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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Latest on NM Impeachment Effort

The effort to pass a resolution of impeachment against Bush and Cheney in the NM Legislature got front page coverage in the Albuquerque Journal this morning in this article. Quotes:

"Everyone says, 'This is symbolic.' So was dumping tea in Boston Harbor," Grubesic said. "We need to send a clear message to the rest of the world that we're not as insane as our administration is."

... It has been a hot-potato issue within the New Mexico Democratic Party: The party during its convention of more than 1,200 delegates last spring added a call for impeachment of Bush to its platform. But top-tier Democratic politicians, including Gov. Bill Richardson, were quick to distance themselves from that position.

...Both senators said they expect to take some heat for the proposed resolution but believe it can pass the Senate. "Politicians seem to last longer the less controversial they are— don't take on the tough issues; don't take a stand," Grubesic said. "With something important as this, I don't think you can just sit on your hands."

Also, the time of the press conference on the NM Impeachment Resolution has been changed:

From Gerald.Gonzalez@nmlegis.gov:
This Tuesday, January 23rd, at 2PM (not 1PM as previously stated), Senators Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-ABQ) and John T. L. Grubesic (D-Santa Fe) will introduce their resolution to impeach President George Bush and Vice-President Richard Cheney. Eight Senators in total have signed the Resolution including the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Cisco McSorley, and the Chair of the Rules Committee Linda Lopez. Based on a resolution crafted by Phil Burk of impeachbush.tv and the national impeachment movement, the resolution makes four charges, three of which are violations of the US Constitution.

The press Conference will directly follow the introduction of the excellent Joint Memorial opposing the creation of a National ID Card in New Mexico sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and House Majority Leader Ken Martinez.

Who: Mother Media and Citizens from all over New Mexico
Where: The Capitol Building Rotunda
When: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2PM to 3PM
What: Senators Gerald Ortiz y Pino and John T. L. Grubesic to Introduce Impeachment Resolution in the New Mexico Senate

The charges in full:

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to defraud the United States of America by intentionally misleading congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371; and 

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has admitted to ordering the national security agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the foreign intelligence surveillance court of review, duly constituted by congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired to commit the torture of prisoners in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Chapter 113C, the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Geneva Conventions, which under Article VI of the United States constitution are part of the "supreme Law of the Land"; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney acted to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the president of a United States citizen as an "enemy combatant", all in subversion of law.

More info on Impeachment

January 23, 2007 at 12:27 PM in Civil Liberties, Democratic Party, Impeachment, Iraq War, NM Legislature 2007 | Permalink


Oh good Senators Cisco McSorley and Linda Chavez are on board! I wonder who the other eight are. We need to get every Dem Senator to vote for this!

Posted by: Roadrunner | Jan 23, 2007 12:47:18 PM

It also needs to pass the House, but doesn't require the Gov's signature, I'm told.

Posted by: Michelle Meaders | Jan 23, 2007 10:18:39 PM

Hurray for the patriot of New Mexico! Impeach the criminal administration and let's get on with restoring the Rule of Law in this country.

We are pursuing a resolution to impeach throught the Washington State Legislature now. State Senator Eric Oemig will sponsor the resolution in the WA State Senate.

Please tell me where I can find the full text of the NM resolution.


Linda Boyd
Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation

Posted by: Linda Boyd | Feb 1, 2007 7:51:01 PM


Here's the NM impeachment resolution.

You might also want to read through our impeachment post archive.

Good luck with your effort in Washington State! What we need is a similar effort in EVERY state.

| Feb 1, 2007 8:07:51 PM

On Wednesday, February 14th, 1:00 p.m., Washington State Senator Eric Oemig will formally announce his resolution calling for investigations of President Bush and Vice President Chencey in Olympia.

If Congress would do its job, we wouldn't have to do this at the statel level.

Earth to Congress: Are you going to sit on your hands until Bush chokes the life out of Democracy? Is Congress going to sit on their hands until Bush invades Iran?

Posted by: Linda Boyd | Feb 13, 2007 10:36:14 PM

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