Impeachment Moves Forward to Prevent Iraq Escalation

Impeachment Moves Forward to Prevent Iraq Escalation
by Leland Lehrman – leland.lehrman@gmail.com

As President Bush prepares to unveil his escalation plan for Iraq, MoveOn.org, Cindy Sheehan and a host of other organizations including Mother Media have counterattacked with effective press conferences in Washington and local impeachment movements nationwide. Watch the video at the below link to see how Cindy Sheehan and the excellent Gold Star Families for Peace took over the first Democratic Party Press Conference at the Capitol Building this session:

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/16897

MoveOn’s campaign is called Mandate for Change and calls on the Congress to respect the people’s mandate to get out of Iraq as evidenced by the results of the 2006 election. Here in New Mexico, Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino has demonstrated the courage for which he is famous and agreed to introduce a version of the impeachement resolution for New Mexico based on the template created by the fine folks at www.impeachbush.tv. The complete resolution, ready for introduction as drafted by Legislative Council Services, is now online and can be viewed at http://mothermedia.org/impeachbushcheney.pdf . Note that the resolution impeaches both Bush and Cheney simultaneously.

Patriotic Republicans like Representative Ron Paul of Texas have joined the call for impeachment recognizing that the current Executive Branch’s actions lead far from the original mandate of the Republican Party and the traditions it stands for such as respect for the Constitution and fiscal integrity:

“I would have trouble arguing that he’s been a Constitutional President and once you violate the Constitution and be proven to do that I think these people should be removed from office.” – US Rep. Ron Paul (R – TX)

Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney submitted articles of impeachment as one of her final acts in Congress. The complete text is here:

http://www.mattpascarella.com/HR1106_impeachment.pdf

It includes lots of impeachment supporting information as does the text of the speech she wanted to make before Congress:

http://impeachpac.org/node/2633

Good Republicans who question the motive or case for impeachment should recognize that the initiative is based strictly on law. These are the central components of the articles of impeachment in the New Mexico House:

1: Lying to Congress regarding weapons of mass destruction in order to wage an illegal war in Iraq. The Downing Street Memorandum and other information has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the President and Vice-President both knew there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They simply used that propaganda to browbeat Congress into authorizing the use of force, violating Title 18 United States Code, Section 371;

2. Spying on Americans without warrants. “George W. Bush has admitted to ordering the national security agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the foreign intelligence surveillance court of review, duly constituted by congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805”

3. Promoting torture and detaining US residents without trial. “George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney acted to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the president of a United States citizen as an “enemy combatant.” Detaining American residents at Guantanamo and elsewhere without access to a habeas corpus petition violates the most progressive legal tradition of the last eight hundred years and is based on the Magna Carta. Under the Constitution, habeas corpus – the right not to be imprisoned indefinitely at executive whim – can only be suspended in times of internal insurrection and rebellion.

Under the circumstances, impeachment is simply the appropriate legal remedy; it has nothing to do with partisanship or personal feelings.

New Mexico Legislature Rejects National ID Card Plan

Senator Michael Sanchez and Rep. Ken Martinez

The Joint Resolution of the New Mexico House and Senate, sponsored by the Majority Leaders of both houses boils down to this.

“…WHEREAS, the state of New Mexico recognizes the constitution of the United States as our charter of liberty and the bill of rights as affirming the fundamental and inalienable rights of Americans, including freedom of privacy and freedom from unreasonable searches… NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Mexico legislature enact no legislation nor authorize an appropriation to further the passage of the REAL ID Act in New Mexico….”

With increasingly totalitarian legislation coming out of Washington, such as the Real ID Act of 2005, it is refreshing to see New Mexico put its foot down hard against this fascist-communist style internal passport. Not only does the bill mandate radio tracking for all US driver’s licenses, but it also centralizes driver’s license databases nationally making identity theft all that more dangerous and easy. Although the bill requires all states to implement standardized tracking measures for all driver’s licenses – enabling easier spying on Americans – and makes the identification card mandatory for travel or even to enter a Federal Building, all costs are to be borne by the states: $37 million over the first five years in New Mexico, $11 billion nationally.

Never in the history of America has such a violation of fundamental Civil Rights been attempted except during “insurrection or rebellion,” such as the Civil War. Thank God the good Senator Michael Sanchez and Representative Ken Martinez had the sense to oppose the creation of the National ID and instruct our national delegation to seek repeal of the Real ID Act of 2005. Take a look at the full text of the bill at http://mothermedia.org/norealid.pdf and see if it doesn’t warm your heart. Then contact Senator Sanchez at (505) 865-0688 and Representative Martinez at (505) 287-8801 to express your appreciation. More info on their roles and the New Mexico Legislature at http://legis.nm.state.us

Leland Lehrman can be reached at 982-3609 and leland.lehrman@gmail.com
More info on Mother’s Arms: http://mothermedia.org/mothersarms.htm

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