QUOTE(BaphometsAdvocate @ Jan 19 2006, 10:39 PM)
QUOTE(TedN5 @ Jan 12 2006, 02:42 PM)
Over 50% of citizens think Bush should be impeached if he lied about the reasons for going to war in Iraq. Now he has openly admitted that he has repeatedly violated the FISCA law and openly declared that he will continue to do so.
Your premise is horribly flawed. Bushco has done no such thing. In fact, their line is, "This is perfectly legal," and no one has proved they're wrong.
Except for Curtis Bradley
, Duke Law School, former Counselor on International Law in the State Department Legal Adviser's Office; David Cole
, Georgetown University Law Center; Walter Dellinger
, Duke Law School, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel and Acting Solicitor General; Ronald Dworkin
, NYU Law School; Richard Epstein
, University of Chicago Law School, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Philip B. Heymann
, Harvard Law School, former Deputy Attorney General; Harold Hongju Koh
, Dean, Yale Law School, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, former Attorney-Adviser, Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ; Martin Lederman
, Georgetown University Law Center, former Attorney-Adviser, Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ; Beth Nolan
, former Counsel to the President and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel; William S. Sessions
, former Director, FBI, former Chief United States District Judge; Geoffrey Stone
, Professor of Law and former Provost, University of Chicago; Kathleen Sullivan
, Professor and former Dean, Stanford Law School; Laurence H. Tribe
, Harvard Law School; and William Van Alstyne
, William & Mary Law School, former Justice Department attorney - plus anyone else with even a passing familiarity with the rule of law and the United states Constitution. If you have not done so already, you should read the letter to Congress written by the above. It can be found here
President Bush has broken the law. He has admitted
to breaking the law. He has stated that it is his intention to go on
breaking the law. He believes it is his divine right
to break the law. George W Bush is a criminal despot and anyone who is not
now pushing for his impeachment hates America. I am, of course, borrowing the terminology of those who support President Bush and find our Constitution a bit of a nuisance. Except, in this case, it's true
. No one - no one
- can endorse the President's actions in relation to illegal wiretapping and
claim to respect the founding principles of this country. Period.1. Should the public push for the impeachment of George W. Bush?
Only those sectors of the public that believe in the laws and Constitution of the United States of America. Everyone else should sit back and wait for even more
people to be spied on, apprehended, imprisoned, tortured, and disappeared without a shred of oversight or accountability - not to mention due process. To be honest, I remain convinced that George W Bush is the most clueless man ever to have occupied the Oval Office and that he doesn't even know the difference between right and wrong, legal and illegal, day and night. But ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. The question of his impeachment, in a sane, rational society, would not even be a question - it would be in progress.2. In view of the Vice President's advocacy and close association with many of the impeachable actions and policies, should Vice President Cheney also be impeached?
I would say yes, but that would be a tad preemptive. He should probably first be given the opportunity to prove
that, as president, he would every bit as despotic and dismissive of US law as Bush. I am as certain as anyone that Cheney is far more culpable in relation to this this administration's crimes than the gormless Bush, but he has been pretty careful about keeping his hands clean. I suspect, though, that it would only take about thirty-seven seconds from the time that he took the oath of office until he, too, started publicly defecating on our balance of powers and using the Constitution as toilet paper. Those who believe they are above the law don't tend to be very subtle.