Posts Tagged ‘impeachment’

In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more serious acts of disloyalty to one’s sovereign or nation. A person who commits treason is known as a traitor.

These crimes and the impeachment of officers thereof are granted by the U.S. Constitution.

ARTICLE II: Section 4

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office of Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

ARTICLE III: Section 3

Treason against the United States, shall consist only 1) in levying War against them, or in 2) adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the person attained.

Ex parte Bollman, 8 U.S. 75 (1807), was a case brought before the United States Supreme Court, which ruled that:

“there must be an actual assembling of men, for the treasonable purpose, to constitute a levying of war”.

The Constitutional definition of treason is limited to actual, direct, and concrete involvement in an attempt to forcefully overthrow the government.

That is, treason is essentially a “military” offense. For instance, no amount of anti-government speech can qualify as treason, although giving away military secrets might.

The Supreme court could justifiably condemn them for conspiring with Enemies (of the Constitution). They have also used military force against the States and the People under the guise of their unconstitutional Military Commissions Act of 2006 and other high crimes.


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Benign, compared to the many other horrors

Warning: this video reveals the true, horrid nature of the unconstitutional, imperial, criminal invasion of Iraq by the neocons controlling Washington and the White House.

You may remember this and other photos from the Abu Ghraib torture incident from 2004, and the sick Americans who took their own photos in scenes of abuse.

So compared to what people have been talking about here the pictures are quite benign.Yahia (an Iraqi witness)

[M]any people noted that there was not a frank apology from the president for this incident.Ben Wedeman (CNN)

BBC: Why Democracy

This is not a solitary incident.

Due to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Bush or any other president the power, should he desire, has the power to use such military force within America against anyone who can be declared as ‘an enemy combatant’.

This may include anyone – innocent people, protesters, or a person organizing an anti-war protest in Washington D.C.

So when you see what the military are capable of and allowed to do, you know: we have a lot to fear.

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Vermont towns vote to arrest Bush and Cheney
Wed Mar 5, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in two Vermont towns on Tuesday approved a measure that would instruct police to arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for “crimes against our Constitution,” local media reported.

The nonbinding, symbolic measure, passed in Brattleboro and Marlboro in a state known for taking liberal positions on national issues, instructs town police to “extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to prosecute them.”

Full article…

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To me, the most astonishing thing about this is that George Bush has managed to get away with his crimes and violations for such a long time, and that impeachment hasn’t yet been seriously put on the table until fairly recently.

Tough Talk on Impeachment with Bill Moyers (Part 1)

Part 2: watch here
Part 3: watch here

According to CBS, former Democratic Candidate George McGovern called for impeachment recently. He said that the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney is “the rightful course for an American patriot.” McGovern has also stated that the cause to impeach Bush and Cheney is far stronger than it was for the impeachment of Nixon.

“They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ to use the constitutional standard.” – George McGovern

Dennis Kucinich has proposed impeachment for months. A resolution in November was surprisingly averted by his own party while being supported by the republicans in the House of Representatives. His resolution still stands strong but now includes both Bush and Cheney.

“[There is] a political advantage to the democrats in letting the president stay in – being unchallenged- and more or less letting the people of the country render a judgment in the November election against all republicans – but that’s folly, because what they’re doing actually is undermining the Constitution. Impeachment is mentioned six places in the Constitution – the Founders felt very strongly about a remedy to achieve an effective check and balance. So, I’m going to persist and very soon I’ll be introducing articles – it will be about a 50-count charge against the president.” – Dennis Kucinich

In my own investigation I have discovered the following as charges against the president. Like Kucinich said, there are many more reasons and violations of the Constitution to impeach George W. Bush.

  1. – George W. Bush ignored specific intelligence and warnings by domestic and foreign agents of an eminent attack on America similar to that of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and did not proceed to prevent it – resulting in the death of over 6000 Americans. [ref]
  2. – George W. Bush lied to the Congress and the American public on many accounts in order to justify the illegal and fraudulent invasion of Iraq. [ref]
  3. – George W. Bush misused government funds to bomb Iraq without Congressional authorization.
  4. – George W. Bush has subjected American military personnel to unnecessary harm, debilitating injuries, and deaths by illegal acts of imperial aggression in the Middle East.
  5. – George W. Bush violated the Geneva Convention by allowing the torture and deaths of prisoners of war while keeping them hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as using illegal weapons such as white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and napalm. [ref]
  6. – George W. Bush has knowingly caused damage in the billions of dollars to the U.S. economy via the illegal invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and the abuse of the Federal Reserve system by the printing of un-backed paper money. [ref]
  7. – George W. Bush has used the false “war against terrorism” and the Military Commissions Act to suspend the Constitution of the United States, particularly through the USA PATRIOT Act, suspension of habeas corpus, wiretapping and electronic surveillance without a warrant. [ref]
  8. – George W. Bush has violated the Constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans, legal residents, and non-Americans, without due process, without charge, and without access to counsel. [ref]
  9. – George W. Bush has disobeyed over 750 Congressional laws and any laws that conflict with “his interpretation of the Constitution.” [ref]
  10. – George W. Bush has violated Federal law by the use of propaganda and disinformation by selectively leaking classified information. [ref]
  11. – George W. Bush has violated the Constitution and abused presidential power by asserting a “Unitary Executive Theory” – giving unlimited powers to the President and obstructing efforts by the Congress and the Courts to restrict presidential actions. [ref]
  12. – George W. Bush has violated State and Federal law by allowing tampering and obstructions of the elections of 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 by the use of faulty voting machines and suppression of voters in Florida and Ohio. [ref]

Wikipedia – Movement to Impeach George W. Bush

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