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Conyers: close, but more signatures needed!

As people tuned into IMC know, Congressman John Conyers has written to the White House demanding answers about the Downing Street Minutes. That's the document that has surfaced in England that provides clear evidence of impeachable offenses by President Bush.

As of Wednesday, we the people had at least 86,000 signatures - pretty good for five days. But we the people need to reach the 100,000 goal, so if you have yet to sign on, go to Conyers' website --


scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on

"Letter to President Bush Concerning the Downing Street Memo"

The Conyers letter is a focus of the Impeach Bush movement that is growing across the country. If you are not familiar with this issue, check out these Portland Indy articles --

"Nader: Support Conyers on Impeachment"


"Conyers: 100,000 signatures needed!"

BTW: if you go to johnconyers.com, even if you click that you want to be on their e-mail list, you will not go onto the e-mail list unless you respond to a confirmation e-mail that they will send to you to make sure that you want to be on their list. (And you don't have to click on the e-mail thing to sign on in support of the letter.)
While there is no way that impeachment will proceed in the near future - because the congress is controlled by Republicans - popular support is growing in the form of signatures added to Conyers' letter to the White House demanding answers. Also, as reported by Conyers in an announcement today, support is growing in Congress where Democrats and Independents are co-signing the letter. As of today, three of Oregon's representatives have signed on (Wu, Blumenauer and DeFazio).

Conyers has asked for continuing popular support to express widespread opposition to the Iraq war. The Downing Street Minutes reveals an international conspiracy to provide false grounds for the attack on Iraq in March, 2003. As explained by Conyers in announcement today:

"For those who have not yet heard about the minutes, they detail a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers, during which Blair and his advisers reveal details about pre-war conversations with their American counterparts. These details cast substantial doubt on the honesty of contemporaneous claims made by the Administration to Congress and to the American people about the Iraq war."

For more background --





Conyers reports:

"To date, I have relied on hardworking volunteers to maintain my website and, frankly, the response has overwhelmed them. Over the holiday weekend, there was so much activity on the letter that my website froze, and we are still in the process of compiling the data."



"As of Wednesday, in five days, we had at least 86,000 signatures on the letter. This would not have happened without your help and hard work. This is so important that I have concluded that it is time to do more. My new goal is a quarter of a million signatures and I once again must ask for your help."



"For my part, I am recirculating the letter to the President from Congress to my Congressional colleagues on Monday to give them another opportunity to sign on. Many who missed the opportunity to sign on the first time around have contacted me about doing so."



"This is by far the most important issue we are faced with. The most serious matter for the Congress and the President is the decision to go to war. It is the sole constitutional responsibility of Congress to decide whether to declare war. The President has a constitutional responsibility to be straightforward and candid with the Congress in providing it with the information it needs to evaluate the case for war. If that decision is skewed or corrupted by false or misleading information, it raises the most serious Constitutional questions and substantial issues about abuse of power.

"The tragic reality is that over 1600 of our men and women in uniform are dead in a war that was entered into under false premises. Tens of thousands have been severely injured. Many more innocent Iraqis have been killed or injured as well.

"If, as the Downing Street Minutes appear to clearly indicate, the falsehoods that led us into war were deliberate manipulations of the public and Congress, we deserve to know and we deserve answers. More importantly, we need to hold this President accountable for a very grave abuse of power.

"If you haven't already ask your friends to sign on at www.johnconyers.com, post this on any websites you visit, and if you have your own blog, please post this link conspicuously."

BTW: if you go to johnconyers.com, even if you click that you want to be on their e-mail list, you will not go onto the e-mail list unless you respond to a confirmation e-mail that they will send to you to make sure that you want to be on their list. (And you don't have to click on the e-mail thing to sign on to the letter.)

Support 02.Jun.2005 20:14


Glad to see that impeachment is steadily progressing. This matter is so serious, since Deep Throat is being harassed at the ripe old age of 91 to discourage other moles and whistleblowers. A protection net might encourage hesistant patriots. And BTW, let us pray for our wealthy brethren, I heard a good one on the radio today, who owns the Mavericks, and a network media series. At least he believes in integrity. We got to keep this up front on the radar and show no quarter. Realistically '06 might be a target, but the sooner the better. People are dying and Republican shills need to be stopped before putting Scalia at the top or bringing in other corrupt judges.

Please write you congresspersons to support Conyers 02.Jun.2005 21:09

pchy pchy@pchy.net

I think it's important that we do everything we can to make pResident bush answer for these crimes. This seems a lot more serious an issue to me than a cigar.

Also, have you noticed the little amount of coverage in the media? Do a search on news.google.com for "Downing Street memo" if you don't watch the mainstream much. It's not being carried by the brainwashing machines (ie CNN, Washington Post, NY Times, etc) or it's so outdated that it has dropped off the radar.

Please write your congress persons and ask them to join Conyers. I'm sure the nice form letters we receive back will make scratchy TP, but at it's another step we can take to work the system.

OR State Senators:  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=OR
Gordon Smith:  http://gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm
Ron Wyden:  http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

WA State Senators:  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=WA
Maria Catwell:  http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html
Patty Murray:  http://murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm

OR & WA State Representatives:  http://www.house.gov/writerep/

After Downing Street Dot Org 03.Jun.2005 00:06

don't forget


Coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005, a campaign to urge the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war:


Write Your Rep.

Sign Conyers' Letter.
 link to www.johnconyers.campaignoffice.com

Contact Local Media.

Contact TV Networks.
 link to www.afterdowningstreet.org

Tell Others.
 link to www.afterdowningstreet.org


War Crimes and Constitutional Punishment
It's Time to Get Serious About Impeaching Bush


support 03.Jun.2005 06:17


John Bonifaz, a Boston attorney specializing in constitutional litigation, sent a memo to Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to impeach President Bush. Bonifaz's memo begins: "The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq. If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution." In February and March 2003, John Bonifaz served as lead counsel for a coalition of United States soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and Members of Congress (led by Representatives John Conyers, Jr. and Dennis Kucinich) in a federal lawsuit challenging President George W. Bush's authority to wage war against Iraq absent a congressional declaration of war or equivalent action. Bonifaz is the author of Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush (NationBooks-NY, 2004, foreword by Rep. John Conyers, Jr.), which chronicles that case and its meaning for the United States Constitution. The organizations forming the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition include: Global Exchange, Gold Star Families for Peace, Democrats.com, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, and Democracy Rising. These organizations, beginning today, will be urging their members to contact their Representatives to urge support of a Resolution of Inquiry. ---------- On July 4, 1776, the country's founders adopted a famous statement of principles and list of grievances, declaring that: "In every state of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people." Main Entry: ty?rant 1 a : an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution b : a usurper of sovereignty 2 a : a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally b : one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power Reid: Bush still a liar Most likely to cause a stir, however, is an exchange that concludes the interview: RS: You've called Bush a loser. HR: And a liar. RS: You apologized for the loser comment. HR: But never for the liar, have I? http://www.rawstory.com/exclusives/reid_060105.htm