Archive for July 25th, 2008

Bush Accused of Tyranny and Murder at Justice Hearings

anthony @ 07:30 BST

Star witnesses, legal scholar Bruce Fein and former LA District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi.

Star witnesses, legal scholar Bruce Fein and former LA District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi.

Michael Collins | OEN | July 25, 2008 at 21:34:41

Today’s hearing on the abuse of presidential powers before the House Committee on the Judiciary turned into a devastating political ambush by Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), committee Democrats, and the extraordinary panel of witnesses.. At least 12 Democratic Committee members were present plus the Chairman while only four Republicans bothered to show up.

Belying their casual appearance in the committee chambers, the Democrats presented a well coordinated, hard hitting case against President George W. Bush. This led to a double climax in the form of surgically erudite testimony by conservative legal scholar Bruce Fein, a former Reagan administration official, and former Los Angeles District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi’s stunning summary statement. The best the Republicans could offer was inappropriate humor by Rep. Don Lundgren (D-CA) and a request to clear the chambers when the audience cheered Mr. Bugliosi’s remarks.

The hearing resulted from the non stop campaign for the impeachment of President George W. Bush by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). That effort received an overwhelming endorsement last week with the votes of a 238 majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 229 Democrats and 9 Republicans voted to refer the single count impeachment bill to the House or Representatives Committee on the Judiciary chaired by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

The Kucinich Resolution – H.R. 1345 outlines the case for the impeachment of President Bush. Specifically, as president, Bush:

“Deceived Congress with fabricated threats of Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to fraudulently obtain support for an authorization for the use of force against Iraq and used that fraudulently obtained authorization, and then acting in his capacity under Article II, Section II of the Constitution as Commander in Chief, to commit US troops to combat in Iraq.”

There was speculation prior to the hearing that the Republicans might scuttle the entire process due to House rules that prevent disparaging comments about the president. Apparently they failed to read the entirety of House Practice, Sec. 25 which lists a number of negative comments that House members have used in the past and makes clear that they’re available in the present. (more…)

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not american to me either jane

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GEF @ 9:08 PM ET


Mukasey Contradicts Cheney And Addington: Vice President Is ‘Obviously’ In Executive Branch

Last year, House investigators revealed that Vice President Cheney exempted his office from an executive order designed to safeguard classified national security information by claiming that the Office of the Vice President is not an “entity within the executive branch.”

Cheney’s chief of staff David Addington reaffirmed before Congress last month that the Vice President’s office is “attached” to the legislature:

[P]erhaps the best that can be said is that the vice president belongs neither to the executive nor to the legislative branch, but is attached by the constitution to the latter.

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey had an entirely different take than Addington and Cheney on the matter:

It’s my own belief that the Vice President is a member of the executive branch. … The Vice President is obviously one of the closest advisers to the president, and he is a close adviser to the president within the executive branch. That in my view is where he sits.

Watch it:

The idea of ambiguously tying Cheney to the legislative branch seems to be grounded in political convenience rather than fact. Cheney himself has said (on camera) that “the vice president’s become an important part of the administration of the executive branch.” Some other examples:

– In 2001, the White House argued that a probe into Cheney’s energy task force “would unconstitutionally interfere with the functioning of the executive branch.” [Link]

– Cheney said that a probe concerned “meetings in the Executive Branch between the Vice President and other individuals.” [Link]

– On April 9, 2003, Cheney lauded a recent court ruling, stating, “I think it restored some of the legitimate authority of the executive branch, the president and the vice president, to be able to conduct their business.” [Link]

Rather than the Vice President title, Cheney apparently prefers to be tagged with the label “unique creature.”

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Leahy Closing In Fast On The Truth About BushCo.

GEF @ 7:48 PM ET

“Stonewall” Johnson Refuses to Testify to Senate Committee

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, who has notoriously avoided congressional testimony, declined to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

The hearing on the EPA’s refusal to provide Congress with documents relating to the health risks of global warming was scheduled for July 30, but has now been cancelled by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

“Administrator Johnson declined our invitation,” said Chairman Leahy in a statement. “The letter we received from the EPA this week gave no reasons for his refusal to appear before the Committee.”

This week the Senate Environment and Public Works Commitee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) heard from EPA whistleblower Jason Burnett on the White House’s interference with EPA decision making.

Leahy stated that he was a referring Johnson’s refusal to testify to the EPA Inspector General. “Like Karl Rove’s refusal to appear before the Judiciary Committee in response to a congressional subpoena, and Josh Bolten’s refusal to appear to provide documents we subpoenaed,” Leahy continued in his statement. “This administration follows. . . its own imperial executive style.”

Thank goodness Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers (D-MI) is holding a hearing on the “Bush Imperial Presidency” tomorrow.

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Lookie Lookie, I got me a Fat cookie…

GEF @ 7:28 PM ET

Rove Threatened GOP IT Guru If He Does Not ‘Take the Fall’ for Election Fraud in Ohio, Says Attorney

Letter Sent to Attorney General Mukasey Requesting ‘Protection for Mr. Connell and His Family From This Reported Attempt to Intimidate a Witness’ After Tip from ‘Credible Source’
UPDATE: OH AG Reportedly Asked to Provide Immunity Protection…

[NOTE: Arnebeck will join Peter B. Collins and me, on-air, live tonight at 5pm PT (8pm ET) to discuss this story and the related matters. Details and listening link here…]

Karl Rove has threatened a GOP high-tech guru and his wife, if he does not “‘take the fall’ for election fraud in Ohio,” according to a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, by Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck.

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nation of lemmings indeed

by betmo

reason number 5,980 why the rest of the world is dissing us

“No. Buying a Prius is not taking action. Neither is upgrading the insulation on your house or buying carbon offsets when you fly. We need, as a nation, to commit to seriously ending our addiction to fossil fuels, to rapacious development and the concomitant destruction of forests and wetlands. We need to end our nation’s imperialist policies and to instead devote the trillion dollars a year spent on war to saving the planet from ourselves.

A good start would be seeing that people “get it.” That would mean communities starting to organize around improving mass transit, arranging for carpooling, and demanding climate-saving action from our political leaders.

I’m not optimistic.”

we are spoiled and selfish- i can’t speak to other countries or other cultures because- i live here.

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Bugliosi Takes the Stand

anthony @ 22:11 BST

Vincent Bugliosi, famed prosecutor and author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder goes on the stand:

You shouldn’t have any difficulty making a criminal deferral to the Department of Justice to commence a criminal investigation of the Bush administration to determine whether first degree murder charges should be brought against certain members of this administration, and I hereby strongly urge you to do so. Whether Republicans or Democrats all Americans should be outraged at what the Bush adminsitration has done! How dare they do what they did. How dare they!

At this point audience clapped.

On the basis that the chairman (Conyers) had said that he would clear the room of there was an outburst (and there had clearly been an outburst), co-Chairman Smith urged that the audience be cleared.

Conyers refused, but asked guests not to give any indication of approval or disapproval of statements of witnesses.

Bugliosi continued:

If we want this nation to become the great nation that it once was, widely respected around the world, we can hardly do this if we don’t take the first step and bring those responsible for the war in Iraq to justice.

Later, Steve King tried to get Conyers to stop Bugliosi speaking further, but again Conyers refused.

Bugliosi said that the issue was not whether a country had weapons of mass destruction (after all, N. Korea and China also had these), but whether that country posed an imminent threat to the United States, and Iraq didn’t.

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