On the Necessity of Impreachment: Part 2

January 14th, 2006 - by admin

Evan Augustine Peterson III, J.D. – 2006-01-14 09:16:50


On the Necessity of Impreachment:
All We Are Saying Is: ‘Give the Constitution a Chance.”

Evan Augustine Peterson III, J.D.


• [1] The Framers — Federalists and Anti-Federalists alike — warned that a militarist president would try to use war, and the “emergency” excuse it provides, to expand his symbolic commander-in-chief power, thus transforming the republic into a monarchy.

The Framers’ prescient admonitions are amply illustrated by Alexander Hamilton’s comments in “The Federalist” No. 8: “Even the ardent lover of liberty will, after a time, give way to [war’s] dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort, for repose and security, to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length are willing to run the risk of being less free.”

“The institutions chiefly alluded to are STANDING ARMIES and … They would, at the same time, be necessitated to strengthen the EXECUTIVE arm of government, in doing which, their constitution would acquire a progressive direction towards monarchy. It is the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority. … Thus we should, in a little time, see established in every part of this country the same engines of despotism which have been the scourge of the Old World.”

• [[2] Retired British Army General Michael Rose’s 1-10-06 CD/Guardian essay, “Enough Of His Excuses: Blair Must Be Impeached Over Iraq” [“The only way Parliament can regain the trust of disaffected voters is to admit that it was wrong to support the war” by impeaching Blair. The same impeachment logic applies to Congress and Bush.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0110-35.htm

• [[3] Jim Ferlo’s 1-10-06 ADS open letter, “State Senator Supports Bush’s Impeachment” [Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo supports US Rep. John Conyers’ (D-NY) impeachment resolution.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6626/print

• [[4] Brian Foley’s 1-10-06 CP essay, “Congress And Executive Power: Playing With Fire” [Congress passed the unconscionable Graham-Levin Amendment, which should be unconstitutional because it gives the executive branch unchecked power to hold and torture prisoners, thus repudiating Rasul v. Bush and rendering the McCain Amendment dead letter.]: http://www.counterpunch.org/foley01102006.html

• [[5] Ivan Eland’s 1-10-06 CD essay, “An Imperial Presidency Based On Constituti onal Quicksand” [Explains why it’s unconstitutional for Bush to claim that he has unchecked presidential authority during “wartime” under an expansive interpretation of the commander-in-chief clause.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0110-40.htm

• [[6] Theodore Fuller’s 1-9-06 Roanoke Times essay, “Bush Believes He Is Above The Law” [The author, a sociology professor sociology at Virginia Tech, concludes: “I urge both houses of Congress to immediately censure President Bush for abuse of power and further urge that the House of Representatives begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.”]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6604/print

• [[7] Dave Lindorff’s 1-9-06 ADS essay, “What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us” [“There is a bill in Congress to investigate Bush for impeachable crimes. Did you know that?”]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6603/print

• [[8] Matthew Cardinale’s 1-9-06 Atlanta Progressive News article, “Senators Kennedy, Feingold Keep Bush Impeachment On Table” [They won’t rule out impeachment.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6574/print

• [[9] Martin Garbus’ 1-9-06 CD/HP essay, “Angry And Furious At The Collaborationist Democrats” [Why? Because “collaborators” Nancy Pelosi, Jane Harman, and Jay Rockefeller knew about, but failed to check, Bush’s warrantless domestic spying program.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0109-23.htm

• [[10] Dave Swanson’s 1-9-06 WISCTV News (Wisconsin) article, “Madison Group Wants To Impeach Bush: Urging Citizens To Rise Up And Take Action” [“The group said if their move for impeachment fails, they plan to focus on helping to vote in more Democratic congressmen to take another go at it next year.”]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6579/print

• [[11] Shay Totten and Kathryn Casa’s 1-8-06 Vermont Guardian article, “Feingold Won’t Rule Out Bush Impeachment” [Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) says impeachment’s a possibility to hold Mr. Bush accountable for his warrantless domestic spying program.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6538/print

• [[12] Lawrence Velvel’s 1-7-06 LR essay, “Congress And The Constitutional Coup D’Etat” [This is a must-read essay. Velvel is Dean of the U. Massachusetts School of Law.]: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/velvel2.html

