Endorsers: Medea Benjamin, Francis Boyle, John C. Bonifaz, Douglas Dowd, Van Jones, Barbara Lubin, Cynthia McKinney, Gus Newport, Howard Zinn
The Grounds for Impeachment:
From the National Coalition website:
"1. Why not work only on the election in November to remove Bush and Cheney rather than spend additional energy on impeachment?
We dare not wait because of the harm that Bush and Cheney can do between now and then. There is the on-going occupation by US and other foreign troops of Iraq, which will continue after the scheduled turn-over of partial sovereignty to the Iraqis at the end of June. The attacks of the insurgents can be expected to continue as long as foreign troops continue on Iraqi soil. Moreover, the US overthrow of the democratically elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti demonstrates the readiness of the Bush administration to pursue illegal and deadly policies. Venezuela and Cuba may be the next targets. If Bush finds himself in a close race with the Democratic candidate, there is no telling what desperate act he may try. He needs to be removed from office as soon as possible.
In addition, elections are not the way that the American system of justice deals with criminal suspects. They must be properly charged and the evidence carefully examined in an orderly and scrupulous way to protect both the accused and the public. Elections are driven by partisanship and hoopla. Irresponsible charges are often made, and unsubstantiated defenses presented. Elections do not permit the careful examination of evidence that is necessary in so serious a matter.
Even if the impeachment effort is voted down by the Republicans at some point, whatever evidence of the malfeasance of Bush and Cheney were exposed in an official investigation would have an impact. The public would understand why the Republicans cut short the process, and the exposure of misconduct would strengthen the campaign against Bush and Cheney's re-election."
There must not be impunity when malfeasance of such gravity has been committed. It is not sufficient to simply vote the malefactors out of office. Their "high crimes" must be officially exposed and punished. Otherwise a precedent is set for comparable malfeasance in the future. Impeachment is the appropriate remedy."
Co-founder, Global Exchange
Professor of Law, University of Illinois, Drafter of Impeachment Resolution & author of Destroying World Order, US Imperialism in the Middle East before & after Sept. 11
John C. Bonifaz
Lead counsel for plaintiffs Reps. Conyers, Kucinich, Woolsey and others to halt the war in 2003. Visit ireadnet.com.
Professor of Economics, San Jose State and Johns Hopkins Universities, author of US Capitalist Development Since 1776; Capitalism & Its Economics and other books
Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Founding director, Middle East Children's Alliance
Former five-term congresswoman, D-Georgia
Former Mayor of Berkeley, CA and former Station Manager, KPFA, Pacifica Radio Network
Author of A People's History of the United States, Terrorism and War and other books