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Unanimous!

On September 27th, the Santa Cruz City Council voted, UNANIMOUSLY, to resubmit a letter to the House Judiciary Committee of the United Sates Congress calling for the investigation and possible impeachment of all the members of the Bush Administration who have had anything to do with the war in Iraq, the "war on terror," and/or the treatment of the prisoners of those wars.

The original letter (which can be archived at the Santa Cruz Library or on the city website), was sent on September 10th of 2003, but NO ANSWER was ever received! The HJC blew off both the Council and this Community!! In a moment of levity that got many laughs, Council Member Tim Fitzmaurice suggested that, this time, they send the letter "certified, return receipt required" and he would donate the money to do so!

Though the action in 2003 was reported world wide, what was not reported was the fact that in the 10 DAYS! following that vote, the council phone lines were jammed all day with calls from all over the country, from folks thanking and congratulating them for standing up and speaking out!! And that was two years ago!

The new cover letter, explaining why the Council is resubmitting their original letter, is copied below. Clearly, the evidence supporting the original concerns of this community has increased vastly in these last two years!! And in a recent poll taken after the release of the Downing Street Memos in May, over 47% of the people polled said they thought Bush should be impeached if he had lied about the reasons for invading Iraq.

In another recent poll, over 60% of those polled said they believed it is time to begin bringing the troops home from Iraq.

The request to the Council to take action AGAIN was brought to the Council by COIN! (the Coalition for Impeachment Now!). We had little time to get the word out, and so only a small group of supporters were there. But a very interesting thing for me was that, even though I did not know most of the audience in the council chambers, which was about half full, after the unanimous vote, almost everyone there burst into very heartfelt applause!!! Dump the Bushies -Now!!!

Power to the People, Out Now
and Peace
sherry conable


(letter to HJC)
Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. September 28,2005
Chair, House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Building
Washington, DC 20525

Dear Mr. Chairman:

On September 10th, 2003, the Mayor and City Council of this city sent to you, for your consideration and reply, a letter representing some very serious concerns of our constituents regarding the actions of the Bush Administration. The letter asked you to examine six areas in which our citizenry believed that the Bush Administration might well have committed impeachable offenses, and to begin impeachment immediately if you deemed it justified.

The Council, and therefore our whole community, never received a response from your committee to that letter.

In the intervening two years, copious evidence has been revealed that only heightens the need to have those questions, and others, examined and answered. A president and high ranking cabinet members who commit high crimes and misdemeanors, or engage in other highly egregious behavior that rises to the level of a crime in most people's minds, cannot be recalled. They can, however, be impeached. It is the role of the Judiciary Committee to impartially apply the rule of law and order for all of the American people, and for the honor of this country. Impeachment should be not a political tool, but one of applying justice, in the highest sense of that word.

International treaties, accords, charters, conventions, and agreements, when ratified by the United States Senate, become part of the body of what is called the "supreme law" of the land. It seems likely that the Bush Administration has violated, at the least, the United Nations Charter, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Geneva Convention, the Geneva Accord, and the Convention Against Torture, and therefore has violated the supreme law of the land. In intentionally misleading the American people, and the world, about the reasons for a preemptive and aggressive war against Iraq that has cost tens of thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and American respect abroad, they have committed an offense that, in the the minds of a vast number of Americans, rises to the level of a high crime.

In light of the recent revelations of the Downing Street Memos, with respect to the atrocities that have now been revealed at Abu Ghraib and at Guantanamo (and about which you have much more information than the general public), with regard to the information that over 3000 tons of depleted uranium (classified as a weapon of mass destruction) have been dropped on Iraq during this war, and with regard to the new information about the source of the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, we are resubmitting our letter to you in the name of the people of this community.

We hope you will give it your serious attention, and we look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Mike Rotkin
Mayor

cc: City Clerk
Members of the Judiciary Committee
Members of the Subcommittee on the Constitution
Congressmembers Sam Farr and Anna Eshoo,
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer

Attachment: Letter to the House Judiciary Committee, dated September 10, 2003
 
 


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Letter from Mayor to House Judiciary Committee Regarding President Bush

sensenbrenner.pdf
sensenbrenner.pdf (170 k)
September 10, 2003

Letter from Mayor to House Judiciary Committee Regarding President Bush (.pdf)
www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/council/resolution/sensenbrenner.pdf
 

Re: Unanimous!

"International treaties, accords, charters, conventions, and agreements, when ratified by the United States Senate, become part of the body of what is called the "supreme law" of the land. It seems likely that the Bush Administration has violated, at the least, the United Nations Charter, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Geneva Convention, the Geneva Accord, and the Convention Against Torture, and therefore has violated the supreme law of the land."

I think that mass murder, torture, etc are supposed to be covered by U.S. law as well.

"The letter asked you to examine six areas in which our citizenry believed that the Bush Administration might well have committed impeachable offenses, and to begin impeachment immediately if you deemed it justified."

Will the fox deem it justified to prosecute himself for eating the chicken?
 

Re: Unanimous!

How about less calls for action by other people, and more real action from yourselves?
 

Re: Unanimous!

"How about less calls for action by other people, and more real action from yourselves?"

Yeah, let's parade Bush's head on a pike!
 

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