Since I learned of this revolutionary movement (If Congress Won't Do It, Then We Will) around noon today, Rep. Yarbrough's bill had 3 co-sponsors:
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
Rep. Eddie Washington
Rep. Cynthia Soto
At the time of this writing, there are now THIRTEEN MORE!
I am perturbed to see that my state rep, Barbara Flynn Currie, is not among them. Yet.
Back to the storyline. I found out about this resolution in the context of California's legislature planning on doing the same as Illinois. What! When did this bold move out of Springfield happen? Well, I gave that one away in the opening paragraph. Vermont's state government is also working up an impeachment bill.
How do you like those states' rights now?
Illinois makes it short and simple (it helps our intelligence-challenged President). The opening salvo is a smart "whereas, Section 103 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature."
Then it gets to the heart of the matter.
WHEREAS, President Bush has publicly admitted to orderingReeling yet? Here's charge no. 2:
7 the National Security Agency to violate provisions of the 1978
8 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a felony, specifically
9 authorizing the Agency to spy on American citizens without
WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that President Bush authorizedTake that!
12 violation of the Torture Convention of the Geneva Conventions,
13 a treaty regarded a supreme law by the United States
WHEREAS, The Bush Administration has held AmericanTry wriggling out of that one.
16 citizens and citizens of other nations as prisoners of war
17 without charge or trial;
WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that the Bush AdministrationKicked off the first genocide of the 21st Century.
19 has manipulated intelligence for the purpose of initiating a
20 war against the sovereign nation of Iraq, resulting in the
21 deaths of large numbers of Iraqi civilians and causing the
22 United States to incur loss of life, diminished security and
23 billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses;
WHEREAS, The Bush Administration leaked classifiedPresident Bush can certainly understand this charge. Why, he wants to prosecute the CIA employee who leaked classified data showing he authorized torture prisons in Eastern Europe.
25 national secrets to further a political agenda, exposing an
26 unknown number of covert U. S. intelligence agents to potential
27 harm and retribution while simultaneously refusing to
28 investigate the matter;
He doesn't get that revealing information to expose criminal conduct is NOT against the law. In fact, not doing so is aiding and abetting. And can get you caught up in a CONSPIRACY CHARGE. [Ed. note: That was for those who denigrate conspiracy theories.]
Now let's get out there and show some support for Springfield, Sacramento, and Montpelier.*
*That would be Vermont's capitol.