|Daily Impeachment News:
February 4, 2008
Washington State’s 17th Legislative District Joins Call for Impeachment of Bush-Cheney
Submitted by Chip on Mon, 2008-02-04 15:52. Activism | Impeachment
Linda Boyd, Director of Washington For Impeachment, announced that Washington State’s 17th Legislative District passed a resolution of impeachment. She wrote:
Support for impeachment keeps growing in Washington State!
The Democrats of the 17 Legislative District passed a resolution in support of the impeachment of Bush and Cheney on January 28th, 2008.
Resolutions supporting impeachment have been passed in 14 Washington State Democratic Legislative Districts: 1st, 11th, 17th, 26th, 32nd, 34th, 36th, 37th, 41st, 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, and 48th.
Resolutions have been passed in six Democratic County Central Organizations:
King County Democratic Central Committee
San Juan County Democrats Central Committee
Gray’s Harbor Democratic Party
Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee
Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee
Clallam County Democratic Central Committee
The Washington State Democratic Central Committee passed resolutions supporting impeachment in 2008 and 2007.
Here’s the resolution from the 17th:
RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD CHENEY
WHEREAS George W. Bush and Richard Cheney conspired with others to defraud the United States of America by intentionally misleading Congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371; and
WHEREAS George W. Bush has admitted to ordering the National Security Agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, duly constituted by Congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805; and
WHEREAS George W. Bush and Richard Cheney conspired to commit the torture of prisoners in violation of the “Federal Torture Act” Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the UN Torture convention and the Geneva Convention, which under Article VI of the Constitution are part of the “supreme Law of the Land”’ and
WHEREAS George W. Bush and Richard Cheney acted to strip American citizens of the constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the President of a U.S. citizen as an “enemy combatant: all in subversion of law; and
WHEREAS in all of this George W. Bush and Richard Cheney have acted in a manner contrary to their trust ad President and Vice President, subversive of constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of Vancouver, Washington and of the United States;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that George W. Bush and Richard Cheney, by such conduct, warrant impeachment and trials, removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 17th Legislative District Democrats call
upon our Congressional delegation, namely Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and Representative Baird to adamantly support impeachment and to do everything they can to initiate the impeachment process and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 17th Legislative District Democrats instruct its officers to forward this resolution to our Congressional delegation, the WSDCC, the Democratic County organizations throughout Washington, to Governor Christine Gregoire, our Washington State Legislators representing this District, and to our local press.
Impeachment — defending our rights and the US Constitution.
SJM 8016 and HJM 4027 — supporting impeachment to restore the rule of law.
February 2, 2008
|LOBBY DAY FOR IMPEACHMENT: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2008, 10 A.M. — 3 P.M., WA STATE CAPITOL CAMPUS, OLYMPIA.
We will meet in the cafeteria on the capitol campus at 10:00 am to distribute materials and team up. Someone will meet late comers at the cafeteria at 11:30. We will visit the offices of legislators, "pink slip" legislators in session, and deliver information.
|Personal lobbying — just as fun as Halloween, and candy on every desk! Join us for an hour or all day.
We are playing Beat the Clock. The most important items on the legislative agenda are SJM 8016 and HJM 4027. Both are in committees. If they are not out by February 8th, impeachment is over.
There can be no business as usual as long as our rights and system of government are under attack. We must hold legislators to their oaths.
Our State Legislators can simply move our memorials along to the floor of the US House. Let’s let them know that we cannot accept anything less. Join folks from Washington For Impeachment, Citizens to Impeach Bush and Cheney, Veterans For Peace, The Peace Academy, Eastside FOR, World Can’t Wait, and many others.
We’ll meet at the sun dial for speeches, theater and parading around noon, weather permitting. Bring your soapbox and signs!
Impeachment is the remedy for abuse of power. Be there. Linda Boyd, Washington For Impeachment
Please also take action by phone and email. Do not assume others will do this. There is not nearly as much email and phone calls on impeachment as there was last year! We absolutely need to jam their phones and their emails. Contacts are below.
We need a MASSIVE push to move SJM 8016 and HJM 4027 in the Washington State Legislature by February 8th.
