The Case For Impeachment: On Television
Thursday, August 31, 2006
On Aug. 26, C-Span aired a one-hour program
on the book "The Case for Impeachment"
by Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky. The program featured the two authors speaking at Robin's Books in Philadelphia.
The program is now online. It can be accessed at:http://www.booktv.org/feature/index.asp?segid=7322&schedid=446
There is a lot of new information revealed in this program.
According to OpEdNews.com
"Olshansky reports that there were a number of child captives "some as young as 7," who were held in a special center at Guantanamo called "Camp Iguana." She notes that the Geneva Conventions, to which the U.S. Is a founding signatory, require that children 12 and under be accorded special treatment in wartime, and not be treated as combatants or held as POWs.
Lindorff, in the program, lays out 10 reasons why Bush should be impeached, and lashes into Democratic Party leaders who have claimed impeachment would be "off the table" if the party were to win control of the House in November. He explains not only that members of Congress have an obligation, as part of their oaths to "uphold and defend the Constitution," to impeach for crimes against the Constitution, the Republic and the people of the U.S., but that impeachment is the perfect strategy for the November election, since 80 percent of Democrats, and over 50 percent of all voters, support the idea."
Check it out HERE
Cafferty Rips Into the Bush Administration
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Cafferty is a conservative. Not one of those crazy neocons, but the old kind. The kind that actually cares about our civil liberties.
Watch him rip into the bush administration HERE
Kudos to beachblogger42
beachblogger 42 just came back from his (her?) summer vacation. He (she?) has some great photos to share
with us all.
The Bush Administration is Running for Cover
Friday, August 11, 2006
This story is amazing.
Imagine, if you will, a thief attempting to change a law, retroactively, so that the thief's earlier transgressions would no longer be considered illegal.
Now you understand what the Bush administration is trying to do.
According the the LA Times, the Bush administration is trying to get Congress to pass amendments to the War Crimes Act so that their numerous transgressions will not be considered to be illegal.
The Bush administration has drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.
The White House, without elaboration, said in a statement that the bill "will apply to any conduct by any U.S. personnel, whether committed before or after the law is enacted."
San Francisco Puts Impeachment on the November Ballot
From ImpeachPAC.org:San Francisco Puts Impeachment on the November Ballot
With Help From Constitution Summer, San Francisco Approves Ballot Initiative to Call for Impeachment;
Announcement Comes on Anniversary of Nixon Resignation
CONTACT: Geoffrey King, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN FRANCISCO, CA --- Four City San Francisco Supervisors have put their pens to a document that will allow the city's 421,000 registered voters an up or down vote on the merits of impeaching both President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney this November 7th. The San Francisco Impeachment Ballot Initiative, like the Berkeley Impeachment Ballot Initiative approved on June 27th, 2006, was drafted in close coordination with Constitution Summer, a nonpartisan, national coalition of students at the nation's law schools and universities. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois quietly approved the first municipal presidential impeachment initiative in American history on April 11th, 2006.
News of the San Francisco decision was withheld until today because Supervisor Chris Daly, who drafted the measure, was on vacation. In addition to Supervisor Daly, Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi, Tom Ammiano, and Jake McGoldrick signed the measure. Constitution Summer helped Supervisor Daly's office select constitutionally grounded language based on the Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush, which was drawn up by the attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights. These articles include: the Bush Administration's felonious disregard for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, which governs electronic surveillance in the United States; the initiation of an illegal war of aggression based on fraudulent claims; extraordinary rendition, indefinite detention, and torture; and an unconstitutional arrogation of power to the executive branch. In addition to these Articles, Supervisor Daly added the Bush Administration's failure to adequately respond to the Hurricane Katrina disaster as a failure to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.
The Articles of Impeachment included in the San Francisco initiative, and with exception of the Katrina response issue, the rationale behind them, are available in a book entitled The Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush, published by Melville House Publishing. Melville House recently organized a series of national impeachment teach-ins based on the book, the largest of which was co-sponsored and organized by Constitution Summer. Constitution Summer's teach-in was attended by hundreds of people, and the speakers included Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Bill Goodman, Constitution Summer Advisory Board Member Daniel Ellsberg, and Constitution Summer President Geoffrey King.
