Friday, June 23, 2006As some of you may know, there is a proposed impeachment resolution in California. Support for the resolution is growing, but it sure would be nice to pressure the California Legislature some more.
We sure could use your help. If California passes an impeachment resolution, it would be a huge triumph for the nation.
If you live in California, it's pretty damn easy to help out. Simply cut and paste the following proposed letter (or write your own!) into the following action page, HERE.
If you don't live in California, it's still easy to help out, but you can't use the action page. Instead, simply cut and paste the following proposed letter and email it to all of the state legislators. I have provided an email list at the end of the letter.
And now, the letter....
Dear California Legislator:
I am a concerned citizen, alarmed about the illegal and unchecked actions of President George Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. Through a rarely exercised statute of the Jefferson Manual of the House Rules, section 603, State legislatures may set impeachment in motion. Recently your colleague, Assemblymember Paul Koretz, introduced AJR 39, a resolution calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and
Vice President Richard Cheney.
I am writing to strongly encourage you to become a co-sponsor of this bill. Below are just a few of the undisputable illegal actions that these two "leaders" have taken on behalf of the American people. Our country's status as a beacon of democracy has been tarnished against our knowledge and will. We must hold them accountable for the carnage George W. Bush and Richard Cheney have wrought upon our great nation.
The Impeachable Offenses:
I. Conspiracy to Defraud Congress & the American People:
Lying to Congress & the American people about the reasons for the Iraq war; exceeding Presidential authority in violation of Article II of the Constitution and the War Powers Act
A. Lying about the urgency of the threat from Iraq
B. Lying about the Iraq-al Qaeda connection
C. Lying about the status of Iraq's nuclear program
D. Lying about uranium from Niger
E. Lying about aluminum tubes
F. Lying about chemical & biological weapons
G. Lying about unmanned aerial vehicles
H. Lying about mobile weapons labs
II. Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Negligence & Obstruction of Justice:
A. Ignoring warnings about 9/11
B. Obstructing investigations into 9/11
III. Conspiracy to Violate the Rights of Citizens & Residents of the United States:
A. Detaining without charge
B. Denying the right to a fair, speedy, public trial
C. Denying the right to habeas corpus
D. Misusing the NSA to spy on citizens, violating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution & the FISA
IV. Conspiracy to Violate the Intelligence Identities Protection Act & the Espionage Act, and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice:
A. Allowing the disclosure of the name of Valerie Plame Wilson
B. Lying to the American people about the President's role in the disclosure
C. Obstructing justice by lying about the President's personal, direct knowledge of the leak
V. Conspiracy to Violate International Laws that Carry the Full Force of U.S. Law Under the United States Constitution:
A. International Law
B. Nuremberg Tribunal Charter
C. Geneva Conventions
F. Illegal Invasion of Iraq
VI. Conspiracy to Abuse Power, Violate the U.S. Constitution, & Commit Criminal Negligence:
A. Abuse of power - Separation of Powers - "Unitary Executive"
B. Criminal negligence - Katrina
C. Criminal negligence - Failure to protect U.S. military service members in combat zones
D. More here - treaties, environment, etc.
And now the email list...
Thanks to Bruce Sims of the San Diego Impeach Bush Meet-Up for writing a portion of this letter. Also, thanks to the National Lawyers Guild, Chicago chapter, for writing a portion of this letter.