SJM 8016 will go to a floor vote in the Senate when it passes Rules Committee. PLEASE HELP PUSH SJM 8016 THROUGH RULES COMMITTEE BY CREATING A DELUGE OF CALLS, VISITS AND EMAILS TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE WA STATE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE. Ask them to PULL 8016 out of the Rules Committee and onto the floor for a vote!
Please thank Lisa Brown for her work on domestic partnerships last year and urge her to let our bill move quietly and swiftly forward to the US House. Vigorously thank the five cosponsors of SJM (marked***) who serve on the Rules Committee for their continued support.
Senate Rules Committee: Urge them to PULL SJM 8016 from the Rules Committee and bring to a floor vote
Brad Owen, Lieutenant Governor, Chair (D) 1-360-786-7700 email: email@example.com
Senate Majority Leader LIsa Brown; (360) 786-7604 Brown.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Rosa Franklin, Vice Chair (D); (360) 786-7656 email@example.com
Sen. Tracy Eide; (360) 786-7658 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Mike Hewitt; (360) 786-7630 email@example.com
***Sen. Karen Fraser; 360-786-7642 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Mary Margret Haugen; (360) 786-7618 email@example.com
Sen. Karen Keiser; (360) 786-7664 firstname.lastname@example.org
***Sen. Adam Kline; (360) 786-7688 email@example.com
***Sen. Jeane Kohl-Welles; (360) 786-7670 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe; (360) 786-7600 email@example.com
Sen. Ed Murray; (360) 786-7628 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Linda Evans Parlette; (360) 786-7622 Parlette.Linda@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Cheryl Pflug; (360) 786-7608 email@example.com
***Sen. Debbie Regala; (360) 786-7652 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Mark Schoesler; (360) 786-7620 email@example.com
***Sen. Harriet Spanel; (360) 786-7678 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Val Stevens; (360) 786-7676 email@example.com
Sen. Joseph Zarelli (360) 786-7634 firstname.lastname@example.org
The other Barrier to overcome is the House Government and Tribal Affairs Committee:
Urge them to schedule a hearing on HJM 4027 immediately. Each member of the Gov’t and Tribal Affairs Committee represents all of us, so kindly insist that they take your message, name and address.
Please be relentless in your requests that House Speaker FRANK CHOPP help schedule a hearing for Rep. Chase’s companion bill, HJM 4027, in the Gov’t. and Tribal Affairs Committee. (360) 786-7920 Chopp.email@example.com
Lobby Chair — Sam Hunt — to schedule a hearing for HJM 4027.
(360) 786-7992 hunt.Sam@leg.wa.gov .
While Sam is busy stonewalling the impeachment bill, his committee heard HJM 4031 – Requesting that Congress and the President demand Ethiopia fulfill its human rights obligations.–on Friday. Yeah, we have a lot of moral authority on this one!
Other members of the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee:
Rep. Sherry Appleton – Vice Chair (D-23) (360) 786-7934 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Bruce Chandler – Ranking Minority Member (R-15) (360) 786-7960 Chandler.Bruce@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Mike Armstrong – Asst Ranking Minority Member (R-12) (360) 786-7832 Armstrong.Mike@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Joel Kretz (R-7) (360) 786-7988 Kretz.Joel@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Marko Liias (D-21) (360) 786-7972 Liias.email@example.com
Rep. Mark Miloscia (D-30) 360) 786-7898 Miloscia.Mark@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-3) (360) 786-7946 Ormsby.Timm@leg.wa.gov,
The House Democratic Leadership — they influence the entire House
Rep. Frank Chopp: Speaker of the House, (360) 786-7920 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. William Grant : Caucus Chair, (360) 786-7828 email@example.com
Rep. Lynn Kessler: Majority Leader, (360) 786-7904, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jeff Morris : Speaker Pro Tempore, (360) 786-7970 email@example.com
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos: Majority Whip, (360) 786-7944 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 26, 2008
Portaland Indymedia, Mollie – Well over 100 people filled Hearing Room 2 and an overflow room in the Cherberg Building today to hear statements in support of SJM 8016 calling for impeachment investigations. Only a handful of people got to speak but those who did spoke eloquently on their desire to see the Constitution restored.
