Citizens' Movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney, a group of citizens in and around the city of Olympia are joining with other people from across the country in organizing an impeach bush/cheney movement. We have set-up three informational meetings where people can view a documentary produced by the Center for Constitutional Rights to learn about the impeachment process. While there are many potential impeachable offenses, we have decided to focus on four:
§ Justified the war in Iraq using fraudulent evidence.
§ Dismissed civil liberties and tortured prisoners.
§ Performed illegal wiretapping of citizens
§ Refused to obey more than 750 laws by using "signing statements."
This is a non-political and non-partisan action. It is not about whether we like or dislike Bush. This is about protecting and defending the Constitution from those who would create an all-powerful executive branch.
Impeachment means making an accusation against a public official for improper conduct in office before a proper tribunal. The House of Representatives appoints a select committee to conduct this investigation; this non-partisan committee is comprised of ten Republicans and ten Democrats. This committee reviews each of the offenses; if they find there is sufficient evidence, the Senate conducts the equivalent of a trial to determine whether the President and Vice-President are guilty. If guilty, they will be removed from office.
Impeachment is a remedy, not a punishment. It enables the Congress to check a President who believes he is above the law. The House has only impeached three presidents. Most recently, the House impeached Clinton but the Senate did find him guilty. Nixon won a landslide victory in 1972 but the House impeached him because of his criminal activities associated with Watergate; he resigned from office in 1974 before the process was completed.
There is no dispute that Bush/Cheney have committed these four offenses, the group asserts. "The Constitution in Crisis," a recent report issued by Representative John Conyers, lists the specific laws and Constitutional provisions that have been violated, along with relevant evidence. Conyers told reporters that he held hearings because he did not want anyone to be able to say, "we did not know" that the current administration was dismantling the Constitution. The evidence is everywhere, he stated.
For more information see:
"The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and the Cover-ups in the Iraq War," December 12, 2005; updated, August 2006. http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/iraqrept2.html
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