To the Editor:
I wonder at what point people and congress will think that the illegal acts of President Bush and Vice President Cheney warrant a hearing? Is lying to the American people and Congress an impeachable offence? How about unwarranted searches and seizures? American citizens held incommunicado? Spying on American citizens? Torture? When will we decide enough is enough?
Don't get me wrong - I support the troops. I say, "Bring them home now."
WMDs? Where are they? Was Iraq involved with 9/11? President Bush has exploited the presidency by convincing the American people that Saddam Hussein possessed chemical, biological weapons and nuclear weapons programs. He also, day after day and before the war repeatedly connected al-Qaeda and 9/11 to Iraq to convince us that Iraq was a threat to the United States.
We now know this provocation to war was based on lies, deceptions and cover-ups after being told by officials from within the administration and others of there falsity. Based on this false provocation, the House of Representatives should be prodded into initiating impeachment proceedings. Isn't this as serious as lying about sex?
As Nazi leader Hermann Goering said during at the Nuremberg trials in 1946, "Naturally the common people don't want war; ... But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along ... . All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Now we are hearing that President Bush ordered the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens without obtaining a warrant in accord with the Fourth Amendment and the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). And, recent FBI targets of surveillance (nonviolent peace and human rights organizations, Catholic Workers Group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Vegan Community Project) prove that his administration's goals have more to do with politics than with preventing terrorism. Mr. Bush's insistence that such surveillance is justified and will continue is further proof of his contempt for the law.
You can get more information about Impeachment at www.gp.org. Join me now. I say, "Enough is enough." Impeach Bush and Cheney now.