We really can’t let Dick Cheney escape to his Wyoming compound with all our money before he gives full disclosure to the US Congress and American people. Moves are underway to start impeachment hearings. Read all about the charges and what you can do.
Even though we are all focused on the upcoming presidential election we can NOT let the two current criminals get away with what they have done. Bush and Cheney both — with malice and forethought — set out to intentionally destroy our reputation in the world and our civil liberties at home. They must be brought to judgment before they plunder all our wealth and soul.
My young friends may not know who George McGovern is and why we should listen to him. He ran against the evil Nixon and lost in 1972. I met him a couple years ago when he was promoting his book about freedom from hunger. He has gone on to do great things – just like Jimmy Carter (so listen when he speaks.) He published this editorial in today’s Washington Post.
Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse. By George McGovern
Washington Post. Sunday, January 6, 2008; B01
As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.
After the 1972 presidential election, I stood clear of calls to impeach President Richard M. Nixon for his misconduct during the campaign. I thought that my joining the impeachment effort would be seen as an expression of personal vengeance toward the president who had defeated me. Today I have made a different choice…
Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. 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.
From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team’s assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged — perhaps even by a congressional investigation. In a more fundamental sense, American democracy has been derailed throughout the Bush-Cheney regime. The dominant commitment of the administration has been a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war against Iraq. That irresponsible venture has killed almost 4,000 Americans, left many times that number mentally or physically crippled, claimed the lives of an estimated 600,000 Iraqis (according to a careful October 2006 study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and laid waste their country. The financial cost to the United States is now $250 million a day and is expected to exceed a total of $1 trillion, most of which we have borrowed from the Chinese and others as our national debt has now climbed above $9 trillion — by far the highest in our national history…
The case for impeaching Bush and Cheney is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election. The nation would be much more secure and productive under a Nixon presidency than with Bush. Indeed, has any administration in our national history been so damaging as the Bush-Cheney era?
How could a once-admired, great nation fall into such a quagmire of killing, immorality and lawlessness? It happened in part because the Bush-Cheney team repeatedly deceived Congress, the press and the public into believing that Saddam Hussein had nuclear arms and other horrifying banned weapons that were an “imminent threat” to the United States. The administration also led the public to believe that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks — another blatant falsehood. Many times in recent years, I have recalled Jefferson’s observation: “Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”
The basic strategy of the administration has been to encourage a climate of fear, letting it exploit the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks not only to justify the invasion of Iraq but also to excuse such dangerous misbehavior as the illegal tapping of our telephones by government agents. The same fear-mongering has led government spokesmen and cooperative members of the press to imply that we are at war with the entire Arab and Muslim world — more than a billion people…
Below are the “Top Ten Grounds for Impeaching Cheney.” There actually are quite a few more. Details and links are available at: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/cheney2
First Charge: Cheney has purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests.
Second Charge: Cheney purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda in order to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests.
Third Charge: Cheney has openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, and done so with the United States proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security of the United States.
Fourth Charge: Cheney led a campaign of retribution against whistle blower Joseph Wilson, including the outing of a covert CIA operative.
Fifth Charge: Cheney led efforts to torture. Learn about that and other sources and consequences of Cheney’s power at the amazing series done by the Washington Post:
Sixth Charge: Cheney played a key role in setting up illegal spying programs. Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974 included the serious charge of “electronic surveillance of private citizens.”
Seventh Charge: Cheney led manipulation of pre-war intelligence. Cheney personally visited the CIA several times before the invasion to pressure the CIA to distort pre-war intelligence. And Cheney exerted “constant” pressure on the Republican former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stall an investigation into the Bush administration’s use of flawed intelligence on Iraq.
Eighth Charge: Cheney created the secret Energy Task Force which operated in defiance of open-government laws. This clearly has set back research and other efforts to begin addressing the global climate crisis.
Ninth Charge: Cheney’s lawyer, David Addington, advocated the “Unitary Executive Theory” which is used by the White House to defy laws duly enacted by Congress and thereby justify dictatorial action.
Tenth Charge: Cheney directed massive no-bid contracts to his company, Halliburton, and profitted from the same illegal war he defrauded the American public to launch.