• [[13] Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane’s 1-7-06 CD/NYT article “Legal Basis For Spying In U.S. Is Doubted” [The Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress, issued an official report criticizing Mr. Bush’s authorization of the NSA to spy on Americans without a court warrant because his rationale rests on shaky legal grounds.]: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0107-02.htm

• [[14] Lawrence Velvel’s 1-7-06 ADS essay, “The NYT’s Unconscionable Decision To Sit On The NSA Story For A Year” [“No wonder Bush was so desperate that The New York Times not publish its story on the National Security Agency eavesdropping on American citizens without a warrant, in what lawyers outside the administration say is a clear violation of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surv eillance Act. Bush…knew that it would reveal him as a law-breaker.”]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6508/print

• [[15] Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith’s 1-6-06 TN essay, “The Limits Of Power: Questions For Alito” [Excellent questions expose Bush’s impeachable offenses. Naively concludes that the Senate can resolve this constitutional crisis during Judge Alito’s confirmation hearings, where the nominee will dodge the Senators’ questions.]: http://www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20060123&s=questions_for_alito

• [[16] Kimberly Wear’s 1-6-06 Eureka Times Standard article, “Arcata Calls For Impeachment” [The Arcata (California) City Council’s impeachment resolution charges Bush and Cheney with four violations of international and constitutional law, then requests that their US Representative introduce articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6486/print

• [[17] Chris Elliott’s 1-6-06 CD/OS essay, “Public Inexcusably Tolerant Of Bush’s Law-Breaking” [“If only for his flouting of the Constitution, regardless of any other facts in the case, the president’s impeachment should be considered.”]: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0106-27.htm

• [[18] Stirling Newberry’s 1-6-06 Daily Kos essay, “Got Impeachment?”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6466

• [[19] Nick Turse’s 1-6-06 CD/TomDispatch essay, “What Year Is This, Anyway: Rollback To 1214 AD?” [The strking historical analogy between the Magna Carta’s history and current events reveals that the Bushites are, at bottom, monarchists who undermine the democratic rule of law so they can replace it with the despotic rule of men. The last paragraph’s clear implication is that we should be demanding the impeachment of Bush and Cheney.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0106-20.htm

• [[20] Kagro X’s 1-6-06 Daily Kos essay, “A Message To Impeachment Non-Believers” [Why the seemingly far-fetched national impeachment movement really does make sense.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6467

• [[21] Charlie Savage’s 1-5-06 CD/BG article, “3 GOP Senators Blast Bush Bid To Bypass Torture Ban: Reject Assertion He Has Right To Waive Rules To Protect US Security” [Republican Sens. Warner, McCain and Graham issued statements rejecting Mr. Bush’s assertion that he can override Congress’ new law banning torture simply by exercising his “wartime powers,” which Bush says are based in the Constitution’s commander-in-chief clause. Congress could impeach Bush for unconstitutionally violating the separation of powers, but Mr. Savage deems that remedy “politically unlikely.”]: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0105-01.htm

• [[22] Tim Wheeler’s1-5-06 PWW article, “NSA Spy Plot Fuels Call To Censure Bush And Cheney” [The article’s facts are accurate, even if the left-wing extremist publisher is questionable.]: http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/8329/1/302

• [[23] Bruce Fein’s 1-4-06 Washington Times essay, “If Men Were Angels” [The analysis is good, even if the right-wing extremist publisher is questionable.]: http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/bfein.htm

• [[24] Don Simpson’s 1-4-06 Toledo Blade essay, “Bush’s Bugs Are An Abuse Of Executive Power” [Notes that impeachment cannot happen so long as the Republicans control Congress. However, “Mr. Bush cites war as his basis for breaking the law. The question is, war on whom? Could it not equally be argued that the most credible threat to Americans’ liberties comes from its leaders who break its laws?”]: http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060104/OPINION04/601040383/-1/OPINION

• [[25] Tom Englehart’s 1-4-06 TD essay, “A Cult Of Presidential Power: The Unrestrained President” [His closing remarks recommend impeachment by implication but not overtly.]: http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=46791

• [[26] Russell Berman’s 1-4-06 New York Sun article, “Activist Group Calls For Bush, Cheney Impeachment” [Reports on ImpeachPAC.org’s efforts to create a national impeachment movement.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6333

