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Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s Call for Presidential Impeachment by Khalida
July 25, 2008, 6:12 pm
Filed under: July Volume II - 2008, National, Politics | Tags: ,

By Mubeen Khaleel, Islamic Post Staff Writer

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has been presenting  articles of impeachment for U.S. President George W. Bush, left off his presidential bid in January to run for re-election to Congress. He is shown here (center with wife, Elizabeth) on an interfaith mission to Syria.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) stated in an official press release last month, after presenting 35 articles of impeachment to Congress, “Now it is incumbent for the Judiciary Committee to review the evidence. If it fails to hold any hearings on the resolution within the next thirty days, given the gravity of the charges and the moment, I will once again bring a similar privileged resolution of Impeachment to the House. We must not only create a historical record of the misconduct of the Bush Administration but we must make sure that, any future Administration is forewarned about the Constitutionally prescribed limits of executive authority and exercise of power contravening the Constitution,” he concluded.
Fulfilling his promise, Kucinich brought a single impeachment article entitled, “Deceiving Congress with Fabricated Threats of Iraqi WMDs to Fraudulently Obtain Support for an Authorization of the Use of Military Force Against Iraq,” earlier this month.
In the July 10 presentation, Kucinich listed 10 direct quotes by President George W. Bush to Congress to substantiate the war effort. The congressman alleged that while contradictory information was in the possession of the White House, various cabinet members also made similar claims a total of 34 times.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich then quoted from a variety of government agencies and fact-finding committees who had presented facts demonstrating that Iraq was not a threat.

“In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent.” –Senator Jay Rockefeller

Kucinich’s efforts were scaled down by Congress, however, with the House voting 238-180 to send  the matter back to the House Judiciary Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sees an impeachment proceeding as divisive to congressional Democrats who are seeking re-election, hence it was ruled that the Committee may discuss abuse of power by the president or the White House, but they may not actually vote to impeach.
Congressman Kucinich recently warned his colleagues about becoming a debating club.
Committee Chairman John Conyers of Michigan, however, views the hearings –which were set for July 25– as an important step. “Over the last seven plus years, there have been numerous credible allegations of serious misconduct by officials in the Bush administration,” Conyers said, “At the same time, the administration has adopted what many would describe as a radical view of its own powers and authorities. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I believe it is imperative that we pursue a comprehensive review commensurate to this constitutionally dangerous combination of circumstances. Next Friday’s hearings [those of July 25]will be an important part of that ongoing effort.”
After the June 9 four- hour introduction to the congressional body of a reeling 35 Articles of Impeachment, Ohio Congressman approved the referral of 35 Articles of Impeachment to committee, “The sheer volume of the Articles required a referral to provide Members with an opportunity for review,” Dennis Kucinich said.
He presented his next impeachment article after the 30-day period expired. He promises to continue pursuing the matter until the issue is taken seriously.
Kucinich’s government website quoted the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller, as having commented sometime after the introduction: “In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed.”
The index of the impeachment article titles are as follows:
(1) Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq, (2) 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, (3) Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War, (4) Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States, (5) Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression, (6) Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114, (7) Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War, (8) Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter, (9) Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor, (10) Falsifying Accounts of U.S. Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes, (11)  Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq, (12) Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation’s Natural Resources, (13) Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries, (14) 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, (15) Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq, (16) Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and U.S. Contractors, (17) Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives, (18) Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy, (19) Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to “Black Sites” Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture, (20) Imprisoning Children, (21) Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government, (22) Creating Secret Laws, (23) Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, (24) Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment, (25) Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens, (26) Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements, (27) Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply, (28)   Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice, (29) Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, (30) Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare, (31) Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency, (32) Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change, (33) Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the U.S., Prior to 911, (34) Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001, and (35) Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders.


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