ImpeachmentWatch Day 17 (2008-06-26)

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke

Welcome to Day 17 of ImpeachmentWatch™, your daily diary that tracks Impeachment, whether the Mainstream Media covers it or not.  

There is no data, nor has there been any study demonstrating “an investigation will cause a backlash.” The genesis of this urban myth is worthy of a separate comment thread.

The legal duty under the laws of war is for the House to conduct an investigation. Once there is an investigation, the House can discuss how to proceed. Nuremberg establishes that when prosecutions have not occurred, the leadership must use impeachment, otherwise that country is not civilized:

“Under any civilized judicial system he could have been impeached and removed from office or convicted of malfeasance”

Orange Friday Reminder: Tommorrow is Friday.  Please Wear Orange and ask your friends and family to Wear Orange.

If only a fraction of the 70% who want Bush and Cheney gone were to Wear Orange Every Friday, a ribbon, an armband, a t-shirt and so on, we’d have millions.  These millions would be seen by tens of millions of others and can inspire bursts of Orange all over the country.

Impeachment Video of the Day

Fun with War Crimes – Trailer

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Recent Highlights

I believe we should let George Bush get away with breaking the law because the attempt to hold him accountable would upset a sizeable portion of Americans who wouldn’t like that a President they (allegedly) elected and then (allegedly) re-elected is now facing impeachment.

But what will happen if Kucinich’s 35 Articles of Impeachment quietly die in judiciary committee and the crimes of the Bush regime are not investigated? If the Bush regime’s crimes are not investigated will these crimes then become accepted behavior by America’s leaders? If no one is held to account for authority over-stepped, laws undermined, rule of law flouted, and torture codified, what’s to stop the next president, and the next and the next and the one after that from following suit?

To allow George W. Bush to go virtually unchallenged in any significant and legal way now is to allow a foundation of corruption and despotism to be laid at the feet of every president after him: an absolutely flawless model for sidestepping accountability and practicing unchecked and unfettered powers.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich is apparently the only member of Congress who is actually doing his job of representing the people. Earlier this month he sponsored articles of impeachment against George W. Bush citing “unprecedented abuse of executive power” for all the blatant illegalities, lies and violations that have occurred during his presidency.

My problem with the “not the right time” argument is that it has been used for too long to give our leaders of today a free pass while passing the buck on to our leaders of tomorrow. We are expected to have blind faith that the Democrats, once elected, will take on the important issues. But there is always an upcoming election. There are always public opinion concerns. There will always be a better time.

Rep. Kucinich: This is what the founders anticipated in putting in the Constitution, in seven different places, the impeachment power and in making the House the sole guardian of that power. And so this is really an attempt to re-establish democratic governance, have the principle of accountability and the rule of law made central again to our public affairs and to take America, return America to a condition of true democracy.

Rather than admit a grave mistake and risk the possibility of exposure, Bush/Cheney and the Bush administration chose to keep an innocent man imprisoned, indefinitely. Any other time, any other place, emphasis here; any other administration and this would certainly be considered a crime against humanity. As such it would be tried and prosecuted, but Pelosi says “IMPEACHMENT is off the table”!!! It seems to me that when a Representative of the U.S. Government does not honor their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, then that person is also subject to IMPEACHMENT!

But no one did. Even when Democrats retook the House and Senate, the first thing they did was declare — almost pridefully — that “impeachment was off the table.” It was like a fire chief announcing that “response to house fires is off the table,” or a district attorney declaring that “rape prosecutions are off the table.”

“This is not intended to be a mere discussion of violations of law that have occurred,” said convener Lawrence Velvel, dean and cofounder of the school. “It is, rather, intended to be a planning conference at which plans will be laid and necessary organizational structures set up, to pursue the guilty as long as necessary and, if need be, to the ends of the Earth.”

“We must try to hold Bush administration leaders accountable in courts of justice,” Velvel said. “And we must insist on appropriate punishments, including, if guilt is found, the hangings visited upon top German and Japanese war-criminals in the 1940s.”

