The U.S. government has been seriously corrupted by money-politics: for the wealthy and the powerful, especially large corporations. As a decisive step in taking our country back, I believe we should quickly move to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. To these ends, I have written the following letter to my congressional representatives. Please send this letter or your own words to your congressional representatives. At the end of this letter, I will provide an easy way on how you can do this.
Please contact anyone and everyone you can think of about this subject. We must each take responsibility to use our collective efforts and contacts to take our country back: even seemingly small steps can result in a massive cumulative effect. Don’t underestimate your or our personal power—we hold the votes and that is an exceedingly difficult thing to deny on a large scale in our country, at least presently…
Here is my letter.
As a United States citizen, and as called for by the United States Constitution, which, as a congressional representative, you have sworn “to support and defend,” I demand the swift and decisive impeachment of both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Our Constitution is very clear: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Even disregarding the evidence of bribery, if Bush and Cheney have committed high crimes and misdemeanors, they must be impeached. They have—as the following seven categories listed below make all too obvious.
1. CONTEMPT OF LAW
Bush frequently signs laws with “signing statements” that indicate his administration will not abide by the law. This is a contravention of the very basis our country: our Constitution, its prescribed procedures, and our country’s laws. In our country, as Thomas Paine once said, “the law is king.” Our representative republic is of laws, not of men. These signing statements are lawless, unconstitutional, monarchical, and treasonous.
2. NATIONAL DECEPTION
The Bush and Cheney administration deceives our nation by misrepresenting bills and acts. For example, the “healthy forests initiative” allows logging companies to cut down trees in our national forests. The “Medicare prescription drug, improvement, and modernization act” was pushed by drug lobbyists (funded by over a hundred million dollars a year) and was seriously more expensive than the numbers given to Congress for their vote. The “patriot act” is antithetical to the basic principles and protections specified in our Constitution—the very basis of our country.
3. OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
The Bush and Cheney administration does not allow the Justice Department, the Attorney General, or the Surgeon General to do their jobs impartially. Rather, the administration treats them as if they should be cronies of the administration. Take, as evidence, the U.S. attorney David C. Iglesias of New Mexico. He reported that he was pressured by government officials to indict prominent Democrats before the 2006 elections. After he rejected this pressure, the administration approved his firing.
Further, the Bush and Cheney administration pardons itself, as shown by the case involving of Scooter Libby, a member of the administration. Such self-pardoning gives the administration an incentive for their own secret, unaccountable, and limitless corruption. All the administration members have to do is to not say a word; thwarting even congressional investigations becomes as easy as just saying something inane, like “presidential privilege.”
“We the people…do ordain and establish government”—“of the people, by the people, for the people.” Transparency is the United States’ constitutional spirit, not Bush’s preposterous privilege. We the people have a right to know. We the people pay the salary of our government; it is accountable to us. We the people ultimately decide if what our government is doing is appropriate and wise. We the people have a representative republic, not a secretive monarchy.
4. UNWARRANTED SEARCHES AND SEIZURES
The Bush and Cheney administration has allowed itself to spy on United States citizens—on their Internet activities, their e-mails, their phone calls, their standard mail, their library records, their bank accounts, their schooling records, their hotel and hospital records, and their credit card records—without a court order or a warrant.
This is an obvious violation of our Constitution, as clearly specified in the Bill of Rights: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
5. UNCONSTITUTIONAL IMPRISONMENT
The Bush and Cheney administration has declared that it can seize and indefinitely imprison United States citizens without an arrest warrant, without notifying them of the charges, without notifying their families, without even as much as allowing them to make a phone call.
This, again, is in direct contradiction to our Constitution. The Bill of Rights is clear: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, …nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”.
Winston Churchill spoke about such abuses: “The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”
6. TORTURING HUMANS
The Bush and Cheney administration has directed the United States—at Abu Ghraib, at Guantanamo, and at secret prisoncamps in foreign countries—to torture people, the majority of who, the Red Cross has reported, were mistakenly rounded up: they are innocent. Attempting to evade national and international law, the administration has labeled prisoners as “unlawful enemy combatants” (another wily chimera of deception conjured by the administration’s house of smoke and mirrors).
