ImpeachmentWatch Day 56 (2008-08-04)

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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 56 of ImpeachmentWatch™, your daily diary that tracks Impeachment, whether the Mainstream Media covers it or not.



No one is above the law.  Impeach the President Today!

Elliott Adams, President of Veterans for Peace: “Now, Congressmen, it is your time, and I hear there is not enough time! Now is your time, and I hear it will not be good for one party or the other party! Now is your time, and I hear there is not enough political will around you! When our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence they were not worried about political will, or how much time there was, or about any parties’ political future, they were just worried they were going to be hanged by the neck. But they did what was right. Now it is your time to standup. Einstein said – ‘The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.’

Nancy Pelosi is on a national book tour to promote her book “Know your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters”.  Democrats.com is holding a citizen journalism contest. The reward: up to $1,000. The task: get Pelosi to give “a direct and substantive answer to the Impeachment question” and record it for playback on democrats.com.”

Cindy Sheehan for Congress!Let’s Table the Speaker

buddydrama :: ImpeachmentWatch Day 56 (2008-08-04)

Impeachment Video of the Day


Obama interrupted by hecklers at town hall event

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 make the Republicans want to illegitimately impeach a future Democratic President, and the warfare between the parties would never end.

Claiming an intern error, the House Judiciary Committee has retracted Monday statements regarding updates on the July 25th hearing on alleged presidential abuses, AKA the “non-impeachment” hearings.

A late Wednesday afternoon call showed the Judiciary Committee now claiming congressional procedures will require the official transcripts of the six hour hearing to be held for 90 days, meaning the official transcripts will not be made available to the American public until just before the November elections. A staffer who declined to give her name claimed that Monday’s statement that the transcripts would ready for the public on Aug. 3rd was an “intern error,” explaining that there are “new people in the office and they don’t know.”

It’s time the Democrats in Congress did what the vast majority of democrats want, and the constitution demands– impeachment hearings for Cheney and Bush.

The brutal fact is, and I do believe it’s a fact, impeachment hearings offer the Democrats the best chance they have of not only insuring Obama’s victory, but also for taking 60 seats in the Senate.

PELOSI: Well, I think that it- I think it was important- When I became speaker- and by the way, a very important position, president, vice president, speaker of the House- I saw it as my responsibility to try to bring a much divided country together to the extent that we could. I thought that impeachment would be divisive for the country.If somebody had a crime that the president had committed, that would be a different story.

Last Friday one of two things indisputably happened. Either a dozen senior Congress members and several well-known expert witnesses went certifiably and collectively insane, or charges of the most extreme executive abuses of power ever heard in the history of this nation were backed up by overwhelming evidence during a six-hour hearing of the House Judiciary Committee focused on the possible need to impeach the President and the Vice President. Either way, a nation with a public communications system worthy of a democracy would have learned the news.

What we actually have in this country is a news media conglomerate that functions as a part of the executive branch of the federal government. Call it the United States Department of Media. But “branch” is not the right word, since the executive branch is all that remains of our government (aside from whatever Dick Cheney is). The legislative and judicial branches have been eliminated. Or, rather, they are constantly and effectively being shut out of the government, in no small part by the Media Department. But “department,” too, is not the right word if one imagines any degree of independent decision making. None of the so-called departments and agencies in the executive government are any longer empowered to make significant decisions independent of the president (and whatever Dick Cheney is). And the Media Department is no exception.

The Declaration of Independence instructs that all just powers of government derive from the consent of the governed. And the core principle of self-government is that the people must know what their government is doing and why intelligently adapt, shape, and direct their political loyalties or energies. James Madison, father of the Constitution, lectured that a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives. Democracy resting on popular or congressional ignorance is a farce. In addition, sunshine is the best disinfectant. The executive branch will be deterred from lawlessness, folly, or maladministration by the knowledge that its actions will be made known to the public or Congress in a timely fashion. The executive branch ceased authorizing torture once knowledge of the practice by the United States in the war against international terrorism entered the public domain. A strong presumption favoring transparency in the executive branch is a constitutional imperative.

Here’s how the propaganda model works: Take an issue that is at odds with how elite policy makers view the world, say Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-OH) bid to impeach President Bush in early June 2008, and evaluate the media coverage of the event. Kucinich’s attempt to impeach the President elicited a mere 132 words in every major media outlet including the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN.com.

“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.”

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.

