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• If we impeach Bush, we’ll get President Cheney!
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.

In addition, 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.

• Promoting impeachment will seem too “extreme.”
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. After this last election, some folks felt better since the make-up of our law-making body (Congress) changed. 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 has contemplated 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.

• I'm a Democrat/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.

• But the public doesn't support impeachment.
Newsalert: Newsweek's recent poll shows 51% support for Impeachment.  Not to mention that Bush's approval ratings are less than half that of Nixon's prior to his impeachment investigations.

•You're just angry at what happened to Clinton
Impeachment is a nonpartisan issue. It's not about Clinton, Lincoln, or any other president. Some previous impeachment attempts were considered a waste of time because they were pursued for things that didn't rise to the level of a Constitutional crisis, which is what the Impeachment tool was intended for. The argument that we can't impeach Bush because there are previous presidents who also did bad things is the same as the argument you might hear from your child that you shouldn't punish him because the neighbor's kid did the same thing and didn't get punished. We don't want a presidential rush to the lowest common denominator. We have a duty to hold THIS president accountable to the Constitution.

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Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional
Posted in Feedburner, Impeachment News, Impeachment Progress News on December 25th, 2013 by Jodin Morey


NSACNN - “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,” said Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush. “Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”
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[FALSE] Obama Impeachment Hearings Begin
Posted in Impeachment Progress News on October 15th, 2013 by Jodin Morey


Snopes.com – On 14 October 2013, the Daily Currant published an article positing that House Republicans had introduced a resolution to impeach President Obama due to his “inability to halt the federal government shutdown”

By the end of the day links and excerpts referencing this article were being circulated via social media, with many of those who encountered it mistaking it for a genuine news item. However, the article was just a political spoof from the …


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[VIDEO] Keyes: We Must Elect An ‘Impeachment And Removal Congress’ In 2014
Posted in Impeachment News, Impeachment Progress News on September 17th, 2013 by Jodin Morey


Right Wing Watch – Alan Keyes was the guest today on “Dr. Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt’s program where Keyes asserted that President Obama’s agenda can only be properly understood if one accepts the fact that his mission is to ultimately destroy the United States of America.

And the only way to stop him, Keyes explained, is to make impeachment the focus of the 2014 mid-term elections.

“We have an election in 2014,” Keyes said, “and the …


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Obama about to Illegally Attack Syria?
Posted in Impeachment News, Impeachment Progress News on August 27th, 2013 by Jodin Morey


TRUTHOUT – On Sunday, Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Eliot Engel – a Democrat who voted for the Iraq war – told Fox News that President Obama should strike Syria first and get Congressional approval afterwards.

That’s not how the US Constitution says it should go. That’s not how the War Powers Resolution (which, despite the name “resolution,” is binding US law) says it should go. The Constitution and the War Powers Resolution say that absent …


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[Video] Impeachment, Obama and Drones
Posted in Impeachment News, Impeachment Progress News on July 2nd, 2013 by Jodin Morey



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Coming Soon: Declassified Bush-Era Torture Memos
Posted in Impeachment Evidence on March 22nd, 2009 by Mikael


torture-momos-ps10-hsmall-vertical.jpgBy Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball — NEWSWEEK

Over objections from the U.S. intelligence community, the White House is moving to declassify “and publicly release” three internal memos that will lay out, for the first time, details of the “enhanced” interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration for use against “high value” Qaeda detainees. The memos, written by Justice Department lawyers in May 2005, provide the legal rationale for waterboarding, …


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Release of Memos Fuels Push for Inquiry Into Bush’s Terror-Fighting Policies
Posted in Impeachment Evidence on March 4th, 2009 by Mikael


04legal_450a.jpgThe New York Times

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and NEIL A. LEWIS
WASHINGTON – A day after releasing a set of Bush administration opinions that claimed sweeping presidential powers in fighting terrorism, the Obama administration faced new pressure on Tuesday to support a broad inquiry into interrogation, detention, surveillance and other practices under President George W. Bush.

