Democrats.com Demands Congressional Inquiry into Bush's Iraq War Lies

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RAW STORY's Larisa Alexandrovna just broke the news that a coalition seeking a "Resolution of Inquiry" by members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee into details surrounding the Downing Street Memo has been created at AfterDowningStreet.org.

Please write your Representative to urge him/her to support the Resolution of Inquiry!

Democrats.com is proud to be a founding member of this outstanding coalition, along with some of the best groups on and off the Internet. Here is our press release - please forward it far and wide!

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2005

Democrats.com Demands Congressional Inquiry into Bush's Iraq War Lies

Democrats.com and a coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups announced a campaign today to urge Congress to launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war.  The campaign focuses on evidence that recently emerged in the minutes of a secret July 2002 meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security officials.

According to Democrats.com President Bob Fertik, "Congress must immediately begin a full investigation of the lies told by George W. Bush to justify his criminal invasion of Iraq. Bush's lies have cost America the lives of 1,650 of our bravest young men and women, along with $300 billion in debt - and this war could continue forever.

"Tom DeLay and the Republican majority in Congress loudly proclaim themselves 'pro-life,' but their war has murdered an estimated 100,000 innocent Iraqis, including thousands of infants," Fertik added. "It is time for Congress to hold George Bush accountable for his lies to Congress, the American people, and the world. We urge Rep. John Conyers and all House Democrats to introduce the Resolution of Inquiry proposed by John Bonifaz."

Bonifaz, a Boston attorney specializing in constitutional litigation, sent a memo to Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to impeach President Bush.

Bonifaz's memo, made available today at www.AfterDowningStreet.org, begins: "The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq.  If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution."

In February and March 2003, John Bonifaz served as lead counsel for a coalition of United States soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and Members of Congress (led by Representatives John Conyers, Jr. and Dennis Kucinich) in a federal lawsuit challenging President George W. Bush's authority to wage war against Iraq absent a congressional declaration of war or equivalent action.  Bonifaz is the author of Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush (NationBooks-NY, 2004, foreword by Rep. John Conyers, Jr.), which chronicles that case and its meaning for the United States Constitution.

The organizations forming the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition include: Democrats.com, Global Exchange, Gold Star Families for Peace, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, and Democracy Rising.  These organizations, beginning today, will be urging their members to contact their Representatives to urge support of a Resolution of Inquiry.

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Will there be a Petition

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here that we can sign as members of Democrats.com ? I think that many of us would like to go on record in the name of this site, asking for a full investigation or to support the resolution.

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Visit impeachcentral.com to sign petition

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www.impeachcentral.com - join the 14,142 who have already signed... Bob just re-did the impeachcentral.com page this week. check it out. new links to write rep and other sources.

direct link to petition - http://elandslide.org/elandslide/petition.cfm?campaign=impeach

plus, Rep. John Conyers wants citizen signatures to add to the Congressional Letter signed by 89 members of Congress asking Bush for an "explanation" of the Downing Street Memo - http://www.johnconyers.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=SUPERFORMS&SEC={0F1B03E0-080B-4100-B143-36A5985EF1E3}

Done, and bump!

Done, and bump!

'Letter to Pres Bush Concerning "Downing Street Memo"

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Thank you Michael Moore's website.

This letter, which can be signed and submitted,
is from John Conyers' office

http://tinyurl.com/825pg

Downing Street Memo Hits CNN Inside Politics

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Today May 31, CNN Inside Poitics

The Section on Inside Politics
that is done by Bloggers today
featured the fact that Groups
are collaborating and working
tihe Congressmen Conyers to
call for a full investigation.

This is the first time I have
seen TV even acknowledge there
such a thing as Downing Street
Memo.

Thought you would want to know.
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Duh...

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(RAWSTORY:-The President must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate. He is to regulate all intercourse with foreign powers, and it is his duty to impart to the Senate every material intelligence he receives. If it should appear that he has not given them full information, but has concealed important intelligence which he ought to have communicated, and by that means induced them to enter into measures injurious to their country, and which they would not have consented to had the true state of things been disclosed to them, - in this case, I ask whether, upon an impeachment for a misdemeanor upon such an account, the Senate would probably favor him.
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CIA/Intel Committee has to have provided the Pres/Senate w/ PDB and Intel reports...if any one (1) Senator had a conversation w/ Bush regarding any 'particular' memo; this would not be grounds for impeachment because of the 'intervention' and/or opinion.(?)

Unless Bush acted vicariously w/ VP Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld etal and not w/ congress.

