David Swanson / After Downing Street & The Memory Hole – 2008-07-28 22:35:39
Pelosi Says She Would Impeach Bush
If Somebody Knew of a Crime He’d Committed
(July 28, 2008) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told “The View” today that she’d impeach George W. Bush if anybody knew of a crime he’d committed.
Here’s a list of crimes (PDF) drawn up by Congressman John Conyers 2.5 years ago. Could a few thousand people fax it to Rep. Pelosi, please?
Could someone also deliver it to her at her appearance with Politics and Prose bookstore of Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 2 at 3 p.m. at Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland. (There is no cost for this event. Please sign up in advance by calling the Village Center at 301-656-2797.)
Bush has repeatedly instructed current and former staffers to refuse to comply with subpoenas and contempt citations.
Bush has violated numerous laws and claimed the right to do so in signing statements, as documented by the Government Accountability Office.
To watch a video of Bush admitting to violating FISA (thereby committing numerous felonies) go to the White House website [via the AfterDowningStreet link] and watch the December 19, 2005, press conference. You’ll notice that Bush claims he began these crimes after September 11, 2001, which is not true; he began them earlier.
You’ll notice that Bush claims to have legal justification for violating the law, but those claims have completely collapsed. He also claims the spying is limited in ways that it is not.
And when asked why he didn’t try to change the law rather than violating it, he said he just doesn’t have to because he’s the president.
Does Pelosi subscribe to the belief that torture was ever legal?
Here’s someone who does not: http://cindyforcongress.org
“Prisoner Boxes” in Iraq
Russ Kick / The Memory Hole
First Published Photographs of Wooden Imprisonment Crates
(July 2008) — In Iraq, some prisoners/detainees are kept in wooden crates known as “prisoner boxes,” so I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the US Central Command asking for the following:
“Vanity Fair (Feb 2005 issue) has reported the existence of wood “prisoner boxes” being used by the US military in facilities in and around Baghdad. They are used to hold individual prisoners and detainees.
“I hereby request all photographs of these boxes, including empty boxes as well as boxes holding prisoners and detainees.”
Around nine and a half months later, CentCom responded by sending the three photographs on this page.
You are seeing the photos exactly as they were sent to me – as black and white printouts on standard printer paper, with creases from being folded into thirds. Two of the photos are extremely blurry and pixelated.
Considering that the average summer temperature in Baghdad is 111 F, and that temps can easily go above 120 F [source], it’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be inside these boxes.
Also See the Following Articles on EAW
Bush Accused of Tyranny and Murder at Justice Hearings (Part 1)
(Michael Collins / Scoop” Independent News)
The July 25 hearing on the abuse of presidential powers before the House Committee on the Judiciary considered Congressmember Kucinic’s Resolution on articles of impeachment and heard from numerous administration critics — including former Reagan administration official Bruce Fein and former LA District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi — who accused Bush of deception, manipulation, tyranny and murder.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
(Vincent Bugliosi Testifies at House Judiciary Hearing)
There is direct evidence that President George W. Bush did not honorably lead this nation, but deliberately misled it into a war he wanted. Bush and his administration knowingly lied to Congress and to the American public — lies that have cost the lives of more than 4,000 young American soldiers and close to $1 trillion.
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO OFFER RESOLUTION RAISING A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE
(Hon. Dennis J. Kucinich / US House of Representatives)
Resolved, that President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following Article of Impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: “In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Seven Republican Members of House Judiciary Call for Impeachment out of Duty to the Constitution
(Cheryl Biren-Wright / Op Ed News)
GOP Reps. Smith, Sensenbrenner, Coble, Gallegly, Goodlatte, Chabot, and Cannon after much deliberation put the Constitution and rule of law before politics. Rep. Lamar Smith stated, “As much as one might wish to avoid this process, we must resist the temptation to close our eyes and pass by. The president’s actions must be evaluated for one simple reason: the truth counts.”
More than a million citizens have signed a petition supporting a Congressional resolution to impeach George W. Bush. The resolution has seven cosponsors and has been endorsed by several Republicans. Growing pressure has forced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reconsider the “Constitutional remedy.” Pelosi recently warned that the deepening political crisis “is, in many ways, more serious than the Constitutional crisis surrounding Watergate.”