Monday, January 15, 2007

Impeach Bush?

No, let's have him arrested, hauled away in handcuffs, to stand trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity, for lying, for going back on his Presidential Oath to uphold the US Constitution, for obstructing justice, and for being a MAJOR ASSHOLE. The below from Raw Story, found here (click)

Democratic presidential candidate Kucinich warns, 'If Bush attacks Iran, all bets are off'

Miriam Raftery
Published: Sunday January 14, 2007

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While making an unannounced appearance at a media reform conference on Friday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) - a candidate for president in 2004 and already announced for 2008 - was pressed by bloggers in attendance about impeachment.

Telling the crowd that while he didn't think immediate action was wise, due to fears that Bush might "accelerate the war even more," the congressman warned that "if Bush attacks Iran, all bets are off."

At the Free Press National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis, Tennessee, Kucinich announced that he has been named chair of the newly-formed Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, drawing cheers from the crowd. The subcommittee will have jurisdiction over all domestic agencies of the federal government, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

"Kucinich, among Capitol Hill's most outspoken critics of President Bush and the war in Iraq, had been ranking member of the National Security Subcommittee in the last legislative session," Jessica Brady reported for CongressDaily. "As the panel's presumed chairman in the Democratic-led 110th Congress, he had a ready platform to advance his antiwar agenda."

But Kucinich told CongressDaily that he "might wield more influence" as chairman of the subcommittee and that House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) "made clear that he's going to use the full committee" to address foreign policy issues. Kucinich added, "Domestic policy could end up having the most influence of any committee [because] it has oversight of all domestic policy in the US."

On media reform and subcommittee plans

At the conference Friday attended by RAW STORY, which included bloggers and alternative media journalists, Kucinich said, "I intend to hold hearings on media reform."

"Those hearings would address concentration of media ownership and other issues," he pledged. "We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda…The entire domestic agenda has been ignored while the focus has been on the acceleration of wealth upwards." Kucinich also pledged to hold hearings on restoring the Fairness Doctrine.

Asked by RAW STORY if he would support a federal shield law to protect journalists and alternative media members, such as blogger Josh Wolf, who has been in jail 144 days for refusing to turn over videotape of a protest demonstration, Kucinich replied, "I would be willing to hold hearings on journalists who have been prosecuted or persecuted because of their defense of the First Amendment. One of the founding matters in our country is a free and unfettered press…I think there should have been an inquiry into why Dan Rather was fired." He embraced Liz Wolf Spada, the mother of Josh Wolf, and asked her to contact his office with details of her son’s plight.

Kucinich stated that he would support a federal shield law and would restore Constitutional rights to prevent the government from eavesdropping on journalists without a warrant. "This surveillance society needs to be dismantled," he said. Kucinich called for repeal of the Patriot Act, adding that most members of Congress voted for it sight unseen.

Kucinich, who voted to reject the Ohio electors after the controversial 2004 presidential election, said he has held meetings with committee staff to set up hearings on the integrity of the electoral process. "This issue of election integrity is right up there with peace and healthcare and all the other issues that people are most concerned about," he told an election integrity advocate in the alternative media press corps. "I’m ready to work with you to heighten public awareness."

Kucinich suggested that his committee, which has broad oversight powers, could look into other issues, ranging from contractors involved in post-Katrina work to Bureau of Indian Affairs policies, poverty and neglect of American Indians.

"We are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible," the presidential contender concluded.

On impeachment and Iran

Bloggers pressed Kucinich about the impeachment issue. While agreeing that the administration should ultimately be held accountable under international law, Kucinich opposed immediate impeachment proceedings. "We must keep the focus on our troops, Kucinich said. "The minute impeachment is on the table, this President will accelerate the war even more."

But he added, "if Bush attacks Iran, all bets are off." Later he added, "We need to safeguard our Constitution." If the President takes steps towards another war, Kucinich warned, Congress could make "an active effort" toward impeachment.

"The President is clearly trying to provoke Iran," he said, adding that the Bush administration is "treading on the thinnest ice it has ever been on."

Last week, in a press release sent out after Bush's speech on his "new strategy," Kucinich said that Congress should not "follow the President's path of war."

"Congress needs to take a stand against the President and take the necessary steps to bring our troops home," Kucinich stated. "We need to begin talks with Iran and Syria -- and not blame them for our misguided war in Iraq. Diplomacy is the only way to avoid a widening war. If we follow the President's path of war, we will get...more war."

On Friday, the presidential candidate also discussed a petition for redress signed by 1,000 active-duty members of the US armed forces, which he will presented to Washington on Tuesday.

"We are not supporting our troops by sending them off to a war based on lies," Kucinich said, also criticizing the Bush administration for failing to properly armor and supply solders in Iraq. "Support for the troops is listening to what they have to say."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, our chance to convince Nancy Pelosi to Impeach Bush/Cheney is this Tuesday Jan. 16th..

Pelosi most likely said impeachment was "off the table" to remove any appearance of conflict-of-interest that would arise if she were thrust into the presidency as a result of the coming impeachment.

What we need to do is to pressure Pelosi not to interfere with impeachment maneuverings within her party. Sending her Do-It-Yourself impeachments legitimizes her when she is forced to join the impeachment movement in the future.

Sacks and sacks of mail are about to arrive in Nancy Pelosi's office initiating impeachment via the House of Representative's own rules this Monday January 15th. This legal document is as binding as if a State or if the House itself passed the impeachment resolution (H.R. 635).

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the "Jefferson Manual" in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.That's where we come in. In addition to a House Resolution (635), or the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial. ImpeachforPeace.org has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.

You can initiate the impeachment process and simultaneously help to convince Pelosi to follow through with the process. Do-It-Yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in. Be a part of history.

Impeach Bush Now

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 5:45:00 AM  

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