H.RES.333 – Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. [2007-04-24]

Sponser: Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10]

Co-Sponsers (27): Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2], Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3], Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1], Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11], Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1], Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9], Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7], Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5], Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17], Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51], Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7], Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18], Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4], Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13], Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9], Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7], Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4], Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8], Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10], Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9], Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13], Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10], Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35], Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33], Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19], Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6], Rep Wynn, Albert Russell [MD-4]

Complete TextComplete Video

H.RES.1258 – Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors. (35 Articles) [2008-06-09]

Sponser: Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10]

Co-Sponsers (7): 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], Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10]

Complete TextComplete Video: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

H.RES.1345 – Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors. (1 Article) [2008-07-10]

Sponser: Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10]

Co-Sponsers (2): Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19], Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9]

Complete TextComplete Video

videos thanks to cspanjunkie.org

“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

ABCNEWS: 0

CBSNEWS: 0

MSNBC: 0

FOXNEWS: 0

CNN: 0

AP: 0

REUTERS: 0

Google News: 0, Impeachment: 5,069 – (2) – (460) – (601)

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 56 – 2008-08-04

REUTERS: Massive protest called for Bush visit to South Korea

OEN: Forget Impeachment, Forget the ICC

CAMPUS-PROGRESS: Five Minutes with Dennis Kucinich

RAWSTORY: Economist on bailouts: ‘Socialism for Wall St. and the rich’

TPMCAFE: Where To Look When Issuing Subpoeans To President, DOJ

ADS: President’s Job Is to Pardon

ADS: Shoot Your Friends First: The Cheney Doctrine

ADS: Nobody Is Above the Law

ADS: Next president should order investigation of Bush-Cheney use of torture

ADS: Will the Antiwar Movement Strangle the State?

ADS: Prosecuting Bush and Cheney

DEMOCRATS.COM: What If McCain “Wins” the Election But Can’t Remember What Office He Was Running For? (video)

Day 55 – 2008-08-03

ADS: Bob Barr: Karl Rove is In Contempt of Congress (video)

ADS: Justice Robert Jackson Conference On The Planning For Prosecution Of High Level American War Criminals

ADS: McCain’s Goons Spot a Black Reporter, Throw Him Out

ADS: Is It Fascism Yet?  (audio)

ADS: As New Evidence Emerges that ‘War on Terror’ Prisoners were Held on Diego Garcia, Reprieve Demands Immediate Action

ADS: HOW THE UNITED STATES REVERSED ITS POLICY ON BOMBING CIVILIANS

ADS: Protesters Disrupt Obama in St. Pete

ADS: Now In NYC & Soon in Theatres Across the Nation: Stealing America – Vote by Vote

OEN: In the Company of Tyrants

PRESS-CONNECTS: Impeachment ignored

DEMOCRACY-NOW: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Defends Her Opposition to Impeachment

HELENA-IR: We must impeach

RAWSTORY: CIA vet may face repercussions for revealing agency secrets

RAWSTORY: Obama backs away from McCain’s debate challenge

RAWSTORY: Army declines comment on anthrax researcher

RAWSTORY: First Wal-Mart union begins in China thanks to gov’t

Day 54 – 2008-08-02

ADS: Protest Possible Attack on Iran in Towns and Cities All Over the United States on Saturday, August 2nd

ADS: Anthrax Attacks Inside Job? (video)

ADS: Impeachment Support Makes Wexler a Target (video)

OEN: Please Help: Impeachment has made Robert Wexler a Target

OEN: O’Reilly’s Revenge

OEN: Nancy Pelosi and the Hope That Was

COUNTERPUNCH: Bush Judge Does the Right Thing on Executive Immunity

CAPITOL-TIMES: Impeachment hearings need to get done

PEOPLES=WORLD: Let’s impeach

METROWEST: Evidence supports impeachment

PACIFIC-FREE-PRESS: The Invisible Candidate: Lighting on the Nader Media Blackout

WAPO: Waiting for Rove

LATIMES: Pelosi hopes her new book is more popular than Congress

NEWSBLAZE: A Message to America’s Daughters: Know Your Math!

