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Saturday 19 April 2014

US congressman moves to impeach Bush

Former Democratic presidential contender, Dennis Kucinich, has called for the impeachment of George W Bush claiming that the president set out to deceive the nation, and violated his oath of office with the Iraq war.

The Ohio representative yesterday introduced 35 articles of impeachment against Bush on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

Kucinich unveiled a list of alleged illegal and improper acts by Bush, including war crimes.

He accused Bush of executing a "calculated and wide-ranging strategy" to deceive citizens and Congress into believing that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States.

He went on to say that Bush and Cheney lied to Congress and the American public about the reasons for invading Iraq in 2003 and abused their offices in order to conduct the "War on Terror" following the 9/11 attacks.

"Bush misled the American people and members of Congress to believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction so as to manufacture a false case for war. President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office," Kucinich said.

He has already introduced a similar impeachment resolution against Vice President Cheney.

Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com, said: "We've waited seven years to find one Member of Congress brave enough to stand up for our Constitution, for which generations of Americans have fought and died.

"We are thrilled and honored that Dennis Kucinich has chosen to be that one genuine patriot.

"We congratulate him on his historic leadership, and pledge to do everything in our power to persuade Congress to adopt all 35 Articles and put George W Bush on trial before the Senate of the United States, exactly as the Founding Fathers wanted."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that there will be no consideration of impeachment proceedings against Bush and said the idea was "off the table."

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach just two presidents - Andrew Johnson, in 1868, and Bill Clinton, in 1999. Both were acquitted by the Senate and they continued in office. No vice president has been impeached.

Kucinich's case: the 35 points

Article I

Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq



Article II

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



Article III

Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War



Article IV

Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States



Article V

Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression



Article VI

Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114



Article VII

Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.



Article VIII

Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter



Article IX

Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor



Article X

Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes



Article XI

Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq



Article XII

Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation's Natural Resources



Article XIIII

Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries



Article XIV

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



Article XV

Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq



Article XVI

Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors



Article XVII

Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives



Article XVIII

Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy



Article XIX

Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to " Black Sites" Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture



Article XX

Imprisoning Children



Article XXI

Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government



Article XXII

Creating Secret Laws



Article XXIII

Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act



Article XXIV

Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment



Article XXV

Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens



Article XXVI

Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements



Article XXVII

Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply



Article XXVIII

Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice



Article XXIX

Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965



Article XXX

Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare



Article XXXI

Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency



Article XXXII

Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change



Article XXXIII

Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.



Article XXXIV

Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001



Article XXXV

Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders

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