Approximately a year ago, I wrote in this magazine that President George W. Bush had committed high crimes and misdemeanors and should be impeached and removed from office. His impeachable offenses include using lies and deceptions to drive the country into war in Iraq, deliberately and repeatedly violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on wiretapping in the United States, and facilitating the mistreatment of US detainees in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the War Crimes Act of 1996.
Since then, the case against President Bush has, if anything, been strengthened ...
David Swanson suggests that impeachment may not be so difficult as one would think.
The Jefferson Manual, rules used by the U.S. House, allows for impeachment to be begun in this manner. It only takes one state legislature. No governor is needed. One Congress Member, from the same state or any other, is needed to essentially acknowledge receipt of the state's petition. Then impeachment begins.Swanson thinks that New Mexico will be that state.
Freshman Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota was elected after taking a firm position on impeachment last October: "There is one way that you can truly hold this president accountable, and it's impeachment." We'll have to wait and see whether walks the talk or not.