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Kucinich Pushes to Impeach Bush

June 13, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

Should Congress use their time holding George Bush accountable for violating all kinds of laws in the lead up to the Iraq War, or dealing with the current and future problems facing the country? The Democratic leadership, lead by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has consistently favored the latter, insisting since the 2006 elections that “impeachment is off the table.” But Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and a group of Democrats on the left of the party are pushing back against the leadership – most recently with a bill to impeach President Bush.

Kucinich introduced the bill earlier this week, and it was referred to the House Judiciary Committee by an overwhelming vote after being forced onto the House floor by a rare parliamentary move known as a privileged motion. So far, the bill’s following the same exact path as the Cheney impeachment bill Kucinich introduced earlier in the session. That bill’s been stuck in the Judiciary Committee since November, and it likely will never leave. The Bush impeachment bill will probably find its final resting place there as well.

Kucinich, however, is not giving up. The Hill reports:

>He said Wednesday that he’ll bring his resolution back in 30 days if the Judiciary Committee, to which it was referred Wednesday, doesn’t act on it.
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>“This one’s coming back from the dead in 30 days,” Kucinich said after the referral vote Wednesday. “In 30 days, I’ll be joined by many more” members, he said.
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>Asked who those members were, he replied, “You’ll see.”

Seeing the unpopularity of the Republicans’ impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 and the fact that Bush is already an unpopular and lame duck , The Democratic leadership is resisting impeachment because they fear it would be bad politics. But Kucinich and his supporters see impeachment as Congress’ responsibility. “It is the House’s responsibility as a co-equal branch of government to provide an effective check and balance to executive abuse of power,” Kucinich said in a press release. And there is some evidence that the leadership’s political calculations may be wrong. The most recent poll shows that 36 percent of Americans think Congress would be justified in impeaching Bush, which almost surely means that a majority of Democrats do.

Below are the 35 charges leveled against President Bush in Kucinich’s bill (for complete text and supporting evidence, go here):

Article I –
Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq

Article II –
Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression

Article III
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War

Article IV –
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States

Article V –
Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression

Article VI –
Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114

Article VII
Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.

Article VIII
Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter

Article IX –
Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor

Article X –
Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes

Article XI –
Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq

Article XII
Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation’s Natural Resources

Article XIIII
Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries

Article XIV
Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency

Article XV –
Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq

Article XVI
Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors

Article XVII
Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives

Article XVIII
Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy

Article XIX
Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to “Black Sites” Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture

Article XX –
Imprisoning Children

Article XXI
Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government

Article XXII
Creating Secret Laws

Article XXIII
Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act

Article XXIV
Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment

Article XXV
Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens

Article XXVI
Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements

Article XXVII
Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply

Article XXVIII
Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice

Article XXIX
Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Article XXX
Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare

Article XXXI
Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency

Article XXXII
Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change

Article XXXIII
Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.

Article XXXIV
Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001

Article XXXV
Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders

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Comments

  • evmonk 06/14/2008 8:32am

    It’s both astonishing and sad to see so many of the terrible things Bush has done in one place. I believe Kucinich when he says this is not a partisan issue. Bush has blatantly and continuously violated the Constitution and the most sacred principles of our democracy, and unless we set a precedent for future administrations it will happen again. Bill Moyers did a great special on impeachment last summer: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07132007/profile.html

    Bravo to Kucinich for putting this into the public record, and thanks for posting.

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    Anonymous 06/16/2008 5:20am
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    So you believe the guy who also believes that there are aliens running around among us. Bravo to Kucinich for just adding to his record of complete insanity. Seriously, when are we going to get over the fact the Clinton was impeached? Is that left that anxious to get back at the right? What happened to “Move On?” Guess that only applies to the liberal left.

  • Anonymous 06/15/2008 9:50pm
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    HOW CAN THE GUILTY IMPEACH THE GUILTY?

  • Anonymous 06/16/2008 5:16am
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    Yeah, you’re right. I’m much more concerned with impeachment than I am huge inflation, huge gas prices. huge food prices, giant government spending, leaky borders, terrorism and all the other unimportant things. Congress should really get back to attacking steroid users when they’re done with the imeachment stuff.

