Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren Writes to John Conyers About Impeachment

By David Swanson

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D., Calif.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has written a letter to Committee Chairman John Conyers (D., Mich.) on the topic of impeachment. Lofgren refers to the possibility of opening impeachment hearings on Vice President Cheney, President Bush, or a federal judge. She suggests that the impeachment of a federal judge may soon be on the agenda for the committee.

Live Interview Tonight With Code Pink Women Meeting With John Conyers

Is House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers seriously considering upholding the Constitution and initiating impeachment hearings on the Vice President, or does he just like meeting with young women and treating our democracy as a joke to tease the citizenry with? Ellen Taylor met with Conyers on Thursday, and Leslie Angeline is scheduled to meet with him late this afternoon. Tonight from 8 to 9 p.m. ET I'll interview these brave activists who are fasting for impeachment. You can listen live and call in with questions:

Iraq Occupation Worse Than Ever

By David Swanson

Two weeks ago an article in the Cville Weekly by Josh Levy ( ) told us that the "surge" was going to win the "war" in Iraq. "Victory has not yet arrived," he cautioned, "and it may be years before we can mark its arrival with confidence, but we can reasonably hope to see it."

Conyers' Phone Rings Steadily for Two Days

By David Swanson

There's a new rule on Capitol Hill: the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee can remove impeachment from the Constitution, but cannot also use telephones, Email, or fax machines, because the flood of pro-impeachment communications from outraged citizens is overwhelming each of those devices. Don't believe me? Try phoning, Emailing, or faxing John Conyers' office.

Pro-Death Nuts Plan Rally in Berkeley

By David Swanson

Chicken Hawks Unlimited, also known as Move America Forward, sent around an Email today that begins:

"It is with a heavy heart that we are reporting to you that the attacks against our troops by American governmental bodies are continuing."

Kucinich: "The Incident Did Not Happen"

By David Swanson

I spoke with Congressman Dennis Kucinich because a rumor was gaining traction that:

"Before the Nevada primary, Dennis was visited by representatives of Nancy Pelosi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — AIPAC. They told Dennis that if he would drop his campaigns to impeach Cheney and Bush, they would guarantee his re-election to the House of Representatives. Kucinich threw them out of his office."

Taibbi Gets It Halfway Right

By David Swanson

In "Chicken Doves" Matt Taibbi correctly denounces the phony, monied, Democratic-front antiwar movement without acknowledging the real one. United for Peace and Justice, and other organizations serious about peace, struggle against a corrupt Congress, a pseudo peace movement with lots more money than we have, and reporters like Taibbi who pretend that a major movement that is actually working for peace with projects like this one upcoming in March: does not exist.

Taibbi correctly condemns the Democrats' past year of not really trying to end the occupation of Iraq. But he fails to acknowledge that they still have almost another whole year left in which they could quite easily act if they wanted to. Millions of us will continue pushing them to cut off the funding, with no help from Taibbi and other journalists who buy into the pretense that it is already 2009.

Taibbi does not spell it out, but here is why the Democrats' claim of powerlessness is false:

It is a lie that Congress must pass a bill to end the occupation of Iraq. The occupation can be ended with an announcement by Congressional leaders that there will be no more funding. Any proposal to fund it can be blocked by 41 senators. Bush has plenty of money for withdrawal and could be given more for that exclusive purpose. When your television tells you the Democrats need 60 or 67 senators to end the occupation, your television is lying to you.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could if they wanted announce today that the House and Senate will no longer bring to a vote any bills to fund anything other than withdrawal. They have many colleagues already on board with that position, not to mention two thirds of the country. It would take 218 signatures on a discharge petition to force a bill to the floor of the House without Pelosi's approval. It is unlikely enough Democrats would oppose their party to fund Bush's war in that way. In the Senate, Reid alone could refuse to bring a bill to the floor, or another senator could put a secret hold on a bill. And, while not all bills can be filibustered (appropriations bills can be, budget reconciliation bills cannot), you can hardly claim you need 60 votes to get past a filibuster without admitting that with only 41 you could launch your own filibuster and that with 51 you could defeat any bill. Once you understand the goal as blocking bills rather than passing them, the number of allies you need shrinks dramatically.

Here's a transcript of Reid admitting he could block the funding but won't.


The Chicken Doves: Elected to end the war, Democrats have surrendered to Bush on Iraq
By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Impeach Dick Cheney, If You Will

Virginians created and may end the right of impeachment
By David Swanson, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

CHARLOTTESVILLE-- A recent national poll on impeachment, conducted by the American Research Group last November, found that 52 percent of Americans believed Vice President Dick Cheney had committed impeachable offenses.

Conyers Says He's on Edge of Starting Impeachment

By David Swanson

On Thursday, Chairman John Conyers' House Judiciary Committee held a hearing at which Attorney General Michael Mukasey said that he would not investigate torture (video) or warrantless spying (video), he would not enforce contempt citations (video), and he would treat Justice Department opinions as providing immunity for crimes (report).

The Speech McCain Should Give

By David Swanson

I may be a United States Senator and a candidate for President and the Republican frontrunner. But I am, more importantly (assuming you'll take my word for it) a man who has been tortured.