Justice Department officials said they might soon release additional opinions on those subjects. But the disclosure of …


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Former Gitmo Guard Becomes Whistleblower – More to Come?
Posted in Impeachment Evidence on February 14th, 2009 by Mikael


guantanamo_prison_guardsff_txps101_20090214101450.jpgFormer Gitmo guard recalls abuse, climate of fear
By MIKE MELIA

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Army Pvt. Brandon Neely was scared when he took Guantanamo’s first shackled detainees off a bus. Told to expect vicious terrorists, he grabbed a trembling, elderly detainee and ground his face into the cement – the first of a range of humiliations he says he participated in and witnessed as the prison was opening …


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Rumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death
Posted in Impeachment Evidence on February 14th, 2009 by Mikael


6a00d83451586c69e200e54f6b60568833-800wi.jpgRumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death, Which Is a Serious Crime
By Stephen Pizzo, News for Real

71% of Americans want to see Bush investigated, and it’s about time Obama’s team hightailed their way over to court to start doing it.

During the Bush years Americans the boogeyman used to keep Americans cowed was the real or imagined threat of imminent terrorist attack.

Now we have a new …


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CIA Nominee Panetta backs away from Rendition claims
Posted in Impeachment Evidence on February 6th, 2009 by Mikael


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Panetta Hedges on Rendition Remarks
By Tim Starks, CQ Staff

Leon E. Panetta, the Obama administration’s pick to lead the CIA, backed away Friday from earlier remarks that he suspected the United States had transferred terror suspects to other countries so that they could be tortured.

The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Christopher S. Bond , R-Mo., pressed Panetta on remarks he made on the first day of his confirmation hearing Thursday, with Bond saying “it’s news to me” …


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Former Congresswoman: Not too late to hold Bush and Cheney accountable
Posted in Impeachment News, Impeachment Progress News, Related to Impeachment on April 19th, 2012 by Jodin Morey


Rawstory — Former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY) told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Thursday that former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney could still be held accountable for violating federal criminal statues.

“As a former prosecutor and a former member of the House Judiciary Committee during …


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Torture complaints hit Bush on ninth anniversary of key decision
Posted in Impeachment News, Related to Impeachment on February 7th, 2011 by Jodin Morey


Rawstory — Nine years ago today, the Bush administration decided that international law does not apply to prisoners of war. It was a watershed moment in US history, resulting in a policy of torture that pervaded and darkened the Bush years, and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad.

To mark that grim anniversary, two men who claim to have been victims of torture filed official complaints in Geneva, Switzerland, seeking a ruling on universal jurisdiction.

If the court sides …


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Condie Rice gets another grilling on torture – from a 4th grader
Posted in Related to Impeachment on May 4th, 2009 by Mikael


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Will Condoleezza rice be dogged for the rest of her life by questions about her role in the Bush administration’s harsh interrogation policies?
Last week, Rice was confronted by a student at Stanford University student who asked her if the near-drowning technique known as waterboarding is torture.
Yesterday, Rice was forced on the defensive by a Bethesda, Maryland, grade-schooler.
According to the Washington Post, Misha Lerner, a fourth grader at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital asked Rice …


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NY Times Details War Criminal Bush Torture History Further
Posted in Impeachment Related Oped on March 16th, 2009 by Mikael


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Tales From Torture’s Dark World

By MARK DANNER

ON a bright sunny day two years ago, President George W. Bush strode into the East Room of the White House and informed the world that the United States had created a dark and secret universe to hold and interrogate captured terrorists.

“In addition to the terrorists held at Guantanamo,” the president said, “a small number of suspected terrorist leaders and operatives captured during the war have been held and questioned …


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The Truth Will Out…
Posted in Related to Impeachment on March 2nd, 2009 by Ifp


Obama Releases Secret Bush Anti-Terror Memos
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects.
The Justice Department released


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