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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Conservative who called for Clinton's impeachment is also calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney

Watch Bill Moyers speak to Bruce Fein, a conservative constitutional scholar about why Bush and Cheney should be impeached. Unlike most Democrats who believe impeachment should be off the table, many conservatives say Bush and Cheney are setting a frightening precedent for future presidents and even more frightening, for leaders around the world. If you travel to Russia, Vladirmi Putin can say you're a threat to Russia. Off to the torture chamber. Bush did it. Why can't I?

Recently, Fein, former deputy attorney general under Reagan, has been in the national spotlight after his editorial in SLATE called for the impeachment of Cheney. Fein also testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on June 27, 2007 about Bush's use of "signing statement."

According to Fein, Cheney has:
Asserted Presidential power to create military commissions, which combine the functions of judge, jury, and prosecutor in the trial of war crimes.
Claimed authority to detain American citizens as enemy combatants indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay on the President's say-so alone.
Initiated kidnappings, secret detentions, and torture in Eastern European prisons of suspected international terrorists.
Championed a Presidential power to torture in contravention of federal statutes and treaties.
Engineered the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program targeting American citizens on American soil in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
Orchestrated the invocation of executive privilege to conceal from Congress secret spying programs to gather foreign intelligence, and their legal justifications.
Summoned the privilege to refuse to disclose his consulting of business executives in conjunction with his Energy Task Force.
Retaliated against Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame, through chief of staff Scooter Libby, for questioning the administration's evidence of weapons of mass destruction as justification for invading Iraq.


At 7/17/2007 8:13 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

Speaking of "feins", here's Russ Feingold's take on the matter:

"I fully respect the anger and frustration many Americans feel with this Administration. I share much of it. But on balance, I think Congress’s time is much better spent ending the war in Iraq, conducting the oversight that was absent for the last six years, and advancing progressive legislation."


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