During a recent appearance on The View (video can be found here from The Democratic Underground), when asked by Joy Behar why she was refusing to hold impeachment hearings, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by saying “If somebody had a crime that the president had committed, that would be a different story” — apparently the articles of impeachment introduced by Senator Kucinich, the summary of crimes (PDF) listed by Senator Conyers, the report (PDF) from the Government Accountability Office detailing numerous abuses of signing statements by President Bush or the repeated illegal use of propaganda to lie the country to war don’t represent crimes that Bush committed. More information on Pelosi’s appearance on The View is also available from ImpeachPAC.org and The Daily Kos.
Why is Pelosi lying and trying to keep Bush’s crimes covered up? Pelosi’s blatant disregard for the law and the citizens she is allegedly serving are effectively giving the president imperial powers while doing away with any oversight or accountability. Refusing to comply with subpoenas and contempt citations, illegally spying on citizens before September 11, 2001, meaning he committed numerous felonies, not to mention war crimes…the list goes on and on.
There is more than ample evidence of crimes committed by Bush and his administration. There is more than ample evidence that his crimes have been covered up by leadership from both parties in Congress who would end up being indicted for some of the same crimes. Instead of doing the right thing by the people and the Constitution, they prefer to end up going down in flames as many in the Bush administration eventually will.
Since before becoming House Speaker, impeachment has been “off the table.” First they had to “build the case,” then they “didn’t have the votes,” then there “wasn’t enough time.” Now Pelosi has the audacity to go on national television and claim that Bush and Cheney haven’t committed any crimes — after a dozen people testified before the House Judiciary Committee about blatantly obvious crimes committed by the Bush administration. Impeachment would put an end to Bush’s crimes. After all this country has been through under the genocidal dictatorship of an appointed President, this country deserves to know the truth.
Our never-elected Republican President has done a lot of damage to both his party and the country he was illicitly appointed to serve these past seven and a half years. Republicans have the U.S. at war with two countries derived from lies and deceptions — while facing the very real threat of two more wars with Iran and Pakistan before year’s end — and has alienated the U.S. from the entire Muslim world, not to mention the vast majority of the rest of the world while corporate media, who has catered to President Bush’s deceptions for years and is more interested in ratings than telling the truth, continues losing profits and in some cases credibility, at near-record levels.
A recent article by Paul Craig Roberts from Counter Punch details how the Republican Party has created “The Mother of All Messes.” One of the few things Republicans have excelled at is creating and spreading lies and propaganda, such as a photo that appeared on the internet of a cute little boy wearing a T-shirt that reads: “The mess in my pants is nothing compared to the mess Democrats will make of this country if they win Nov. 2nd.” Republicans have tried blaming their screw ups on Democrats and twisting the truth around for years.
Some highlights of Mr. Robert’s article, on top of the wars mentioned above, include: the dollar has lost 60% of its value while the mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role in the world, Republican policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%, inflation is in double digits and the unemployment rate is rising. Money has been no problem for President Bush and his cronies — who effectively created Odious debt — in the defense and oil industries though. They’ve made billions that the American public will probably be paying for for generations to come.
Republican deregulation has resulted in fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments that have collapsed the housing market, leaving more than a million homeowners facing foreclosure and financial ruin, loopholes allowing speculation to run up oil prices are left wide open and the financial system is in such disarray that it could collapse from insolvency.
On July 25, 2008, in lieu of Impeachment, a hearing on the Imperial Presidency of George W. Bush will be held by The House Judiciary Committee at 10:00 a.m. For who knows what reason — some speculate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has threatened House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers with losing his chairmanship and some claim it’s because Pelosi and other Congressional leaders who are just as guilty as Bush would be implicated, among other things — Senator Dennis Kucinich’s calls for impeachment will be turned into testimony about Bush’s ‘Imperial Presidency’ as well as several other Bush administration scandals, but in keeping with traditional Congressional complicity, there will be no vote for actual impeachment.
Treasonous acts committed by Presidents and the political establishment in Washington have occurred for decades, albeit probably never more obviously than they are now. An ironic, almost carbon copy example of history repeating itself can be found in a September 11, 1941 speech given by aviator Charles Lindbergh in Des Moines, Iowa. Lindbergh was referring to FDR’s administration but the vast majority of what he said easily applies to the Bush Administration. History has a bad habit of repeating itself. The words to his speech are available from The Holocaust Historiography Project and a video of it is available from YouTube.
