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Some of the nation's foremost Constitutional scholars lay out the case exactly as it would be presented to the US Senate. Clear, concise, and powerful.
IS THERE REALLY A LEGAL CASE AGAINST GEORGE W. BUSH?
Saying aloud what's being said behind the scenes in the corridors of power . . .
In these highly-charged political times, it is the word that dare not speak its name: impeachment. Democrats and other opponents of the President, as well as people in the media, are afraid to raise the topic for fear of being called too partisan or extreme.
But the startling revelation of the President's warrantless wiretapping campaign may be the straw that broke the camel's back: In the halls of Congress and on the front pages of a growing number of mainstream periodicals, impeachment is being discussed more and more openly. And many leading constitutional scholars agree: there has never been so strong a case for impeachment since Richard Nixon.
In Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush, Michael Ratner, Bill Goodman and other experts at one of our nation's leading institutions of constitutional scholarship, the Center for Constitutional Rights, set out the legal arguments for impeachment in a clear, concise, and objective discussion. In four separate articles of impeachment detailing four separate charges –warrantless surveillance, misleading Congress on the reasons for the Iraq war, violating laws against torture, and subverting the Constitution's separation of powers – it is, say the CCR attorneys, a case of black letter law, with abundant evidence.
Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush details that evidence, the relevant laws and the legal precedents. It also explains what the Constitution says about impeachment – an informative discussion further illuminated by supplemental material that includes a history of impeachment, explanation of its procedures, and the previous articles of impeachment brought against Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
With leading Republicans calling for investigations of the domestic spying campaign, a special prosecutor investigating the suppression of evidence used to launch the Iraq war, and hearings on innumerable instances of torture, In Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush may be more timely than any of us would like to admit.
Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights demonstrators in the South, the Center for Constitutional Rights is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Most recently CCR has filed a case against the President and NSA for warrantless wiretapping.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Melville House
ISBN 1933633085 ISBN13 9781933633084
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The Center for Constitutional Rights is a nonprofit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and teh Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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A Critical Look at a National Crisis Apr 21, 2007
When I first began the book, I didn't think it would be able to change my mind that Bush, while incompetent, had done anything that would rise to the level of impeachable offense. This book, however, with its succinct style did change my mind. I am not sure we actually should impeach him, but I do, now, believe his behavior rises to a level where he could be impeached.
The book, written by a team of lawyers, is written as the articles of impeachment would be laid out against the President. It is well written, and contains explanations of why each item is an impeachable offense. In addition, the appendix holds a wealth of information, including the articles of impeachment that were written for Johnson, Nixon and Clinton.
I would recommend that this book be read by anyone who thinks that Bush should not be impeached, as well as anyone interested in how it could be done. I cannot guarantee it will change your mind, but it certainly will make you think.
impeachment myth Mar 14, 2007
There are certainly many books revolving around impeachment. The problem, none of them hold up. Take this books acertion that there were warrantless surveillance. First the govt can investigate under the war powers of the president. Lets assume the constitution clause for warrants applies. Well the constitution states "unreasonable". 911 certainly gives the govt reason to investigate possible terrorist activites without a warrant. All acusations can be dismissed as easily. Besides if the iraq war is an impeachable offense than you would have to chage congress as well. After all they paid for it. Mrs Bill Clinton would have to be charges as well. I wonder if that will make it into and leftest book.
read it NOW! Jan 14, 2007
The Center for Constitutional Rights, a non-profit organization (founded in 1966 by civil rights attorneys working in the South) dedicated to protecting the citizen rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has produced a vital, easy-to-read compendium of the dereliction of George W Bush, including a trenchant four-page introduction by William Goodman, legal director of CCR. By the formulating of four articles of impeachment, Bush's crimes come quickly into full relief, even to the basest kind of awareness of the daily events we are living through, providing along the way a surprisingly broad picture of the degredation of a nation brought low by an ignorant, bullying president, complicit corporate media, and the pathetic, even terrifying, witlessness of a society near-mystically obsessed by acquisition and consumption. Other reviews here have adequately detailed the impeachment articles. Nearly fifty pages of appendices include excerpts from the Constitution on impeachment, a useful history of impeachment, the Articles of Impeachment against Andrew Johnson, Nixon and Clinton, and pertinent notes on procedure. Finally, the book offers an extremely useful one-page webliography with links to information germane to a deeper understanding of the book's thesis. Recommended to every fellow citizen. Stop consuming! Wake up! Start reading, start thinking! Take action! WE are the nation, a power greater than any thug president, and certainly a people capable of repudiating the gross bandit who seeks day by day to diminish our birthright. The time is NOW! Also recommended is Elizabeth Holtzman's excellent 'The Impeachment of George W Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens'.
