Thursday, December 14, 2006

John Judge of Cynthia McKinneys staff discusses Impeachment

John Judge, as usual,makes some agreeable points on Impeachment and the state of democracy in the US. As always, he manages to throw a joke or two in too.
Enjoy, John is a great public speaker.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A message from Cynthia Mckinney on Impeachment and Katrina.

Please see the full attachement that congresswoman McKinney references here

Rep McKinney Special
Order Censored???
By Rep Cynthia McKinney

I mentioned the word impeachment on the House Floor Thursday late afternoon, but I don't see it in the official Congressional Record transcript. I was chided by the Speaker that it was out of order to question the President's motives. I didn't question motives, I questioned actions: from lack of actions on Katrina to cutting the budget of safety net programs, to rewarding the rich to the detriment of all the rest of us. This transcript directly from the Congressional Record is mangled and omits that word!!!! I can't believe this.

Please read the attachment (I don't normally do attachments) and see if I missed it. If I hear back from you that it is, indeed, missing, then I will say the word repeatedly on the House Floor upon my return to force them to put my words as I say them in the Congressional Record.

In this talk, I discuss Katrina, the State of Black America, the State of Hispanic America, poverty in America, and the Katrina timelines being developed that will keep us from falling victim to the White House spin. In addition to explosive information given to me from investigative journalists and whistleblowers, there is one particularly pernicious development taking place: bioweapons labs under water with who knows what having been released into the environment. People desperate for jobs must be informed what the heck has been unleashed in the devastated areas as a result of Katrina. Anyone involved in cleanup must have this information before entering New Orleans. I shudder to ponder all the ramifications of Katrina. Although I didn't finish my remarks, and I'm told they also shut the microphone off as I was concluding my remarks--something I don't remember ever having been done to a Member before--I think you get the message here that high crimes and more than misdemeanors have been visited upon the American people.

Matthew Cardinale discusses Impeachment with Cynthia McKinney

McKinney Discusses Her Bush Impeachment Bill
By Matthew Cardinale


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(APN) ATLANTA – “Nothing is off the table unless the American people allow it to be so,” US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) said in an exclusive interview with Atlanta Progressive News (APN) about her Articles of Impeachment against President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

The bill, H Res. 1106, which is now available at, calls for the impeachment of President Bush for three main reasons: misleading the public over the need to invade Iraq, illegally spying on Americans, and failing to hold Cheney and Rice accountable.

The resolution has no cosponsors and was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary; however, it was introduced during the final hours of the Congressional Session, so no ongoing opportunity for official cosponsorship is presently available to other Members.

“I decided to introduce Articles of Impeachment because the American people have been subjected to betrayal at the highest levels for the lowest reasons. Our Constitution and our Democracy have been betrayed. It is imperative those in high places know they must respect our laws and our values,” the Congresswoman told APN.

APN recently reported Congresswoman McKinney was actually ready to introduce impeachment of President Bush in 2001. At the time, her mother, Leola, begged her not to drop the Articles in the US House.

Leola McKinney continued to advise her daughter against the action, a source tells APN. However, the Congresswoman decided the principles of our Constitution were too much at stake.

Still, Leola McKinney “is quite aware that a personal price is paid by those who stand up. Rosa Parks sat down and everyone lauds that move today, but only Rosa and her immediate family had to deal with the retribution that came from her heroic act of sitting down. The way her act was viewed at the time is vastly different than the way it is viewed today. My mother is aware of the personal price I pay for standing up. American Blackout showed a glimpse of it,” Congresswoman McKinney said.

Since 2001, “The ship of state has veered even more off course,” McKinney said.

Was McKinney’s recent decision to drop the Articles a turning point for her?

“This is not a turning point for me,” McKinney said. “I have not changed. Perhaps the people now see what I saw a long time ago about the George W. Bush Administration. Sadly, the Bush Administration has exceeded my apprehension of its deception, incompetence, and malevolence. It has damaged our Democracy and ignored our Constitution.”

A couple APN readers have asked why McKinney was not allowed to read her remarks on the House floor, especially given the importance of the bill.

“The schedule was extremely full and no one minutes or special orders were allowed. That is not unusual,” McKinney said.

US Rep McKinney had also joined 38 other Members of Congress in cosponsoring US Rep. John Conyers’s (D-MI) H Res 635, which would have created a Select Committee to review the Bush Administration's apparent misleading the public, etc., and would have been able to make recommendations on possible impeachment.

