Impeachment

Jun
27

Waiting for OPR

Tag: Impeachment

By David Swanson

These are the top 10 reasons it makes sense that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is waiting for a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in the Department of Justice prior to impeaching federal judge and former torture and war facilitator Jay Bybee.

10. It could turn out that writing memos pretending to legalize torture was the ethical thing to do, or at least that doing so in the future is a recommendation of Obama's task force on interrogations.

9. Claiming to give presidents the power to legally launch aggressive wars might turn out to be professional if not responsible. It's just not Congress's place to say.

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Jun
18

Audio: Justice, Accountability, Media

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Political Ideas
The Jeff Farias Show 6/17/09

On the Web At 3:30 Duff Conacher is the coordinator of Democracy Watch, an Ottawa-based citizen group advocating democratic reforms, government accountability and corporate responsibility. http://www.dwatch.ca/

At 4:30 PM David Swanson is the author of the upcoming book “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union” by Seven Stories Press. You can pre-order it and find out when tour will be in your town: http://davidswanson.org/book

At 5 PM Rory O’Connor author, blogger, journalist and filmmaker is co-founder and president of the international media firm ‘Globalvision, Inc’, and Board Chair of ‘The Global Center’, an affiliated non-profit foundation. O’Connor has directed, written and/or produced hundreds of television programs and films, and served as executive in charge of the award-winning broadcast newsmagazines ‘South Africa Now’ and ‘Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television’. An online columnist for both AlterNet and MediaChannel, O’Connor also writes the popular “Media Is A Plural” blog (accessible at http://www.roryoconnor.org

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Jun
18

It Could Happen to Yoo

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Prosecution

By David Swanson

Sometimes, during a tsunami of bad news, it's nice to come up for a breath of encouraging air. The only way to do that this week that I know of is to read a beautiful 42-page order by a judge (PDF). Usually such things don't strike me as beautiful, but this one says that leading torture lawyer John Yoo can be sued in court by one of his victims. It also says that his arguments for immunity are a load of crap, his arguments for the legality of torture are at least plausibly as fetid a pile of feces as they appear to the naked eye, and the treatment received by Jose Padilla is rather glaringly in conflict with our laws, basic standards of decency, and the wisdom of those who have gone before us and warned against sacrificing our rights on the temple of war. Here's an analysis of exactly how well thought out (not just beautiful) this order is, and how very likely it is to withstand challenge.

Jun
06

DOJ Refuses to Appear for Hearing: Will Conyers Ask DOJ to Compel Itself to Appear?

Tag: Impeachment

So, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on abuse of the "state secrets" privilege and asked someone from the Department of Justice to appear and testify. The DOJ told Conyers, not exactly in these words, to go Cheney himself. Now, given that a member of Congress would need a spine surgically implanted before taking the obvious step of sending the Capitol Police to pick up a witness, any witness, for example Jay Bybee, Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, or the groping Judge from Texas who's being impeached (WHY oh WHY couldn't Cheney have groped somebody??), and given that every committee either blows off noncompliance or asks the DOJ to handle it or takes it to court, what are the chances of DOJ being compelled to comply with the "invitation" to talk about the practice of claiming "state secrets"? And what are the chances of the branch of government that craves absolute power voluntarily complying with the unwanted requests of the branch the craves subservience and humiliation? Let's face it: the Capitol Police exist only to lock up protesters, and the protesters are protesting a body with no power and no desire to fight for power.

Jun
04

Judge Declines to Show Up for His Own Impeachment

Tag: Impeachment

By David Swanson

A judge gropes and harasses his female employees, lies about it to investigators, is tried and convicted, and is on his way to prison. The U.S. House of Representatives springs into action, activating something none of us even knew existed during the entire eight-year hell of Cheney-Bush: the House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Judicial Impeachment. And what did Judge Groper do on Wednesday? He chose not to show up, as requested by Congress, for his own impeachment hearing.

Jun
02

Dick Cheney, Jerrold Nadler, and David Swanson

Tag: Impeachment

More videos below from Press TV:

Jun
01

Finally Frank Rich Wishes He Had Supported Impeaching Bush and Cheney

Tag: Impeachment

Here's his statement:

If there’s another terrorist attack, it will be because the mess the Bush administration ignored in Pakistan and Afghanistan spun beyond anyone’s control well before Americans could throw the bums out.

Of course it could also be because of the mess the Bush and Obama administrations created there and in Iraq and elsewhere. My point is not to agree with Rich but to notice that he thinks we somehow threw Bush and Cheney out and that he wishes we'd done so sooner. This is a common sentiment among columnists now that it's too late.

May
12

200 Orgs Ask for Special Prosecutor for Cheney and Bush

Tag: Impeachment

200 Organizations Ask Holder to Appoint a Special Prosecutor for Bush, Cheney, et alia

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