• [[27] Bob Fertik’s 1-4-06 ImpeachPAC.org open letter, “Hey Ken Mehlman, Why Not Debate Impeachment?”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6328

• [[28] Charlie Savage’s 1-4-06 TO/BG article, “Bush Could Bypass New Torture Ban: Waiver Right Is Reserved” {Bush reserves the right, under his expansive interpretation of the commander-in-chief clause, to bypass the recently-passed McCain Amendment’s clear-cut ban on torture.]: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406A.shtml

• [[29] Tom Regan’s 1-3-06 CSM article, “Debate Over Eavesdropping Grows: Bush Defends Program Again, But Critics In Senate Still Vow To Hold Hearings” [Mr. Bush contends that his warrantless domestic surveillance program is legal, but when the Senate holds hearing on this issue, it will discover that the top legal scholars disagree.]: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0103/dailyUpdate.html

• [[30] David Wallechinsky’s 1-3-06 Huffington Post essay, “What Is The Bush Administration Trying To Hide?” [Raises serious questions about Mr. Bush’s ulterior motives for conducting warrantless domestic spying in defiance of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA”) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts (“FISC”), which had been reviewing these activities for the past 24 years.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6303

• [[31] James McWilliams’ 1-3-06 Register Guard (Oregon) essay, “Making The Case For A Bush Impeachment” [Rightly contends that the supreme war crime, for which Bush should be impeached, is misleading Congress and the public into an illegal aggressive war under the false pretense that the USA had to defend itself from an imminent WMD attack — “in the form of a mushroom cloud” — by Iraq. It’s Bush’s most consequential crime. Nevertheless, our complicit Congress won’t impeach him solely on that war crime. Just as Al Capone, the murderous mafia boss, was convicted for the less consequential but more provable crime of income-tax evasion, so too will Bush, the bloodthirsty commander-in-chief, be impeached for the less consequential but more provable crime of warrantless domestic spying.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6306

• [[32] Greg Mitchell’s 1-3-06 Editor & Publisher article, “Newspapers Urge President To Quit” [It’s not taboo for an American newspaper to call for Mr. Bush’s resignation before Congress moves to impeaches him. Afer all, there are precedents: when Bill Clinton was the subject, newspapers across the USA weren’t shy in calling for his resignation.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6309

• [[33] Doug Thompson’s 1-2-06 CHB column, “Time To Impeach A President” [“I’ve always felt impeachment is the nuclear option of politics; a drastic action we call in after all else fails. That’s why I’ve been reluctant to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush. No longer. The reckless, arrogant actions of the man leave me with no choice but to consider that final solution. Time to impeach the son of a bitch.”]:


• [[34] Paul Craig Roberts’ 1-2-06 CP essay, “A Gestapo Adminstration: Bush’s Witch Hunt Against Truth-Tellers” [“Why is the Justice Department investigating the leak of Bush’s illegal activity instead of the illegal activity committed by Bush?”]: http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts01022006.html

• [[35] Geoffrey Stone’s 1-2-06 HuffingtonPost.com essay, “Bush’s Spy Program And The Fourth Amendment” [The author, who is a U. Chicago law professor, states that Bush’s warrantless domestic spying program is “blatantly unlawful and unconstitutional.”]: http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060102/cm_huffpost/013167

• [[36] ImpeachPAC.org’s 1-2-06 IP article, “ImpeachPAC Forms Citizens Impeachment Commission” [A commission of scholars, lawyers, journalists, former government officials, and activists have dedicated themselves to the impeachment, conviction and removal of Messrs. Bush and Cheney.]: http://www.impeachpac.org/?q=node/192

• [[37] Matthew Cardinale’s 1-1-06 Atlanta Progressive News article, “Bush Impeachment Inquiry Has 8 House Co-Sponsors”: http://www.a fterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6223

• [[38] Hazel Trice Edney’s 12-31-05 Wilmington Journal article, “Domestic Spying Prompts Talk Of Impeachment”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6208

• [[39] John Dean’s must-read 12-30-05 CD/FL essay, “George W. Bush As The New Richard M. Nixon: Both Wiretapped Illegally And Impeachably” [Bush has underlined that his presidency cannot be checked because it is utterly beyond the law. Hence, there are disturbing parallels between the Bush and Nixon administrations: both claimed that a president may violate Congress’ laws to protect national security; however, both were impeachably wrong.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1230-39.htm