“For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to future American leaders,” Velvel said.

The “farce” of a surveillance law deal heralded by House Democratic leaders last week could permanently hide evidence of an “impeachable offense” on the part of President Bush, Sen. Feingold said.

“I do think this is a total farce with regard to the immunity [for telecommunications companies]. It basically guarantees the immunity,” Feingold said. “It doesn’t simply have the impact of potentially allowing telephone companies to break the law. It may prevent us from ever getting to the core issue … which is the president ran an illegal program that could’ve been an impeachable offense.”

The corporate media does not want to take on this issue and will not be able to handle its actual existence the way it handles the threat of impeachment proceedings. If impeachment hearings get underway, the corporate media will have to deal with the substance of the charges. It will be impossible to simply avoid the matter or treat it dismissively. You know the substance of the charges as well as anyone, but apparently you have not considered what all that information could accomplish.

The blogs are alive with the sound of Impeachment. The notices are rolling into my computer faster than I can open them, sign them and send them out to friends or family. That’s called activism, pushing back against this destructive force called Bush.

I think, perhaps, we are focusing on issues of impeachment through the wrong end of the telescope. We keep asking: how might this, potentially, negatively affect our Dems in the coming election cycle. Maybe we should turn the telescope around, for a wide-angle perspective, and ask: how might impeachment negatively affect every Republican running for office in the upcoming election?

The Speaker’s excuses are frivolous. One does not agree to remain complicit with tyranny on the illusion fact finding might be divisive. Division is the intent of the Framers: To ensure power is not centralized, and divided. Pelosi supports centralizing unchecked power under tyranny.

For this blackout to be broken, Progressive Democrats of America, Move On and every other progressive group need to call for Senator Obama to publicly call for Impeachment.

Vital Links

Full Text of the Articles of Impeachment (PDF)

Full Text Version of the Articles of Impeachment (TXT)

List of the Articles of Impeachment (TXT)

Entire Kucinich Impeachment Video (complete) [thanks to cspanjunkie]

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

“Ernest Hemingway once wrote, ‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for’. I agree with the second part” — Seven

Mainstream Story Counts

front pages as of 10:00 am PST – 2008-06-26 0 0 0

Google News: 0

Reuters: 0

AP: 0

Google News Search: Impeachment: 6,231

Number of Days until Rep. Kucinich plans to re-introduce the 35 Articles of Impeachment: 13

Current Co-Sponsers: Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19], Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6], Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9], Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22], Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2], Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17]

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Daily Impeachment Tracker

Day 17 – 2008-06-26

OEN: Clinton Impeachment vs Bush Impeachment

OEN: Impeachment Action Is Working!

RAWSTORY: Wexler: McCain’s ‘calculating the value of a terrorist attack’ is ‘eerie’

OEN: America has a Double Standard When It Comes to Kids

TCPALM: Bush’s border neglect is impeachable

ADS: Wexler Pushed for Impeachment Hearings on the Olbermann Show on MSNBC Tonight (video)

ADS: People Who Believe in God Also Believe Bush More Likely to Denounce His Own Policies Than Congress Is to Impeach Him


TMPCAFE: ‘Backlash Because of Impeachment Investigation’ Is An Urban Myth

Day 16 – 2008-06-25

PRWEB: A War Crimes Trial for Bush Administration? Priceless. Web-series launches “A Throbbing Surge”

CAPITOL-TIMES: Baldwin answers call of conscience, backs impeachment

RC-READER: Impeachment Articles Deserved Coverage

OEN: In Defense of Robert Wexler

AMERICAN-CHRONICLE: A Nation “On Track” Toward Derailment

M&C: Activists hope to honour President Bush with sewage plant

ST-PETERSBURG-TIMES: A lone congressman still speaks for the people

CONNIE-TALK: Dennis Kucinich Offers Petition To The Public For Impeaching Bush

LAS-VEGAS-SUN: Bush has flagrantly abused his power

ADS: In Memoriam Amendment IV

ADS: Six Years Later: Boston Globe Admits It’s Blood for Oil

ADS: Bush impeachment debate focuses on subpoenas (video)

