IMPEACHMENT IS IN THE AIR
Rep. John Conyers to Hold June 16 Hearing on the Downing Street Memo
Join the tens of thousands on September 24
Who Will Call for Impeachment
Gather at the White House at 12 noon
Everyone in the ImpeachBush.org movement should feel very heartened that the grassroots effort of the past two years has laid the foundation for what will be the next big move.
The movement to impeach George W. Bush is about to reach its highest level yet. The catastrophic invasion and occupation of Iraq is now exposed. The people of the country, and more and more members of Congress, are turning against the war and demanding that President Bush be held accountable. We will insist that accountability means impeachment.
We are writing to announce two very important and exciting events:
1) Congressman John Conyers is holding a hearing tomorrow (June 16) into the Downing Street Memo which reveals that the Bush administration was lying to the people of the U.S. as they forged forward on their planned path of war against, and conquest of, Iraq.
2) September 24 National March in Washington, D.C. - Members of the impeachment movement from all over the country will be marching together as a massive contingent in the huge September 24 antiwar demonstration in Washington, D.C., with coordinated actions in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
YOU CAN HELP BUILD THIS MOVEMENT
We are able to do all of this work only because of the generous donations of people who believe in impeachment. The expenses will be great in the coming period. With your donation, will be able to print hundreds of thousands of flyers and posters, make banners, send out large-scale mailings, and begin renting buses to make sure that the message of impeachment is seen throughout Washington, D.C. that day and rings through the hallways of the White House where we will assemble at 12 noon. Your help is needed now. Please make a contribution now. For access to the online donation form and the secure server, where you can also get information to write a check, by clicking here:
ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org members have worked tirelessly over the past two-and-half-years to raise the political consciousness in the U.S. and the halls of Congress demanding that Bush and other high officials of his administration be impeached for their criminal conduct. This work is now reaching a new level - discussion of Impeachment is being picked up by many across the progressive spectrum and it is increasingly being mentioned in commentary and news analysis as a proper course of action. In recent weeks the Green Party, Veterans for Peace, Ralph Nader and many others have issued statements calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush. This list is sure to grow in the coming months.
THE DOWNING STREET MEMO AND THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT
Tomorrow, June 16, Congressman John Conyers will hold a hearing into the Downing Street Memo, the leaked British briefing notes that document the Bush Administration's intention to attack Iraq and its efforts to create public rationale for their pre-planned illegal war.
The Downing Street Memo is the "smoking gun" for those still searching for one indicting President Bush and his administration for high crimes and misdemeanors of the most serious and deadly kind. Its authenticity has not been disputed by either the British or U.S. governments since it was made public by the Times of London on May 1, 2005. While largely ignored for nearly a month by most of the corporate media here, it has now made its way into some news outlets. Rep. John Conyers and 88 other members of Congress have demanded an explanation from the White House.
The memo is a document containing minutes transcribed during a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair, members of his cabinet and other top military and security officials, on July 23, 2002. The head of British foreign intelligence (MI 6), Richard Dearlove, identified in the memo as "C," had just returned from a meeting with the U.S. National Security Council in Washington.
"C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."
The key phrase here is, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." It makes clear beyond question that the Bush administration had set the course for war on Iraq at least eight months before the U.S./British invasion.
In recent days, additional leaked British memos have confirmed the underlying information in the Downing Street Memo and further revealed that the Bush administration was making its plans to launch a war against Iraq and to find a basis to justify the illegal attack as early as March 2002. For instance a memo dated March 22, 2002, revealed that officials in the Blair government recognized that additional efforts would need to be made to justify the war since there was a lack of proof of connections between the Iraqi government and Al Qaida, and that the Iraqi government was not arming itself with weapons of mass destruction as the Bush Administration had claimed.
Now, more than 26 months after the invasion, 100,000 Iraqis have been killed (according to the British medical journal The Lancet) and Iraq is in chaos. Over 1,700 U.S. troops have been killed and tens of thousands have been maimed, suffering from serious wounds, injuries and illnesses, including enormous psychological trauma.
All this killing, dying and suffering is the result of a war justified by a deliberate campaign of unmitigated lies and deception knowingly carried out by Bush and his top associates - Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Wolfowitz, et. al. All who remain in office should be removed and face trial for their war crimes. It is worth noting that the most serious category of war crimes is the Crime Against Peace; that is, planning and carrying out a war of aggression against another state which poses no threat to the aggressor state.
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