CONGRESS SHOULD BEGIN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF BUSH AND CHENEY

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  1. Nader: Iraq an Unconstitutional, Illegal War

    Based on Five Falsehoods: CONGRESS SHOULD BEGIN IMPEACHMENT
    INQUIRY OF BUSH AND CHENEY

    "All public policy should revolve around the principle that
    individuals are responsible for what they say and do." --
    George W. Bush, 1994.

    Washington, DC: Building on his call for the impeachment
    of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Independent
    Presidential candidate Ralph Nader today is calling on
    Members of the House of Representatives to begin an
    impeachment inquiry to investigate two distinct
    impeachable offenses.

    An Impeachment Inquiry is the first step toward considering
    Articles of Impeachment. During an Impeachment Inquiry the
    House would investigate whether there are potential
    impeachable offenses.

    Impeachment Inquiry and the Process of Impeachment

    While the Constitution is clear in granting the
    impeachment power to the House, it leaves the development
    of mechanisms for exercising the power to the House. As
    noted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New
    York in "The Law of Presidential Impeachment By the
    Committee on Federal Legislation" (see:
    http://www.abcny.org/presimpt.htm):

    "A variety of methods have been employed to institute
    impeachment proceedings: Charges may be made orally on
    the floor by a Member of the House; a Member may submit
    a written statement of charges; one or more Members of
    the House may offer a resolution and place it in the
    legislative hopper; a presidential message to the House
    may initiate proceedings. The House has also received
    charges from a state legislature, from a territory, and
    from a grand jury. Finally, there may be a report of a
    committee of the House which may submit facts or charges
    that will lead to impeachment. Under the rules governing
    the order of business in the House a direct proposition
    to impeach is a matter of highest privilege and
    supersedes other business. Similar privileged treatment
    is given to propositions relating to a pending
    impeachment."

    The purpose of the Impeachment Inquiry is to have a
    Committee develop a report for the House which then can be
    considered for the purpose of determining whether to
    proceed with impeachment proceedings. The House determines
    whether to impeach based on a majority vote. It is
    important to remember that impeachment does not mean
    conviction - that is left to the Senate. Impeachment is
    the equivalent of an indictment, making formal charges,
    which the Senate then considers. Conviction requires two-
    thirds of the Members present in the Senate to vote for
    conviction.

    Two Potential Articles of Impeachment that Should be Part of
    an Impeachment Inquiry

    The Impeachment Inquiry should focus on two areas involving
    President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

    The unconstitutional war in Iraq.

    "The Inquiry should examine whether President Bush and
    Vice President Cheney have gone beyond the bounds of the
    Constitution, defied the rule of law, and if so, whether
    impeachment is the appropriate constitutional punishment,"
    said Nader. The United States Congress never voted for the
    Iraq war. Congress voted for a resolution in October 2002
    which unlawfully transferred to the President the decision-
    making power of whether to launch a first-strike invasion
    of Iraq. The United States Constitution's War Powers
    Clause (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11) vests the power
    of deciding whether to send the nation into war solely in
    the United States Congress. This can only be changed by a
    constitutional amendment.

    "Our founders had seen what could occur when the power to
    declare war was vested in one person, a King or a Queen,
    so they took clear steps to ensure no one person could
    declare war for the United States. As James Madison wrote:
    "In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be
    found, than in the clause which confides the question of
    war and peace to the legislature, and not to the executive
    department," noted Nader.

    Five Falsehoods that Led to the Iraq Quagmire:

    Making matters worse in this situation, the illegal first-
    strike invasion and occupation of Iraq was justified by
    five falsehoods. Nader calls for a second area for
    Impeachment Inquiry to examine: the "five falsehoods that
    led to war." In 1994 George W. Bush said: "All public
    policy should revolve around the principle that
    individuals are responsible for what they say and do." In
    2000, he ran as the "responsibility " candidate.
    Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security
    intelligence data, if proven, would be "a high crime"
    under the Constitution's impeachment clause. Article II,
    Section 4 of the Constitution 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."

    WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

    The weapons have still not been found. Nader emphasized,
    "Until the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was our
    government's anti-communist ally in the Middle East. We
    also used him to keep Iran at bay. In so doing, in the
    1980s under Reagan and the first Bush, corporations were
    licensed by the Department of Commerce to export the
    materials for chemical and biological weapons that
    President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney
    later accused him of having." Those weapons were destroyed
    after the Gulf War. President Bush's favorite chief
    weapons inspector, David Kay, after returning from Iraq
    and leading a large team of inspectors and spending nearly
    half a billion dollars told the president :We were wrong."

    See: David Kay testimony before Senate Armed
    Services Committee, January 28, 2004.

    IRAQ TIES TO AL QAEDA:

    The White House made this claim even though the CIA and
    FBI repeatedly told the Administration that there was no
    tie between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. They were mortal
    enemies - one secular, the other fundamentalist.

    SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES:

    In fact, Saddam was a tottering dictator, with an
    antiquated, fractured army of low morale and with Kurdish
    enemies in Northern Iraq and Shiite adversaries in the
    South of Iraq. He did not even control the air space over
    most of Iraq.

    SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS A THREAT TO HIS NEIGHBORS:

    In fact, Iraq was surrounded by countries with far
    superior military forces. Turkey, Iran and Israel were
    all capable of obliterating any aggressive move by the
    Iraqi dictator.

    THE LIBERATION OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE:

    There are brutal dictators throughout the world, many
    supported over the years by Washington, whose people need
    "liberation " from their leaders. This is not a persuasive
    argument since for Iraq, it's about oil. In fact, the
    occupation of Iraq by the United States is a magnet for
    increasing violence, anarchy and insurrection.

    Nader urges the Congress to investigate the illegal nature
    of the war, and how the five falsehoods became part of the
    Bush Administration's drum beat for war, in a formal Inquiry
    of Impeachment.

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    For further information, contact:
    Kevin Zeese
    1-202-265-4000

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    the Communist Party of Peru (Shining Path/Sender Luminoso) and the Kurdish
    Workers Party (PKK) are are closely associated with RIM. (The PKK is no
    longer a formal member of RIM; however, it was one of RIM's founders. The
    Shining Path is still a member.) Other groups that comprise the
    Revolutionary Internationalist Movement are the Communist Party of
    Turkey/Marxist-Leninist, the Union of Iranian Communists (Sarbedaran)and the
    Nepal Communist Party.

    The RIM via its publication A WORLD TO WIN declared its belief in the
    Palestinian intifada. The February 28, 2002, edition stated "the
    Revolutionary Internationalist Movement once again reaffirms its unwavering
    support .and calls on all revolutionary and progressive people to step up
    their actions on (the Palestinians') behalf." Another edition advised
    Palestinians to "link up with .the parties and organizations that make up
    the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement. With the weapon of
    Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and its military strategy, people's war, the
    Palestinian people's fight will surely become .more integral part of the
    world revolution, hastening the day when imperialism, Zionism .meet their
    doom."

    These Maoist terrorist organizations are financing their activities by
    trafficking in controlled substances. According to December 13, 2000,
    testimony by Frank Cilluffo, to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
    Subcommittee on Crime, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) " is heavily
    involved in the European drug trade, especially in Germany and France.
    French law enforcement estimates that the PKK smuggles 80 percent of the
    heroin in Paris." Cilluffo is Deputy Director, Global Organized Crime
    Program Counterterrorism Task Force at Washington, D.C.'s Center for
    Strategic and International Studies.

    This same testimony reveals the Nepal Communist Party, ".turned to drug
    trafficking for funding. Nepal serves as a hub for hashish trafficking in
    Asia." The CIA Fact Book lists Nepal as
     
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