• [[40] Madison Capital Times’ 12-30-05 CD/MCT editorial, “Talking About Impeachment” [Calls for Congress to hold Mr. Bush accountable for his executive-branch wrongdoing.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1230-34.htm

• [[41] Rosa Brook’s 12-30-05 CD/LAT essay, “Is Clinton’s History In Bush’s Future?” [What’s wrong with this picture: Mr. Clinton was impeached for perjurious deposition testimony about a collateral sex scandal; contrastingly, Mr. Bush has not been impeached despite having committed multiple grave criminal offenses against the US Constitution, federal law, and international law?]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1230-30.htm

• [[42] Molly Ivin’s 12-29-05 CD/WFC essay, “Big Brother Bush” [Especially see her last paragraph.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1229-20.htm

• [[43] ACLU’s 12-29-05 New York Times ad, “The President Lied to The American People and Broke the Law” [Explains the strong historical analogy between the crimes committed by Richard M. Nixon and George W. Bush under the pretext of “national security,” then recommends that Congress appoint a special counsel to investigate the latter’s warrantless domestic spying program.]: http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/23271res20051229.html

• [[44] Brattleboro Reformer’s 12-28-05 CD/BR editorial, “Beginning Of The End” [Mr. Bush’s fall is imminent because he’s overstepped constitutional bounds into executive-branch lawlessness.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1228-31.htm

• [[45] Geov Parrish’s 12-28-05 WFC essay, “The Constitutional Crisis Of 2006” [Another must-read analysis.]: http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=20120

• [[46] Martin Garbus’ 12-28-05 HP essay, “Impeachment Is Now Real” [New York trial lawyer explains why there are solid legal grounds for the impeachment of Mr. Bush.]: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-garbus/impeachment-is-now-real_b_12972.ht ml

• [[47] Doug Giebel’s 12-28-05 Scoop essay, “Impeaching President Bush: A Game Of Ambiguity”: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00274.htm

• [[48] Katrina vanden Heuvel’s 12-27-05 CD/TN essay, “The ‘I’ Word” [As 2005 closes, everybody’s writing about the nation’s duty to impeach George W. Bush.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1227-28.htm

• [[49] Ruth Conniff’s 12-27-05 TP essay, “Impeachment Buzz” [Reports on impeachment efforts by various politicians and groups.]: http://progressive.org/mag_rc b122705

• [[50] John Nichol’s 12-27-05 CD/CT essay, “Censuring Bush Requires Citizens’ Help” [Rep. John Conyers (D-NY) is sponsoring two bills – HR 636 and HR 637 – in the House Judiciary Committee that will censure Bush and Cheney for illegal conduct, and which could lead to their impeachment.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1227-29.htm

• [[51] Thomas Donlan’s 12-26-05 Barrons Online article, “Unwarranted Executive Power: The Pursuit Of Terrorism Does Not Authorize The President To Make Up New Laws” [Contends that Mr. Bush’s four-year-long warrantless domestic spying activities are not only illegal but also a potentially impeachable offense.]: http://online.barrons.com/article_email/SB113538491760731012-lMyQjAxMDE1MzI1NDMy ODQ0Wj.html

• [[52] Marty Luster’s 12-26-05 CD/IJ essay, “On Bush: It’s Time To Say ‘Enough'” [A call for Messrs. Bush and Cheney’s impeachment and removal from office.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1226-21.htm

• [[53] Elsy Fors’ 12-26-05 Prensa Latina essay, “First Step To Impeachment”: http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B9BABC363-A14C-4F1B-9CBC-1903DBE6A88 7%7D&language=EN

• [[54] Dave Lindorff’s 12-25-05 ThisCantBeHappening.net essay, “Time To Dump Keller And Bush” [Calls for the removal of NYT Editor Bill Keller and President Bush from their respective offices.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5993

• [[55] Ron Jacob’s 12-25-05 CP essay, “When Impeachment Was Taken Seriously: Here’s To The Land You’ve Torn The Heart Out Of”: http://www.counterpunch.org/jacobs12242005.html

• [[56] James Carroll’s 12-25-05 Louisville Courier-Journal essay, “A Few Democrats Say It’s Now Time To Impeach Bush”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5991

