Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cafferty File, Immunity from war crimes?


I find this shocking, but why should I be surprised? Haven't we witnessed the
despicable actions of this administration over and over again?

After you have viewed this video please write or call your Senators and loudly object. Following is excerpt from and article on the Democrats.com web site. You can also sign a petition for impeachment there.
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There is only one way to stop George Bush from pre-emptively pardoning himself, Cheney, and everyone else in his administration: Congress must impeach Bush and Cheney before Bush can issue such pardons.

The Founding Fathers clearly anticipated a corrupt President might pardon his co-conspirators, and specified impeachment as the remedy.

George Mason, the father of the Bill of Rights (1791-2002), argued at the Constitutional Convention that the President might use his pardoning power to "pardon crimes which were advised by himself" or, before indictment or conviction, "to stop inquiry and prevent detection."

James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution (1788-2007), added that "if the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter [pardon] him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty."

As your constituent, I urge you to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney before they pardon themselves. Here is a link to sign a petition for impeachment.

http://www.democrats.com/pardon?source=darcostner%40yahoo.com
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There must be some accountability for the actions of this lawless administration. If there is any justice on this earth Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz must pay for trashing the constitution and for allowing the stain of torture to be associated with our country. Not only have they ruined their reputations, but they have ruined the high moral reputation that we once had as a nation.


It is unconscionable that they are trying to sneak one more despicable deed in under the radar. The law should be allowed to make them pay for what they have done. It is outrageous that the Republicans are, once more, aiding and abetting Bush's lawless actions.

While the world is focusing on the election the thieves are secretly plotting their escape. They must not be allowed to get away with it.

Do you think that slinking out in the night after making sure they suffer no consequences from their actions is all they're up to? Read on. The following article has been edited. If you want to read the whole article go to The Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/30/AR2008103004749.html?hpid=topnews

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updated 1:17 a.m. MT, Fri., Oct. 31, 2008

The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.

The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.

Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.

"They want these rules to continue to have an impact long after they leave office," said Matthew Madia, a regulatory expert at OMB Watch, a nonprofit group critical of what it calls the Bush administration's penchant for deregulating in areas where industry wants more freedom. He called the coming deluge "a last-minute assault on the public . . . happening on multiple fronts."

As many as 90 new regulations are in the works, and at least nine of them are considered "economically significant" because they impose costs or promote societal benefits that exceed $100 million annually. They include new rules governing employees who take family- and medical-related leaves, new standards for preventing or containing oil spills, and a simplified process for settling real estate transactions.

In some cases, Bush's regulations reflect new interpretations of language in federal laws. In other cases, such as several new counterterrorism initiatives, they reflect new executive branch decisions in areas where Congress — now out of session and focused on the elections — left the president considerable discretion.

The burst of activity has made this a busy period for lobbyists who fear that industry views will hold less sway after the elections. The doors at the New Executive Office Building have been whirling with corporate officials and advisers pleading for relief or, in many cases, for hastened decision making.

Bush's aides are acutely aware of the political risks of completing their regulatory work too late. On the afternoon of Bush's inauguration, Jan. 20, 2001, his chief of staff issued a government-wide memo that blocked the completion or implementation of regulations drafted in the waning days of the Clinton administration that had not yet taken legal effect.

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Bush is the first president who has deliberately set out to destroy our nation. There are no words low enough to tell of the contempt I have for this president and his enablers.

8 comments:

Gary White said...

I guess I've been too concentrated on the election to follow these issues. I've certainly not heard any of this on the corporate media, or even the alternative sources I usually read.

Impeachment right after the election would be a great idea. Let's all hit the ground running on Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Wisewebwoman said...

I came over here via Grannymar, Darlene, and you call it like it is! Keep speaking out!
I do hope President Obama has the guts to impeach this criminal president but I somehow doubt it. Pelosi didn't.
Keep yelling! You have a very inspiring blog and I will come back to visit more often.
XO
WWW

Darlene said...

Gary, I am sure that's why Bush is pushing it now. Everyone is focusing on the election and not paying attention to anything else.

Wisewebwoman, thanks for visiting. Obama can't impeach Bush. It has to be done by the current Representatives. There isn't time to complete the job, but it will keep Bush from doing any more damage.

Rain said...

Cafferty said this in 2006 and probably if this got through, it's already there. I don't know. I do know some have said Bush has the power to pardon them all before he leaves office and that includes himself. I'd say none of them can be traveling to europe ever again even if the United States ends up unable to deal with it. Very upsetting

Joy Des Jardins said...

Does Bush honestly expect our country....and the whole world to look the other way with the fact that he and others have commited these criminal acts? Haven't we ourselves prosecuted and imprisoned other leaders for similar despicable acts? What a slap in our face. His presidency has been one constant sham on the American people...and he continues his ridiculous self-righteous attitude even in the face of what our country is going through. But, it surely doesn't come as a surprise from someone who never put our country and its citizens first to begin with.

Baino said...

Darlene as far as I know, War Crimes are tried at the Hague under international law. George might be able to admonish his sins in America but there is nothing to prevent him being tried under international law in the same way Karadic is being tried at the moment. It will never happen unfortunately, there is too much dependency on the US for its allies to make that move. I find it very - incredibly - consoling that so many Americans are despondent with their current president. One gets the opinion that everyone puts up with his rubbish. Australia isn't immune, to a large extent we are 'little America' and it worries many of us that we blindly follow Bush's lead. It's very typical of Government's all over the world to pass sneaky legislation while the rest of the population is distracted by global affairs. Our Government is currently trying to pass internet censorship legislation amid the economic crisis. Fwoooaaar! Perhaps soon we will be 'little China'

Darlene said...

Rain, if Bush and others don't get indicted in this life he will certainly go down as the worst president in history (at least so far - if Palin ends up as president she will take the prize, you betcha.)

Joy, good points. Thanks.

Baino, I almost put the Hague in my post, but decided to concentrate on what we can object to right now. I, too, doubt that the Hague will try him. One can only wish.

Gary White said...

In order for the folks in the Bush administration to be tried in the Hague the US would have to recognize the World Court, which it hasn't done. So far, we are not a part of the world court system, but a new administration could recognize the necessity for us to be a part of the system. Then there would be the legal question of crimes committed before we became a part of the system. Don't look for any help from that direction. I'm thinking that we will be too busy trying to undo all the mess created in this administration to involve ourselves in that complicated legal process. I think that impeachment in the time from November 4 to January 21 would probably be the only viable tack to take and I'm not holding my breath on getting that done, given the economic mess that needs to be addressed immediately.