ADS: Wexler, Bowman, and Impeachment

Day 15 – 2008-06-24

ADS: McClellan Testimony Highlights Bush’s Crimes — It’s Time for Genuine Accountability

SCOOP: Wexler on impeachment

HUFFPO: Lou Dobbs Stomps Out the Smoldering Match

POLITICALFORUM: Just Impeach Him Already

IMPEACHMENT-HEARING-ROOM: Impeach Bush And Cheney Before They Can Strike Again

OEN: A Future without Impeachment Paints a Bleak Picture

ADS: Feingold Says House Should Not Impeach for an Impeachable Offense Because the House Doesn’t Want to Do It

TMPCAFE: Congress Must Assert Exclusive Rule Making Power Over DC To Void All Presidential Signing Statements

TMPCAFE: Data Mining SASC25 Aggressive Interrogation Techniques

HUFFPO: Time for a Grand Inquest into Bush’s High Crimes

GLOBAL-RESEARCH: Rogue Nation: Time to change the course of U.S. history

Day 14 – 2008-06-23

ADVOCATE: Big Oil gains

OEN: Growing Right-Wing Chorus Backs Impeachment. When Will Pelosi?

BUZZFLASH: Barbara’s Daily BuzzFlash Minute

OEN: An Historic Moment Gone Unnoticed

ADS: The Battle Of Today Is Not For Today Alone

ADS: HEALTH ADVISORY: Invasion of the Impeachophobes

TMPCAFE: American Citizens Must Confront This President’s Illegal Prosecutions

RAWSTORY: Feingold: ‘Farce’ wiretap deal could be hiding ‘impeachable offense’

OEN: America Is Starting To Resemble Germany Before The Reichstag Fire

CONNIETALK: Dennis Kucinich May Be The Bravest American Of The Month

JEFFERSON-POST: Is the dawn coming?

FLICKR: Let’s purge congress of Bush Democrats

AUSTIN-DWI-LAWYER: I lost my temper today

TMPCAFE: Impeach Obama!

OEN: Some things we can do to help impeachment along

Day 13 – 2008-06-22

THEUNION: The value of the impeachment process

OEN: If The Opposite of Pro Is Con, Then The Opposite of Progress…

BILLINGS-GAZETTE: Impeachment articles exist to be used

OEN: Open Discussion Thread: Why do You think that Impeachment is a No-Go?

FASTCOMPANY: A reply letter to Florida Senator Bill Nelson

GATHER: Wexler to hold Town Hall Meeting

NUKESYLO13: Bush/Cheney in New England: “Arrest On Sight!”

RAWSTORY: McGovern: Iran attack coming soon

Day 12 – 2008-06-21

RAWSTORY: Dem Rep. calls for impeachment at McClellan testimony (video)

BUSINESS-AND-MEDIA: Lou Dobbs: Bush Should Be Impeached for Salmonella Outbreak

ADS: Lou Dobbs finds his reason to impeach Bush… food safety (video)

ADS: Major General Taguba’s Comments Add Weight to Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment

ADS: White House Refuses Another Subpoena

ADS: At Congressional Hearing, Conyers Talks About ‘Impeachable Offense’

SCOOP: Kucinich: Impeachment Not “Off the Table”

THE-FREE-PRESS: Support Dennis Kucinich

OEN: Impeach, Convict, Imprison, Sue

Day 11 – 2008-06-20

ADS: McClellan and Impeachment (video)

SELF-RELIANCE: Dianne Feinstein’s Answer to Impeachment

LANCASTER-EAGLE-GAZETTE: Ohioan, patriot delivers articles of impeachment

EVERYTHING-JERSEY: Open impeachment hearings

OREGONIAN: A vote for impeachment

SALEM-NEWS: Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment: A Three-Part Guide

