Dear President Obama,
After a little over three months in office, you have accomplished so much, and have remained true to your stated ideal of being able to disagree without being disagreeable. I have not approved of all of your decisions, but I appreciate your willingness to consider various opinions, and I am deeply grateful for the tremendous amount of time you have spent informing the public, and the care with which you have presented your views. I have never doubted that you are deeply committed to the good of your fellow citizens. I sense the deep respect you bear toward the American people, and feel as if am once more part of a living representative democracy after the past eight years of arbitrary and secretive rule.
My question for you is this: What are you doing to address the legal and constitutional violations by the previous administration? I realize that you have much to do, but the wrongdoing by the Bush administration was so extensive and was met with almost no opposition from Congress, that in a few years it will be all too easy for another imperial president to cite the history of our era in order to justify another war of opportunity or further erosions of our civil liberties.
The Bush administration violated our fundamental values as a people. They disregarded the constitutionally mandated division of power between the legislative and executive branches of government. They deceived the American people into supporting a catastrophic war and then violated the Geneva Conventions by the manner in which they prosecuted that war. They retaliated against critics like Ambassador Joe Wilson, Governor Don Seligman, and the U.S. Attorneys who refused to abuse their power to punish political opponents. With the complicity of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris, members of the Bush administration may have systematically disenfranchised thousands of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 elections. Despite compelling evidence linking such an unthinkable betrayal of the American people to Bush operatives (most notably in BBC journalist Greg Palast’s exhaustively researched book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy), there has yet to be a full Justice Department investigation into these charges of election fraud.
Our leaders serve only by the consent of the governed, but it is not consent if it is granted on the basis of lies. Please make sure that these breaches of our trust do not go uninvestigated and unpunished. Our future depends on it.
With support and respect,
Takoma Park, MD
Published August 4, 2008
Cheney , impeachment , politics
Glenn Greenwald | salon.com | August 1, 2008
“By design, those attacks put the American population into a state of intense fear of Islamic terrorism, far more than the 9/11 attacks alone could have accomplished.
Much more important than the general attempt to link the anthrax to Islamic terrorists, there was a specific intent — indispensably aided by ABC News — to link the anthrax attacks to Iraq and Saddam Hussein. In my view, and I’ve written about this several times and in great detail to no avail, the role played by ABC News in this episode is the single greatest, unresolved media scandal of this decade. News of Ivins’ suicide, which means (presumably) that the anthrax attacks originated from Ft. Detrick, adds critical new facts and heightens how scandalous ABC News’ conduct continues to be in this matter.”
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Democracynow.org | July 28, 2008
The House Judiciary Committee held historic hearings on Friday about whether the White House overstepped its constitutional authority during the presidency of George W. Bush and whether or not such abuses would justify his impeachment. The hearing was billed as one on “Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations.” Although the title expressly did not include the word “impeachment,” several Democratic Congress members and witnesses used the opportunity to begin impeachment proceedings against the President and Vice President. We play highlights. [includes rush transcript]
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Published July 29, 2008
Bush , Cheney , citizen action , Congress , Elizabeth Holtzman , House Judiciary Committee , impeachment , Iraq , kucinich , Nancy Pelosi , Pelosi , politics , signing statements , warrantless surveillance
US Congressional Panel Hears Testimony on Case for Bush Impeachment
voanews.com | July 25, 2008
House Committee Considers the “I” Word
thenation.com | July 25, 2008
C-SPAN VIDEO LIBRARY – Has the video you can play and searchable transcript
Below videos Submitted by davidswanson on Sat, 2008-07-26 18:06.
Kucinich enters hearing to cheers:
Rep. Robert Wexler:
Rep. Steve King:
Rep. Jerrold Nadler:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich:
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Published June 7, 2008
Bush , Cheney , impeachment , Iraq , politics
independent.co.uk | June 5, 2008
“Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors
A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.”
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What will Obama do about this??!!! What will your representatives do about this?!!…Call today and demand an answer and demand an inquiry into the criminal enterprise known as the BUSH administration – Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-2131 , (800) 828-0498
OpEdNews – Newtown, PA, USA
Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) is the 25th ccosigner of House Resolution 333 on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, joining the rising call for the impeachment of Vice President Richard B. Cheney. ..
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This is good news but we need more sponsors for the Cheney bill and the reps that are working on the Bush Impeachment bill (Wexler, Kucinich and Juciary Committee) need to hear from you…So, please keep your calls coming in and ask others to call.
Call Pelosi, call your reps, call the judiciary committee:
Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-2131 , (800) 828-0498