A strong case for impeachment Nov 4, 2006
Even if there were enough time left to impeach the head of the current regime in Washington, it would probably not make any lasting changes in the conduct of the U.S. government nor change the minds of the many people who support it. To speak of impeachment is therefore more of a catharsis to those who dislike the current regime. However, the fact remains that there has been much discussion in the legal community, especially in the area of constitutional law, concerning the evidence for impeachment of G.W. Bush. A few books have appeared that address the case, this one being one of the shortest on the market. It is interesting reading and avoids the temptation to engage in the negative diatribe that frequently surrounds discussion of the legality of the actions and of the morality of the current regime. It is doubtful that G.W. Bush will be impeached in the next two years, but the book could still serve as a didactic tool that illustrates how constitutional scholars put together a case for impeachment. It could also serve as a framework for evaluating the actions of a future administration, and possibly help to avert illegalities in such an administration.
Careful observations of Bush's demeanor in the time after 9/11 and before the beginning of the brutal invasion of Iraq reveals (with a fair level of confidence) that he was being deceptive in his justification for that invasion and for NSA spying programs. But such an analysis would not satisfy the needs of constitutional law. To prove lying in the legal sense requires one to show intent, and this is very difficult. The Center for Constitutional Rights however argues in this book that such a proof may not be necessary, at least for the case of NSA spying, since it was "blatantly illegal." The section "Article 1" in the book discusses the Center's reasoning in more detail. Noticeably absent in the discussion are any names of U.S. citizens who were actually spied upon by the NSA. This apparently is not required in developing a constitutional case for impeachment. An admission by the president that such spying occurred is sufficient. The Center states in the article that administration officials have admitted this, but the names of these officials and the names of the citizens subjected to this intrusion are not given.
The strongest case for impeachment discussed in the book concerns the willful violation of the United Nations Charter, which as the Center argues, is a treaty of the United States signed by the president and was ratified by the Senate. The president is therefore constitutionally obligated to respect this treaty, which prohibits the initiation of force against another country unless authorized by the UN Security Council or in self-defense. The Center reminds the reader that the UN Charter does not hold a "preventive" attack, i.e. an attack against a country with the belief that doing so may prohibit a future attack from that country, to be justified from the standpoint of self-defense. The war against Iraq was therefore a violation of the president's oath of office, and this warrants impeachment. It is the opinion of this reviewer that this article of impeachment is sufficient grounds to impeach G.W. Bush, and no other justification is needed. Again, actual impeachment hearings will not happen, due to the short amount of time left for this regime to be in office, but the fact that this book was written indicates that there are some people that are willing to stand up to the current regime and not engage in the blind sycophancy, the unquestioned loyalty, that is expressed by so many of its supporters.
PROJECT CENSORED calls this movement one of its most under-reported stories Oct 16, 2006
Yet several substantial books available here on this site call for Bush's impeachment upon solid constitutional legal standing.
Even though this may appear physically the briefest of the bunch in its reasons for impeachment, its authors are practiced lawyers and scholars of American jurisprudence who cull those articles of impeachment which have the greatest standing in a court of law.
Indeed, the fact it is written by lawyers in a manner so clear even the layperson can understand it speaks wonders for this book and for the lawyers involved, ordinarily masters of the purposefully obscure.
The fact this slim treatise is compelling and convincing reading speaks volumes to the validity of its articles and to the fine technical ability of its writers.