Conyers’s office now tells Atlanta Progressive News that his bill is not expected to be reintroduced in the next Congressional session, even though Mr. Conyers will Chair the US House Judiciary Committee and the Democrats have won the Congressional majority.

They say, I paraphrase, "Well we have subpoena power so H Res 635 is no longer needed."

However, Congresswoman McKinney doesn’t see it that way.

Of course, on the face of it, subpoena power, which may or may not be used depending on whether Democrats wimp out, is not the same as a consolidated investigation which could lead to impeachment recommendations.

Moreover, “Congress has a responsibility to oversee the Executive Branch and to be careful stewards of the public’s money. Billions of dollars have been ‘lost’ or are missing; contractors have overcharged the taxpayers; civil liberties have been eroded; laws have been broken; the public has been misled; our country is at war,” she says.

The Congresswoman will continue to focus on important issues, even though she lost her so-called Primary “Election” against Hank Johnson. [Georgia election results are essentially meaningless, however, so there’s actually no way to tell whether voter intent is being accurately recorded by E-voting machines.]


“It was well done,” national impeachment activist David Swanson said of McKinney’s bill.

“There’s endless Articles of Impeachment that are justified. I think it’s wonderful she did it. She should’ve done it years ago. She did it at a moment it was gonna die and not be introduced. She did it and she put impeachment on the table and she raised the bar and set an example that shames every other Member of Congress,” Swanson said.

“McKinney put a little dose of honesty into Congress. It doesn’t even fit, everyone’s like, how weird,” Swanson said.

Swanson returned today from speaking at two of 75 impeachment events held across the country on the weekend of Sunday, December 10, 2006.

“In both of these I went in having been led to expect pseudo-wise hesitations. The crowd wanted none of it. The crowd wanted to know what we could do now to impeach the President,” Swanson tells Atlanta Progressive News.

“The main purpose was to get people signed up on committees in their Congressional District,” Swanson said. A website for the committees is:

“We have dozen of Congressional Districts now where we have leaders, people who are signed up,” Swanson says.

“There’s this idea impeachment will be seen as radical and drastic and won’t win over Independents and moderates. Or we should be focused on the war and positive legislation. There’s endless ways to defeat ourselves. It never ends. Still the number one thing is the Cheney boogeyman,” Swanson said.

The Cheney boogeyman, as Swanson calls it, may not be so scary, he says.

“If we have serious investigations in the House and impeach Bush we’re very likely to incriminate Cheney and impeach [him and Rice] too. When you get to the Senate for removal from office, you can’t try two people at the same moment. If we get to that point, however, the political spectrum will have shifted so far that Bush, Cheney, and the Republicans are gonna be in trouble. You’re gonna have at least 16 Republicans in the Senate who say get out of town because so much dirt is coming out,” Swanson says.

“If we had a President Cheney, his [approval] numbers are in the teens. If we had good Democratic strategists, we would be able to ensure a Democratic victory in 2008 because of a President Cheney,” Swanson says. “The guy is running things anyway. What is it that’s gonna get worse?”

“We’ll get a bunch of Republicans who’ll cross over and some Democrats who won’t do it. There are some Democrats who are worthless,” Swanson says.

“I think it’s disgraceful to put electoral politics ahead of impeachment. But if you’re going to do that, you need to get it right. The party who pursues impeachment benefits. The one case that is the exception is Clinton. Nonetheless Republicans didn’t lose many seats,” when they led the impeachment of Clinton, Swanson says.

Many activists feel very betrayed that US Rep. Conyers publicly agrees with incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that impeachment is “off the table.”

To decide a constitutional remedy is off the table when the facts are not all yet known is an abdication of Congressional responsibility, Truthout Editors recently wrote.

Conyers’s Office has not yet answered our simple question, “Does off the table mean NEVER?” when it was posed by APN.

“I wouldn’t read too much into it,” one Conyers staffer told APN about the “table” remark.

Conyers’s Office has “been giving some comments around about wait to February, you won’t be disappointed,” Swanson said.

“Either Conyers sold out, which is stunning, a guy who’s wanted to impeach Bush, who published a report, who introduced H Res 635,” Swanson said.

“Or he’s lying to us when he says he agrees with Pelosi because he knows he’s gonna do investigations. That is the more likely case,” Swanson said.

“Still, he shouldn’t tell people to shut up for 3 months. It’s for his own good that people are mobilizing for impeachment. We have to build that movement now. He can’t in 3 months snap his fingers and have a movement. He ought to be glad there’s a grassroots movement for impeachment. That helps him,” Swanson noted.