Of the San Francisco Impeachment Initiative, King says, "The President and Vice President claim that they are protecting American freedom by surveilling and disappearing anyone they please, including American citizens, by tricking the people and Congress of the United States into an unnecessary war, and by creating a massive torture bureaucracy. They claim that this behavior is lawful and constitutional, and that no other branch of government should be able to check their power. A chorus of millions of Americans is saying that the President and Vice President are wrong, and today, the City of San Francisco has complimented that chorus with an instrument of democracy, the direct referendum."
Coincidentally, Supervisor Daly's announcement of the San Francisco Impeachment Initiative coincides with the 32nd anniversary of the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, a member of the Constitution Summer Advisory Board, leaked the now famous Pentagon Papers that the press ultimately used to reveal the impossibility of winning the war in Vietnam. President Nixon's retaliation against Dr. Ellsberg led directly to Nixon's resignation. Dr. Ellsberg said of Constitution Summer's work:
"The young men and women of Constitution Summer are like the people under General Washington in Valley Forge. And General Washington's ragtag group did win, incidentally."
In addition to the San Francisco initiative, lobbyists Susie Shannon of Poverty Matters and Sophie de Vries of After Downing Street met with staff from Assemblymember Paul Koretz's office in Sacramento, where Shannon and de Vries presented a petition with the names of thousands of Californians who support impeachment. Assemblymember Koretz is the author of the AJR39, a California-wide impeachment resolution that, if passed, would be transmitted to the House of Representatives via Rule 603 of Thomas Jefferson's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, which allows state legislatures to transmit articles of impeachment directly to the House of Representatives. Rule 603 has been invoked successfully before: in 1903, Florida District Judge Charles Swayne was impeached in a process that started in the Florida State Legislature. In addition to California, resolutions to impeach President Bush are pending in the state legislatures of Illinois and Vermont.
Santa Barbara Getting Started...
Thursday, August 10, 2006
From the Santa Barbara Independent
"Can the American people impeach a president who has started an illegal war of aggression in defiance of the United Nations, spied on the American people, authorized the kidnapping and torture of innocent civilians, and repeatedly declared his intent to ignore laws enacted by Congress? All across the country, dozens of grassroots groups, city councils, and state legislatures are initiating impeachment inquiries and actions in response to the crimes committed by President George W. Bush and members of his administration. In May 2006, the Santa Barbara Impeachment Coalition (SBIC) joined their ranks."
It's That Time of the Month
Monday, August 07, 2006
It's that time of the month where I remind you about ImpeachPAC
. ImpeachPAC is a registered political action committee focused on raising money for the support of impeachment-minded congressional candidates. In essence, ImpeachPAC is the organization you want to support if you want Bush impeached.
Have you donated
Friday, August 04, 2006
...the Progressive Blog Wire
! (You might notice that the PBW is made up of a few IBC members.)
The Progressive Blog Wire is a center for reform- and progress-minded blog content sharing; a place where member bloggers share their original posts with other Blog Wire members who may, in turn, choose to publish those posts on their own blog.
I just joined today, and although I probably won't be very active there in the near foreseeable future, I am happy to support the PBW in getting off the ground. (Speaking of which, I wonder when I'll find the time to go back and blog at my original blog, The Bulldog Manifesto
ImpeachPAC Gets on Comcast
From our good friends at ImpeachPAC.org:
Today Comcast - the nation's largest cable company - announced they would broadcast ImpeachPAC's TV ad criticizing Joe Lieberman in advance of Tuesday's primary in Connecticut.
There is one simple reason why they changed their minds - because HUNDREDS of you called Comcast's President, Brian Roberts, and politely asked Comcast to support the First Amendment.
YOU made the difference. THANK YOU!!!
Our ad was meant to have an impact, but some thought it was confusing. So we produced a shorter ad that packs a more direct punch.
It's called "Lie and Die" and you can watch it here:http://youtube.com/watch?v=FV6Fbgp3J-s
I Love Vermont
Honestly, I love Vermont. The more I hear about Vermont, the more I love Vermont. The impeachment train isn't slowing down in Vermont
Constitutional Crisis. 26 Separate Laws Broken.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
See the VIDEO
. From CNN by way of Crooks and Liars