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how you can take action calling for full disclosure of the prison scandal and the removal of Donald Rumsfeld - based on recent resolution passed by the Santa Cruz City Council
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Dear Friends:

The fact that Donald Rumsfeld is still in power is appalling. The continued concealment of information that the public has a right to must stop. And the need for independent, impartial investigations is more than obvious!

We are a grassroots organizing group in Santa Cruz, California and we are asking you to mobilize your constituents and join us in a call for independent investigations into the prison scandal in Iraq and elsewhere, full disclosure of all reports and photos, and the impeachment of Donald Rumsfeld.

On June 8th, the Santa Cruz City Council, with our help and encouragement, passed a resolution calling for all of these actions! The story has gone out on the Associated Press network and a window of opportunity has opened for all of us to take action! Representative Charles Rangel, who introduced Articles of Impeachment against Donald Rumsfeld about a month ago in the House of Representatives, has just sent a letter to his colleagues, appealing once again for their cosponsorship for that resolution, H.Res 629.

There are two actions you can take to move this forward. Below is a copy of the resolution passed by the city council of Santa Cruz, and the cover letter that accompanied it. YOU CAN PETITION YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADOPT SIMILAR RESOLUTIONS USING THESE AS BLUEPRINTS!! When an elected body speaks in this way, they represent thousands, or even tens of thousands, of people. If hundreds of cities or counties take similar action across the country, it sends a very loud message from the people of this country to our representatives in Washington.

Second, get a campaign going in your community to call your individual representative in Congress and tell him/her to cosponsor Congressman Rangel's resolution, H.Res 629. If enough representatives did this, it would force it onto the floor of Congress. He is doing very brave and outspoken work in all of our names and he deserves support!

Remember that Rumsfeld will not resign or be fired, but he is subject to impeachment. An impeachment inquiry is simply an investigation into allegations of crimes committed. An investigation into Rumsfeld's actions would in effect become an investigation into the whole Bush administration!

This country and the world also deserve full disclosure of all information and photos, and an independent, impartial investigation into what really occurred and under whose authority. Every step we take, every time we speak out together, we build the case for the removal of what is an outrageous and lawless administration, that drags us further into shame, embarrassment, and ill repute by the day.

The world is waiting for us - they are waiting for Americans to relieve them of the continued threat of what further abuse and destruction might be done in our name, and with our funds. ACT NOW! ORGANIZE TO PASS RESOLUTIONS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITIES! ORGANIZE CALL-IN CAMPAIGNS TO YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES DEMANDING INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION, FULL DISCLOSURE, AND COSPONSORSHIP OF H.RES. 629 CALLING FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD RUMSFELD!

in peace and solidarity
the Full Disclosure and Consequences Committee (FDCC)
Celia Scott
Sherry Conable
Ruth Hunter
Mike and Maureen Smith
Elaine Schwartz
Louis LaFortune

(ADOPTED RESOLUTION)
RESOLUTION NO. NS-

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CRUZ REQUESTING AN INVESTIGATION OF THE ABUSES IN PRISONS IN IRAQ AND SUPPORTING THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD RUMSFELD, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

WHEREAS, the images of physical and psychological brutality inflicted upon Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison have offended and embarrassed the United States; and

WHEREAS, the civilian and military chain of command in Iraq and Washington bears responsibility for U.S. military prison facilities in Iraq, and attendant violations of both U.S. and international law; and

WHEREAS, the warnings of the International Red Cross that unacceptable practices in treatment and interrogation of Iraqi prisoners under American control were ignored by the chain of command; and

WHEREAS, Donald Rumsfeld was responsible for the creation of policy regarding interrogation techniques and those who carried them out, and failed to inform the President of the United States and the people through their elected representatives of the abuses; and

WHEREAS, Congressman Charles Rangel introduced eight articles of impeachment against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on May 6, 2004; and

WHEREAS, an independent Congressional committee with subpoena powers and an investigative staff is now needed to conduct a reliable investigation into the Abu Ghraib prison scandal; and

