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May 30, 2011

Accountability for Bush & Cheney

Filed under: — frosty @ 4:28 pm

There is good cause to believe the Bush/Cheney Administration committed crimes during their tenure in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the federal and state civil criminal codes, and international laws and treaties to which the United States is a party. We believe they should be held accountable as to set a precedent for future administration.

While impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney is no longer an option for Congress, it is hard to deny the necessity for a thorough investigation into the alleged crimes committed during their tenure in the White House. Prior to the end of their term, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, along with Co-Sponsor Robert Wexler, introduced in the House 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush. Among the articles included:

  • Charges that President Bush illegally created a case for war with Iraq, which included a propaganda campaign, false charges claiming Iraq was responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001, and falsely representing Iraq as an imminent danger to the United States.
  • Charges that funds for the war in Iraq were misspent prior to the war, that the war itself was a violation of Authorization for Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, that the war was initiated without any Declaration of War from Congress, that the war was a violation of the U.N. Charter, and that the ultimate purpose of the war was to secure control over Iraq’s vast oil reserves.
  • Charges of misconduct of the war, including failing to provide troops with proper equipment, falsifying U.S. troop death toll and injury figures, establishing permanent military bases, and that the President misspent appropriated funds on contractors and provided those contractors with immunity.
  • Charges that the Administration illegally “outed” covert C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
  • Charges of the illegal treatment of detainees, the “kidnapping” and detention of foreign nationals, and the use of their torture.
  • Charges that President Bush illegally spied on American citizens and that he violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Charges President Bush tampered with the 2004 elections and that he violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Despite the inaction of Democrats who controlled both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House, we support the appointment of an independent Special Prosecutor/Counsel to prosecute, where appropriate, individuals belonging to and/or associated with the Bush Administration through the courts, state and local governments, and international bodies, and that such Special Prosecutor/Counsel be adequately funded.

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