“It’s not her table!” Swanson said of Pelosi. “And it’s not off the table anymore. Congresswoman McKinney put it on the table.”

“It is disgraceful to announce you’re not going to get to impeachment, but you’re going to do investigations, not knowing how they’re going to turn out. It’s like announcing phony investigations,” Swanson said of Pelosi’s statement.

“It’s not only misguided politics. It’s a refusal to uphold the office you swore to when you took office to uphold the Constitution,” Swanson said.

A majority of Americans have supported impeachment of Bush for several months, with one recent poll showing 51% do so.

“We’re at 51% before we get started,” Swanson said.

“If you just do investigations and we bring up evidence of crime on people’s TVs and we get to impeachment that way that would be fine too,” Swanson said.

“Right now we’re still much farther ahead than we ever think we are. We’re the majority and we still think we’re a leftist fringe group. The majority of Americans want to end the war, and impeachment, and that’s without the media coverage,” Swanson said.

“A majority of the public wants Articles of Impeachment and the process and the completed impeachment,” Swanson said.

“Of course we all know the President lied us in to the war, spies on us without warrants, detains without charge, tortures, murders, signs laws with signing statements,” Swanson said. “The idea we need to have investigations before we can know all the things we already know is a pretense by Congressmembers,” Swanson said.

“There’s no reason for citizens to put on that pretense,” Swanson said.

Swanson said the corporate media is the biggest obstacle to impeachment or indeed any meaningful education of the mass public about Bush’s violations of the law.

The media “is a problem. And it may be a fatal problem,” Swanson said.

“When we impeached Nixon we had a more responsible media,” he said.

“We’re impeaching Bush with a teeny group of corporations that are on his side doing his communications, and that’s the hurdle. When you talk with Congressmembers, the number one source of fear is the media,” Swanson said.

“If people want impeachment they should be writing letters to the editor and calling in radio shows,” Swanson said.

Also, Swanson said there are some promising new Members of Congress who are likely to pursue impeachment. “Keith Ellison from Minnesota was for impeachment. He’s now in Congress. Carol Shea-Porter, an activist, won in New Hampshire. There are a handful of Democrats who got elected without DCCC money who may have some spine that older members don’t have.”

“There’s endless stacks of evidence,” against Bush, Swanson said. Much of it is available at:

REMEMBERING H. RES 635, 2005-2006

Atlanta Progressive News has led the coverage of H Res 635 since long before the corporate media knew it existed. “The Atlanta Progressive News has reported regularly on this bill,” Conyers wrote on his blog, ConyersBlog, months ago.

US Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA) recently became the 39th total cosponsor of the bill. Her office has not yet provided comment but said they would do so. Her office did say Watson had decided in October to join the bill.

The current 39 total co-sponsors are Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Jackson, Jr., (D-IL), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Rep. John Olver (D-MA), Rep. Major Owens (D-NY), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ), Rep. Martin Sabo (D-MN), Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA), Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Rep. David Wu (D-OR).

Georgia’s US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made waves in December 2005 when he said on a radio show he would support an impeachment bill should it be introduced. His spokesperson spinned the matter, saying he meant he would only support a bill that had gone through the proper channels.

Apparently, Mr. Lewis is not doing what he said he would do a year ago. This should probably be read as though he does not see McKinney’s bill as having gone through a thorough review process. To be sure, such a process was not available under the Republican-controlled, and Democratic-enabled rubber-stamp Congress.

In our last full report on impeachment we said our sources indicated there were 3 Members of Congress who were prepared to sign on to impeachment, should proper hearings be conducted. One of them, we said, was US Rep. John Lewis. Well, one of them was US Rep. Cynthia McKinney. The third one, we still can’t name.

Our latest analysis actually finds there are four Members of the current Congress who fall into the above category. However, one of them is US Rep. Cynthia McKinney, and even though her Congressional Offices are closing down, she vows to keep fighting.

From Atlanta Progressive News

--About the author: Matthew Cardinale is the News Editor and National Correspondent for Atlanta Progressive News. He may be reached at send a message to their subscribers have sent a message to all of thier members asking them to support Cynthia McKinney and keep up the campaign.

They are working on putting an advert in the New York Times to highlight the impeachment process.

Here is the message,
Help put "Impeach Bush" on the agenda for the new Congress
Rep. Cynthia McKinney introduces impeachment resolution

Dear ,

As Bush scrambles to convince the American people that his fantasy of "victory" is within reach, the number of Iraqis and U.S. soldiers killed continues to soar. With each death, the calls for Impeachment are growing louder and louder.

