18 June 2005

And So It Begins

And So It Begins

Yesterday in D.C., cries for a Presidential Impeachment could be heard far and above the typical whispers that have until now surrounded the Downing Street Memo and supporting evidence.

Yesterday, on June 16th, Rep. John Conyers, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, chairs a meeting on the Downing Street Memo and pre-Iraq War intelligence. Witnesses include: former ambassador Joe Wilson, CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, mother of fallen American soldier, and constitutional lawyer John Bonifaz.

To get a feel for this dramatic hearing, listen to a portion of
Ray McGovern's opening statement outlining this "anatomy of a lie".

visit this video clip of Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Maxine Waters, Cindy Sheehan, and others, lashing out at President George W. Bush, and his lies, that maneuvered the country into the Iraqi War. The rally was held after the hearing on June 16, 2005, at Lafayette Park, in Washington, D.C.

The hearing examined the question of whether there is good cause to investigate possible impeachable offenses by the President in his justification of the war. It was quite an enormous achievement considering the stonewalling on this issue. Thanks to Republican denial, the hearing was held in a tiny room of the Capitol Basement. Despite the cramped quarters, dozens of Democratic Representatives showed up (122 signed on to Conyers' letter), but only about 10 could make it into the room at any one time, so they came in shifts. In an attempt to quiet this call for the truth, Republicans:

  • Refused to call a full hearing themselves
  • Refused to give Democrats a room to hold their hearing
  • Scheduled a number of votes timed to intentionally disrupt the Conyers' Hearings. (At approximately 2:15 PM, with hearing scheduled to begin at 2:30, the Republicans scheduled 11 consecutive floor votes, lasting until approximately 4 PM.)

There appears to be an ominous storm brewing over the Presidency and its withering justification for this war.

Truth seekers are growing in number, strength, and determination.


Anonymous said...

You're dreaming.....

Have fun with it, but when you wake up, there still won't be a lib in the White House..quit whining and support your country.
PS. Bush bashing and whining is not supporting your country!

C'est Moi said...

LOL. Good grief...WHEN will the right come up with something different. I hear nothing from them but "quit whining". And I have news for you...."die for a lie" is NOT by any means supporting your country. Demanding the truth is an American responsibility. One you clearly do not wish to take on.

C'est Moi said...


I don't suppose you have any REAL defense for the evidence surfacing against your president....right?

TheMadAdmin said...

We can not let anyone get away with breaking the rules.

Lets get Bush Impeached

Not only is it the right thing to do but it will make 48% of the US very happy along with most of the world.

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C'est Moi said...

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Brad Todd said...

Check out the latest, seems the Downinig Street memo is a scam..

It has the same smell as the hoax CBS and Dan Rather tried to throw the election with last November..

No one has an orignal copy of the memo...
maybe you could get the KKK to write you a better phoney memo..I'm sure your boy Sen. Byrd could come up with something...such quality people you on the left have for leadership...

What a joke..

If you want evidence, you just make it up.. but only you are fooled by it..tough luck.. no sale!

C'est Moi said...

There is no "latest" that indicates the memo is a scam. You would be the one making something up.

The authenticity of the memo has not been disputed - even by the authors of the memo!

I will say to you what I have said before on this issue. By all means, present a real defense for this memo and I certaily will give it all my attention, but I am not going to leap into Bush'ese' fantasy land and subscribe to the only explanation the pubs have offered - which amounts to "NUH UHHH"

Right On! said...

The authenticity has yet to be questioned, yet the content has... if you actually READ the memo, you'll find it riddled with hearsay and guesses. It is loaded to the gills with "information" from recollections of a meeting. HARLDY cold, hard, facts.

This memo has some compelling arguments in it, but not enough to ACTUALLY impeach someone.

Sar said...

Great post. A question to those who defy it...if the memo is such a farce, why would the GOP go to so much trouble to disrupt the hearing surrounding it by banishing the Dems to the basement and holding simultaneous hearings? Hmmm?

J. Ryan said...

Take Back The Media has great video of Conyers delivering his petition and all 560,000+ signatures.
Click here for video


Stephen M. St. Onge said...

      Over at my blog, I analyzed the memo, and pointed out that it doesn't say there are no weapons of mass destruction, it says precisely the opposite: British Intelligence firmly believed Saddam had them.

      So what's left as evidence for impeachment?  The phrase "fixed around?"  As Christopher Hitchens points out, British usage is different, and "fixed around" is equivalent to "organized around" in U.S. usage.

      That leaves nothing in the memo to use as a case for anything.

      This will be red meat for you Bush haters, but it won't have any legs.


Stephen M. St. Onge said...

      And if you go over to The Los Angeles Times, you can find six other memos from the time period.

      One makes no mention of WMDs.  The other five speak of Iraq as having them.

      This dog won't hunt.  All the memos show is that by March, 2002, the Administration thought that Saddam had to go, that military action would be necessary to accomplish Saddam's removal, and that the big disagreement between Blair and Bush was whether there was already sufficient legal, moral, and political grounds for removing Saddam.


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