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January 15, 2009

‘Arrest Bush 2009′ plans Inauguration Day protest

Filed under: D.C.,Impeachment Progress News — Jodin Morey @ 10:56 am

RAWSTORY — A group calling itself “Arrest Bush 2009″ has announced its intention to hold a “Yes We Can Arrest Bush” event in front of the FBI Building in Washington, DC during the Inaugural Parade.

However, coordinator Jose Rodriguez insists, “It’s not a protest; it’s a celebratory event.”

Arrest Bush 2009, which is sponsored by the Washington Peace Center, After Downing Street, and Shoes For Bush, is demanding that Bush be arrested for war crimes and for lying to the American people.

Calls for Bush’s arrest began last March, when two Vermont towns approved a measure “that would instruct police to arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for ‘crimes against our Constitution.'” In September, a large “Arrest Bush/Cheney” banner was hung on a ledge at the National Archives by members of Veterans for Peace.

According to the press release from Arrest Bush 2009, “We call for the arrest of George W. Bush for instigating war against a sovereign nation that posed no threat, wanton attacks on civilian populations, use of torture, and violations of the U.N. Charter. We call for the arrest of George W. Bush for lying to Congress and the American people about the reasons for invading Iraq, for the deaths of US service members and Iraqi civilians, and for the abuse of the United States Constitution.”

Shoes for Bush also plans a separate “shoe hurling action” on January 19 to protest what they anticipate will be Bush’s “unprecedented pardoning of crimes he authorized.” Veterans are encouraged to bring their combat boots to hurl.

During Bush’s second inauguration in January 2005, an estimated 10,000 antiwar protesters showed up in Washington, and there were protests in other cities as well. However, it is not clear how much attention anti-Bush protests will garner on a day when most Americans may simply be glad to see him leaving town.

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7 Comments

  1. Sir George Bush, is the royal title given him “…for service rendered the Queen.” That is treason! (Source). “Knigthhood. Swearing the Oath.” “No man can serve two masters.” That oath conflicts with his oath of loyalty to the United State of America.
    Also explains too frequent ‘unrecorded’ conferences with British officals. And one other critcal item from internet: THE BANKER’S MANIFEST. Very important!
    Joe Spenner

    Comment by Joe Spenner — January 15, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  2. Interesting-intrigue: A. “Queen’s Agent/Knight Sir Alan Greenspan Defies Congress.” B. Civil War naval battle: “Dual Between the Alabama and the Kearsarge.” ($15,500,000 in gold by World Court Penalty against Britain still not paid). Consider value of the fine at today’s value of gold Plus interest.
    Joe Spenner

    Comment by Joe Spenner — January 15, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  3. Brattleboro Vermont arrest of “Bush/Cheney” is what iv’e been waiting for,now I must expect
    this arrest.
    Yes! Bush isnt different from any other “corrupted” elected official who is,,,,,accountable,
    Now gather Bush/Cheney dead carcass ranch administration and impeach!

    Comment by Dennis M Mccullough — January 16, 2009 @ 4:19 am

  4. This is the kicker though! Congress had the b*llzzzzz to impeach then President Mr. Clinton for getting a bl*w job from a unattractive intern ;-) and then leaving him no choice (being embarrassed as it was) to deny it in front of a grand jury (laughable at best), so why were so concerned about a man’s extra martial affairs aside from his competency to effectively run our country still makes me pause and scratch my head and ass at the same time! President Clinton left approx a billion dollars in surplus money in America’s coffer! Where is that money now?

    Wasted on frivolous claims that we needed to invade a country that could never reach us by air (no pun intended, 911 was very real and tragic), but from a military and air superiority perspective that was no threat to the US. I’ve never seen a camel fly! Have You?

    So calling Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney to the front is indeed necessary in my opinion, as a US citizen I would like to know were the accountability was? No lies just the truth… please. We are broke now because of it all ;-(

    Sincerely,

    ONE ANGRY AMERICAN

    Comment by One Angry American — January 16, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

  5. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. all got what they wanted! Now it’s time for us Americans to get what we want:impeachment and justice against these criminals!

    Comment by Bushgothisway,whataboutours! — January 16, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

  6. Fuck you all, assholes. Ears from the fish to you, and not president Bush. You’ll will be able to bite your elbows, before you’ll get George Bush or VP Cheney. What a bunch of morons.

    Comment by John Smith — January 20, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  7. Brilliant contribution to the national discourse John Smith. With intellectual heavyweights like you onboard, it is easy to see how the NeoCon, conservative movement has fared so well electorally over the last 2 years.

    Keep it up! I am sure there is a place for you as a speechwriter for Sarah Palin or ghostwriter for Rush Limbaugh on the horizon!