As the new Congress takes office on January 4th, we must send a clear and powerful message: there can be no more excuses from the Democrats for their failure to adhere to the Constitution -- for their failure to introduce Articles of Impeachment. They have no right to take the law of the land "off the table." Bush and his cronies have violated the law, lied to the people of the United States and committed high crimes and misdemeanors. There is no question about it. The Constitution requires that action be taken.

Here at, we are prepared to have the impeachment movement hit the ground running when the new Congress returns to Washington in January. Throughout the country, supporters of impeachment are redoubling their efforts at outreach and making plans to bring the greatest pressure to bear on the new representatives. In the last four years, we have worked together to build a powerful movement. The time for impeachment has now come.

Click here to help place this ad
in the New York Times

We want to thank all of you who have provided feedback and discussion about the strategy in the months ahead. has decided to begin placing the next New York Times ad and other newspaper ads in the period between January 3 and Bush's State of the Union address. This is when the ads will have their greatest impact. We need your help to place these ads. Please make a critically needed donation right now.

On January 4, the message of impeachment will resonate throughout Washington. On the very first day of congress, impeachment supporters will be demonstrating, lobbying, and organizing rallies and forums. Be sure to check your email for upcoming announcements.

Because of the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the ImpeachBush movement has reached ever larger numbers of people. More than 808,000 have now voted to impeach. We can reach the million mark with everyone encouraging their family, friends, and neighbors to vote at

This movement has become a powerful force and we need to bring that power, and this simple Constitutional demand, to bear in full force. Please help with this effort by making a donation today. Get your friends and family to sign the impeachment demand by clicking here.

As her outgoing act as a Congressional representative, Cynthia McKinney announced a resolution in support of Impeachment against President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Rice. The new Congress must take up this challenge. It is their duty. Her remarks are below.

Sunday, December 10, 2006 takes up the cause against the media has issued messages to its members urging them to contact the media about impeachment, to write op-eds and to buy advertising slots.
See what their advice is

McKinneys Impeachment Bill second highest rated story on AJC website

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, despite putting the story of McKinney's intrduction of Impeachment legislation on the back page,so to speak, ranks the story as it's second most popular on the website.
This proves that the story has legs and hopefully this will encourage a follow-up editorial.

Unfortunately the Atlanta Journal Constitution are not known for their favourable press towards McKinney, however with a little help they may be shown that this is a story with legs.

Ask the NY Times and the Washington Post why they aren't covering the biggest story of the weekend?

I think that a big question needs to be asked of the NY Times and the Washington Post...Why aren't you covering this story? The answers are actually quite obvious, but nonetheless we should send letters to the editor of both papers encouraging them to give the story coverage and not to swee it under the carpet.

Even a few lines will help.

Please give up a few minutes of your time.

Rallies for Impeachment Press release

Here is the press release by After Downing Street, a pro Impeachment website and organisation.

Rallies for Impeachment Coast to Coast This Sunday

A coalition of organizations in support of the impeachment and removal from office of President Bush and Vice President Cheney has planned forums, rallies, and other events in towns and cities across the United States on Sunday, December 10, Human Rights Day. A few of the events will be on other days, including a forum in New York City that will kick things off on Saturday, December 9.

The purpose of the events is to organize people to lobby their Congress Members for investigations and impeachment and to lobby their local and state governments for resolutions in support of impeachment. Dozens of cities have already passed such resolutions:
A map of the country with links to detailed descriptions of the events, including times and places and contact information, can be found here:

More information about this day of events and the organized movement for impeachment is available at
Here are the cities where some of the events are happening:

New York, NY, (Dec. 9th) with Elizabeth Holtzman, Cindy Sheehan, Bob Fertik;
Santa Barbara, CA, with Ann Wright, David Swanson, Rae Abileah, Elizabeth De la Vega, Dennis Loo, Geoff Millard;
San Francisco, CA, Under the spot where the UN signed its charter 60 years ago, with Larry Everest, Peter Phillips, musicians, and Human Rights "carolers" in Orange Jump Suits;
San Francisco, CA, Human bodies spelling out word "Impeach!" on the beach;
Los Angeles, CA, an Impeachment Workshop providing materials for people to become media/street heat activists on the topic of Impeachment;
San Fernando Valley, CA, with Paul Koretz; Elizabeth de la Vega; Dennis Loo, David Swanson;
Chula Vista, CA, with Jeeni Criscenzo;
Long Beach, CA, Discussion;
Eugene, OR, Panel Discussion;
Yachats, OR, Discussion;
Portland, OR, Parade, Performance, Meeting;
Seattle, WA, Rally;
Walla Walla, WA, Rally;
Friday Harbor, WA, (Dec. 1st) Rally;
Anacortes, WA, Vigil;
Eastsound, WA, Teach-In;
Price, UT, Discussion;
Fort Collins, CO, Street Theater;
Taos, NM, with Keith McHenry, Lisa Law;
Las Cruces, NM, Discussion;
Norman, OK, Letter-Writing;
Marshall, TX, Flyering;
Eden Prairie, MN, Rally and Demonstration;
Kalona, IA, Meeting;
Madison, WI, Rally and March;
Paragould, AR, Demonstration;
Chicago, IL, Rally: bring signs and banners;
Nashville, TN, Town Hall Forum;
Kalamazoo, MI, Poetry, video, forum, demonstration;
Detroit, MI, Demonstration,
Lakwood, OH, Film Viewing, Discussion;
Newark, OH, Public Reading of Constitution;
Athens, GA, Discussion;
Atlanta, GA, Discussion;
Tallahassee, FL, Rally for War Crimes Trials with speakers, petitions, and fact sheets;
Gainesville, FL, Impeach, Indict, Imprison! event;
Jacksonville, FL, Rally to demand impeachment of Bush and Cheney;
St. Petersburg, FL, Forum;
Tampa, FL, Demonstration;
State College, PA, Rally;
Washington, DC, panel-led discussion and multi-media presentation, with Bush Chain Gang, with Steve Cobble, Debra Sweet, Tim Carpenter, Rostam Pourzal;
Washington, DC, (Dec. 4th) forum with Cynthia McKinney, Chris Hedges, Ray McGovern;
Wayne, NJ, Why New Jersey Must Impeach the Bush Gang;
Voorhees, NJ, Film Viewing and Discussion, With Dave Lindorff;
Brooklyn, NY, Musical Celebration with Yikes McGee, George Mann, Julius Margolin, Alec Duffy;
New York, NY, with Cindy Sheehan, John Nichols, Sunsara Taylor, Carolyn Ho;
New Haven, CT, Funeral for the Constitution;
Providence, RI, Rally and March;
Cambridge, MA, forum with notable musicians, activists, and orators;
Hyannis, MA, Protest;
Acton, MA, Meeting;
Randolph, VT, Meeting.

A Cuban view on Impeachment

The story carried by the Latin American news network 'Prensa Latina' has much better coverage than AP or any large news agency in the US.


US Congress Sector Claims Bush Abdication

Washington, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney presented a demand to subject President George W. Bush to a political trial for failure in the performance of his public duties, Arizona Daily Star published on Saturday.

After defending her proposal at the Capitol, Friday night, the representative for Georgia highlighted that W. Bush had violated his oath before the US citizens to defend the Constitution and federal laws.

The Afro American legislator demanded from the Congress to remove the republican president from his post, because she said that anyway, he is a president that was never legitimately elected.

McKinney accused the head of State of deceiving both parliamentarian forums and the US people about the war against Iraq, and violating privacy laws with his national espionage program.

The Congresswoman also criticized his party colleagues for following the republicans during a disastrous aggression against Iraq, where almost 3,000 US soldiers have died in three years and a half.

However, the Arizona daily said, the anti-Bush proposal does not have chances to be approved, because the new Representative Chamber President Nancy Pelosi warned that she would reject trials against the current occupant of the White House.

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Impeachment cards for Pelosi

Someone left this message and link as a comment on the blog, I feel that it an important step and could send a message, so put it on your christmas list.

Holiday Impeachment Cards...

Impeach for Peace has created holiday impeachment cards that allow your friends and family to initiate the impeachment process. Deck the halls of congress with colorful impeachment petitions! Now that Representative McKinney has introduced Articles of Impeachment to Congress, it's time for us to show the other Members of Congress our support. So, Impeach for Peace created the Holiday Impeachment image, and researched a company that will allow you to send jumbo sized postcards along with a personalized message using your web browser. To learn more about this method of inititiating impeachment, go to:

Soon, Santa will be delivering sacks and sacks of mail to Nancy Pelosi initiating impeachment via the House of Representative's own rules. This legal document is as binding as if a State or if the House itself passed the impeachment resolution (H.R. 635). What better gift to give this holiday season than the restoration of our democracy? Truly the gift that keeps on giving. Over this past year, Bush has become an even greater threat to our Constitution. Lucky for us, the rules of the US House of Representatives allow for individual citizens like you and I to initiate the impeachment process directly! This process was successfully used to impeach in the past.