CBSNEWS: McClellan: “White House Has Chosen To Conceal” Plame Details

ALTERNET: Scott McClellan Lays out a Damning Case Against Bush’s White House (video)

THE-REAL-NEWS: McClellan, impeachment and Congress (video)

Day 10 – 2008-06-19

ADS: Obama Commits to Halting Some of Bush’s Crimes If Elected, Even While Refusing to Acknowledge That They Are Prosecutable

WAPO: Kucinich Vows More Impeachment Articles On the Way (video)

TIMESARGUS: Push Congress on impeachment

CONSORTIUM: Bomb Iran? What’s to Stop Us?

THINKPROGRESS: Taguba: “The current administration has committed war crimes” and needs to “be held to account.’

TIMES-HERALD: Where’s impeachment news?

OEN: We the People on the eve of Countdown to impeachment

TIMES-STANDARD: Impeachment is still on the table

NEWS-LEADER: Bush has bent American system

GJ-FREE-PRESS: Where are the Democrats?

ARGUS-LEADER: Discover truth about Bush

SMIRKINGCHIMP: What Does Treason Have to do with Impeachment?

ADS: Cheney Linked To Torture Tactics

OEN: Force Impeachment – Hit The Streets

GLOBALRESEARCH: Kucinich threatens 60 impeachment articles if Judiciary doesn”t act

YOUR-THREE-CENTS: Kucinich to call for 60 ARTICLES of Impeachment

OEN: Congress Worse Than Bush & Company

INTERNATIONAL-NEWS: Movement is underway to impeach US President George W. Bush

Day 9 – 2008-06-18

ADS: Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D) N. Dakota, Considers Bush’s Crimes Relatively Unimportant, Opposes Impeachment

OEN: Support Rep. Kucinich’s and the Articles of Impeachment Against George Bush

BLACKAGENDAREPORT: Cynthia McKinney’s Call to Action in Support of Dennis Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment Against Bush

BLACKAGENDAREPORT: Freedom Rider: 35 Crimes

ATLANTICFREEPRESS: When is doing the right thing ” the wrong thing?

RAWSTORY: Kucinich threatens 60 impeachment articles if Judiciary doesn”t act

ADS: Bush”s High Crimes and Misdemeanors

ADS: General Accuses WH of War Crimes

BANGKOKPOST: Whither American accountability? Go after Bush Jr.

Day 8 – 2008-06-17

ADS: Hastings Won’t Impeach for Known Impeachable Offenses, Klein Won’t Worry His Head Over Whether There Are Impeachable Offenses

ADS: Brattleboro Reformer Editorializes for Impeachment

ADS: McKinney Says People Must ‘Flip the Script” Again, Urges Mass Mobilization Supporting Impeachment

HERALDBULLETIN: Never too late to impeach


ADS: Impeachment on MTV

ADS: Bush Greeted With Cries for Impeachment in Rome, Italy

CONSORTIUMNEWS: Kucinich Comments on Impeachment

OEN: I Thought We Didn’t Negotiate With Terrorists

TMPCAFE: A Question to Democrats: If Not Now, When?

Day 7 – 2008-06-16

ADS: Ducking Impeachment in Congress and the Newsroom

ADS: Philadelphia Inquirer Editorializes on Impeachment

ADS: Wiretapping: Impeachment Not Immunity


ADS: Audio of Questioning of Senator Byron Dorgan About Impeachment (audio)

COURANT: Courant Quiet On Impeachment


ADS: Impeachment vs. ‘get out of jail free’ card for Bush, Cheney


STATESMANJOURNAL: The case for impeaching President Bush

Day 6 – 2008-06-15

ADS: Is Fascism an Impeachable Offense?

