Portland City Council, November 29, 2006
Communication by Brian Greer, citizen of Portland
I am here, representing Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, to state the case for impeachment of the President and Vice-president.
In these Orwellian times, it is necessary to begin with semantic hygiene. The call for impeachment is about accountability, it is about justice, it is about protecting the Constitution of the United States, and it is about avoiding escalating catastrophes for this country and the world. It has nothing to do with partisan revenge. Further, this reassertion of the democratic will of the people would, at a stroke, go a long way to restore the democratic credentials of the United States as viewed by the world.
Numerous grounds for impeachment have been amply communicated to you. Several of the most important are cogently addressed in "Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush" from the Center for Constitutional Rights . Portland Peaceful Response Coalition is presenting each of you with a copy of this document.
There is one recent development I must mention, and I am grateful to Wikipedia  for a clear account, from which I read:
On September 30, 2006, the Congress modified the Insurrection Act as part of the 2007 Defense Authorization Bill. Section 1076 of the new law changes Sec. 333 of the "Insurrection Act," and widens the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States to enforce the laws. Under this act, the President may also deploy troops as a police force during a natural disaster, epidemic, serious public health emergency, terrorist attack, or other condition, when the President determines that the authorities of the state are incapable of maintaining public order.
The new law changed the name of the chapter from "Insurrection" to "Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public Order."
The new changes are criticized as a movement towards martial law because of the quiet inclusion of changes that undermine applicability of the Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) due to expansion of the circumstances under which the President may declare martial law. Similar to events that led to the Enabling Act of 1933 in Germany, critics contend that the federal government is taking steps to quietly increase the power of the federal authority over the regions while simultaneously increasing executive control specifically for policing the domestic population through legal use of the military.
There is a further pressing reason for proceeding with impeachment as one way to restrain the Bush administration. Since the elections, it has shown little sign of changing course. Most ominously, there are indications that another war may soon be started, against Iran. A CIA report stating that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran is pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program has been dismissed.
An article by Seymour Hersh on November 27th in the New Yorker  begins by describing a discussion involving Dick Cheney that took place a month before the elections. According to Hersh, the Vice-President said that victory by the Democrats on November 7 "would not stop the Administration from pursuing a military option with Iran".
Declaring war without the support of Congress would represent yet one more violation of the Constitution. Each of you took an oath to support that Constitution. One way to do so is to activate the mechanisms for the curtailment of abuse of executive power so presciently established by the framers. From our activities on the streets of Portland, and our interactions with its citizens, we know that there is a groundswell of support for our position among those whom you serve. Accordingly, we urge you to protect our constitution by passing a resolution for the impeachment of the President and Vice-President.
 Center for Constitutional Rights (2006). Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush. Hoboken, NJ: Melville House Publishing.
 Insurrection Act: Recent changes. Wikipedia [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insurrection_Act]
 Hersh, S. M. (2006). The next act. The New Yorker, November 27.