RAWSTORY: Senate bill would restrict Bush from secret executive orders

Day 53 – 2008-08-01

OEN: Pelosi needs a reason to impeach, I’ll give her one

OEN: PARDON ME WHILE I RETCH–THE NATION’S INTERVIEW WITH PELOSI

OEN: Judiciary Backpedals on Reports and Transcripts from “Non-Impeachment” Hearings

CAPITOL-TIMES: Putting the I word on the agenda

PEOPLES-VOICE: The People, the Press, and the Case for Impeachment – Part 2

PEOPLES-VOICE: Bush Accused of Tyranny and Murder – Part 1

RAWSTORY: Bush turning intelligence agencies on Americans

RAWSTORY: Absolute Power, No Responsibility: White House reaction to the Department of Justice hiring scandal

THINKPROGRESS: To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them

TPMCAFE: DoJ Staff Counsel Confronted With War Crimes Evidence Linking Them To Illegal War Plans in Syria

ADS: Cafferty Covers News on CNN, Still Hasn’t Been Fired for It (But why didn’t he cover Friday’s hearing?) (video)

ADS: Pelosi Again Claims to Have No Evidence of Crimes: This Time in Time Magazine

ADS: AG Mukasey Seeks Extended Definition of “Battlefield” in WOT; Rivals “Onion” Satire

ADS: Rep. Walter Jones Not Opposed to Using Inherent Contempt (video)

ADS: Lobby Rep. Keith Ellison Today

ADS: How to win big in November: Impeach

ADS: RALPH NADER AND ROCKY ANDERSON WILL ‘TALK IMPEACHMENT’ FRIDAY MORNING IN A NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE UTAH STATE CAPITOL

DEMOCRATS.COM: Is It Time to Abolish the CIA?

DEMOCRATS.COM: The Daves Show

DEMOCRATS.COM: The Two Facts War Supporters Are Least Likely to Know

Day 52 – 2008-07-31

ABCNEWS: US Judge: White House Aides Can Be Subpoenaed

CBSNEWS: Bush Aides Can Be Subpoenaed, Court Rules

MSNBC: Bush aides can be subpoenaed, judge rules

FOXNEWS: Federal Judge Sides With Congress, Says Lawmakers Can Subpoena Bush Administration Aides

CNN: White House aides not immune from subpoenas, judge says

AP: US judge: White House aides can be subpoenaed

REUTERS: Judge: Congress can subpoena Bush aides

ABCNEWS: Bush Rewrites Spy Laws

FOXNEWS: Bush Says Shorter Deployments in Iraq Will ‘Ease the Burden on Our Forces’

CQ-POLITICS: Kucinich Seeks to Punctuate His Efforts to Abbreviate Bush’s Term

HUFFPO: Impeachment: Key to Dems’ Win in November

FAIR: CNN Scoffs at White House Critics

BUZZFLASH: For putting political pressure to protect John McCain ahead of the truth, Katie Couric is our BuzzFlash Media PUTZ of the Week

RAWSTORY: Federal judge rules Bush aides can be subpoenaed, Update: Pelosi says Rove contempt citation possible

RAWSTORY: Judge orders White House to find, preserve e-mails

RAWSTORY: McCain’s $520 loafers put ‘elitist’ shoe on the other foot (video)

RAWSTORY: Bush drug warrior crashes pot press conference

RAWSTORY: Judiciary Committee approves resolution holding Rove in contempt of Congress

TPMCAFE: Incredible DOJ IG Testimony Does Not Reconcile With Evidence

ADS: Impeachment Movement Moving to Denver

ADS: HAS AMERICA BECOME FASCIST?

ADS: News Flash! Bush Judge Does the Right Thing!

ADS: Judge Rules According to Law, Miers and Bolten Must Testify

ADS: Obama Worries Peace Movement

ADS: Randi Rhoads Interviews Dennis Kucinich (audio)

ADS: David Swanson on Blog Talk Radio With Tim Gatto

ImpeachmentWatch Archives: 1-1718-2829-36  – 37-4041-51

Day 0 – 2008-06-09

RAWSTORY: Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles (video)

Pre-Impeachment

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

ALTERNET: Why Is Impeachment Important? (video)

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

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

– ADS: Some Ways You Can Help Impeach Bush

Don’t let the talk of Impeachment die.  Dennis has re-introduced the articles of impeachment.  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. 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.

Learn More about Impeachment [h/t Revisionist]

Nancy Pelosi’s TableYoutube  – VodPodDiggMyBlogLogFriendFeedScribdImpeachmentWatch MobileTechnorati

Cindy Sheehan Will Be on Ballot and she will win. – Removing the Speaker of the House who “took impeachment off the table” will be an important first step to holding the war criminals accountable for their crimes.  Cindy Sheehan is running as an Independant against Nancy Pelosi in a very liberal district.  She will win.  The Speaker of the House can be defeated.  It has happened before.

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

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