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With the release of the latest edition of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report concerning the lying that occurred in the run-up to the Iraq War I thought it appropriate to ask Mrs. Pelosi why can't we have an impeachment hearing?

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Dear Mrs. Pelosi,

Nancy, can I call you Nancy? After all you do work for me (and all those fine folks in CA who send you to Washington every couple of years) and of course, the American People. You are third in line to the presidency, and have been granted the status of "Leader" by our party after the almost historic mid-term upset elections in 2006.

Nancy, I need to ask you a very, very simple question. Why can’t we have an Impeachment hearing based on the lies that are now part of the public record as released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence? We as Americans stood by and watched your Republican colleagues using the 70 million dollar Starr Report (and softcore porn expo) run an impeachment hearing that absorbed our nation and brought the Nation’s business to a virtual standstill. Bill Clinton’s alleged perfidy gripped us for months and years as pundits and congressmen alike screeched "Rule of Law" and "Liar". Nancy, no one died when Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton had consensual, adult sexual relations in the People’s House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Nancy, George Bush and Dick Cheney, manipulating the levers of power, secrecy, the media and trust of the American people have managed to kill over 4000 American men and women and leave tens of thousands with injuries that will follow them for the rest of their lives. Families have been destroyed by a war that was absolutely not necessary, and should never have been fought.

I do understand that you and many of your colleagues were afraid to stand up to the ruthless political "machine" that the Bush Administration built to destroy it’s enemies domestic and foreign; I understand it but can not forgive your lack of political or moral courage to stand against it. It seems to me, and many many other Americans that you were and are more interested in maintaining your personal power and position than in pursuing the truth.

We need to begin Impeachment, because the claims of Executive Privilege will not survive an Impeachment inquiry. With the revelations that this administration knowingly lied us into the deaths of the brave American men and women sent into harm’s way for purely political gain it is no longer acceptable to hear you and other Congressional Leaders say that Impeachment is "off the table". It is important that accountability begin now, even knowing that George Bush may have to leave office before an inquiry or trial can be completed. Such work is important to allow ongoing investigations, and perhaps personal accountability even criminal prosecutions from such work.

It is important for us all, and our children as well. During the "Clinton Scandal" the right-wing Republicans were fond of saying with some mock horror in their voices "What will we tell the children?" about their president being a philandering, sexually active if unfaithful husband. Well, what will you tell the children of future generations when they are sent off to a war because you have created a precedent to not hold any future Constitutional Executive accountable for the lies of this President and administration?

With regards,

Jo Fish
a Democratic Veteran

Originally posted to jo fish on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 07:20 PM PDT.


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  •  Ummmmm, you do realize that (2+ / 0-)
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    tamasher, Schwa SF

    it is now June 3, 2008 at the height of a nasty election year, yes?

    "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Diderot

    by Bouwerie Boy on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 07:28:20 PM PDT

    •  can still be done (2+ / 0-)
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      Margot, TeddySanFran

      after the general. It'll take the ICC at least that long to gear up.

      •  HUH?????? After the general?? (0+ / 0-)

        Is this snark? Which President do you intend to impeach? Oh, btw, if you believe that the shrub will leave office without first pardoning every single member of his administration, including himself, then I would like make you a wonderful deal on a very special bridge located not far from here.

        "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Diderot

        by Bouwerie Boy on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 07:42:09 PM PDT

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        •  yes, bush, after the ge (1+ / 0-)
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          whatever, if you don't like the idea, fine.

          I believe it's our duty. You'd rather hand it off to the international community?

        •  This is a bad idea right now, period. (0+ / 0-)

          If they had done it at the beginning of 2007, that would have been one thing.  But to throw a loaded issue like this into the middle of the water right now is just not smart.

          But I want to refer to something in Bouwerie Boy's comment above:

          Oh, btw, if you believe that the shrub will leave office without first pardoning every single member of his administration, including himself, then I would like make you a wonderful deal on a very special bridge located not far from here.

          He can't pardon people who haven't yet been accused AND CONVICTED of a crime.  So he can't pardon Cheney, he can't pardon Rove, he can't pardon Gonzales, and he sure as hell can't pardon himself.


          The upshot of all this?  If you want these bastards prosecuted, AND YOU WANT THEM TO SERVE TIME, then federal charges (and/or international ones) need to be brought against them by the NEXT administration.

          I'm all for getting the bastards out and sending them all to jail, but I'm not willing to roll the dice on our forthcoming landslide, which will give us the ability and the mandate to do all of this.

          If the Dems did this right now, they'd get flayed for pulling a political stunt--and sorry, purists, but THAT DOES MATTER.  If you want to see your country take a new track, it matter a great deal.

          "Just let it gradually build, from the front to the back...all you can see is a sea of people, some white and some black" --Eminem

          by CC Lee on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 11:21:55 PM PDT

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  •  to what end? (1+ / 0-)
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    Bouwerie Boy

    i guess i wouldn't do anything to unite & energize republicans now unless i thought the country would really get significant, tangible gains from it.

  •  Impeach! (5+ / 0-)

    So the ICC don't do our work for us.

    Jus Cogens!