  • Anonymous 06/16/2008 10:14am

    All of the countries major issues: gas prices, energy prices, unemployment, extremely wounded economy, foreclosure boom and a lack of confidence in u.s. government all points back to a war that we didnt want and the need for we all suspected was falsely and maliciously exaggerated by a president who for all intents and purposes is a cowboy that wanted to make right what went wrong with his father and sadaam at the expense of the american people. He used the u.s. military for a personal vendetta!

  • Anonymous 06/16/2008 9:22pm

    While I agree that there are many more pressing issues it is great to see somebody standing up for what is right. Bush projects about half the u.s. image to the rest of the world and we are looking really bad. I fear that it will come back to haunt us.

    Bush comes off as one of those rich kids I grew up with that knew nothing would ever really happen to them no matter what they did.

    I knew his list was long but 35 major wrongdoings. I wonder how he measures up against the worlds list of antichrists/ ruthless dictators and war criminals.

    ps. just want to let everyone know that I am sorry for voting for george

    signed- embarrassed republican

  • Anonymous 06/17/2008 5:22am

    <<I’m much more concerned with impeachment than I am huge inflation, huge gas prices. huge food prices, giant government spending, leaky borders, terrorism and all the other unimportant things. Congress should really get back to …>>

    And the reason why I am, with no irony, is because unless we impeach, no future president will feel bound to obey the law, much less do his/her constitutional duty and see that the laws are “faithfully executed.” It is helpful to remember that according to the first Article of the Constitution, Congress makes our federal laws, not the president. Hold onto that thought.

  • WEverdell 06/17/2008 5:32am

    Anonymous writes: <<I’m much more concerned with impeachment than I am huge inflation, huge gas prices. huge food prices, giant government spending, leaky borders, terrorism and all the other unimportant things. Congress should really get back to …>>

    And the reason why I am, with no irony, is because unless we impeach, no future president will feel bound to obey the law, much less do his/her constitutional duty and see that the laws are “faithfully executed.” It is helpful to remember that according to the first Article of the Constitution, Congress makes our federal laws, not the president. Hold onto that thought.

  • Anonymous 06/20/2008 3:40pm

    The Misprision of Felony strategy for impeachment using the prosecutorial provisions of the USA Patriot Act, using the powerful discovery articles associated and the unlimited prosecutorial tools included with the USA Patriot Act, (and FISA continuation of that body of law), can discover that the CIA tapes of high level terrorist suspect detainees were destroyed in an effort to conceal.

    The CIA destroyed the tapes to conceal them from government offices, but most importantly you. The law doesn’t protect you from concealment, only your government. Brilliance and great care coupled with great knowledge of the USA Patriot Act body of law will make some prosecutor extremely famous, I wish Bugliosi would get a clue.

    Sentiment will not bring about the successful impeachment of bush; only the accusation of felony crime, crime so horrible so as to shock and awe America will suffice to bring about the impeachment of the President of The United States of America in a time of war.

    Impeachment is the great American Shakespearean drama. This drama will be played out on T.V., if it’s good enough material. The media will kill it or it will live, they decide. Blogs alone won’t do it. The great coliseum is the T.V., not the halls of Congress. The masters are Rupert Murdochs, not the men we elect, bitter truths that empower and free all of us.

    So let’s play ball. I got felony violations of the USA Patriot Act in my corner, what’ve you got Kucinich?

    An impeachment that commands the attention of Americans and grabs the short hairs of Congress, (including Kucinich), is the only impeachment that will not be ignored. Americans understand fear and terror. Any person who is indicted under the felony provisions of the USA Patriot Act will be terrified. People get stupid when they are afraid, when they are terrified. Would you like to see bush and cheney terrified, trembling, scrambling, sweating, branded as un-American?

    Kucinich is being ignored. I said Kucinich is being ignored.