The seriousness of the debate was disturbed when the lone Republican on the Committee, Senator Pam Roach, showed up late. Abandoning any pretense of civility, she sat down with a look of pure disgust as the last person on the panel was speaking. After the panel finished, she took over the microphone and challenged the legitimacy of the hearing. She shouted that she was going to complain to the ethics committee because this committee was engaged in political campaigning on state time and using state resources.
Roach argued that this hearing was political because this was an election year””her assumption being, I guess, that impeachment would be good for the Democrats. Of course, the Democrats in DC, under Pelosi’s assumptions, believe impeachment would be bad for Democrats. It was bizarre.
Curiously, however, Roach neither defended the actions of the Bush/Cheney nor did she refute the allegations listed in the memorial. She just vented. Whipping out a picture of her son who serves in the military, she argued that she supports the war and will pray for her son when he goes to Iraq to help those people. She was, she said, proud of her son who volunteered to serve. It was an emotional ploy to change the discourse from the Consitutional issues and make it all about her.
Her pugnacious attitude drew a reaction from the crowd. A few reminded her that citizens have a right to speak and others pointed out that she was not the only person in the room with family in the military. There were many veterans among the impeachment crowd, so her point was misguided. As the Chair tried to regain order, Roach left the room as if her hissy fit was of some importance. I hope someone posts it to YouTube””it is a laughable performance!
On the plus side, her inappropriate behavior did not stop the hearing nor diminish the serious issues being discussed. Over 39 people signed up to speak but only 5 people plus Representatives Chase and Hasegawa (co-sponsors of the companion bill HJM 4027) made statements because of the very limited time available.
The Chair did ask if anyone wished to speak against the SJM 8016. No one in that packed hearing room stepped forward.
Senator Oemig made the opening statement at the meeting that started at 3:30 with only the Democratic members of the committee present: Fairley (chair), Pridemore, Kline and McDermott. He said it was unfortunately necessary for the state legislature to act. Since he first introduced the bill ten months ago, there are more abuses, he said, the most recent being the White House destruction of emails. “We can no longer hope and pray that these abuses will stop,” he said. The state legislature must act. “If we fail to pass this memorial, we will tell Washingtonians that we are as unwilling as Congress to take a stand to protect the Constitution.”
Impeachment is not about getting rid of the President or Vice President, Oemig pointed out. Neither is it about politics. It is about restoring the Constitution and ensuring that the actions of this Presidency do not become a permanent change in power for all future presidents.
Both Representatives Chase and Hasegawa, the co-sponsors of the companion bill HJM 4027, echoed his sentiments. Representative Chase had anticipated Roach’s argument. “Some people we say that what we are doing today is political,” she said. “But I say it is our Constitutional duty.” She warned against the evil that comes from refusing to do what is right, when good people do nothing.
Representative Hasegawa said impeachment is the most important issue facing our country today. “We all took an oath of office,” he said. But it was more than that. “How can I face my children if I do not act on this to restore our fundamental principles of truth and justice, the values that hold us together?”
Carole Waller, Richard Behan and Linda Boyd echoed the themes of the necessity to restore the Constitution and to hold the President and Vice President to account for their actions. “Nothing is more important than the Constitution,” said Linda Boyd. Her voice broke as she contemplated the idea that our government is “illegitimate.” “We are turning to you,” she told the committee, ‘to magnify our voice.”
The crowd cheered and applauded throughout the hearing, showing the strong emotion about restoring the Constitution.
This was a wonderful start to this process. But there are many hurdles to clear. If the Senate Government Operations and Elections committee votes in favor of the memorial, it will go the Rules Committee. This Committee can decide whether or not to send the memorial to the floor for a vote.
Similarly, the House Memorial needs support. A full court press has to be made on the House Democratic leadership to get a hearing scheduled before the cut-off of February 8th. Contact Representative Frank Chopp, House Speaker, and Representatives Grant, Kessler, Morris, and Tomiko.
