Send 500,000 impeachment letters to Pelosi by her first day as speaker,
While arguing about whether we should demand impeachment in another thread,
someone said there had to be a “groundswell of support” like there
was for the impeachment of Nixon and cited this article:
“More than 50,000 telegrams poured in on Capitol Hill today, so many,
Western Union was swamped. Most of them demanded impeaching Mr. Nixon.”
John Chancellor, NBC News on a Special Report on October 20, 1973
We already have more support than that. When John Conyers took Bush his petition
demanding he answer questions about the Downing Street Memo, it had 540,000 signatures, over
ten times as many as wrote about Nixon. I would bet most of those people would
write to demand impeachment of Bush, probably more.
The great thing is, now we have someone to focus this demand on who can and
possibly will act (in spite of her protests to the contrary): Nancy Pelosi.
She should have a half million signatures waiting for her her first day as
Speaker of the House.
I think she and the many of the Democrats want to do this, but to overcome
the reluctance of the DC establishment and big money interests who are afraid
their ox will be gored along with Bush & Cheney, she needs constant overwhelming
evidence of public DEMAND not just support for impeachment.
Fax or snail mail the letter below or your own variation to:
2371 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Emails are nice, but letters and faxes make a physical pile that form a powerful
visual, and that should be Pelosi opening her door and being buried by letters.
CC a copy to your congressman too. You can find their address here: http://www.house.gov
Post this around to other boards and send it to you friends, and let’s see
if we can get something going.
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The American people elected a Democratic majority to restore checks and balances,
the rule of law, and our reputation as a law-abiding country in the world community.
These cannot be accomplished unless President George W. Bush and Vice President
Dick Cheney are impeached. Their impeachable offenses dwarf those that led to
proceedings against President Clinton and President Andrew Johnson, and the threatened
proceedings against President Richard Nixon combined. The offenses below are
already supported with evidence in the public record, including admissions of
guilt. It is likely that investigations prior to impeachment would turn up even
IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY FOR:
* Lying to the American people, Congress, and the world about the threat from
Iraq & need for war.
* War of aggression against Iraq, which posed no threat to US.
* Death of over 600,000 Iraqis and nearly 3,000 S troops in unnecessary war.
* Exploiting 9/11 for political gain and for war to benefit oil companies
and other cronies.
* Canceling Iraq’s oil contracts with foreign companies and giving them to
American corporations and restructuring Iraq’s oil industry to their specification
in violation of the Hague and Geneva Conventions.
* Awarding no-bid contracts to cronies for rebuilding and oil exploitation
* Inciting animosity toward the US by attacking Iraq and falsely claiming
it was part of “War on Terror.”
* Authorizing the use of torture in violation of the Geneva Convention and
US law and against the advice of the uniformed military.
* Participating in the overthrow of the democratically elected government
of Haiti and attempting to do so in Venezuela.
* Failure to fully cooperate with 9/11 Commission and joint congressional
inquiry, and refusal to comply with Freedom of Information Act in other areas
* Warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.
* Issuing signing statements that contradict the plain meaning of legislation,
including on issues of torture.
* Denying Americans and others habeas corpus rights even after Supreme Court
ruled against it.
* Coercing government employees to lie to Congress and the American people
about the cost of Medicare drug benefit, global warning, and toxic hazard of
NYC after 9/11.
* Failure to provide timely aid to Hurricane Katrina victims and appointing
someone with no experience to run FEMA.
* Barring Americans who disagree with the president from public events paid
for with taxpayer money, and forcibly removing some with private security posing
as Secret Service agents.
Listen to the American people so we can be confident we have a democracy again.
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In case you’d like to read the full case from Impeachbush.org, here you have it:
Articles of Impeachment
President George W. Bush
Vice President Richard B. Cheney,
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice,
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States,
shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason,
Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. – – ARTICLE II, SECTION 4 OF
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State
Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales have committed violations and subversions of the Constitution
of the United States of America in an attempt to carry out with impunity crimes
against peace and humanity and war crimes and deprivations of the civil rights
of the people of the United States and other nations, by assuming powers of
an imperial executive unaccountable to law and usurping powers of the Congress,
the Judiciary and those reserved to the people of the United States, by the
1) Seizing power to wage wars of aggression in defiance of the U.S. Constitution,
the U.N. Charter and the rule of law; carrying out a massive assault on and
occupation of Iraq, a country that was not threatening the United States, resulting
in the death and maiming of over one hundred thousand Iraqis, and thousands
of U.S. G.I.s.
