Posted on January 8, 2006
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The founding fathers had good reasons for rebelling against Britain’s King George III: “He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power … (he is) abolishing our most valuable laws and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments.” That’s why our Constitution created checks and balances.
But that’s the Bush administration for you: all checks, no balances.
The NSA’s domestic surveillance program is not the only offense with which the president could be charged.
The House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic staff recently released a report concluding that Bush “misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war with Iraq.” And the 273-page minority report goes on to conclude that “the President, Vice President and members of the Bush administration violated a number of federal laws, including 1) Committing a Fraud against the United States; 2) Making False Statements to Congress; 3) The War Powers Resolution, 4) Misuse of Government Funds; 5) federal laws and international treaties prohibiting torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment; 6) federal laws concerning retaliating against witnesses and other individuals, and 7) federal laws concerning leakings and other misuses of intelligence.”
It’s true that as long as Republicans are in control, members of Congress are no more likely to impeach Bush than they are to vote themselves a pay cut. If the Democrats take control of Congress in 2006 - a prospect that is becoming less implausible - the president could find himself in deeper doo doo than his daddy ever dreamed of.
What do you think? Is it finally time to hold Bush accountable for his actions?