The next big deadline in February 19th, which is the cutoff for bills to pass out of their house of origin.
Contact the legislature: 1.800.562.6000
To find contact information for Legislators:
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January 24, 2008
The KING COUNTY Democratic Central Committee has passed a resolution supporting impeachment with stronger language, and specifically supports SJM 8016 and HJM 4027.
RESOLUTION: IMPEACHMENT OF BUSH & CHENEY
WHEREAS, In the coming Washington State Legislative session there has been introduced in both houses a new resolution listing impeachable offenses committed by Bush and Cheney and calling for the U. S. House of Representatives to begin impeachment hearings against Bush and Cheney; and
WHEREAS, America has only until January 20th, 2009 to signal to history that America will not sanction torture, America will not sanction unprovoked war, and America will not sanction illegal spying;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) supports HJM 4027 and SJM 8016 whose language is attached hereto as House Joint Memorial 4027; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Chair of the WSDCC shall send copies of this resolution to all members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That the Chair of the WSDCC shall exert all possible efforts to publicize and gain support for HJM 4027 / SJM 8016 attached below.
Submitted to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) for consideration at its January 26, 2008 meeting in Vancouver, WA by the King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC).
1 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF
2 REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
3 UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:
4 We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of
5 the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully
6 represent and petition as follows:
7 WHEREAS, The citizens of Washington state expect and require their
8 highest elected officials be subject to the laws of the land, like any
9 citizen, and uphold the constitutional oath taken by them upon assuming
10 office; and
11 WHEREAS, The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
12 guarantees Americans privacy and freedom from warrantless search; and
13 WHEREAS, In 1967, the Supreme Court held in Katz v. United States,
14 that the monitoring and recording of private conversations constitutes
15 a “search” for Fourth Amendment purposes, and that the government must
16 obtain a warrant before domestic wiretapping; and
17 WHEREAS, In 1978, Congress passed a law making it a criminal
18 offense to eavesdrop on Americans without judicial oversight; and
19 WHEREAS, In 2001, the President signed a secret executive order
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1 authorizing warrantless surveillance of American citizens in direct
2 conflict with the United States Constitution and United States law; and
3 WHEREAS, The President both demonstrated knowledge of the law he
4 was breaking, and lied about breaking the law by stating on April 20,
5 2004, “… a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the
6 way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking
7 about getting a court order before we do so.”; and
8 WHEREAS, The President again demonstrated knowledge of the law he
9 was breaking and again lied about his lawlessness by stating on July
10 20, 2005, “Law enforcement officers need a federal judge’s permission
11 to wiretap a foreign terrorist’s phone, or to track his calls, or to
12 search his property. Officers must meet strict standards to use any of
13 the tools we’re talking about.”; and
14 WHEREAS, On December 12, 2005, the New York Times published a
15 government leak that revealed the unlawful surveillance program,
16 stating that according to government officials: “Months after the
17 September 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National
18 Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United
19 States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-
20 approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying.”; and
21 WHEREAS, Five days later, on December 17, 2005, the President said,
22 “I have reauthorized this program more than thirty times since the
23 September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our
24 nation faces a continuing threat from al Qaeda and related groups.”;
26 WHEREAS, The Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell,
27 indicated in a letter to Senator Arlen Specter that the President’s
28 executive order in 2001 authorized additional secret surveillance
29 activities and undisclosed activities beyond the warrantless
30 surveillance of e-mails and phone calls that Bush had confirmed in
31 December 2005; and
32 WHEREAS, The President denied the necessary security clearances to
33 investigators from the Office of Professional Responsibility in the
34 Justice Department who were to have investigated this matter, but could
35 not and did not; and
36 WHEREAS, On March 10, 2004, Alberto Gonzales and the President’s
37 Chief of Staff, Andrew H. Card, Jr. tried to bypass Acting Attorney