2) Lying to the people of the U.S., to Congress, and to the U.N., providing
false and deceptive rationales for war.
3) Authorizing, ordering and condoning direct attacks on civilians, civilian
facilities and locations where civilian casualties were unavoidable.
4) Instituting a secret and illegal wiretapping and spying operation against
the people of the United States through the National Security Agency.
5) Threatening the independence and sovereignty of Iraq by belligerently changing
its government by force and assaulting Iraq in a war of aggression.
6) Authorizing, ordering and condoning assassinations, summary executions,
kidnappings, secret and other illegal detentions of individuals, torture and
physical and psychological coercion of prisoners to obtain false statements
concerning acts and intentions of governments and individuals and violating
within the United States, and by authorizing U.S. forces and agents elsewhere,
the rights of individuals under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments
to the Constitution of the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
7) Making, ordering and condoning false statements and propaganda about the
conduct of foreign governments and individuals and acts by U.S. government personnel;
manipulating the media and foreign governments with false information; concealing
information vital to public discussion and informed judgment concerning acts,
intentions and possession, or efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction
in order to falsely create a climate of fear and destroy opposition to U.S.
wars of aggression and first strike attacks.
8) Violations and subversions of the Charter of the United Nations and international
law, both a part of the “Supreme Law of the land” under Article VI,
paragraph 2, of the Constitution, in an attempt to commit with impunity crimes
against peace and humanity and war crimes in wars and threats of aggression
against Afghanistan, Iraq and others and usurping powers of the United Nations
and the peoples of its nations by bribery, coercion and other corrupt acts and
by rejecting treaties, committing treaty violations, and frustrating compliance
with treaties in order to destroy any means by which international law and institutions
can prevent, affect, or adjudicate the exercise of U.S. military and economic
power against the international community.
9) Acting to strip United States citizens of their constitutional and human
rights, ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access to counsel,
without charge, and without opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer
to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by
the Executive of a citizen as an “enemy combatant.”
10) Ordering indefinite detention of non-citizens in the United States and
elsewhere, and without charge, at the discretionary designation of the Attorney
General or the Secretary of Defense.
11) Ordering and authorizing the Attorney General to override judicial orders
of release of detainees under INS jurisdiction, even where the judicial officer
after full hearing determines a detainee is wrongfully held by the government.
12) Authorizing secret military tribunals and summary execution of persons
who are not citizens who are designated solely at the discretion of the Executive
who acts as indicting official, prosecutor and as the only avenue of appellate
13) Refusing to provide public disclosure of the identities and locations of
persons who have been arrested, detained and imprisoned by the U.S. government
in the United States, including in response to Congressional inquiry.
14) Use of secret arrests of persons within the United States and elsewhere
and denial of the right to public trials.
15) Authorizing the monitoring of confidential attorney-client privileged communications
by the government, even in the absence of a court order and even where an incarcerated
person has not been charged with a crime.
16) Ordering and authorizing the seizure of assets of persons in the United
States, prior to hearing or trial, for lawful or innocent association with any
entity that at the discretionary designation of the Executive has been deemed
17) Engaging in criminal neglect in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, depriving
thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and other Gulf States of urgently
needed support, causing mass suffering and unnecessary loss of life.
18) Institutionalization of racial and religious profiling and authorization
of domestic spying by federal law enforcement on persons based on their engagement
in noncriminal religious and political activity.
19) Refusal to provide information and records necessary and appropriate for
the constitutional right of legislative oversight of executive functions.
20) Rejecting treaties protective of peace and human rights and abrogation
of the obligations of the United States under, and withdrawal from, international
treaties and obligations without consent of the legislative branch, and including
termination of the ABM treaty between the United States and Russia, and rescission
of the authorizing signature from the Treaty of Rome which served as the basis
for the International Criminal Court.