    Americans would be absolutely fascinated and marvelously entertained by an impeachment trial trial of bush and cheney using articles of impeachment based solely upon felony violations of the USA Patriot Act, destruction of evidence, (CIA tapes), false information on terrorism, (Saddam linked to Bin Laden and the entire tapestry of deception), hundreds of felony violations of the USA Patriot Act, in plain sight. And this would go to trial, nobody is going to ignore a laundry list of USA Patriot Act felony violations.

    Imagine the posse of FOX television consultant contractors hired to pontificate on USA Patriot Act theory, imagine the ratings. Imagine the discovery powers a prosecutor would have under the USA Patriot Act. Imagine what a good American could do with the felony prosecutorial powers of the USA Patriot Act at their fingertips, imagine. bush imagined, and look what it got him.

    Can you imagine? Can you act as a good patriot must by using the USA Patriot Act to prosecute bush and impeach the President of the United States of America?

    The USA Patriot Act is your law and it is the only law that will terminate this un-American administration. bush and his gang are literally pressing the Adz into your trembling hands, daring you, teasing you, playing you.

    Tens of millions of dollars have been spent by the ‘media’ at large in conjunction with government propaganda offices to sell the war and the USA Patriot Act to Americans. This law shines, radiates an energy that when cast upon the accused paints them instantly and forever as horribly and terribly un-American. This is a directed political weapon and it must be focused on those who have committed felony violations of the USA Patriot Act.

    The USA Patriot Act is a new political weapon and the people must coop the strategy of Misprision of a Felony within the scope of the felony provisions of the USA Patriot Act. The USA Patriot Act is the most powerful political weapon ever created in the history of mankind. It is brilliant, horribly un-American and treasonous, insanely brilliant.

    Good Americans can use the USA Patriot Act to protect themselves from the invasion of Iran that bush desires. bush wants to slaughter millions of human beings in Iran and steal the oil again. Do you want to stop bush?

    So tell me, what did you bring to the game Kucinich, you gonna knock it out of the park, all the fans mouths agape, wonder in their glistening eyes? Kucinich is going to put America … to sleep.

    - WAKE UP AMERICA ! -

    You wanna watch a T.V. show about how bush was branded as un-American, a terrorist, and tried on felony violations of the USA Patriot Act, and then kicked out of office into the street an outcast from society, (sniff)? I want to make that movie and I want all of you to star in it.

    John Edwards could have won the Presidency of the United States of America by calling for and leading prosecutorial efforts based upon felony violations of the USA Patriot Act, he would have been famous and loved. But John Edwards was to busy working on the 911 commission chasing those darn CIA tapes, I guess. John don’t know nuthin ‘bout the Patriot Act, does he? We shouldn’t expect John Edwards to connect any dots, he’s just a civil law attorney. John’s just another hack, playing the game, filling his pockets with huge amounts of cash.

    The articles of impeachment by Kucinich against President bush are old, tired news. For anyone who is truly interested in impeachment, we know all of this. Where’s the charisma, the WhizBang blow-your-mind, front page exclusive? Where does it shine? It’s a weak attempt that is being ignored, and that damages successive attempts. And here Kucinich is going to spout another 30 articles of impeachment, that will be ignored, and further damage any real powerful effort to impeach.

    I mean, if your articles of impeachment fail to ROCK the house and senate, yer a freakin’ LUSER! If you throw the dice on impeachment and lose, you’ve slapped all Americans in the face. If you are going to play this game, you better bring the right equipment, or everybody gets hurt. And planning to emit 30 more articles of impeachment when the first set are being ignored is like saying, I’m gonna rub dirt on your dirt you dirty … dirtbags.

    Felony violation of the USA Patriot Act, that’s the beef baby.

    Is Kucinich really taking a risk here? Is Kucinich a great Patriot risking his life against an evil empire?

    What if bush and cheney were truly terrified of the accusations against them, and felt in their guts that they had been made, would be indicted soon, would be found guilty and would go to jail.

    Do you think Kucinich would be safe?

    It’s going to take supernova brilliance, shock and awe to impeach bush, nothing less. bush can only be impeached with terror, wrap your brain around that my friend.