  •  Excellent letter (8+ / 0-)

    Today's news from the Senate Intelligence Committee proves that Speaker Pelosi can no longer claim authority over "setting the table."  

    It's time to start hearings.  Past time, actually.

    But start right now, please.

  •  Investigate, indict and then Impeach (6+ / 0-)

    That is all I want..... many of the same bad actors from the Nixon & Bush I era who were pardoned or protected from prosicution have come back to perform more of their bad acts.

    This ongoing cycle of bad actors being allowed to return to public service over and over again to destroy our country needs to stop and stop NOW.

    Thank you JoFish

  •  Pelosi, Waxman, Conyers & Hoyer ... do your jobs (7+ / 0-)

    All of you in Congress made an oath to defend the Constitution. The Repubs have not done so, the Dems have to grow spines and step up to the plate.

    Bruce Fein & John Turlington both say that you are guilty of dereliction of duty.

    Great article Jo Fish, let's keep pressuring Congress to do their jobs of replace them !

  •  Impeachment needs to happen (4+ / 0-)

    to restore the notion that we are a nation of laws.

    This must happen even if Bush's term ends before the investigation is complete.

    Jus cogens!

  •  Could you charge him with warcrimes after (3+ / 0-)

    the election and the sitting of a new President (Obama)?  Oh, and his cohorts Cheney, et al.

  •  The very Idea (4+ / 0-)

    that people are putting electoral victory ahead of a constitutional mandate to remove from office a president and administration that lied us into a war, killing untold thousands, just makes me want to puke.

    This isn't a fucking political calculation, ladies and gentlemen.  This is WAR CRIMES.

    Of COURSE the repubs are going to come out with the "political theatre" argument.  they ALWAYS do when someone tries to hold them accountable... so this means what.. they get away with it?

    Fuck that noise.  Impeach them.  Yesterday.

    (-9.12,-7.33) I'm calling it now-- after the first Debate, MSM will run Nixon/Kennedy into the ground

    by Mikeguyver on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 07:58:08 PM PDT

    •  Wow do I disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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      CC Lee

      The "very idea" that you are endangering the future of our nation (giving the ailing republicans something around which to unite, something they desperately need) to pursue something that would definitely fail (wouldn't have the votes) is the astounding thing.

      Everything is political calculation.

      We all think Bush is horrifying. We also all thought he was increasingly horrifying throughout his first term and then watched morons elect him in 2004. I will do anything to make sure that the major goals of our future: healthcare; Iraq withdrawal; transparency; gay rights; justice; poverty reduction; retaining Roe; etc. are met...... rather than make a destined-to-fail attempt to do something that will endanger all of this.

      I guess our obvious point of contention is whether or not it could succeed. If I could be convinced it would (or even could) succeed, perhaps I would think differently. Would you agree with me if you thought it highly unlikely (or impossible)?

      I'm interested in your thoughts on this.

      Mercer County, NJ is about to get a little more blue. (I'm moving)

      by beatengeneration on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 08:56:25 PM PDT

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      •  I reject the premise that it will fail (0+ / 0-)

        Here's Why:
        -First step in the process is hearings.  impeachment hearings.  There is no executive privilege in impeachment hearings, so much, much more is going to come out, and what's already out will be out on a much bigger scale.

        -Second step is the house.  Easy peasy, if the democrats unite behind the idea the indictment will be on record.

        -Third step is trial in the senate.  This is where I'm cautiously assuming you don't think we have the votes, but consider this.  Repubs in congress are already terrified, and they are going to have a tough choice once the war crimes are obvious to the general public.

        Sure, they'll say "political Theatre" "publicity stunt" and on and on.  We can say "Protecting War Criminals"  "Good Germans" and on and on.  at the end of the day, they will fold as the public outcry grows exponentially.

        Even if the senate doesn't convict, that's our campaign.  "So and so voted to give amnesty to war criminals"

        We gotta get over this stockholm syndrome.  Our excuse for not acting is always the fear of what they'll say, what they'll do, but we forget that until we DO act, they will continue to run a criminal enterprise in the name of the US government.

        Clearly the republicans didn't hurt too bad for impeaching a blowjob.  how could we hurt for impeaching War Crimes?

        (-9.12,-7.33) I'm calling it now-- after the first Debate, MSM will run Nixon/Kennedy into the ground

        by Mikeguyver on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:16:16 PM PDT

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  •  It Certainly Can Be Done! (2+ / 0-)
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    The leaders of Congress can call a session for a specific mission any time they wish, June, July, August 2008 -- any time!
      Preparation for the kind of impeachment we are talking about here need not take a terribly long time -- 45 to 65 days; maybe much sooner. There has been recent precedent in the late 1990s, do you remember?  
    Never mind politics; with the Rockefeller Committee's findings (which, of course, have been known all along), as the reason -- let impeachment work its way through the system, Nancy Pelosi and Jim Reid be damned!
      It is the dose of salts Washington needs, and right now is a real good time to do it. BUT, let us get real. This is an unlikely thing to happen: Yet it CAN!
      What if Barak Obama declared for it and led the about THAT?
      Think about it, and post your opinions here please. I'd like to see this seriously discussed and not by some hack Congresswoman from the Bay Area!
    Santa Fe

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