Torturing people has long been known to produce false confessions and bad intelligence. It is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, our own laws against torture, and even our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which does not appear to limit itself to just our citizens, it reads: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
The administration’s policy of torturing people has injured not only the reputation and standing of the United States but also its very spirit. And consider this: If even the United States tortures prisoners, what will happen to our soldiers when they get captured?
7. DERELICTION OF DUTY
The Bush and Cheney administration is guilty of several horrendous derelictions of duty. Take, for example, the administration’s duty regarding Hurricane Katrina. Three years before this hurricane, the Bush administration was warned by James Lee Witt, the director of FEMA, that the administration’s policies were making FEMA so weak that it would not be able respond in the event of a catastrophe.
Three days before Hurricane Katrina hit, the administration was sent dire warnings that if the hurricane followed its projected path, the levees protecting New Orleans could break, flooding the city and risking the lives of thousands of people. After the administration’s appalling response to the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, Bush said: “Nobody could have predicted that the levees would break.”
Another example is the administration’s duty regarding the events that led up to 9/11. FBI director Thomas J. Pickard repeatedly gave John Ashcroft, Bush’s chief law enforcement officer in charge of counterterrorism, reports in the summer of 2001 about several warning signs (related to the attacks of 9/11) that were being picked up by the FBI. One of these warning signs was that Osama bin Laden had Islamic extremists training in commercial flight schools in the U.S. Thomas Pickard even testified that Ashcroft angrily told him he did not want to hear this information anymore.
The CIA was also frantically trying to communicate warnings that an attack on the United States by al-Qaeda was imminent. George Tenet, the director of the CIA, said that these warnings were blown off by Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice. Going directly to the President, the CIA gave Bush a report with the clear and present danger obvious in even its title: “Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.” According to journalist Ron Suskind, Bush’s response to the CIA briefer personally handing Bush this report was: “All right. You’ve covered your ass now.” Bush did not even ask any follow-up questions or bring the FBI and CIA together to collaborate about all these extraordinary warnings—at least, not until after the tragedy of 9/11.
The above evidence seems to suggest a complicity between Bush and Cheney’s administration and 9/11’s planning.
As horrific as 9/11 was, however, it was not as horrendous as the downstream results of the administration misleading our country into the War on Iraq. Well before this war, our intelligence community made it clear to the administration that Iraq was actually hostile to al-Qaeda and primarily harmless to our national security. Further, the intelligence community told the administration that a war in Iraq would likely increase support for Islamic fundamentalism, make deep divisions in Iraqi society, create high levels of internal violent conflict, and produce guerrilla warfare against our soldiers.
Disregarding this intelligence, the Bush and Cheney administration went on to produce erroneous and misleading propaganda. In 2002, Bush alleged: “You cannot distinguish between al-Qaeda and Saddam. … The true threat facing our country is an al-Qaeda-type network trained and armed by Saddam.” Cheney said “there is overwhelming evidence there was a connection between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi government.” And Secretary of State Colin Powell, addressing the United Nations, claimed a “sinister nexus between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terrorist network.”
These claims, combined with the administration’s constant assertions of Iraq’s nuclear ambitions and “weapons of mass destruction,” gave the American people but little choice than to acquiesce: the Bush and Cheney administration purported to have a monopoly on all the relevant information. Beset by all the propaganda spewing forth from the Bush and Cheney administration, our country was misled into the War on Iraq.
Based on July 2007 data, the cost of this war has been staggering. The cost to U.S. citizens has been more than four hundred billion dollars (if not trillions of dollars in the long term). The cost to the people of Iraq has been the destruction of their country, an untold number of wounded, and over half a million dead. The cost to our soldiers has been more than 26,000 wounded and 3,600 dead. And all these costs are continuing to escalate.
