Saturday, January 26, 2008

935 Bush Administration lies, emergency legislation provisions, and getting the Judiciary Committee to act

Hi Impeachment People & Greens:

There are 3 articles here:
1) First an article on a study of the Administration's lies about Iraq from Sept 11, 2001 to March, 2003, to justify the occupation of Iraq find 935 lies, 259 of them by Bush, 254 by Powell, the rest by Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Fleischer, and McClellan. This documentation should be good for impeachment, for fraud cases against them, and for crimes against peace under the Nuremberg rules.

2) Another prime example of Congress giving Bush anything he asks for is H Res 5, in which Congress yet again gives away its power, this time by allowing as few as a dozen legislators pass legislation—for instance, to declare war—whenever the rest of Congress doesn't show up.

3) Bob Feuer on getting the Judiciary Committee to act.

Richard Duffee


1) 935 lies:
Study: False Statements Preceded War


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Jan 23, 6:43 AM (ET)

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL


(AP) President Bush addresses the media in the Roosevelt Room of the
White House in Washington, Tuesday,...
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations
found that President Bush and top administration officials issued
hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from
Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated
campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the
process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public
Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of
the study Tuesday night but reiterated the administration's position
that the world community viewed Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, as a
threat.
"The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of
intelligence agencies around the world," Stanzel said.
The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It
found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush
and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532
occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to
produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.
"It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of
mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida," according to
Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in
Journalism staff members, writing an overview of the study. "In short,
the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of
erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that
culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the
administration during the period studied: Vice President Dick Cheney,
national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald
H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and
Scott McClellan.
Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study
found. That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida.
The center said the study was based on a database created with public
statements over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and
information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles,
speeches and interviews.
"The cumulative effect of these false statements - amplified by
thousands of news stories and broadcasts - was massive, with the media
coverage creating an almost impenetrable din for several critical
months in the run-up to war," the study concluded.
"Some journalists - indeed, even some entire news organizations - have
since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was
far too deferential and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding,
much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional,
'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false statements
about Iraq," it said.
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On the Net:
Center For Public Integrity: http://www.publicintegrity.org/default.aspx
Fund For Independence in Journalism: http://www.tfij.org/

2) Congress roles over and plays dead again:
'DOOMSDAY' LEGISLATION


Handful of Congressmen Could Rule America in Event of Catastrophe


By Greg Szymanski



No longer do Capitol Hill legislators need a quorum to do the people's
business. Now under a piece of hotly contested legislation passed
without media attention on Jan. 5, only a few members of Congress are
needed to do official business in the event of a catastrophe instead
of the usual 218.


Critics claim H. Res. 5 paves the way for tyranny, allowing "only a
few to decide for so many."

The provision states: "If the House should be without a quorum due to
catastrophic circumstances, then . . . until there appear in the House
a sufficient number of representatives to constitute a quorum among
the whole number of the House, a quorum in the House shall be
determined based upon the provisional number of the House; and . . .
the provisional number of the House, as of the close of the call of
the House . . . shall be the number of representatives responding to
that call of the House."

Supporters claim the bill, passed "under the cover of congressional
darkness," is intended to allow the government to "continue operating"
in the event of a catastrophic emergency or terrorist attack. However,
constitutional experts say the law is blatantly unconstitutional and
ripe for challenge.

Normally, 218 lawmakers out of the 435 members are needed to declare
war, pass laws and validly conduct the people's business. But under
the new rule a majority is no longer needed when circumstances arise,
including natural disaster, attack, contagion or terrorist attacks
rendering representatives incapable of attending House proceedings.

"It's another measure brought up by lawmakers that shows their callous
disregard for democracy," said one California attorney who preferred
to remain anonymous.


GOP House leaders pushed the controversial "doomsday legislation"
through for passage as a part of a hefty and voluminous rules package.
It drew little attention and was probably not even discovered by many
who voted on it since the rules package centered on recent ethics
violations.

"I think the new rule is disgusting, terrible and unconstitutional,"
said Norm Ornstein, of an independent, bipartisan panel called the
Continuity of Government Commission which is studying the issue. "The
way it was passed was deceitful and the intent behind the legislation
was very foolish."

Rep. Brian Baird, (D-Wash.) agrees, arguing that the rule change
violates the Constitution, which specifically states: "a majority of
each Chamber shall constitute a quorum to do business."

"Allowing for as few as 12 lawmakers to make vital decisions and to
possibly declare war on another nation is not what this country is all
about."

3) Bob Feuer on making progress in the Judiciary Committee:
I called the HJC about 4 pm, Tuesday 1/22. I asked the young aid if the
phones had been busy. He said quite honestly that they had been quiet
today. Please get the word out we need to be hammering the congressional
switchboards all this week.

Take back our democratic republic.

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Article Last Updated: 01/22/2008 10:16:39 AM EST

Tuesday, January 22

The excuses for not impeaching given by Congressman Olver and his
Democratic Party leaders, are all a pack of nonsense. Aside from their
obliteration of the FISA Act, and the House's landslide passage of H.
Res. 1955, the "thought crimes bill," and for past 12 months, this 110th
Congress has failed to pass any significant domestic legislation. Nor
has it made any progress towards ending the war. In the history of the
nine prior impeachment proceedings against U.S. presidents, and without
fail, the impeaching party prevails in the next presidential election.

Rather this 110th Congress has further denigrated our unalienable and
constitutional rights through the July modification of the FISA act, and
the October passage (404-6) of the Anti Home-Grown Terrorism bill, H.
Res. 1955, the unconstitutional "thought crimes bill." Further, and
during the past year, the 110th Congress has appropriated in billions of
dollars, $79 interim, $197 for FY-'08, and $555 additional just last
week. Only $10 billion of the latter appropriation was earmarked for
domestic spending. To this, President Bush admonished the 110th for
overspending on domestic issues. All the rest of the $821 billion has
without accountancy or any strings been handed over to Bush and Cheney's
War Department for funneling to their contractor friends at Halliburton,
Blackwater, Carlyle Group, and the like. Profiting from death and
destruction, and with this astronomical windfall, through private equity
deals, these corporations have amassed ownership through the largest
buyouts in U.S. corporate history.

When Congressman Charlie Wilson got his Congress to appropriate $500
million, the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.
Our 110th Congress appropriated 1,642 times as many dollars for the
endless "War on Terrorism" in 2007, and we are no closer to an
international resolve than we were during the sitting of the 109th Congress.

Deadlines are more than merely in order. Our national finances are in
grave jeopardy, our banking system is on the brink of failure, as is our
health care system, jobs growth, housing markets, and electoral system.
With all time high commodities prices, inflation is assured, and in
response, the Fed will have to raise interest rates. This will put the
nails in our banking system's coffin. We, the People, must take a stand,
take back our government, work together to clean up this mess, or accept
this awful fate without a whimper.

Prescribed by our Founders, inscribed and intricately woven six times
into our Constitution, impeachment is imperatively the only path towards
a re-balancing of our separate but equal branches of government. As
self-rule has decayed, much uglier forms of authority grow in its place.
It is time to wake up, smell the coffee, coalesce, and act together to
take back the night falling on our democratic republic.

ROBERT A. FEUER
Stockbridge