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Richard Duffee for Congress
4th Congressional District of Connecticut
Green Party Candidate

 
Read 5/29/2008 press release:
Duffee Says Shays Obligated to Impeach (PDF)
Duffee dice "Shays esta obligado a enjuiciar" (PDF)

Read Richard Duffee's statements on
Impeachment and Indictment
(PDF)
Obama and Impeachment (PDF)

Impeachment

1)       The rationale for the resolution purporting to authorize the military occupation of Iraq was based on false and misleading statements by the president. Lying to Congress is a felony.

2)       Executive branch officials are holding prisoners without access to legal process. This is kidnapping.

3)       Executive branch officials conducted warrantless wiretapping of Americans. This is a felony under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

4)       Executive branch officials interfered in federal prosecutions, removed federal prosecutors for noncompliance with political demands, and committed perjury before congress when asked to remember critical facts relevant to the prosecutors’ removal. These acts are obstruction of justice.

5)       The president has defied subpoenas duly issued by Congress. It is the duty of Congress to enforce its subpoenas with a contempt citation and to enforce that citation by appropriate legal means.

6)       Executive branch officials, military and civilian, have tortured prisoners during interrogation. This is felonious conduct under federal law.*

7)       The president has issued “signing statements” authorizing or directing federal employees to violate selected provisions of duly enacted laws. This is contrary to his constitutional oath to see that the laws are faithfully executed.

8)       Officials of the executive branch maintain contracts with armed civilians that purport to authorize the killing of other civilians. This violates the laws prohibiting homicide.

9)       As commander-in-chief, the president has permitted the misdirection of billions in cash and government property and has failed to equip soldiers properly. Other than mutiny, Congress is the sole check on criminal malfeasance by the commander-in-chief.

10)   Members of the House of Representatives are the only people in America who can hold the president accountable for these crimes. It is their responsibility to do that, regardless of the political consequences.

11)   If you fail to hold the president accountable, you are setting a precedent for future presidents and future congresses not to hold the executive accountable for high crimes.

12)   Each Congressional Representative’s failure to act will be seen as a deliberate step in the creation of a presidency that is no longer subject to the rule of law.

 

*The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) just released a major report on our government's misconduct pertaining to torture, entitled: Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact.

In the preface to the report, Maj. General Antonio Taguba, who led the US Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib scandal, states:
 
"There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."

The report and a petition are found at this website:
http://brokenlives.info

The PHR website is:
http://physiciansforhumanrights.org

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