Due to the War on Iraq, the international stature and military readiness of United States has been steadily decreasing while the international stature and power of al-Qaeda has been steadily increasing. The War on Iraq, in fact, is a bonanza for al-Qaeda. This war has distracted our military and political focus from al-Qaeda’s headquarters, which used to be their one and only significant concentration. In Iraq, a new, huge, and evolving breeding ground for terrorists has been created by the War on Iraq—by far, the most powerful recruitment devise ever found by al-Qaeda.
(In spite of such warnings and costs, we were fooled into the War on Iraq. Could there be a reason, a motive, why? Spookily, due to this war, Halliburton has gained over 10,000,000,000 dollars worth of no-bid government contracts, has more is than 50,000 employees in Iraq, where billions of U.S. dollars in the hands of U.S. authorities have somehow gone unaccountably missing, and has had connections with the Bush family and fellow Bonesmen as well as with Dick Cheney, who, just prior to becoming the U.S. Vice President, was Halliburton’s CEO and who has received substantial money from Halliburton since. Also, since oil prices have roughly doubled during the War on Iraq, the oil industry has seriously benefited, which is Bush’s family business. ExxonMobil, for example, who provides Bush with major donations and most of his information on climate change, made more profit in 2006 than any corporation in U.S. history.)
Let me try to summarize the above categories. The administration has shown their contempt of law by unconstitutional “signing statements”. The Bush and Cheney administration has pushed bills and acts in the interest of corporate lobbyists by deceiving Congress and the American people. The administration has obstructed the justice done not only by their administration but also by the checks and balances our Founding Fathers intended to protect against secrecy, lawlessness, and corruption from within the administration. The administration has violated the Bill of Rights by allowing the spying on and the imprisonment of United States citizens without a warrant. The administration has violated national law, international law, and our Constitution by allowing the torturing of humans to take place in the name of the United States. And, finally, the administration has been derelict of duty by their actions and inactions in the events leading up to Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, and the War on Iraq.
Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied about his sex life. The case for impeaching Bush and Cheney is obvious, overwhelming, and undeniable.
I know that Bush has tried to hide behind his military role of Commander in Chief, but don’t let that fool you. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson was very clear about this: “No penance would ever expiate the sin against free government of holding that a President can escape control of executive powers by law through assuming his military role. Our government has ample authority under the Constitution to take those steps which are genuinely necessary for our security. At the same time, our system demands that government act only on the basis of measures that have been the subject of open and thoughtful debate in Congress and among the American people, and that invasions of the liberty or equal dignity of any individual are subject to review by courts which are open to those affected and independent of the government which is curtailing their freedom.”
And President Theodore Roosevelt was a little more succinct: “No man is above the law, and no man is below it.”
Bush and Cheney have squandered and disrespected the executive branch of our country for far too long. The result has been a waking nightmare for the American people. Bush and Cheney must be held accountable for their high crimes and misdemeanors against our country, against our Constitution, and against the American people.
The President of the United States is supposed to be a representative of the American people, not their dictator. He must present objective and balanced facts for us to judge fairly: that is what a democracy is all about. Giving one-sided, misleading, and erroneous propaganda in order to manipulate the Congress and the American people is the sure mark of a demagogue and is treason against our country.
Bush and Cheney’s brazen abuses are happening on your watch: you must respond. You must advocate and push for impeachment. The highest office of our country must not be left secret, unaccountable, and lawless.
We need to move on and try to clean up the catastrophic messes that Bush and Cheney have created. If allowed to continue, Bush and Cheney would only make things worse. Rather, to start to regain the respect of the world, we must impeach both Bush and Cheney.
Please do all in your power to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Please fulfill the oath of office that you swore to uphold: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. We the people, we need your help.
To find and contact your congressional representatives. Put in your zip code or a representative’s name (like Pelosi, Obama, or Clinton) at the left of the http://www.vote-smart.org/ web page. Then, click on their name and, at the middle-right in their personal page, click on their “Washington, D.C. Webmail” link. Just cut and paste the above letter or write your own.
We must each take responsibility and act: to take our country back.