Court Of Impeachment And War Crimes: Impeachment News Updates (Plus)

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Impeachment News Updates (Plus)





Via Richard M, who attended a meeting of anti-war activists in Los Angeles on Sunday

Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-Culver City) spoke in front of an audience of some 150 activists from various LA antiwar organizations at an Iraq Town Hall meeting in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 14th hosted by California Assembly Majority leader Karen Bass and the ‘47th Assembly District People’s Council’ at Hamilton High School.

The audience responded angrily when Watson responded to a call for the impeachment of President Bush by saying, “We simply don’t have the votes.” After groans and boos and at least one cry of “At least do something!”, Watson went on to say, “Right now, Speaker(Nancy) Pelosi is working very quietly and very effectively, behind the scenes. We need 285 votes to uphold an impeachment, and so far we have 260 members telling us they support impeachment.”

[Watson] went on to say, “Our goal has to be the White House in 2008 and 60 seats, then we can think about an impeachment,” apparently referring to winning a veto-proof [filibuster proof?] majority in the Senate and [raising] the possibility that a Democratic administration might undertake a prosecution of George Bush after he’s left office.

When contacted by LA conservative activist Deborah Leigh, Pelosi’s office repeated the Speaker’s position, [outlined] before the 2006 election, that “impeachment is off the table.” They declined to comment on Congresswoman Watson’s statement and numbers.

If Congresswoman Watson was telling the truth to the assembled activists, this raises the question of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s control over her own delegation, and even her awareness of what is going on in her own party; [either that], or that Ms. Pelosi has not been dealing forthrightly with the American people and the Adminstration. [Alternately] Congresswoman Watson was willing to [deceive] a gathering of the Democratic Party’s mostactive supporters.

Sadly, each of these explanations seems equally plausible. Which — equally sadly — speaks volumes about today’s Congressional Democrats.


Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 8/1/2007 latest

Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 7/24/2007

Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 6/6/2007

Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 5/1/2007

Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 6/28/2007

Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 7/12/2007

Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 7/12/2007

Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 6/28/2007

Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 6/7/2007

Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 7/10/2007

Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 7/10/2007

Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 8/1/2007

Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 5/1/2007

Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 6/12/2007

Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 6/7/2007

Rep Wynn, Albert Russell [MD-4] - 5/10/2007

Question for Constitutional experts: would a post-hoc impeachment be merely symbolic? Or would such a thing strip the President of pension, benefits, title, etc? [And shouldn’t it more properly be termed a “prosecution”?]

The Difference Between Republicans and Democrats
Thu, 10/18/2007 - 19:57 — dlindorff
The difference between the Republicans in Congress and the Democrats in Congress is striking.

The Democrats are in the majority in the House, and are a narrow majority in the Senate, yet they cannot pass any consequential legislation. The one thing they tout as an accomplishment in nine months of controlling Congress is a pathetic “raise” in the federal minimum wage which, first of all, is so small and belated that in most states it will go unnoticed because it’s lower than most state minimum wage laws, and in any case it’s below what the market is providing, and secondly, they only passed that measure by attaching it to an obscene $120-billion funding bill to continue the Iraq War.

The Republicans, however, in House and Senate, though in the minority in both Houses, have managed, by asserting their unity and collective strength, to block a bill that would somewhat restrict spying on Americans by the National Security Agency, to block a bill putting a deadline on the US occupation of Iraq, and to uphold a presidential veto on a bill expanding subsidized health insurance for children.

Say what you want about Republicans being cold-hearted, child-hating, war-mongering, domestic spying advocates. At least they fight for the crap they believe in!

Democrats, on the other hand, claim to be against the Iraq War, but they continue to support funding it, to the tune of over $300 billion since they took control of Congress.

Ray McGovern on Impeachment in 9 YouTube - Impeach... -

3 speakers urge City Council to impeach B&CBy Submitted by Barbara G. Ellis It is possible for Portland to recommend the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. By law, petitions from the country at large may be presented by the Speaker of the House. Send a message to our children, to the global community, ...portland indymedia - newswire -

BREAKING: Pelosi working on Bush Impeachment?By Jeff G. Via Richard M, who attended a meeting of anti-war activists in Los Angeles on Sunday Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-Culver City) spoke in front of an audience of some 150 activists from various LA antiwar organizations at an Iraq Town ...protein wisdom -

Al Franken Seeks the Wellstone Seat
John Nichols Thu Oct 18, 2:08 PM ET

The Nation -- That familiar-looking candidate in the dark Washington-ready suit appears entirely at ease in front of the crowd of earnest activists who have gathered at Minneapolis's Augsburg College. They have come to review the relative merits of the man who would carry the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's (DFL) banner into what will likely be the fiercest Senate race of 2008. The candidate listens intently when questions come his way, goes slightly but never theatrically serious as matters of war and peace arise, yet knows precisely when to add a measure of the hokey self-deprecation that is a staple of Minnesota politics.

Al Franken is smooth without being slick; he's smart and steadily senatorial. Yes, senatorial. As the candidate makes the case that he is the right man to reclaim the seat once held by his friend Paul Wellstone, memories of bumbling self-help TV character Stuart Smalley, of the comedian who proclaimed that the 1980s would be "The Al Franken Decade" and even of the political prankster who so infuriated Bill O'Reilly that the Fox bloviator ranted, "Shut up! Shut up!" are slowly displaced by recognition that the actor who segued from his Saturday Night Live persona to serving as a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is a serious new voice in American politics.

Stein Crosses Party Lines, Helps Franken

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER – 15 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Al Franken is good enough and smart enough to win some of conservative Ben Stein's money — and doggone it, Stein likes him.

Stein, an actor, writer and economist, has contributed $2,000 to Franken's Minnesota Senate campaign. The two men have known each other for about 30 years.

"I'm struck by what an incredibly capable, hard-working guy he is," Stein told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday. "He's a very smart liberal, he's a thoroughgoing patriot, and I would feel better with him in the Senate."

Franken is one of several Democratic candidates vying to take on Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. As a former "Saturday Night Live" star, Franken has received scores of contributions from people in the entertainment industry, but the donation from Stein doesn't fit into the GOP's talking points about liberal Hollywood elites bankrolling Franken's campaign.

Bush Quips He Might Stay in Power (Threat Level Plays Along)

At a press briefing this morning that touched on issues like the White House's extrajudicial wiretapping program and torture policies, the president was asked a question about Vladimir Putin's plan to hold on to power when his term as Russian president runs out.

Despite the president's occasional contempt for the law, THREAT LEVEL doesn't believe that he's going to declare a state of emergency and cancel the 2008 election. But in July, we filed some FOIA requests anyway. We asked five Justice Department offices for documents produced or revised after August 2001 "addressing the feasibility, advisability or lawfulness of deferring, rescheduling or canceling a U.S. national election."

The Office of Legal Counsel responded in nine days: It has no documents fitting that description. This is the office specifically tasked with advising the president on legal matters, and which infamously belched out a memo sanctioning torture in 2002.

This was, by the way, the fastest FOIA response I've ever gotten -- the speed suggesting the proposition was so ludicrous that it demanded swift repudiation. (Or that the office wanted to dispose of the FOIA before the White House went and asked for election postponement options). The Office of the Attorney General responded late last month (.pdf), also reporting no records found. Ditto the Office of the Associate Attorney General.

Only two offices haven't given the all-clear: The Office of the Deputy Attorney General is still looking into it. The National Security Division says it can't even estimate when I might get a response, because there are 14 unrelated FOIA requests ahead of mine.



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