Jan
14

Conyers Explains Why He Hasn't Impeached

Tag: Impeachment

By David Swanson

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has released a lengthy new report that updates his previous report originally released in 2005 documenting Bush and Cheney's crimes and impeachable offenses. The new report recommends that the Attorney General appoint a Special Counsel, even while making other recommendations that could delay or prevent prosecutions (including creating a bipartisan commission to spend a year and a half looking at the crimes and potentially immunizing criminals). The report includes 47 recommendations, some better than others, and has a tendency to ask the next president to ignore bad laws while offering that Congress might pass better laws "if necessary." The report takes up some new topics not addressed in the old one, but largely covers familiar ground, with one glaring exception: it virtually ignores what had previously been a major focus, the war. The lies that launched the war receive a few pages toward the end.

Jan
13

Bush Defenders Strain Painfully to Cover His Crimes

Tag: Peace and War

Check out this defense of Bush from the American Enterprise Institute. Not one word to suggest that Bush's actions benefited anyone. The bulk of the article devoted to claiming that the executive aggrandizement Madison feared was predicted by Alexis de Tocqueville. I'll predict right now that we'll see more of it and worse if Bush is not placed behind bars, but that doesn't mean I endorse it and shouldn't convince anyone it is a good thing. The defense of the Iraq war lies here is pathetic and centers on claiming that Clinton made the same lies. FISA violations are OK if you're a president. Torture is OK because one of the many laws and treaties banning it applies only to prisoners of war, and Bush's war was just a pretend war. Guantanamo is OK because previous presidents used it too. Habeas corpus is not needed because there are precedents of denying it to foreigners. Rewriting and then violating laws with signing statements is OK since previous presidents used them for harmless commentary. Having established that the laws of Congress mean nothing, the PATRIOT Act's outrages are justified because contained in a law passed by Congress. And, besides, the president is SUPPOSED to be an emperor anyway!

Jan
13

Media General Columnist Mocks Victims of Discrimination

Tag: Civil Rights

By David Swanson

Here's a columnist in Media General newspapers named Scott Hollifield ridiculing Raed Jarrar's settlement that gave him $240,000 as compensation for having been thrown off an airplane for looking middle-eastern and wearing a t-shirt with Arabic words on it. This is an on-going problem. A whole family was thrown off an airplane at National Airport in Washington, D.C., a couple of weeks ago because they looked middle-eastern and one of them said to another that they should sit in the safest seats. Now, it's possible that a $240,000 penalty would be enough to change the behavior of an airline if repeated a few times, but this money is coming from the federal government, which now throws around trillions like they were millions. The purpose of the penalty is not to measure the suffering, although that should not be mocked. While Mr. Hollified may or may not have felt bad when he was accused of being a biker, I have no doubt that Raed, who works night and day to save lives, felt physically ill when accused of trying to destroy lives. The purpose is to end the discrimination. Raed was not, like Hollifield, offered the opportunity to turn his shirt inside out and remain on the flight. He was removed under suspicion of wanting to engage in mass-murder. So was that entire family. So are others, quite frequently, at airports and elsewhere in this country. Dredging up a petty offense from your drunken past with which to mock the victims of official and widespread discrimination is something only a Media General columnist or perhaps George W. Bush would think of.

Jan
12

Against Truth, Reconciliation, and Commissions

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has introduced a bill, H.R. 104, that would create a commission to spend a year and a half looking at the various crimes of Bush and Cheney. While this might allow congressional Democrats to run election campaigns against Bush and Cheney yet again, even though those two will have been out of office for two years, it's not clear that it would do much else that would be positive.

Jan
12

What to Ask Eric Holder

Tag: Peace and War

On Thursday, January 15, at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder. If the Senators are willing to work together and to listen to those of us who elected them, the questioning might go something like this:

Jan
11

Bush and Obama Pass by 40 Feet Away

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War

Join us on January 20th. We have a permit for an Arrest Bush demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the FBI Building. Bush and Obama will pass by at around 11 a.m. on their way from the White House to the Capitol. Obama will pass back by as president at around 3 p.m. Wear your Arrest Bush & Cheney Sweatshirt, other warm clothes, and comfortable shoes. Be patient and arrive very early. Bring all your friends and family and an Arrest Bush sign as your ticket to get into our parade viewing area (everyone with an Arrest Bush sign welcome until it fills up). Updates here: http://www.arrestbush2009.com.

Jan
09

Speaking of Blanket Pardons

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

There's a blanket pardon I want President Bush to issue and one I want him not to. Both would involve preemptively pardoning people before they're charged with any crime, much less convicted, and doing so without naming them. One would be decent, just, and Constitutional; the other would be none of those things. One would please people around the country and the world. The other would please the Washington establishment. Bush may very well issue neither of them, but to logically make any sense, without denying important facts, he would have to issue one or the other.

Jan
09

Report Says White House Rejected All Advice from Government Agencies That Torture Was Illegal

Tag: Peace and War

REPORT NAMES 30 BUSH OFFICIALS COMPLICIT IN TORTURE

President Bush and his aides repeatedly ignored warnings that their torture plans were illegal from high State Department officials as well as the nation’s top uniformed legal officers, the Judge Advocates General of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, a new published report states.

World Beyond War

RootsAction.org

War Is A Crime

Talk Nation Radio

There Is No Way To Peace

Peace is the way.

This site is maintained by a union shop at MayFirst.org