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Dear Mr. President: Are you preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution?

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,

Lisa Moscatiello

Takoma Park, MD

Obama adm. actively shielding Bush, Cheney

Vital Unresolved Anthrax Questions and ABC News

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.”

Read the full article here >>

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House Judiciary Committee Holds Historic Hearings on the Case for Impeachment

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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Democracy Now!

Watch Highlights on Democracy Now!

“Imperial Presidency” hearing coverage

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

Hearing Videos

Kucinich enters hearing to cheers:

Rep. Robert Wexler:

Rep. Steve King:

Rep. Jerrold Nadler:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich:

Bruce Fein:

Vincent Bugliosi:

Bruce Fein:

Vincent Bugliosi:

Vincent Bugliosi:

Rep. Baldwin:

More Videos here >>

Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control

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.”

read article here… (Yes, you are going to a non-US news source) >>

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

Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) cosigns 333 to Impeach Cheney

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

935 Reasons for Impeachment

Publicintegrity.org | Jan/08

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Go to the study >>>

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LAST, BEST CHANCE FOR IMPEACHMENT – Help Wexler make it happen!

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PLEASE FORWARD THIS LIBERALLY AND PROGRESSIVELY!

Impeachment folks,

http://wexlerwantshearings.com

I don’t think there is any way to over-emphasize how incredible and unique the Wexler/Baldwin/ Gutierrez appeal for impeachment proceedings to begin against Cheney is for us.

This isn’t just another petition. This petition is initiated by a six-term member of the House of Representatives – and not only that – a senior member of the House Judiciary.

Drop your other efforts, let go of your “ain’t gonna happen” lethargy and take this for what it is: The last, best chance for impeachment hearings of Cheney to begin. Every impeachment site and organization needs to alter their website to put this petition on their face page full-time, every blogger needs to discuss this every day and every call to our Representatives needs to be on this topic for it to succeed.

Every group that has been gathering petition signatures needs to re-contact each and every signer and get them to sign on online to support this appeal at:
http://wexlerwantshearings.com

Listening to Wasserman-Schultz say that there isn’t enough public support for it makes clear that on the other side of the corporate lobbyist wall and inside the D.C. echo chamber, they don’t know what we know, that Americans are eager for and longing for impeachment to happen.

Again… we have been handed an incredible gift that can bring to pass what we have been tirelessly fighting for for years. We can’t let this go…

Are you with me?

~ Mikael (impeachforpeace.org)

House Judiciary Trio Calls for Impeach Cheney Hearings

thenation.com – December 14, 2007

“Democrats Robert Wexler of Florida, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Friday distributed a statement, “A Case for Hearings,” that declares, “The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our constitution. The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens.””

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Majority say Bush and Cheney committed impeachable offenses

In a new American Research Group (ARG) poll, a substantial majority of Americans say both President Bush and Vice President Cheney have abused their powers to levels “which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution.” Among such Americans, a majority favors Bush’s impeachment and removal, and a substantial majority favors the same for Cheney.

ARG contacted 1,100 respondents between November 9-12, and asked which of the following four statements they agreed with:

  1. President Bush has not abused his powers as president.
  2. President Bush has abused his powers as president, but the abuses are not serious enough to warrant impeachment under the Constitution.
  3. President Bush has abused his powers as president which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution, but he should not be impeached.
  4. President Bush has abused his powers as president which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution and he should be impeached and removed from office.

Responses are given below; the margin of error is +/- 3%:

11/12/07 #1 #2 #3 #4
All voters 36% 9% 21% 34%
Democrats (39%) 16% 9% 25% 50%
Republicans (35%) 64% 6% 12% 18%
Independents (26%) 29% 11% 26% 34%

Results were even more pronouncedly pro-impeachment and removal when the same questions were asked about Vice President Cheney:

11/12/07 #1 #2 #3 #4
All voters 30% 18% 9% 43%
Democrats (39%) 6% 25% 6% 63%
Republicans (35%) 61% 12% 6% 21%
Independents (26%) 26% 16% 18% 39%

Two things should interest Congressional leadership about these results. First, the largest group of Democrats are in the “impeach and remove” bracket for both Bush and Cheney, with the result for Cheney approaching near-consensus level of 63%.

Second, the results are only different in degree among Independents. Were Democratic impeachment decisions purely dictated by political tactics, they would seek to win the largest group of “political neighbors” — the 39% of the Independent vote also advocating “impeachment and removal” of Cheney and the 34% advocating that for Bush.

Of course, such decisions ought not be purely dictated by political tactics — impeachment of these two traitors to the Constitution would be the right thing to do regardless of the percentage of Americans agreeing that it is.

But it’s disingenuous in the extreme to plead — as variously Conyers, Van Hollen, and Pelosi have — that impeachment is “off the table” because it might jeopardize 2008 election prospects. If anything, these numbers suggest the opposite.

[CROSSPOSTED FROM newsrack]

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NOTE: ARG poll via ThinkProgress and DailyKos diarist Steve Singiser.

Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick joins the Wall of Patriots, cosponsors H Res 333

k000180.jpgCongresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick of Michigan has become the latest cosponsor to H Res 333, Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s bill to impeach Dick Cheney.


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