WHEREAS, the Santa Cruz City Council in September, 2003, requested that the House Judiciary Committee determine whether the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere violated the Geneva Convention, the Nuremberg Principles, and/or other treaties and conventions to which the United States is signatory and undertake impeachment proceedings if leaders of the Bush Administration were found to have undertaken illegal acts; and

WHEREAS, the House Armed Services Committee has declined to hold public hearings on the prison abuse in Iraq, and the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings are not sufficient to investigate the matter fully; and

WHEREAS, the American people are entitled to a full and truthful account of the authorization and perpetuation of the conditions and practices in Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere; and

WHEREAS, all of these activities have been conducted in the name of the American people, and with the funds of American taxpayers, and it is the moral and legal obligation of the American people to take responsibility for fully examining, stopping, and punishing illegal or inappropriate actions.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Santa Cruz that the City Council hereby directs the Mayor of the city of Santa Cruz to communicate by letter the above concerns to our Congressional Representative and our U.S. Senators, and to any other appropriate body, that we support the formation of an independent Congressional committee to investigate the detention centers in Iraq and elsewhere, and to bring appropriate legal proceedings against any official, at any level, found to be complicit or negligent and, moreover, that we support House Resolution 629, sponsored by Congressman Charles Rangel of New York seeking the impeachment of Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the United States.

(PASSED ON JUNE 8, 2004 BY A VOTE OF 5 TO 1, WITH ONE COUNCIL MEMBER ABSENT)


(COVER LETTER WITH RESOLUTION)
CITY COUNCIL
AGENDA REPORT

DATE:
June 2, 2004
AGENDA OF:
June 8, 2004
DEPARTMENT:
City Council

SUBJECT:

RESOLUTION REQUESTING AN INVESTIGATION OF ABUSES IN PRISONS IN IRAQ AND SUPPORTING THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD RUMSFELD, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

RECOMMENDATION: That the City Council adopt a resolution requesting an investigation of the abuses in prisons in Iraq and supporting the impeachment of Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense.


DISCUSSION: It seems timely for the City Council, encouraged, and in fact led, by many members of our community, to consider making a statement on the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and on the Impeachment resolution of Congressmember Charles Rangel, (N.Y.).

This resolution was written by members of the community and by us. I would ask the members of the City Council to consider it carefully.

Our community and the world were rocked by images demonstrating that allegations of abuse by U.S. military, under the direction of military intelligence and private contractors hired by our government, were in fact true. These events have reshaped our image in the world and have created lasting harm for residents of the United States.

Clearly, the chain of command, up to the executive branch, is responsible for these events. They made purposeful efforts to change our approach to interrogation and to the detention of prisoners. The Secretary of Defense has specifically asserted that he did not inform the President of the United States and that, until the very day the images were released on television, he failed to inform the congress of these abuses. His responsibility for and his participation in the creation of interrogation and detention policies is unquestionable.

These events have caused immeasurable damage to the people to United States, to our reputation, and to our relationships with other nations and with other communities around the world.

The President has offered an apology to the King of Jordan and others have shown some regret at the acts of "a few," an apparent intention to focus any responsibility for these acts on the lower portion of the chain of command. This approach is not sufficient.

Our approach should be to create a true process of reconciliation with the people we have offended and the current thinking on such reconciliation is that it begins with the truth, as demonstrated in the various commissions in Africa and elsewhere that have sought to reconcile long time enemies. We should be encouraging our government to begin by making the truth about these abuses clear, by correcting our failures and misjudgments, and by faithfully adjudicating any illegal acts.

This resolution encourages that process by setting up special committee to focus on these abuses. This resolution also asks the council to support the Rangel resolution (H.Res. 629) impeaching Donald Rumsfeld. We have provided a copy of that document.


FISCAL IMPACT: None.
Submitted by:

Mike Rotkin
Vice Mayor

Tim Fitzmaurice
Councilmember
 
 


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