--If Senate read the same intel reports Bush read?..and Bush later changed the 'policy to fit the intel report; and senate wasn't w/ consent and advice; then its grounds for impeachment.(?)

O.K., boys and girls

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this issue is worthy of a hand written letter to your elected representatives. Don't let them get by with an automated non-response to an e-mail.

I am all for a collective online voice...an electronic scream, if you will. But, by all means send those hand written letters...10 minutes, you can do it. If you don't feel "represented" by the elected house and senate members from your district, send your letter to Sanders, or Waxman, or somebody that gives a damn and tell them why you are writing your concerns to them.

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.  Dorothy Day

Let's make sure

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that Lee Hamilton is not part of any "investigation".

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.  Dorothy Day

Has anyone ever seen this? Looks like this is a long

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time in planning
The gameplan among Washington's hawks has long been to reshape the Middle East along US-Israeli lines, writes Brian Whitaker
Its roots can be traced, at least in part, to a paper published in 1996 by an Israeli thinktank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies. Entitled "A clean break: a new strategy for securing the realm", it was intended as a political blueprint for the incoming government of Binyamin Netanyahu.
At first glance, there's not much to distinguish the 1996 "Clean Break" paper from the outpourings of other right-wing and ultra-Zionist thinktanks ... except for the names of its authors.
The leader of the "prominent opinion makers" who wrote it was Richard Perle - now chairman of the Defence Policy Board at the Pentagon.
Also among the eight-person team was Douglas Feith, a neo-conservative lawyer, who now holds one of the top four posts at the Pentagon as under-secretary of policy. With several of the "Clean Break" paper's authors now holding key positions in Washington, the plan for Israel to "transcend" its foes by reshaping the Middle East looks a good deal more achievable today than it did in 1996. Americans may even be persuaded to give up their lives to achieve it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,785394,00.html

Check this out barbs

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Check them out here in their own words. http://www.newamericancentury.org/ Notice who is on their board and who signed their "manafesto".

This is a sight that has been tracking the neocons and they have some very interesting information on them and on how the old time conservatives are pulling away from them.
http://www.pnac.info/

The PNAC is quite controversial. Some have raised concerns that the project has been proposing military and economic domination of land, space, and cyberspace by the United States, so as to establish American dominance in world affairs (Pax Americana) for the future—hence the term "the New American Century", based on the idea that the 20th century was the American Century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

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Great Link, Di. Thanks!

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I didn't realize that was there. I think every should bookmark

http://www.pnac.info/

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Thanks, Di. Is it just me, or do

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these people come across a bit bent on world domination?

Hmm, that sounds familiar.

Hey Vince & Kwahlf

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If you haven't researched these folks and have the time it is fascinating. Leo Strauss is their God.

(Leo Strauss: The great significance of Strauss for mainstream conservatives is that his is the deepest philosophical analysis of what is wrong with liberalism. Technocratic, legalistic, and empirical criticism of liberalism is all very well, but it is not enough. He believes that contemporary liberalism is the logical outcome of the philosophical principles of modernity, taken to their extremes. In some sense, modernity itself is the problem. Strauss believed that liberalism, as practiced in the advanced nations of the West in the 20th century, contains within it an intrinsic tendency towards relativism, which leads to nihilism.)
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=1233

According to Wikipedia The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is a Washington, DC based think tank. The group was established in spring 1997 as a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting "American global leadership". The chairman is William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. The group is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project, a non-profit 501c3 organization that is funded by the Bradley Foundation.

Present and former members include several prominent members of the Republican Party and Bush Administration, including Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, Richard Perle, Richard Armitage, Dick Cheney, Lewis Libby, William J. Bennett, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Ellen Bork, the wife of Robert Bork. A large number of its ideas and its members are associated with the neoconservative movement. PNAC has seven full-time staff members, in addition to its board of directors.

 The PNAC is quite controversial. Some have raised concerns that the project has been proposing military and economic domination of land, space, and cyberspace by the United States, so as to establish American dominance in world affairs (Pax Americana) for the future—hence the term "the New American Century", based on the idea that the 20th century was the American Century.

Strauss was convinced that liberal economics would turn life into entertainment and destroy politics; all three understood politics as a conflict between mutually hostile groups willing to fight each other to the death. In short, they all thought that man’s humanity depended on his willingness to rush naked into battle and headlong to his death. Only perpetual war can overturn the modern project, with its emphasis on self-preservation and “creature comforts.” Life can be politicised once more, and man’s humanity can be restored.