• [[57] Ralph Nader’s 12-24-05 CD essay, ” Bush/Cheney Have Disgraced Their Office: They Should Resign” [An excellent overview of the case against Bush and Cheney.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1224-23.htm

• [[58] Andy Ostroy’s 12-24-05 OpEdNews.com essay, “It’s Time To Impeach Bush For These Blatant Violations Of The Law” [Lists nine grounds for impeachment.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5973/print

• [[59] The Rev. William McGinnis’ 12-23-05 LoveAllPeople.org essay, “Bush Impeachment Process Will Begin Early January, 2006: Conservative Republicans Will Join Democrats To Remove The Dangerous, Out-Of-Control President-King Before He Does More Harm”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5949

• [[60] Stephen Crockett’s 12-23-05 OpEdNews.com essay, “Impeach The Liar-In-Chief”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5948

• [[61] Nicholas Benton’s 12-23-05 FCNP.com essay, “Impeachment As Imperative”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5937

• [[62] James Ridgeway’s 12-22-05 CD/VV essay, “Bush Impeachment Not Out Of The Question: From Spying To Plame, Congress Riled Over Abuse Of Power”: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1222-29.htm

• [[63] Jonathan Schell’s 12-22-05 CD/TN essay, “The Hidden State Steps Forward” [The “above-the-law” Bush administration is a dictatorship in embryonic form. Congress’ only possible answer is to inform Mr. Bush forthwith that if he continues to defiantly ignore the Constitution and laws passed by Congress, he will be impeached.]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1222-36.htm

• [[64] The Editor & Publisher Staff’s 12-22-05 E&P article, “‘Impeachment’ Talk, Pro And Con, Appears In Media At Last”: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001736558

• [[65] Joe Conason’s 12-22-05 New York Observer essay, “Bush’s Abuse Of Power Deserves Impeachment”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5872

• [[66] William Rivers Pitt’s 12-22-05 TruthOut.com essay. “The Breaking Strain” [Advocates impeachment.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5855/print

• [[67] Helen Thomas’ 12-22-05 Salt Lake Tribune essay, “Bush Goes Too Far When He Bypasses Wiretap Court”: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3333762

• [[68] John Nichols’ 12-21-05 CD/TN essay, “Raising The Issue Of Impeachment”: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1221-24.htm

• [[69] The Olympian’s 12-21-05 CD/TO editorial, “Bush Must Be Held Accountable: George Bush Cannot Protect Democracy By Destroying It”: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1220-35.htm

• [[70] Santiago Times’ 12-21-05 ST editorial, “Impeach Bush: No President Is Above The Law; Not In Chile, Not In The U.S.” [“Bush’s slippery slope leads to a police state, plain and simple.”]: http://www.tcgnews.com/santiagotimes/index.php?nav=story&story_id=10503&topic_id=1

• [[71] Mark Leno’s 12-21-05 San Francisco Bay Guardian essay, “Horror, Lies, Deceit, Death And Destruction” [A California state legislator calls for Bush’s impeachment and removal from office.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/?q=node/5897

• [[72] Jerry Mazza’s 12-21-05 Online Journal essay, “Patience, Mr. Bush? How About Impeachment, Now?”: http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_353.shtml

• [[73] Bev Conover’s 12-21-05 OnlineJournal.com essay, “Here We Go Again With The Censure Nonsense” [Forget censure! It’s the wrong remedy. Explains why impeachment is the correct constitutional remedy for the many serious felonies committed by President George W. Bush.]: http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_354.shtml

• [[74] Howard Fineman’s 12-21-05 MSNBC.com essay, “Spying, The Constitution, And The ‘I Word’: 2006 Will Offer Up Nixon-Era Nastiness And A Chorus Of Calls To Impeach Bush”: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10561966/

• [[75] Amy Goodman’s 12-21-05 Democracy Now article plus transcript, “First Steps Toward Impeachment: Conyers Introduces Bill To Censure Bush And Cheney”: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/21/1447240

• [[76] Bob Fertik’s 12-21-05 blog article, “CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jack McCafferty Discuss Impeachment”: http://www.impeachpac.org/?q=node/101

• [[77] Jonathan Alter’s 12-20-05 CD/Newsweek essay, “Bush’s Snoopgate” [“If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced.”]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1220-20.htm