A press release issued by Rep. John Conyers and The House Judiciary Committee says his panel will explore a variety of issues including manipulation of prewar Iraq intelligence, politicization of the Justice Department, and refusal to cooperate with Congressional investigations.
President Bush’s blatant misuse of executive privilege when covering questions to his subordinates about criminal behavior and other misadventures of he and his administration makes it unclear how much the Judiciary Committee’s inquiry will accomplish. Despite ruling out impeachment, Conyers said his committee would address “possible legal responses” to Bush’s “Imperial Presidency.”
The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates taught his students that the pursuit of truth can only begin once they start to question and analyze every belief that they ever held dear. For instance, if your belief passes the tests of evidence, deduction and logic, you should keep that belief. If it does not pass those tests, the belief should be discarded, but then the thinker must question why he was led to believe the erroneous information in the first place. Applying that theory to U.S. politics and the path this country has been led down the past seven and a half years raises quite a few concerns and questions.
Dirty politics carried out by corrupted politicians helping the rich get richer while putting the screws to the rest of the population has been the standard practice in Washington for a long time. What has made it worse these past seven and a half years is a Congress with little ethics or morals that has been hell-bent on screwing the people they represent while bending over backwards to help the most corrupt, never-elected president responsible for killing thousands upon thousands of innocent victims and starting illegal wars. Congressional leadership has been responsible for covering up Bush’s crimes, due primarily to the fact that they’re just as guilty as Bush is.
President Bush, like many other ‘leaders’ throughout history, has always sought to mislead the thinking of the masses, and misinform the public as evidenced by his purposely misleading propaganda machines with help from what were once reputable news sources. Zionism has played a major role in the Bush administration. Zionism has played a much larger part in American politics and American history.
The reality of Bush’s presidency — in the words of NanceGreggs from the Democratic Underground in her aptly titled article “The Legacy of a Lunatic” which sums it up nicely — despite the pro-Bush pundits, the PNACers and the air-headed teleprompter readers passed off as journalists gathering on the political talk shows trying to rewrite history, will be the fact that it was never a true presidency at all. It was the result of selection rather than election, it was marked not by sound strategy, but by stagecraft; not by purposeful action, but an endless array of photo-ops meant to capture merely an image of leadership in a constant attempt to obscure the truth that no such leadership ever existed. Election fraud has been very good to president Bush. The Truth and the Law should be President Bush’s…as well as his incompetent cronies…downfall.
A U.S. terror watch list has reportedly passed 1 million records which correspond with about 400,000 people. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a press release — which can be found between the lines below — saying that number was far too high to be effective, and offering suggestions for fixing it.
The terror watch list is overseen by the FBI through a Terrorist Screening Center. President Bush ordered the current list in September 2003. The watch list includes suspected terrorists or people suspected of having links to terrorists. Numerous government agencies use the list for security screenings. There are about 50,000 individuals included on the Transportation Security Administration “no-fly” or “selectee” lists that are subject to travel bans, arrest or additional screening.
Former Assistant Attorney General Jim Robinson — the Justice Department’s former top criminal prosecutor — erroneously appeared on the terror watch list. Other embarrassments to the list include Senator Edward Kennedy, Rep. John Lewis, a 1960’s civil rights leader, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), small children, former presidential candidates, Americans with common names, a State Department Diplomat, Pentagon employees, Naval officers and other military personnel and on and on. The watch list is still not being managed well.
Of the almost 400,000 individuals included on the watch list, according to the Terror Screening Center, approximately 95 percent are not U.S. citizens or residents. Aliases, fake passports and fake birth dates all have seperate entries on the watch list, bringing the total number of records to more than 1 million.
When a person has dual citizenship and is put in charge of the most powerful federal agencies in the United States, where do that person’s loyalties lie? How many premeditated and precalculated deceptions have to take place before people realize that they’ve been intentionally duped for almost eight years?
Many key members of the Bush administration have dual Israeli-American citizenship. Michael Mukasey, Bush’s Attorney General and Michael Chertoff, Bush’s Secretary of Homeland Security are a couple.
Instead of performing duties that a less-corrupted Attorney General would perform, such as investigating crimes instead of committing them, Mukasey has done his best from day one to obstruct every investigation into Bush’s corruption, recently arguing that those who authorized torture shouldn’t be investigated or punished.