    Happy Inauguration Day!!!

    Comment by Mikael — January 20, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

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The first impeachment resolution introduced by McKinney included Bush, Cheney, and Rice. Although, even if we only initially pursue Bush, initiating the impeachment process will lead to an investigation that will implicate lots of people in the Bush administration who are guilty of committing crimes, including Cheney.

No matter who we get to replace Bush, we’ll be showing those in power that anyone who breaks the law will be held accountable.

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Demanding that crimes be investigated is NOT extreme. Some previous impeachment attempts were considered extreme because they were pursued for actions that didn't rise to the level of a Constitutional crisis, which is what the impeachment tool is meant to be used for. Nixon's impeachment, however, was bipartisan.

  • We should wait to impeach...
Wait to impeach? We've waited 3 or more years too long already. We had enough evidence to impeach years ago. Remember, an impeachment only means you have enough evidence to warrant a trial, just like an indictment. Our congress people didn't take an oath to bipartisanship. They took an oath to the Constitution. Besides which, our troops, Iraqi civilians, and our own civil liberties are all waiting for this.
 
• Before we impeach, we should get some legislation passed...
And with unconstitutional Presidential Signing Statements, veto power, and the power of "Commander in Chief" at his disposal, how do you think Congress is going to get anything accomplished without first impeaching Bush?

If your tire blows while you're driving, do you stop to fix it? Or do you continue driving on your rim because to stop would take too much time?

• It hurts the democracy to go through a presidential impeachment. And Bush is a lame duck anyway.
Holding government officials accountable for their actions strengthens our democracy. Letting lawlessness stand weakens it.

Sometimes reprimanding a child (president) doesn't make the family (Washington) a happy place. But you still have to do it so the child and his siblings (future presidents) learn about accountability. Impeachment is horribly UNDERUSED, which is part of why there's so much corruption at the top. Politicians must learn to fear it. People think things are better because we improved the make-up of our law-making body, Congress. But Bush is BREAKING LAWS. So, it doesn't matter how many laws Congress passes if they don't serve their OVERSIGHT duties as well by impeaching. They swore to defend the Constitution. What are laws without enforcement?

Besides, considering Bush's track-record of breaking laws, he can still do a lot of damage. Our troops, Iran, and our Supreme Court are all endangered so long as he remains in office. Waiting until Bush is out of office will leave us complicit in any further crimes he commits. The Union of Concerned Scientists has estimated that the death toll from a "tactical" nuclear weapon of the kind Bush is contemplating using in Iran would be at minimum 3 million men, women, and children. The path of death would stretch across country boundaries into India.

Perhaps worst of all, we set a terrible precedent by allowing Bush to stay in office after he's broken so many laws. Impeachment will stop future presidents from using Bush's actions as justification for even more lawbreaking and erosion of civil liberties.

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Republican. If we support impeachment it will lower the chances of my party winning in 2008.

So, your party would rather win elections than do what's right for the country? I hope you're wrong. I also hope the public is willing to throw additional support to any party that holds our elected officials accountable for their actions. This has been historically true with every single impeachment effort launched. And this impeachment effort would begin with majority support (unlike most past impeachments including Nixon).

• Impeachment will never happen. Congress members will block it.
Well, all we need is a majority of support in the House. And 2/3rds vote in the Senate to remove Bush from office will happen once the evidence gets aired on the floor of the House, and subsequently the national media outlets. The political pressure will become too great.

Today's impossibility is tomorrow's reality. Congress members will realize that tying their political future to Bush reduces their chances of getting elected. Remember, one way or another, Bush is gone by 2009— but members of Congress may retain their offices beyond that date. Bush's poll numbers are extremely low, and most Americans support impeachment. This is a bipartisan movement. This means that if we make the pressure unbearable for Members of Congress, they'll turn on him to keep their own seats (like they did with Nixon). It's already starting to happen. While many Members of Congress have behaved unethically in the last few years, it's important to understand that this is related to their warped view of what's in their self-interest. Let's wake them up to their true self-interest (impeaching the president), by showing them our support for impeachment.

And even if we only impeach, and the Senate fails to do their duty and remove him from office, it will only implicate the Senators who fail to do their sworn Constitutional duty.

• But Speaker of the House Pelosi said that Impeachment was "off the table."

Pelosi most likely said this to remove any appearance of conflict-of-interest that would arise if she were thrust into the presidency as a result of the coming impeachment. What we need to do is to pressure Pelosi not to interfere with impeachment maneuverings within her party. Sending her Do-It-Yourself impeachments legitimizes her when she joins the impeachment movement in the future.

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