• [[78] David Swanson’s 12-20-05 CensureBush.org essay, “Censure And Impeachment” [Explains that censure and impeachment aren’t mutually exclusive remedies, and why both are worth pursuing. But see Bev Conover’s dissenting essay at endnote 62 above.]: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5782

• [[79] ThinkProgress.org’s 12-20-05 essay, “Conservative Scholars Argue That Bush’s Wiretapping Is An Impeachable Offense” [Conservative constitutional scholar Bruce Fein and AEI scholar Norman Ornstein argued, on the Diane Rehm Show, that Congress should impeach Mr. Bush if he defiantly continues the NSA’s warrantless domestic spying program.]: http://thinkprogress.org/2005/12/20/conservative-scholars-argue-bush‚Äôs-wiretapping-is-an-impeachable-offense

• [[80] Marie Cocco’s 12-20-05 Newsday.com essay, “Bush Shows He Believes He’s Above The Law” [“This is a president who believes no law applies to him. The president simply disregards the Constitution, save for the one clause he uses to justify his violation of so many others. He is, he says, commander-in-chief. This power trumps all.”]: http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-opcoc204558361dec20,0,3978167.column?coll=ny-news-columnists

• [[81] US Rep. John Conyers’ 12-20-05 The Nation essay, “A Motion For Censure”: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060109/motion_for_censure

• [[82] Doug Ireland’s 12-19-05 CD/DI essay, “A Time To Impeach” [“And when a president commits a crime in violation of his oath of office swearing to uphold the Constitution, it’s time to impeach.”]: http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1219-34.htm

• [[83] Senator Barbara Boxer’s 12-19-05 press release, “Boxer Asks Presidential Scholars About Former White House Counsel’s Statement That Bush Admitted To An ‘Impeachable Offense'”: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5739

• [[84] Associated Press’ 12-19-05 AP Atlanta article, “Congressman Calls For Bush’s Impeachment” [US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has called for Mr. Bush’s impeachment.]: http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=69123

• [[85] Ron Hutcheson’s 12-19-05 Knight-Ridder article, “Bush Says Spying Will Continue: Democrats Reject Rationale For Domestic Surveillance, Say President Has Abused His Power” [See GWU Law Professor Jonathan Turley’s expert opinion in the fourth paragraph.]: http://www.spokesmanreview.com/breaking/story.asp?ID=5624

• [[86] David Savage’s 12-17-05 LAT article, “’78 Law Sought To Close Spy Loophole: Congress Acted To Prohibit The Kind Of Domestic Surveillance That Is Now At Issue”: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-legal17dec17,1,6257251.story?coll=la-news-a_section

• [[87] Hilzoy’s 12-16-05 Washington Monthly guest column, “Above The Law 2”: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2005_12/007789.php

• [[88] Doug Thompson’s 12-9-05 CHB essay, “Bush On The Constitution: ‘It’s Just A God-Damned Piece Of Paper'” [Bush to GOP Congressmen lobbying him in the Oval Office: “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face! It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”]: http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/printer_7779.shtml

• [[89] Ralph Nader & Kevin Zeese’s 8-31-05 Boston Globe essay, “The ‘I’ Word” [Ample grounds existed for Mr. Bush’s impeachment well before the NY Times broke the story on 12-16-05 – which it had suppressed for one year – about his authorization of the NSA’s warrantless domestic spying program.]: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/05/31/th e_i_word?mode=PF

• [90] At least 14 websites advocate the prompt impeachment, conviction and removal from office of President George Walker Bush and Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney:
[a] http://impeachbushcoalition.blogspot.com
[b] http://www.impeachpac.org
[c] http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=taxonomy/term/17
[d] http://www.votetoimpeach.org
[e] http://www.impeachbush.org
[f] http://www.impeach-bush-now.org
[g] http://zzpat.tripod.com/cvb/
[h] http://www.thefourreasons.org/
[i] http://impeachbush.meetup.com/
[j] http://www.topplebush.com/
[k] http://elandslide.org/elandslide/petition.cfm?campaign=impeach&refer=home
[l] http://impeachthesonofabitch.com/
[m] http://www.impeachbush.tv/impeach/
[n] http://impeachcentral.com

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