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1 General James Comey by meeting directly with a sick Mr. Ashcroft in his
2 hospital bed. According to the testimony of James Comey before the
3 Senate Judiciary Committee, the purpose of this visit was to
4 reauthorize the secret wiretapping program, which Comey had refused to
5 reauthorize; and
6 WHEREAS, The President subsequently appointed Mr. Gonzales to the
7 Attorney General post, who continued to reauthorize the warrantless
8 surveillance program until he tendered his resignation on August 26,
9 2007, under threat of impeachment; and
10 WHEREAS, The secret surveillance program uses a “splitter” to send
11 a copy of internet traffic and phone calls to a secure room operated by
12 the NSA in the San Francisco office of AT&T, according to the testimony
13 of Mark Klein, the retired AT&T communications technician who admitted
14 to connecting the “splitter” that copied the data in 2003; and
15 WHEREAS, Mark Klein also indicated that similar spy rooms were
16 being constructed in other cities, including Seattle, Washington, and
17 San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego; and
18 WHEREAS, On August 17, 2006, the United States District Court for
19 the Eastern District of Michigan, in ACLU v. NSA, ruled that the NSA
20 wiretapping program violated privacy and free speech rights,
21 constitutional separation of powers, and the 1978 Foreign Intelligence
22 Surveillance Act, and stated that “It was never the intent of the
23 framers to give the President such unfettered control, particularly
24 where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated
25 in the Bill of Rights”; and
26 WHEREAS, This unwarranted and unlawful, and seemingly
27 unconstitutional surveillance program is still being used to spy on
28 American citizens; and
29 WHEREAS, United States and international law forbid invading a
30 foreign country without provocation; and
31 WHEREAS, International laws ratified by Congress are part of United
32 States law according to Article VI of the United States Constitution,
33 which states “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States
34 which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or
35 which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be
36 the supreme Law of the Land”; and
37 WHEREAS, The United Nations Charter was ratified by the United
38 States in 1945 and requires that member states, including the United
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1 States, not attack or threaten attack of another country without
2 explicit Security Council approval except for self-defense against an
3 armed attack; and
4 WHEREAS, There was no armed attack upon the United States by Iraq,
5 and the United Nations Security Council did not vote to approve the use
6 of force against Iraq; and
7 WHEREAS, On September 16, 2004, the Secretary General of the United
8 Nations Kofi Annan, commented on the United States invasion of Iraq by
9 stating: “It was not in conformity with the United Nations charter.
10 From our point of view, from the charter point of view, it was
11 illegal.”; and
12 WHEREAS, In October 2002, Congress authorized the President to use
13 his discretion to decide whether or not to use force against Iraq; and
14 WHEREAS, The President and Vice President mislead Congress and the
15 American people about the potential threat of Iraq; and
16 WHEREAS, The President and Vice President were either deliberately
17 deceitful or willfully ignorant about the potential threat of Iraq; and
18 WHEREAS, On March 19, 2003, the President, acting on his sole
19 discretion, ordered the illegal invasion of Iraq, according to his
20 letter to Congress dated March 21, 2003, stating “I directed U.S. Armed
21 Forces, operating with other coalition forces, to commence combat
22 operations on March 19, 2003, against Iraq.”; and
23 WHEREAS, United States law, 18 U.S.C Sec. 2340A forbids a United
24 States citizen from committing or conspiring to commit the offense of
25 torture outside of the United States; and
26 WHEREAS, International law forbids torture and the United States
27 has bound itself to this unconditional prohibition by the American
28 Convention on Human Rights signed in 1977, the International Covenant
29 on Civil and Political Rights signed in 1977 and ratified in 1992, and
30 the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman
31 or Degrading Treatment or Punishment signed in 1988 and ratified in
32 1994; and
33 WHEREAS, In 1947, the United States charged a Japanese officer,
34 Yukio Asano, with war crimes for waterboarding a United States
35 civilian; and
36 WHEREAS, In March 2006, the United States Department of State’s
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1 Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor released a 2005 report on
2 human rights practices in Tunisia in which it formally recognized
3 “submersion of the head in water” as torture; and
4 WHEREAS, The CIA has confirmed using waterboarding and former CIA
5 agency official, John Kiriakou, has told news agencies that the White
