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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Conservative lawyer Bruce Fein: Impeach Bush and Cheney

Since taking office in 2001, the current President has used his executive powers to bypass more than 1100 laws.

Here’s just one example: When Congress passed an amendment barring cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees in American custody, President Bush attached a ''signing statement'' onto the measure, noting that he could interpret the amendment as he saw fit with his constitutional authority as commander in chief.

Last year, The American Bar Association approved a resolution condemning Bush's practice of changing the legislation he signs into law.

And then there are executive orders. On July 17, Bush issued an executive order blocking property of certain persons who threaten stabilization efforts in Iraq. On Friday, the ACLU issued a warning about the order, saying although it is aimed at supporters of the insurgency in Iraq, its sweeping provisions pose risks for American citizens and humanitarian workers in Iraq. The order allows the Treasury Department to freeze the funds of anyone who indirectly threatens the peace or stability of Iraq, or who undermines efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform.

The signing statements and executive orders raise many questions about the constitution, checks and balances, international law, and civil liberties.

Bruce Fein, a conservative constitutional lawyer, says it’s time for Congress to rein in Bush’s abusive actions. He says the Democrats are allowing Bush to trash the Constitution because most of them know nothing about the Constitution and are concerned only with making headlines about minor issues and getting themselves reelected.

Bruce Fein served as associate deputy attorney general under President Ronald Reagan. Today he is a constitutional lawyer at Bruce Fein & Associates and chair of the American Freedom Agenda, an organization devoted to restoring check and balances and protections against government abuses. He’s also coming out with a new book called, “Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle of Our Constitution and Democracy.”

Bruce recently wrote an article for Slate calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.

Dr. Phillip Cooper, law professor at Portland State University and author of “ By Order of the President: The Use & Abuse of Executive Direct Action.” Philip Cooper argues that President Bush and his legal team have been quietly working to concentrate ever more governmental power into the White House.

Bruce Fein and Phillip Cooper were on my radio show today. Listen here.


At 8/03/2007 6:34 AM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

With Congress's approval rating at an a historical low of 14%...hell, what are they waiting for?

After all, they've already proven that they lack any competency to actually accomplish anything as legislators. And what better way to up their approval ratings than to attempt to impeach a president with double their approval ratings who will be out of office in 15 months anyway! Go for it, guys!!

At 8/09/2007 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you heard about H Res 333? I urge you and your readers to take a few minutes to look at:


It's a list of the 25 most recent comments made by real Americans participating in an online poll/letter-writing campaign concerning the impeachment charges recently filed against Vice President Cheney, which are now being evaluated by the House Judiciary Committee. Comments can be sent to elected representatives and local newspapers at your option. The participation page is at:


Since this campaign began, several members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors, in part due to hearing from their constituents. Has yours? Make your voice heard, and let others know!

At 9/22/2007 2:30 PM, Anonymous Pit Boss said...

There have to be two kind of messages. Loud and subtle. People respond differently to each. This president and worthless congress are going to be held accountable for nothing because people think impeaching is a fringe movement. I have started a simple wristband at www.inapeach.com. Pots and pans with shouting will turn off the rest of the people. Like an armband or pin, a small gesture building into a large message is what we need. Even people who agree don't want to stand on the side of the road marching. My opinion and others is that it is usually preaching to the choir. When the media interview marchers and protesters, they seem to find the people who can perpetuate that this is a fringe movement. Bumper Stickers, pins, wristbands are a quiet but strong sympbol. I

I would say only 10% who believe in impeachment will do the noisy stuff. But the more we are seen with these symbols the more our politicians will believe we are behind them for this movement. I don't care if you buy my wristband but we need to come off the fringe from just loud protesters and loud bloggers.
Pit Boss

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