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 --
VOLUNTEER STAFFED WEBSITE FROZE OVER THE WEEKEND
"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."
NEW GOAL: A QUARTER OF A MILLION
"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.)
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