6 House and Justice Department knew of and authorized the use of new
7 harsh questioning techniques, including waterboarding; and
8 WHEREAS, The President, acting with the support of the Vice
9 President and the same former Attorney General who resigned under
10 threat of impeachment, authorized the abusive treatment of prisoners;
12 WHEREAS, The President and Vice President used “war on terror” as
13 part of their justification for authorization of the abusive
14 techniques; and
15 WHEREAS, The CIA has reportedly used waterboarding on Abd al-Rahim
16 al-Nashiri, one of the prisoners; and
17 WHEREAS, In November 2005, the CIA destroyed video evidence of
18 their interrogations of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri; and
19 WHEREAS, All the details Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri made of his claims
20 of torture were redacted from his transcript; and
21 WHEREAS, Federal attorneys defended the abusive treatment of
22 prisoners by arguing that antitorture provisions did not apply to
23 Guantanamo Bay captives; and
24 WHEREAS, When Congress sought to reaffirm the United States
25 prohibition on torture by passing a 2005 antitorture law, the President
26 signed the law with a signing statement that effectively states that
27 the President has the right to torture at his discretion because, “The
28 executive branch shall construe…the Act, relating to detainees, in a
29 manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to
30 supervise the unitary executive branch…”; and
31 WHEREAS, The abusive techniques authorized by the President were
32 inflicted on people the President declared “enemy combatants”; and
33 WHEREAS, The abusive techniques authorized by the President were
34 committed during an armed conflict; and
35 WHEREAS, The abusive techniques authorized by the President have
36 previously been classified as torture and prosecuted as a war crime by
37 the United States; and
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1 WHEREAS, International law defines torture during an armed conflict
2 as a war crime; and
3 WHEREAS, International law defines that a commander involved in
4 ordering, allowing, or insufficiently preventing and prosecuting a war
5 crime is criminally liable under the Command Responsibility doctrine;
7 WHEREAS, The President appears to be guilty of war crimes by simple
8 application of the Command Responsibility doctrine to the publicly
9 known facts; and
10 WHEREAS, Based on the overwhelming evidence that has been presented
11 to the American people as established in this resolution, numerous
12 grounds for impeachment appear to exist; and
13 WHEREAS, Illegally authorizing torture in violation of United
14 States and international laws, and committing war crimes would seem to
15 constitute an impeachable offense; and
16 WHEREAS, The President’s authorization and subsequent lies about an
17 unwarranted, unlawful, and apparently unconstitutional surveillance
18 program would seem to constitute an impeachable offense; and
19 WHEREAS, Misleading the Congress and the American people to justify
20 invading another country in direct violation of international and
21 United States laws would seem to constitute an impeachable act; and
22 WHEREAS, Such offenses, if committed, are subversive of
23 constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law
24 and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of Washington
25 state and of the United States of America; and
26 WHEREAS, Petitions from the country at large may be presented by
27 the Speaker of the House according to Clause 3 of House Rule XII; and
28 WHEREAS, Jefferson’s Manual section LIII, 603, states that
29 impeachment may be set in motion by charges transmitted from the
30 legislature of a state; and
31 WHEREAS, Impeachment is a process defined in the United States
32 Constitution by which charges are brought against a President or Vice
33 President or civil officers of the United States in the House of
34 Representatives; and
35 WHEREAS, The filing of these charges is followed by a trial in the
36 United States Senate that determines guilt or innocence; and
37 WHEREAS, If the President or Vice President committed such
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1 offenses, ignoring these offenses would undermine core American values
2 of truth and justice; and
3 WHEREAS, Failing to impeach the President and Vice President if
4 they have committed such offenses would signal tacit approval of these
5 activities and sanction their use by future administrations; and
6 WHEREAS, Failing to impeach the President and Vice President simply
7 because they are serving their second term would signal future
8 administrations that any high crime or misdemeanor, if committed or
9 covered up until their second term, will be tolerated until an upcoming
10 election; and
11 WHEREAS, Freedom and liberty, and the laws and the Constitution of
12 the United States of America can only be protected by Americans; and
"I just want you to know that,
when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
-Bush, June 18, 2002
"War is Peace"
-Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984