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Kucinich Vows New Round of Impeachment Articles Against Bush If Measure Dies
Monday, 16 June 2008 09:17
by Jason Leopold

Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Congressman and former 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate, said he would continue to introduce resolutions calling for the removal of President George W. Bush from office if the articles of impeachment against Bush that he presented to the House Monday is not taken up within 30 days or dies in committee.

On Monday, Kucinich introduced the articles of impeachment against President Bush in the form of a privileged resolution, a procedural maneuver requiring Congress to take up the measure within two legislative days. Kucinich spent four-hours reading 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush, accusing the commander-in-chief of a wide-range of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," such as lying to Congress and the public to win support for the Iraq war.

Congressman Robert Wexler, (D-Fla.), agreed to co-sponsor of the measure Tuesday.

Congress voted 251-166 Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment to a House Judiciary Committee for review where it's expected to die.

But Kucinich said if that happens he will just introduce another resolution until lawmakers vote on the measure.

"Leadership wants to bury it, but this is one resolution that will be coming back from the dead," Kucinich told the Washington Post Wednesday. "Thirty days from now, if there is no action, I will be bringing the resolution up again, and I won't be the only one reading it. We'll come back and many of us will be reading this [on the House floor], and we'll come back with 60 articles, not 35."

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In a statement Wednesday, Kucinich urged the House Judiciary Committee to "begin a review of the 35 articles" and said he "will be providing supporting documentation to the committee so that it can proceed in an orderly manner."

Kucinich said he expects to meet with Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers within a week to for the committee to vote on the measure. A resolution Kucinich sponsored last year to impeach Cheney was sent to Conyers' committee but was not debated.

Conyers, as well as others in the Democratic leadership, has opposed initiating impeachment proceedings against President Bush. Conyers has said the House simply does not have enough votes to support impeachment and therefore pursuing it would be a waste of time.

He did, however, state in a letter sent to President Bush on May 8, that he would pursue impeachment if the president were to launch a military strike against Iran without first receiving approval or consulting Congress about the matter.

"Late last year, Senator Joseph Biden stated unequivocally that “the president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach” the president.

"We agree with Senator Biden, and it is our view that if you do not obtain the constitutionally required congressional authorization before launching preemptive military strikes against Iran or any other nation, impeachment proceedings should be pursued," Conyers' letter says.

Kucinich said the articles of impeachment against President Bush are a way for lawmakers to "create an historical record of the misconduct of the Bush administration."

"The weight of evidence contained in the articles makes it clear that President Bush violated the Constitution and the U.S. Code as well as international law,” Kucinich said in a prepared statement.

"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 continued in the statement. "President Bush was principally responsible for directing the United States Armed Forces to attack Iraq."

"I believe that there is sufficient evidence in the articles to support the charge that President Bush allowed, authorized and sanctioned the manipulation of intelligence by those acting under his direction and control, misleading Congress to approve a resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq," he added.

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is “off the table” because it would hinder the Democrats’ chances of securing a bigger majority in Congress come November and could result in a public backlash and cause the party to lose the November presidential election.

"Speaker Pelosi will continue to lead legislative efforts to find a new direction in Iraq but believes that impeachment would create a divisive battle, be a distraction from Congress's efforts to chart a new course for America's working families and would ultimately fail," Pelosi's spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer Tuesday.

Congress has not considered impeachment because the Democratic leadership believes it will hurt their party's chances of securing the White House in November's hotly contested presidential election between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence agreed. Last week, the committee released a long-awaited report on prewar Iraq intelligence that concluded President Bush and Vice President Cheney knowingly lied to the public and to Congress about Iraq's links to al-Qaeda and the threat the country posed to the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11.

That would be an impeachable offense, according to former Nixon counsel John Dean.

"To put it bluntly, if Bush has taken Congress and the nation into war based on bogus information, he is cooked," Dean wrote in a June 6, 2003 column for findlaw.com.

"Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security intelligence data, if proven, could be "a high crime" under the Constitution's impeachment clause. It would also be a violation of federal criminal law, including the broad federal anti-conspiracy statute, which renders it a felony "to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.
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Project Humanbeingsfirst.org said:

Impeachment alone does not solve the problem!

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[June 15, 2008, 1:05 AM, Dear Jason Leopold, and David Swanson - Hello, and thank you for keeping the plebeians informed on what's going on in the impeachment and other arenas. You might find the following article of interest, and perhaps you might bring it to the notable Congressman's attention if you deem it appropriate. While I understand that even the impeachment may not get anywhere, but just as the issue is still forcibly being put on the Congressional record, I believe, similarly, the full issue must also be put on the table - at least for the record. Thanks very much for all your persistent efforts in doing what's right, and your writings to keep the ordinary peoples (like me) updated. Kind Regards, Zahir Ebrahim. ]


And having also said that, the Articles of Impeachment introduced by the good Congressman from Ohio cannot absolve the United States Congress itself of its own culpability and equal willing participation in the supreme monumental crime of “imperial mobilization”.