In conjuring up the ‘global war on terror,’ the Bush administration has heard what it wants to hear, conveniently inflating the ‘threats’ — as confirmed by a 23 year CIA veteran to the Washington Post — it can use to coerce public opinion and keep the people in constant fear of being attacked. Chertoff and his crew, Mukasey and his crew, and several other facets of the corrupted Bush regime have done their best to make sure those fears stay fresh. The threats faced by America have been purposely overhyped to help Bush get his fascist policies instated in his quest to destroy Democracy and Freedom. Bush has repeatedly used terrorism against Americans to validate his illegal spying and other illegal activities.
Not that it will come as a surprise to anyone who has been following it these past several months, but yesterday the Senate voted in favor of passing illegal, unconstitutional legislation that does nothing more than destroy the fourth amendment while attempting to complicitly cover up crimes committed by President Bush and Congressional leadership.
On July 3, Judge Vaughn Walker, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in California, made a ruling that many people may not be aware of. In a case regarding warrantless wiretapping, Judge Walker ruled that President George W. Bush is a felon.
It’s not the first time a president has committed a felony. It might be the first time that Congress has bent over backwards attempting to make sure the crimes remain covered up and that there is no accountability though. Of course, Bush is also the first president ever illicitly appointed by the highest court in the land too. There is major corruption in all three branches of the federal government.
Judge Walker ruled that the president lacks the authority to disregard the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), meaning that Bush’s decisions to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance was illegal. More on the ruling can be found from Salon News.
Tomorrow the Senate will most likely pass the illicit FISA amendment granting retroactive immunity to the telecoms who participated in President Bush’s illegal spying — also giving the President a get-out-of-jail free card since it basically absolves Bush of his past crimes back to September 11, 2001, although the illegal spying started long before then.
A small handful of Senators, such as Dodd and Feingold have delivered moving speeches in their attempts to stop the legislation, but as is typical, the vast majority of the Senate has been bought off by the telecoms so the bill will most likely pass with no problem, aside from the fact that it is illegal and unconstitutional.
Several members of both the House and the Senate have proven too many times that they don’t care about the law or those they’re supposed to serve — as shown by the support of Bush’s crimes in the past and the fact that this bill will attempt to cover up Bush’s crimes so the public will never know the truth or the extent of Bush’s illegal wiretapping.
One thing that never ceases to amaze a lot of people is the fact that Congress tried to impeach President Clinton over a blowjob, but refuses to do anything to stop the illegal actions of the most corrupt presidential administration to serve two terms despite never having been elected.
The FISA legislation fight continues running rampant — Senator Obama angered several of his supporters announcing he would support an unconstitutional bill that destroys the fourth amendment…a bill to replace the diabolical Protect America Act that did nothing but destroy Democracy in the name of Bush induced terrorism…and the opposition has made national news — more reasons behind Bush wanting to invade Iraq continues coming to light, more soldiers are being stuck in Iraq and Afghanistan for more extended tours of duty as suicide rates among soldiers continue to soar, and 9/11 debunkers continue making themselves look like idiots. That and more can be found below.
Mr. Obama and his campaign continue raising questions as to how much change this country will actually see, since his opinions keep changing. Congress — in all its neverending delusional, corrupted, profitable, fear-based faith — is preparing to once again pass controversial legislation offering immunity for telecoms who participated in Bush’s illegal wiretapping while covering Bush’s butt for all of his self-described powers that have already proven illegal more than once. Democratic Leadership in the House of Representatives continues caving into one of the most pathetic, corrupt and unpopular President’s in the history of this country, constantly doing everything…albeit with unconstitutional and illegal ‘legislation’…in their powers to keep Bush’s illegal activites covered up while trying to remove rights and freedoms of Democracy from those they’re elected to serve. If you want to make sure your Congress person knows how you feel about the illegal, unconstitutional FISA legislation, information can be found from FireDogLake.
Bush continues ignoring the real data on Iran — as Israel continues pushing for war with Iran — preferring instead to toss it aside while looking for any excuse to go to war with Iran. Iran is rich in oil. One Ex-CIA Agent was reportedly told five times to either falsify information regarding WMD in the near East, or not to file his reports at all. Bombing Iran would be a disaster since our troops in the Middle East would be affected drastically, and could potentially be annihilated.
For years, financial friends and supporters of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have received wealth and power beyond their dreams at the cost of financial ruin, freedom and rights to Americans, also paid for in the blood of our dead and wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as citizens of both those countries. In all the wrong ways Bush has shown his support of the troops since beginning his illegal occupation of Iraq, few are quite as pathetic as trying to blame his torture policies on our troops. Then again, Bush’s complete tenure as a never-elected president has been one major disaster after another. Bush and his cronies have done some serious damage these past seven plus years.