This terrifying vision fits perfectly well with the desire for honor and glory that the neo-conservatives covet. It also fits very well with their religious sensibilities. The combination of religion and nationalism is the elixir that Strauss advocates as the way to turn natural, relaxed, hedonistic men into devout nationalists willing to fight and die for their God and country.

One of many problems with the way these theories are being played out is that they themselves are moral relativists. Being the class ordained by virtue of birth to be the 1% ruling class their values are so richous that their ends justify any and all means that they might employ.

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Thanks Dinamic I've read about PNAC

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lots of people know about this, so why shouldn't this be part of the impeachment process. No one in our wonderful Democratic party has had the guts to bring this up in public.

http://home.earthlink.net/~platter/neo-conservatism/pnac.html

Because

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it is their philosophy and that is still protected by our Constitution, unless the philosophy is Communism or the neocons deem it to be a threat to their philosophy? ;)

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PNAC

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Yes, I have been ranting about this group for a long time. The Project for the New American Century is one nasty group of human beings that envision an American Empire, brought on through any means neccessary, including military force. They are responcible for that paper. Sounds
very Hitlerish, wouldn't you agree.

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PNAC and Strauss and "The Power of Nightmares"

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PNAC are disciples of Leo Strauss. If you're unfamiliar with Strauss, google him and see how lothesome and arrogant these people are.

There's a great BBC 3-hour documentary called "The Power of Nightmares." It chronicles the formation of the Islamic extremist movement (Taliban/terrorists) and the Straussist Neo-Cons (PNAC), showing their similarities. Unfortunately no American distributor will bring it here. (HBO told the journalist "who are you to make these claims", even though IMO it's a neutral presentation of historical records.)

It can be found in the UK on DVD or on various websites and tracker sites around the web.

Di and proberts9999,this is frightening. It so reminds me of the

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Nazi mindset. World domination appeals to bigots,racists and fascists.

It's a damn shame that HBO doesn't have the huevos to air " The Power of Nightmares".
I'll try to track it down on the web.

Thanks Di and proberts9999. We stay informed here, thanks to fine folks like you.;-)

Karin.

It sounds like a must see

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Let us know if you find it

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I found this video after a Goggle search.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1037.htm

I haven't found a DVD on it, yet.

Good work Karin...

Good work Karin...

Thanks Karin

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That will do just fine:)

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You are welcome, Bill and Di.

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I was surprised to find the video ,right away.
;-)

Golfmonkey, we've got weird

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everything-is-in-bold mischief going on here.

Help,please. Thank you :-)

It was Di's tag line

It was Di's tag line again...;-)

I didn't change a thing

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I feel like Charley Brown hehehehehe

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Why is everbody always

Why is everbody always pickin on me...?

I guess Bill fixed it?

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I guess Bill fixed it?

I just took out the "strong"

I just took out the "strong" refs and replaced them "b" refs.

Thanks, Bill.

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I knew our moderators would come to the rescue.

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Downing Street Minutes are not a "memo"

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For more on the story of "Minutes, not Memo" see:

A Matter of Minutes -- DOWNING STREET DOSSIER, and

OF MINUTES & MINISTERS -- Legal Considerations of Downing Street Minutes

Minutes, not memo. Down With Bushspeak!

YES!

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This is awesome. I love you guys man! ;..{

Bush Admits He Doesn't Worry About Americans

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This article appeared on Roadrunner this morning. Bush admits he doesn't worry anymore. How can this man make such a statement after he lied to start this war and thousands of families are mourning the loss of a loved one. How can he say he has peace of mind? I hope that the Democrats take advantage of these wonderful interveiws to remind the American People of what a caring and God fearing man GW Bush really is....

He got what he wanted and now he could care less. He also admits he was mad about living is a fishbowl. What did he expect. Did he think that his daughters would have not been noticed spending over $5000 in a New York nightclub during the GOP Convention.

What a moron.

If this was bush speaking

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If this was bush speaking off the cuff, and not something scripted for public consumption, it says alot about his mindset. (Or lack of).
However I'm sure this didn't go out without prior approval.
It's pablum from the White House for the American people to swallow.
I do think the Bush girls have basically been given a pass by the media. I feel the media was alot harder on Chelsea Clinton.
And bush is being quite disingenuous to complain about being angry or frustrated, at "living in a fish bowl". I think he's been more sheltered, coached, coddled, protected, than any previous president.

Just use this article to line the bird cage, or for wrapping garbage.

Please don't forget to

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recycle the newspaper when you're finished with it.
Thanks. ;-)

Remember the Holocaust

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Suppresion of the news was just the beginning of the Hitler's Nazi scenario.