One given to reflection and study well understands how the American peoples are continually fooled, indoctrinated, and managed. One need only read the following Project Humanbeingsfirst report “Weapons of Mass Deception – The Master Social Science” to get a good understanding of both “Manufacturing Consent” and “Manufacturing Dissent” among the larger plebeian Western society by its ruling elite. The Congress however, comprises the ruling elite. They are generally the third category of peoples identified by Hitler, as those able to think critically who are purposefully trained in the ways of empire, or co-opted to join and participate in the running of 'empire' with the allure of its riches. The Congress isn't “the crowd of simpletons and the credulous” of the American masses.

Therefore, it is more than slightly disingenuous to lump the fabricated 'misleading' of the Congress with the genuine misleading of the American public. The Congress wasn't misled – unless it comprises only full spectrum C grade morons from Yale, an arguable premise which I refuse to accept – it was, and still is, just as complicit in every single supreme crime that the Congressfolks now solely apportion to their leader.

From the very control of the purse strings that funds the war-mongering, to the passing of oppressive laws and unchallenged acceptance of Executive Orders that now enables the police-state, to the granting of carte-blanche to bomb Afghanistan and Iraq to smithereens – the Congress willingly did it all! If an ordinary plebeian like this scribe can narrate it all in his 2003 book as the DU bombs on Iraq were falling, and can take a bold stand at his own front door and say NO to the State's security apparatus, it takes Congress another 5 years to come to that conclusion, ex post facto – when all the faits accomplis have already been constructed and the “Mission [truly] Accomplished”?

Either this scribe is so ingeniously smart that he knew it all, in which case he and half a million other ordinary peoples in America who said NO to George W. Bush from 2001-2002 onwards until today at considerable risks to themselves, should be the Congress – the new Peoples' Congress. Or the House and Senate are equally complicit in the aiding and abetting of supreme crimes against humanity. They could well have said NO when ordinary peoples in America dared to say NO! Look at this picture of a 10 year old saying NO in February 2003 along with tens of thousands of ordinary Americans!

The Articles of Impeachment that the honorable Congressman from Ohio imputes solely to his President, equally apply to impeaching every single Congressman and Congresswomen, except, to this scribe's humble knowledge, Congresswoman Barbara Lee for her uncommonly courageous solo stand on the very first imperial mobilization to Afghanistan immediately after 911 – when she alone stood up to boldly say NO!

That first enabling seed, that green light to bomb Afghanistan and the passing of Patriot Acts without even reading them, enabled it all. And the blame, as per the precedent set at Nuremberg – all culpability for aggression, and “all the evil that follows”, is to the first aggression and to its enablers – rests jointly with the nation of United States of America and its entire ruling elite who together railroaded “the crowd of simpletons and the credulous” of the American masses no differently than Hitler after his “Operation Canned Goods”.

It is further remarkable that none of the Articles of Impeachment introduced by the Honorable Congressman from Ohio even suggest a controlled demolition on 911, or that it could have been an inside job and another 'operation canned goods' as no other rational explanation suffices. The Articles continue to mimic the same premise as untenably asserted by both the White House and the Pentagon from the very day of 911, that it was an invasion from abroad, rather than perhaps an insidious coup from within.

What kind of clever wool pulling is this Impeachment game which isn't even all that clever? I suppose the audience for it is exclusively the American public!

No offense is intended to the honorable Congressman from Ohio in this scribe 'calling a spade a spade'! Once again, Project Humanbeingsfirst humbly thanks even this brief respite if it can be effectively afforded to the miserable victims, playing whatever games necessary as permitted in the existing system!

Just don't let it fool anyone that it amounts to anything more than what it really is.

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The above letter can also be read in full at:

June 16, 2008
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Eric LaRue said:

Wasn't impeachment why we elected the Democrats in 2006?
Name me one Democrat that won in 2006 that would not have won had (s)he spoken out in favor of impeachment. Show me the districts of those Democrats that won, and then show me a majority of voters in those districts that oppose impeachment. Show me this, and I will believe that impeachment is dangerous to the Democrats' election chances. Otherwise, I can only believe that impeachment is what the people wanted, and that supporting impeachment would only enhance the public's opinion of the Democrats.
June 16, 2008
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Believer in the Rule of Law said:

United States Code

Section 3. Accessory after the fact

Whoever, knowing that an offense against the United States has
been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the
offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or
punishment, is an accessory after the fact.
Except as otherwise expressly provided by any Act of Congress, an
accessory after the fact shall be imprisoned not more than one-half
the maximum term of imprisonment or (notwithstanding section 3571)
fined not more than one-half the maximum fine prescribed for the
punishment of the principal, or both; or if the principal is
punishable by life imprisonment or death, the accessory shall be
imprisoned not more than 15 years.

QUESTION: Could those members of the House who KNOW that Bush has committed crimes against the United States -- but refuse to permit impeachment hearings to proceed -- be charged as "Accessories after the fact" under the above-cited federal law?

June 16, 2008
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Jsens3 said:

Why impeachment dangerous.
While there is all the talk of the president misleading Congress, the fact is that many Democrats voted for the war. Congress has immense investigative resources. Apparently, many chose not to use them. If this matter is heard, a lot of Democrats are going to be embarassed and they know it.

June 17, 2008
Votes: +0

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