ADS: It’s Just Plame Impeachable

METROWEST: Greene: Clear reasons for impeachment

OEN: You Can’t Take a Poll to Decide if the Law Should Be Enforced

AZSTARNET: In support of the call for impeachment

GATHER: To Impeach or Not to Impeach, That is the Question

Day 5 – 2008-06-14

WSWS: Kucinich, the Democrats and the impeachment of Bush

JAVNO: NO INVESTIGATION: Kucinich Impeachment Proposal Refused Due To Fear

IPP: Cindy Sheehan criticizes Pelosi for not supporting impeachment

OEN: Questions for Obama: WHERE do you stand on IMPEACHMENT?  Is it “Off the Table” for YOU too?

OEN: Going Out With A Bang

OEN: POLL: Is the news media doing it’s job?

OEN: Please write to Gwen Ifill: 35 Articles of Impeachment Censored

PEOPLES VOICE: ‘George W. Bush has gotten away with murder’

ADS: Cindy Sheehan: Why Not, Nancy?

ADS: U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler takes issue with editorial on impeachment


OEN: Followup Letter to Congress: Impeach

35 Reasons to Call (202) 225-5126

TMPCAFE: Your DA, State AG Must Prosecute This Sitting President

TMPCAFE: President Must Be Prosecuted For Directing Illegal FBI Information Warfare For Political Objectives

CELEBRITYSATIRE: Congress Responds to Kucinich Impeachment Bill (satire)

Day 4 – 2008-06-13

PROGRESSIVE: It’s Conyers’s Time to Act on Impeachment

DEMOCRACY NOW: Despite Opposition from His Own Party, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich Vows to Continue Impeachment Effort Against Bush (video/audio)

ADS: Veterans For Peace deliver 23,000 impeachment petitions to House Judiciary Chair Conyers

ADS: Bush Tried to Destroy Medicare

PACKET: Bush actions merit impeachment

SPOKESMAN REVIEW: Why no coverage of impeachment debate?

DESERT SUN: The Bush administration: Is impeachment coming?

BUZZFLASH: Dennis Kucinich Says He’s Not Giving Up on Impeachment: Morality and the Law Require It.

VENTURA COUNTY STAR: Your letters: Time to Impeach

NEWS MINER: Impeachment is Extremely Significant

ONLINE JOURNAL: Kucinich vows new round of impeachment articles against Bush if measure dies

ONLINE JOURNAL: The blogs are alive with the sound of Impeachment!

TPMCAFE: House Must Preemptively Impeach Bush On Iran

DKOS: Instructions: How to make an Impeachment Pie

DKOS: Bush Impeachment Polls

TPMCAFE: Evidence Showing Pelosi Must Recuse Herself On Impeachment

DKOS: Rebutting propaganda @ Dennis’s Articles of Impeachment

Day 3 – 2008-06-12

STARTRIBUNE: Animals aloft are a sign that impeachment might fly

RAWSTORY: O’Reilly, Kucinich spar over impeachment, unite on gas prices (video)

ADS: Dennis Kucinich on the Urban Journal (audio)

ADS: Obama Must Learn From Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment: Election Theft is Real

RAWSTORY: Cafferty: Why won’t Congress consider impeachment? (video)

DEMOCRATS.COM: Impeachment Cosponsors Wanted!

ALTERNET: Kucinich’s Mammoth Case for Impeaching Bush

DETROIT FREE PRESS: President’s misdeeds go on record

OEN: Has Kucinich Exposed the Dems Complicity?

TPMCAFE: President Must Be Impeached to Forever Deny Him Any Pardons

DKOS: The 35 Articles of Impeachment

SENTINAL: Why Impeachment Is Good Electoral Strategy

DKOS: TELL PELOSI: Bush impeachment polls as high as Nixon when he resigned

Day 2 – 2008-06-11

WAPO: Kucinich Vows to Keep Up Impeachment Fight

CNN: Kucinich effort to impeach Bush kicked into limbo

RAWSTORY: Kucinich: Judiciary Committee must begin review of impeachment articles

ADS: Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) Supports Effort to Impeach President Bush

