Peace Movement: Bush's Latest Signing Statement Is Grounds for Impeachment

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Peace Movement: Bush's Latest Signing Statement Is Grounds for Impeachment


http://www.commondreams.org:80/news2008/0131-12.htm

 
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - January 31 - United for Peace and Justice, the country's largest anti-war coalition with over 1400 member groups, condemns President Bush's continued arrogant and unconstitutional use of signing statements.


On Monday, Jan. 25, 2008, President Bush released a signing statement claiming the right to violate four sections of H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which he had just signed into law. These four sections: 841, 846, 1079, and 1222, Bush announced, would be "construed" in a manner "consistent with the constitutional authority of the President."

Among the measures Bush's latest signing statement declares the right to violate are: the establishment of a commission to investigate U.S. contractor fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan, the expansion of whistleblower protections, a requirement that U.S. intelligence agencies respond to congressional requests for documents, a ban on funding permanent bases in Iraq, and a ban on funding any actions that exercise U.S. control over Iraq's oil money.

Over the past seven years, the same language used by Bush on Monday, usually attributed to Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff David Addington, has been the precursor to numerous violations of law by his administration, including sections of law banning the use of torture and banning the use of funds to construct permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. The president has signed laws blocking funding for the construction of permanent bases in Iraq six times, but never stopped the construction.

In January 2007, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on Bush's use of signing statements at which Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Elwood claimed that the president is free to violate any laws until the Supreme Court rules otherwise. Following this hearing, the Government Accountability Office studied a small sample of Bush's signing statements and found that in a significant percentage of cases his administration was, in fact, violating the sections of law he had claimed the right to "interpret."

The U.S. Constitution requires that the president "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Article I, Section 7, says that:

"every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a law."

"The rule of law established by the Constitution has been undermind in an almost unnoticed revolution," said Leslie Cagan, National Coordinator of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ). "The Constitution allows the president to veto bills or sign and enforce them, not to rewrite them or to disobey them. The same document that gives the Congress the power to make every law, gives it the sole power to raise and spend money, and the sole power to declare war. The people's representatives in Congress are losing all of these powers through their failure to act on the remedy provided for precisely this situation: impeachment."

According to the U.S. State Department, 65% of Iraqis favor a withdrawal of U.S. troops. In fact, neither the Iraqi people nor the people of this country have ever supported a permanent U.S. presence in Iraq, and the U.S. Congress has never approved one.

"The sooner all the troops and military contractors are home," said Cagan, "the sooner rebuilding can begin for the Iraqi nation and for our democracy."

UFPJ is urging its members to speak with the media about this matter and to phone the House Judiciary Committee at 202-225-3951 to request that it begin impeachment hearings.

President Bush's latest signing statement:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/01/20080128-10.html

Government Accountability Office Report:
http://www.gao.gov/decisions/appro/308603.pdf

Database of Bush Signing Statements:
http://acslaw.org/node/5309

Report on January House Judiciary Committee Hearings:
http://afterdowningstreet.org/signing

State Department Iraq Poll:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/26/AR2006092601721_pf.html 

Offline rustygunn

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I thought this needed a bump, plus I'd like to add this old but relevant link about signing statements:

http://www.abanet.org/op/signingstatements/aba_final_signing_statements_recommendation-report_7-24-06.pdf

If we still had our republic this guy wouldn't be in office.

Thanks bigron...you post some good info that I don't always get to until later on!

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rustygunn

thanks for your follow up

I try to post on a daily basis news that I believe of interest to the FORUM

trying to keep it as lively as possible

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rustygunn

thanks for your follow up

I try to post on a daily basis news that I believe of interest to the FORUM

trying to keep it as lively as possible

And you're doing a pretty damn good job, too, ron.  :)

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King George is still begging for the next revolution.
"Taxation without representation", man they had it easy back then if that's the biggest thing they had to worry about.

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Feemacamper !   Hi there !

Thanks for your good word !

Appreciate it lots

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King George is still begging for the next revolution.
"Taxation without representation", man they had it easy back then if that's the biggest thing they had to worry about.

Hi Gus, Good to hear from ya!!!

Yup and they had a lot of guts and faith, but ya know there are stll plenty around that do, its just getting the Gov. cleared of the rats and we may find a return to American values.
The news media are succing  away on the ol gov, straw, so its up to us, to live up to the words of our ancestors.
July 12 is going to be a day of marching, for peace and freedosm,  where Dan had a great idea, those who can not be there, establish bases in their state and march. Its only the first step, but it just may be the most important one.

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Good one Ron.

If only we could impeach the parasites, there are hundreds of impeachment articles that have been submitted, they seem to have found their way to the black hole. Or Pelosis office, no matter we the people of this nation are on fire, the storm has begun and it will not be stopped by the maggots feeding of the death, and misery of the people of this nation and the world.

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There is nothing unlawful about what the president is doing.  It only applies to the fraudulent paper 2-dimensional legal entity of the 14th amendment citizen, our corporate registered name with the federal government in Washington DC.  None of what he does applies directly to any man or woman, only the name.

What would be unlawful is if they try to force all this stuff on American sovereign men and women.

Impeachment will just be another left-right paradigm destressor, the democrats will take control in the next election and nothing will change.

What needs to change is the fraudulent corporate "military" constitution of the UNITED STATES government corporation.  And get rid of the electoral college, political parties and electronic voting.  We need to go back the the original organic Constitution for the United States of America with the missing 13th amendment that would prevent British Accredited BAR attorneys from running the court system.  And make sure government officials (our employees) have real Oaths of Office.  And reintroduce elections to elect independents into government the way they used to be so that people like Ron Paul can win. 

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And you're doing a pretty damn good job, too, ron.  :)

I'll second that.   ;)
"The man who dies wealthy dies in disgrace." 
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I'll second that.   ;)

So will he:

Out of the forum's top topic starters, bigron is second, only behind Sane.

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Now that's a lot of OP's!!