bush being toppled in London, England,
on the occasion of the visit of the Emperor of the World, November 2003
|Cynthia McKinney resolution to impeach Bush, Cheney and Rice - December 8, 2006|
Congresswoman McKinney Files Articles of Impeachment
By Matt Pascarella
copy of McKinney's resolution to impeach Bush, Cheney and Rice
|Impeachment in Iran, too!|
IRAN: MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TRY TO IMPEACH AHMADINEJAD
Tehran, 9 (2007) Jan. (AKI) - Iranian reformist lawmakers have started collecting signatures in Parliament to demand the impeachment of the country's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So far, 38 signatures have been collected out of the 72 required to formally summon Ahmadinejad and request his impeachment. Noureddin Pirmouzen, a deputy with the reformist minority, says it is nonetheless "positive to question" the head of the executive branch.
"Many actions of the current government and of president Ahmadinejad have led the country to an extremely worrying political and economic situation," Pirmouzen told the Iranian news website Aftab.
Referring to a resolution of the UN Security Council unanimously approved on 23 December which imposes sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme, the MP said "it is the last straw which has made Iranians loose their patience." The international community fears Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons and has repeatedly asked the government to halt sensitive nuclear work - a demand ignored by Tehran which claims its programme is solely for civilian use.
"Parliament cannot sit still in front of the current situation and watch as the economy worsens because of the government's inability," he added.
Issa Saharkhiz, editor and political analyst, told Adnkronos International (AKI) that "Ahmadinejad's golden era is over."
"I don't think Ahmadinejad will leave the presidency before his mandate expires but I am also convinced he will not succeed in winning a second term," added Saharkhiz. "Many factions and personalities who supported Ahmadinejad's candidature at the 2005 presidential elections have already abandoned him and don't spare criticism, even harsh and direct, of the president and his government."
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president after an overwhelming victory in June 2005 but his then contender, Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, and moderate conservative rivals of the president did far better than Ahmadinejad's allies in December polls to elect local councils and the powerful watchdog, the Assembly of Experts.
|Impeachment and Peak Oil|
Published on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 by Museletter / EB
George W. Bush and Peak Oil: Beyond Incompetence
By Richard Heinberg
(Note to readers: This month’s MuseLetter was written as a chapter to be published in a forthcoming book by Project Censored titled The Case for Impeachment of Bush and Cheney, Seven Stories Press, Summer 2006.
|the deep politics of impeachment|
In 1987, when the Iran-Contra committee investigation refused to investigate "Contra" cocaine drug running and Oliver North's work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to suspend the US Constitution, Rep. Henry Gonzalez (D-TX) offered a bill to impeach Reagan for violating his oath of office to defend the Constitution. Not a single member of Congress co-sponsored his bill. Gonzalez, who died in 2000, was called "the last Democrat" in Congress by www.hermes-press.com/gonzalez.htm
In 1991, Gonzalez introduced an impeachment resolution against President George H.W. Bush for deploying troops to Saudi Arabia without prior Congressional approval. The resolution is archived at
Congressional Record, Jan. 16, 1991, at H520-21.
RESOLUTION OF IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH
In 1998, the Republican Party impeached President Clinton for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was not convicted by the Senate, so he was allowed to serve out his second term.
This approach -- to impeach on the less serious charges and ignore the more serious crimes -- was used in both Clinton's impeachment and the threatened impeachment of Richard Nixon in 1974. Clinton's crimes included much deeper issues than Monica - his involvement as Governor in the Iran-Contra scandal (helping to coverup the CIA's use of the Mena, Arkansas airport to smuggle cocaine to fund the contra war) would have been a much more important prosecution. And Nixon was slated to be impeached for lying, burglary and obstruction in the Watergate scandal, but an Impeachment resolution for his illegal bombing of Cambodia was not voted on favorably by the House Judiciary Committee. In other words, Nixon, if he hadn't resigned to avoid impeachment, would have been impeached for Watergate but not for mass murder.
In scandal after scandal, this is how the American empire has managed the crises -- the "limited hang out" (fessing up to a small crime to avoid looking at the deeper crimes).
"...there are increasing signs that the U.S. political and economic elites are laying the groundwork to make the Bush administration, specifically Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Perle and Wolfowitz, sacrificial scapegoats for a failed policy in time to consolidate post 9-11 gains, regroup and move forward."
THE PERFECT STORM - Part II (Michael Ruppert, FTW. 24 Mar 2003) www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/032503_perfect_storm_2.html
If George Bush [Jr] decided he was going to turn the troops loose on Syria and Iran after that he would last in office for about 15 minutes. In fact if President Bush were to try that now even I would think that he ought to be impeached. You can't get away with that sort of thing in this democracy.
-- Lawrence Eagleburger, US Secretary of State under George Bush Sr
Whenever factions fight like this, we get a peek behind the curtain. To have Madeline Albright today speaking about an "irrational exuberance for war" on the part of "some members of the Administration" is almost surreal, but it tells us something. Some want an openly aggressive empire, full of the arrogance of its power, and immune to any international or domestic limitations on its excesses. Others still want to retain a semblance of international cooperation (even if silently coerced), and an illusion of democracy in the decisions made, while still getting the same results.
If the world is our oyster, some want to put on a bib and say "Let's eat" and others would rather not mention the fact at the dinner table while they sup. Kissinger and others in his circle prefer quiet "diplomacy" and behind the scenes manipulation. He writes that "History to be successful must be negotiated in absolute secrecy." The neo-cons want to declare Pax Americana instead. Bush, now clearly little more than a figurehead and PR front man, is out of the loop and expendable it seems. They let him know that clearly on 9/11.