BLOG: Americans Want Bush Impeached Far More Than They Ever Supported Clinton Impeachment

TRUTHDIG: Gore Vidal’s Article of Impeachment

DEMOCRATS.COM: PETITION: Put Kucinich on Meet the Press

TMPCAFE: Speaker Must Be Removed For Her Illegal Position on Impeachment Investigation

DKOS: My letter to Conyers addressing his “5 points against impeachment” – and how you can help

Day 1 – 2008-06-10


DKOS: I believe we should let George Bush get away with breaking the law because…

RAWSTORY: Mainstream media yawns as Kucinich offers impeachment

DEMOCRATS.COM: Impeachment: Where Olbermann, Turley, and Fineman Are Wrong

DEMOCRATS.COM: Full Text of Articles of Impeachment

DKOS: Wexler Co-Sponsors First Bush Articles of Impeachment

DKOS: The Purpose of Impeachment

DKOS: Why there is time and reason for impeachment of Bush

DKOS: Daily Kos

Poll: When will corporate media cover the impeachment hearings?

DKOS: Five reasons Impeachment is never too late

Day 0 – 2008-06-09

RAWSTORY: Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles (video)


ALTERNET: Colbert says Impeach Bush now or you’re a bunch of pussies… (video)

MSNBC: Poll: Do you believe President Bush’s actions justify impeachment?89% YES, 700,218 votes

RAWSTORY: Murtha revises: Impeachment is ‘on the table’

ALTERNET: Why Is Impeachment Important? (video)

ALTERNET: George McGovern Calls for Bush and Cheney’s Impeachment

ALTERNET: Olbermann & Maddow: Why Are Democrats Afraid to Impeach Cheney? (video)

ALTERNET: Obama and Clinton believe accountability is “off the table.”

ADS: If the People Want Impeachment, Why Can’t it Happen?

TIMESNEWS: The President “serves at our pleasure” and I’m not pleased

DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND: International Justice: The World Has its Eye on George W. Bush

PBS: Moyers: Tough Talk on Impeachment (video)

How to Help

We need to put serious pressure on Conyers, Pelosi and the rest of the House Judiciary. FAX them. A fax, unlike a voicemail or an email, is a physical piece of paper that CANNOT BE IGNORED or easily deleted. Use FaxZero to send 2 free faxes everyday. [h/t Randgrithr]

Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4188

Harry Reid: 202-224-7327

Jerrold Nadler: 202-225-6923

John Conyers: 202-225-0072

Sending them the List of the Articles of Impeachment might not be a bad idea.  Maybe they just haven’t had a chance to read the list yet. Or maybe they’d like the complete text.  

Other Ways to Help

– Write a letter to your local newspaper in suppport of Impeachment.

– Write a letter to your Congressman supporting impeachment.

– Post stories about Impeachment on your blog and other political websites.

– Wear Orange Every Friday! (and ask your friends and family to wear orange)

Sign the Petition To Impeach Bush

– OEN: Some things we can do to help impeachment along

Don’t let the talk of Impeachment die.  Dennis will re-introduce in less than 20 days.  It’s up to us, the  independent bloggers of the internet to keep this story going.  The RULE OF LAW demands that we Impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney for the high crimes and misdemeanors they have committed against the people of this country and the world.  We are the media now.  Stand up and help Rep. Kucinich.  Keep this story alive!

A future without impeachment paints a frighteningly bleak picture, a picture that at this point many of us can see but too few of us are acting to prevent. If ever there was a time to act, now is that time. Congressman Kucinich has promised to re-introduce the 35 Articles of Impeachment against Bush within 30 days of the first introduction if the judiciary committee does not act. That’s just a few short weeks from now. It’s time, right now, to promote the necessity of impeachment as widely as possible. It is imperative that the Bush regime be driven from office and held accountable for its many crimes – it’s time to act now.

At this point the future in unwritten; which one we get is up to us.

Be the change that you want to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi


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