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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Event Notice: “PEACE, IMPEACHMENT & ELECTION DAY”

Thursday, June 19th, 7 pm
“PEACE, IMPEACHMENT & ELECTION DAY”

Come hear nationally acclaimed speaker/activist David Swanson at this exciting event. David Swanson is the creator of ImpeachCheney.org and co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org. Free and open to all.

WHERE? Marquette University, Cudahy Hall, Room 001, 1313 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee (Parking in Wells St. parking structure)
Sponsored by Milwaukee Impeachment Committee, Peace Action Wisconsin, and Iraq Moratorium Group

IN THIS ISSUE:
Impeachment: It Still Matters
Activate Yourself – write Conyers & Judiciary
35 Reasons To Call
It’s Conyers’s Time to Act on Impeachment
Why Impeachment Is Good Electoral Strategy
Food for Thought

Impeachment: It Still Matters http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/17/9672 /
The Brattleboro Reformer
Last week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, again introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush.

They were referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where no action is likely to be taken.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., strongly supported the impeachment of President Bush three years ago.

In an interview with Harpers magazine in 2005, Conyers was asked why impeachment was important.

“To take away the excuse that we didn’t know,” Conyers said at the time. “So that two or four or 10 years from now, if somebody should ask, ‘Where were you, Conyers, and where was the United States Congress?’ when the Bush administration declared the Constitution inoperative and revoked the license of parliamentary government, none of the company now present can plead ignorance or temporary insanity, can say that ’somehow it escaped our notice’ that the President was setting himself up as a supreme leader exempt from the rule of law.”

In 2005, when the Republican Party was crowing about a permanent shift in American politics that meant conservatives would control government for decades to come, Conyers was in the minority.

He couldn’t get any one to pay attention to the offenses committed by the Bush administration.

But then came the Downing Street Memos, which revealed how the Iraq war was sold under false pretenses. And then came Hurricane Katrina, and the nation watched how the Bush administration left New Orleans to die. And the weight of the accumulated lies by the administration grew heavier and heavier.

Taken together, all this was how the Democrats took control of Congress in the 2006 elections.

Yet one of the first acts of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., when she became Speaker of the House, was to declare that impeachment “was off the table.”

The evidence continues to accumulate of the lies that were told to justify an invasion of Iraq, of the war crimes and constitutional abuses committed in the course of the so-called war on terror, of the subversion of the Constitution by the Bush administration in so many different ways.
Yet Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership in Congress want no part of impeachment. They still think impeachment is a distraction. They still think it is unnecessary, and could hurt the party’s chances in November. They still think that it’s better to run out the clock and let the Bush administration slink out of town.

We disagree. What Conyers said in 2005, when he was powerless to act upon his words, still holds true today, when he finally has the power to start the impeachment process.

This is about history, the historical record and ensuring the truth is known. This is about putting the blame of this nation’s worst foreign policy disaster solely on the shoulders of the president who created it. This is about letting future presidents know that the rule of law still means something and that the Constitution applies to everyone.

This is not about vindictiveness and partisan politics. The acts committed by the Bush administration rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that our founders said justifies the impeachment of public officials. And if the Democrats refuse to act upon the articles of impeachment, they are no better than the administration in upholding their oaths of office.

They are co-conspirators, and history will not judge them kindly for putting politics above the Constitution.

ACTIVATE YOURSELF – You’ve got to help, folks! Please email and call the House Judiciary today and let's get impeachment on the table before it is way too late. Time for action, friends! This is an easy thing to do; stand up and be counted.

EASY, QUICK EMAIL TO ENTIRE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: http://judiciary.house.gov/contact.aspx

EVEN MORE POWERFUL: Call Conyers and/or the Judiciary Committee at 800-828-0498 or 202-225-3951

Or write:
House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 p/202-225-3951


Article:
35 Reasons To Call (202) 225-5126 (or 800-828-0498)
by Larry Beinhart

On June 10, 2008, Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush.

On June 11, 2008, they were referred to the Judiciary Committee. According to NPR, the Associated Press and the like, they were sent there to die.That’s too bad. Because George Bush has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Impeachable offenses. A lot of them.
He, and his administration, have also created a cloud of confusion and obfuscation around everything that’s happened in his administration. Every investigation has ground to a halt, lost in corporate lawyers tricks - refusal to hand over documents, lost documents, redacted documents, officials who can’t remember, or, at last resort, refuse to answer subpoenas.
According to the Articles of Impeachment:

• The administration consciously lied about the reasons to go to war.• Conspired to create a secret propaganda campaign to go to war.• Failed to meet the terms set out in the bill that allowed the president to go to war, thereby making the war illegal.• Failed to meet the terms set by international law for war, therefore engaging in a “war of aggression,” a war crime.• Engaged in Torture• Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives• Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to “Black Sites” Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture• Imprisoning Children• Failure, as the occupying power, to protect the civilian population of Iraq.• Providing immunity for criminal acts by contractors, thereby condoning murder, rape and other crimes.• Spied on Americans without warrants.• Intentionally subverting and refusing to enforce laws through signing statements.• Tampering with Free and Fair Elections,• Corruption of the Administration of Justice• Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965• Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001• Denial of Habeas Corpus

Among other things.

Many of these are on the record as true.

If congress says the hell with it, too much trouble to bring that up, and we don’t want to look vindictive, and just shrugs its shoulders, that makes them co-conspirators.

The man who will now make the decision to stash the charges on the shelf until after January, 2009, when Bush is gone, or to open up hearings, is John Conyers.
John Conyers phone number is (202) 225-5126.

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