This Friday Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich will stand before the House Judicial Committee and present 35 counts for the impeachment of George W. Bush. This is courage of the highest order. He stands in stark contrast to his party and the atmosphere of D.C. in general. I know that some of you that read my blog do not agree with Kucinich's personal politics, but I encourage everyone to read over the Articles themselves:
Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq.
Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With
Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression.
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of
Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War.
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States.
Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression.
Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114.
Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.
Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter.
Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor
Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes
Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq
Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation's Natural Resources
Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other
Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in
the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency
Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq
Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors
Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign
Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan,
Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy
Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to "Black Sites" Located in Other
Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture
Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist
Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government
Creating Secret Laws
Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act
Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the
Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the
Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens
Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements
Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply
Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice
Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare
Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil
Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change
Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist
Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.
Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Endangering the Health of 911 First Responder
For further details and explanation of each Article, please see the pdf file from Kucinich's site, found here
Certainly some of these Articles are stronger than others, but if you agree with even one of them (regardless of your political stripe), then please sign Kucinich's petition. This will not be an easy battle to win. The Republican's are willing to follow Bush into the depths of Hell, and the Democratic Party led by Pelosi's, Reid's, and Obama's are content to let the clock expire on the Bush Presidency. They are content to let what has happened slide, something to be filed away under "a lesson learned". I know it is easy to think that the magic wonderful Democrats will come to power and all the badness will go away. But for god's sake look at the complacency in the Democratic Party. Impeaching Bush will wake everyone up. We need BOTH parties to know that we like our Fourth Amendment Rights (even if Obama/Bush do not -- see FISA) we must show BOTH complicit Democrats and complicit Republicans alike that the rule of law still means something to us even if it does not to them. That is how things get better.
Be a patriot.