-- John Judge, "Bush on 60 Minutes - 9/11 events," 26 September 2002
"Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that."
-- Britney Spears
Betraying Their Oath of Office
Impeachment, Cowardice and the Democrats
By RALPH NADER
The meeting at the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts on July 5, 2007 was anything but routine. Seated before Cong. John Olver (D-MA) were twenty seasoned citizens from over a dozen municipalities in this First Congressional District which embraces the lovely Berkshire Hills.
The subject-impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.
The request-that Cong. Olver join the impeachment drive in Congress.
More than just opinion was being conveyed to Cong. Olver, a then 70 year old Massachusetts liberal with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These Americans voted overwhelmingly during formal annual town meetings in 14 towns and two cities in the First District endorsing resolutions to impeach the President and Vice President.
Presented in the form of petitions to be sent to the Congress, the approving citizenry cited at least four "high crimes and misdemeanors."
They included the initiation of the Iraq war based on defrauding the public and intentionally misleading the Congress, spying on Americans without judicial authorization, committing the torture of prisoners in violation of both federal law and the U.N. Torture Convention and the Geneva Convention, and stripping American citizens of their Constitutional rights by jailing them indefinitely without charges and without access to legal counsel or even an opportunity to challenge their imprisonment in a court of law.
Forty towns in Vermont and the State Senate had already presented their Congressional delegation with similar petitions.
Impeachment advocates reported the results to Cong. Olver from each town meeting. Leverett's vote was 339-1; Great Barrington was 100-3. No vote in any of the towns or cities was less than a two-third majority "yes" in favor of impeachment, according to long-time activist, Atty. Robert Feuer of Stockbridge, Mass.
With three fourths of reports completed Cong. Olver, who voted against the war, raised his hand and said, "Spare me, I know full well the overwhelming majority of my constituency is in favor of impeachment." He then told them he would not sign on to any impeachment resolution whether against Bush or against Cheney (H.Res. 333 introduced by Cong. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)). He was quite adamant.
In taking this unrepresentative position, Rep. Olver's position was identical to that of the House Democratic leadership and many of his Democratic colleagues.
The Democratic Party line on impeachment is that Bush and Cheney are the most impeachable White House duo in American history (they believe this privately). The Democrats do not want to distract attention from their legislative agenda, and need Republican votes for passage. Moreover, they do not have the votes to obtain the requisite two-thirds of the members present for conviction in the Senate.
Strangely, none of these excuses bothered Republicans when they impeached Bill Clinton in the House for lying under oath about sex and proceeded to a full trial in the Senate where they failed to get the required votes. Can Clinton's "high crimes and misdemeanors" begin to compare with this White House crime wave?
The last question to Cong. Olver was from a young veteran back from Iraq and Afghanistan. "What could we possibly do to bring you around to our way of thinking," he asked?
Cong. Olver's response, after several seconds of silence, was "You have to prove to me that impeachment will not be counterproductive."
Members of Congress should apply the same standard to themselves that they like to apply to members of the Executive and Judicial branches-namely to honor their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. That Oath is supposed to transcend political calculations.
Maybe the Democrats think that Bush and Cheney are such wild and crazy guys that a serious impeachment drive in Congress would provoke the two draft-dodgers to launch a military emergency, strike Iran or otherwise generate a crisis, based on their continual fulminations about the "war on terror," that would engulf the Democrats and throw them on the defensive for 2008.
In short, the Democrats may be viewing Bush and Cheney as being so defiantly, aggressively impeachable on so many counts as to be unimpeachable. That is, with the White House harboring so much political nitroglycerine, don't even try to remove it.
Such a cowardly position would make quite a precedent for future Presidents who want to illegally elbow out the other two branches of government and our Constitution.
Ralph Nader is the author of The Seventeen Traditions
|a few worthy efforts for Impeachment|
www.democrats.com/impeach Democrats.com's impeachment campaign (unfortunately, not part of the official Democratic Party)
Electing a Congress to Impeach Bush and Cheney
impeachforpeace.org Impeach for Peace!
www.projectcensored.org/impeach.htm Project Censored's excellent book on impeachment
www.pdamerica.org/impeach-wg.php Progressive Democrats of America - Impeachment Working Group
Beating the drums for justice:
Calls for Bush's impeachment for 9–11
by Joyce Lynn, Political Diary
Truthdig - Reports - A Case for Impeachment
2007/01/30 - Revelations in the perjury trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby re-emphasize the need for an impeachment trial to establish the true story behind ...
Resolution of Impeachment of President George Bush
Politics behind possible impeachment
Impeachment Resolution Action Coalition of Portland (Oregon)
www.iracpdx.org (no longer on line?)
from the Drudge Report
Meeting Assembled By Conyers Mulls Seeking Bush's Impeachment Over Iraq
Thu Mar 13 2003 10:30:03 ET
House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.) assembled more than two-dozen prominent liberal attorneys and legal scholars on Tuesday to mull over articles of impeachment drafted against President Bush by activists seeking to block military action against Saddam Hussein. ROLL CALL is reporting on Thursday.
The two-hour session, which featured former attorney general-turned-activist Ramsey Clark, took place in the downtown office of a prominent Washington tort lawyer. Participants said Conyers, who hosted the meeting, was the only Member of Congress to attend. 'We had a pretty frank discussion about putting in a bill of impeachment against President Bush,' said Francis Boyle, an Illinois law professor who has been working on the impeachment language with Clark.
Bush, You Are Disgracing America: Resign or Be Impeached, By Bernard
25 March 2003