    It would have been a huge news story if Kucinich charged bush and cheney with felony violation of the USA Patriot Act; I mean that would be HUGE. bush and cheney would be absolutely terrified, stammering their responses through the limbags. Blogs would fume, tongues would lather, ivory towers would crash down and the dust would cover all of the media with a conspiratorial cloak stinking of un-Americanism.

    Do you have confidence in Kucinich and these articles of impeachment?

    When the roaches scurry, they leave tracks, and of course that’s all part of the hard-hitting prosecutorial strategy of using the USA Patriot Act to defend this nation from terrorism and those that aid and abet terrorism by disseminating false information on terrorism and by destroying evidence developed through investigations of terrorists. Both of these crimes are extremely serious, egregious felony violations of the USA Patriot Act.

    New is good, new is better. We demand criminal accusations so astounding, so incredible as to be unbelievable and any person who stood against those indictments and impeachments would simply be, un-American. Make no mistake, you are either for impeachment, or you in felony violation of the USA Patriot Act. That is the only attitude that will win the impeachment of george bush and save millions of children, women and men in Iran from a horrible and gruesome, terrifying death from the invasion of their lands by United States private armies and your sons and daughters America. bush must be painted as un-American in order for impeachment to succeed, it’s the only way.

    If Kucinich would have fortified his articles of impeachment against president bush by opening the door for the use of discovery tools included in the USA Patriot Act by the Judiciary committee, by calling for felony indictment using the incredibly powerful felony prosecutorial provisions in the USA Patriot Act Kucinich would have effectively tarred and feathered bush forever. bush’s lawyers could then only attack the USA Patriot Act itself in order to destroy the USA Patriot Act. Two birds with one stone.

    Kucinich ! How many birdies ya’ got? Thirty-five birdies, all in their gilded cage?

    America adores irony, the wild story, gotta love da’ juice baby. The vast majority has no interest in the Constitution or the law, unless it’s some hot babe on a police show pointing a gun at a dude and shooting him. Ratings talk.

    Kucinich has no ratings.

    If you are going to bring down a warring tyrant then you will have to throw him to some very real lions. The lions in the USA Patriot Act make Kucinich’s application of old, tired laws, (that are being ignored also), a real disappointment. Kucinich needs some help with his presentation. He puts everybody to sleep.

    - WAKE UP AMERICA ! -

    Do you really want to drool yourself to sleep over 4 hours of droning old law stuff that has failed so often already, or do you want to see bush accused of un-American and illegal activities, felony violations of the USA Patriot Act … or does everybody want to pretend the USA Patriot Act like, doesn’t exist? New, new and improved impeachment brought to you by the felony prosecutorial provisions of the USA Patriot Act. How long would it take them to talk if their cellmate was in a secret prison in Egypt?

    Whatever … right?

    Prosecuting by making use of the felony provisions within the USA Patriot Act will bring bush down like a chain saw clears brush. The lawyers will be forced to attack the USA Patriot Act law and its extensions, they will have to attack the theory of the USA Patriot Act and dismember and destroy the USA Patriot Act and associated legislation in order to save their hides.

    And they would be branded as un-American for all time. Then they would hold up their executive orders signed by bush to shield him from the very laws he made to keep you in check, and then you would start to connect the dots. Then you would connect the dots.

    It really is in plain sight.

    Focus on real felonies, not emotional or bandwagon appeals and you will get your man. Felony violation of the USA Patriot Act is a huge, powerful accusation. Is this club so heavy in the hands that the ground itself gives way to the weight of our fears, pinning us?

    The glittering generalities of crime, banging on pots and pans will not indict or impeach. Congress is complicit in all of this, and some of them must also be charged with felony violation of the USA Patriot Act.

    Terrify them with the USA Patriot Act, please; they have terrified you with it all. Fight back with felony prosecution using the felony provisions of the USA Patriot Act and its extended legislation. Fight for your freedom and the lives and freedoms of hundreds of thousands of Iranian civilians who bush will murder with guns and bombs your labors and taxes pay for.

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