- "Bush can run, but he cannot hide from the Constitution"
"The election does not pardon the President for past, or future "high
Crimes and Misdemeanors."
- Impeachment is not a partisan political issue. The House
of Representatives, possessed of the "sole power of impeachment,"
is required to consider a bill of impeachment on the facts even if every
Member were of the same party, or political persuasion, as the President.
The seven specific provisions of the Constitution setting forth the powers
and duties of the Congress in considering impeachment intend that any President
or other civil officer of the United States who has committed a high Crime
or Misdemeanor "...shall be removed from Office."
- The power of impeachment assures the people against criminal
acts and despotic ambitions by government officials.
- We, the People have the power to require the House of
Representatives to do its duty and act on a bill of impeachment after full
investigation and consideration. If it fails to do so those House members
who failed to perform this Constitutional duty can and should be voted
from office. Remember that President Nixon resigned under threat of impeachment
for Watergate less than two years after his landslide reelection in 1972.
- Impeachment Is Imperative
- For the American people who support and defend the Constitution
of the United States, who want to prevent further crimes by a lawless administration,
who believe we can redeem our country in the eyes of those we have assaulted
and those who have witnessed this brutality and who dare to demand of future
government leadership, NEVER AGAIN, Impeachment is Imperative. A decent
respect to the opinions of mankind requires that we Americans should declare
the causes which impel us to impeach.
- President George W. Bush chose to wage a war of aggression
against Iraq, which had not attacked the United States and presented no
imminent threat to our people, or legitimate interests. A small cabal,
Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby and Rove wrested decision
making processes from established institutions of government to reinforce
President Bush,s desire to seize Iraq, defying international institutions,
the opinions of humankind and the rule of law to commence a disastrous
criminal military adventure.
- A Campaign of Deceit And False Propaganda
- War of aggression is the first offense listed in the
Nuremberg Charter as a Crime against Peace. The Nuremberg Tribunal after
hearing evidence of Nazi crimes in World War II convicted the leaders of
waging wars of aggression, which it called "the supreme international
- At Nuremberg, the Chief U.S. Prosecutor, Robert H. Jackson,
promised posterity that in the future all nations, including our own, would
be held accountable for such crimes.
- President Bush and key administration officials engaged
in a lengthy campaign of deceit, concealment and false propaganda to create
support for, and acceptance of, its war of aggression by claiming Iraq
possessed weapons of mass destruction, harbored terrorists, had close ties
with and supported Al Qaeda and intended to attack the U.S., U.S. citizens
and U.S. interests. A free society, democratic institutions and constitutional
government cannot survive such deceit by its own government.
- The U.S. has made civilians and civilian facilities its
direct object of attack. It has pursued assassination and summary executions
as official policy. President Bush boasted of summary executions in his
State of the Union message in 2003. Excessive and indiscriminate force
and illegal weapons have been used. Many thousands of Iraqi citizens, whole
families, women, children, elderly Iraqis have been killed as a result.
- U.S. military casualties exceed 10,000 including more
than 1,100 deaths with many additional thousands returned to the United
States for physical and mental illnesses.
- The U.S. has employed torture, including torture to death,
rape and sexual assault and humiliation, as approved and ordered policy
from Afghanistan and Guantanamo to Iraq, inflicted on thousands of prisoners,
many, if not most, without any evidence of wrongful conduct. An admitted
37 human beings have been murdered while being held in captivity by the
United States under these conditions. We know not how many more. All the
mounting evidence makes clear that this program of torture and death is
not aberrational conduct of rogue or undisciplined soldiers but is rather
the policy adopted at the highest levels of the Bush/Rumsfeld chain of
command. All this in violation of the Geneva Conventions, the International
Convention Against Torture, the laws of all nations and common human decency.
- Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United
States provides: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of
the United States, Shall Be Removed From Office on Impeachment for, and
Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
- More Than 100,000 Dead Based On A Lie
- We learn from the prominent medical journal Lancet of
the report by researchers at John Hopkins University, Columbia University
and the Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad that the U.S. war of aggression
against Iraq and military occupation has cost "at least" 100,000
Iraqi lives already must civilian, women and children. Already President
Bush has launched a massive aerial and ground assault on Falluja which
may kill thousands of defenseless civilians.
- Haiti, where President Bush forced the elected President
Jean Bertrand Aristide from office, is in chaos with many thousands killed
by widespread daily violence committed by U.S. supported paramilitaries
against Aristide supporters.
- Nearly 500,000 have voted to impeach. Help us increase
that number into millions the Congress cannot ignore.
- Every American should choose whether to vote for impeachment
entirely on the facts, straight up, or down, without political, or partisan
fear, or favor. We owe this to the country, its future, the Constitution
and our common heritage. Impeachment is Required Now.
- Impeachment now is the only way we, the American people,
can promise ourselves and the world that we will not tolerate crimes against
peace and humanity by our government. Knowing what we know, to wait longer
is to condone what has been done and risk more.
- Sincerely, Ramsey Clark