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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:39 PM
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Iraq War Resolution - Full Text
http://www.yourcongress.com/ViewArticle.asp?article_id=...

IRAQ WAR RESOLUTION

107th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. J. RES. 114
October 10, 2002

JOINT RESOLUTION
To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq's war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq;

Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;

Whereas the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated;

Whereas Iraq, in direct and flagrant violation of the cease-fire, attempted to thwart the efforts of weapons inspectors to identify and destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and development capabilities, which finally resulted in the withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq on October 31, 1998;

Whereas in Public Law 105-235 (August 14, 1998), Congress concluded that Iraq's continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in `material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations' and urged the President `to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations';

Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations; Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people; Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq; Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens;

Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq's demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) authorizes the use of all necessary means to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 (1990) and subsequent relevant resolutions and to compel Iraq to cease certain activities that threaten international peace and security, including the development of weapons of mass destruction and refusal or obstruction of United Nations weapons inspections in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 (1991), repression of its civilian population in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 (1991), and threatening its neighbors or United Nations operations in Iraq in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949 (1994);

Whereas in the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1), Congress has authorized the President `to use United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) in order to achieve implementation of Security Council Resolution 660, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674, and 677';

Whereas in December 1991, Congress expressed its sense that it `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 as being consistent with the Authorization of Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1),' that Iraq's repression of its civilian population violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 and `constitutes a continuing threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Persian Gulf region,' and that Congress, `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688';

Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime;

Whereas on September 12, 2002, President Bush committed the United States to `work with the United Nations Security Council to meet our common challenge' posed by Iraq and to `work for the necessary resolutions,' while also making clear that `the Security Council resolutions will be enforced, and the just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable'; Whereas the United States is determined to prosecute the war on terrorism and Iraq's ongoing support for international terrorist groups combined with its development of weapons of mass destruction in direct violation of its obligations under the 1991 cease-fire and other United Nations Security Council resolutions make clear that it is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary;

Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and

Whereas it is in the national security interests of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This joint resolution may be cited as the `Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002'.

SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS. The Congress of the United States supports the efforts by the President to--

(1) strictly enforce through the United Nations Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq and encourages him in those efforts; and

(2) obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) AUTHORIZATION- The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to--

(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

(b) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION- In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that--

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to this joint resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorist and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

(c) War Powers Resolution Requirements-

(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS- Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.
SEC. 4. REPORTS TO CONGRESS. (a) REPORTS- The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338).

(b) SINGLE CONSOLIDATED REPORT- To the extent that the submission of any report described in subsection (a) coincides with the submission of any other report on matters relevant to this joint resolution otherwise required to be submitted to Congress pursuant to the reporting requirements of the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), all such reports may be submitted as a single consolidated report to the Congress.

(c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- To the extent that the information required by section 3 of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) is included in the report required by this section, such report shall be considered as meeting the requirements of section 3 of such resolution.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:44 PM
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1. a tissue of lies, half-truths, misconceptions, and imperialist...
...hubris. IMO.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:07 PM
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15. Yes indeedy.
:(
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bluedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 06:56 PM
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28. The four Branches of the GOP
The four Branches of the GOP, Lie, Fabricate, Lie again and hope the radio talk show idiots will pick up on it
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:45 PM
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2. So who's accountable for the lies in this resolution?
Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations; Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people; Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq; Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens;


No WMD, No link to Al Qaida. Who's accountable?
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:47 PM
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5. 2nd Question. And why the hell isn't ANYONE HOLDING THE LIARS ACCOUNTABLE
?!?!?!?!
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Terry_M Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:55 PM
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10. That's the important part
Edited on Sun Jul-18-04 04:55 PM by Terry_M
Will anyone really do anything about all the lies? Or is it too politically inconvinient for most?
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:04 PM
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13. Anyone who voted for the war should be outraged and nothing
less. But, I guess George Tenent became the fall guy and now everyones happy as friggin' clams?
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bpilgrim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:41 PM
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21. exactly where the FUCK is the OUTRAGE
sorry, but i am in a very pissy mood, as if you couldn't tell ;-)

:hi:

peace
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 09:04 PM
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33. Right here sitting in my chair, that's where
And a large number of other Americans which is why Dean took off like a rocket when the other politicians were all sucking George Fucking Bush's tiny little dick.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:47 PM
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6. and what continued efforts were made to find diplomatic resolutions
before the use of force?
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:52 PM
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8. Depends on who you ask.
:(

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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 06:18 PM
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26. According to this, Dennis Hastert officially authored the Bill
Although Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, the speaker, was officially the author of the resolution, supported by 136 cosponsors, it was actually almost identical with a version sent from the White House (Thomas.loc.gov.). Congress did not investigate the truth of the statements made in the resolution but accepted dictation from the president, contrary to the principle of the separation of powers.

http://warandlaw.homestead.com/files/iraq-misstatements...

Not sure who the co-sponsors were.

Here is the list of Congresspersons that voted for and against it.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 07:28 PM
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30. It is clear that we need fundimental change in this Government
Edited on Sun Jul-18-04 07:50 PM by mzmolly
:(

I read the resolution long ago, but had forgotten the blatent lies.

Edited for spelling. I have no clue as to why I forget how to spell on DU. :crazy:
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Amarant Donating Member (98 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 07:31 PM
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31. Every member of congress
who voted for it.

I suppose you could say MORE blame lies on the member who introduced it and any members who co-sponsored it. However, every member of congress who votes for a piece of legislation is ultimately responsible for that vote.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:46 PM
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3. Thank you for posting this again. I provided it in one of my posts
last weekend, but as is the norm, folks only pick out of it the points they want to use to agrue their position.
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bpilgrim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:46 PM
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4. the CARTOON WORLD VIEW is DANGEROUS to the WHOLE WORLD
who's gonna stop it :shrug:

peace
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:48 PM
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7. summary:
bend over, give the petty tyrrant unequivocable power, and kiss your democracy goodbye.

More seriously, I could go no further than this. . ."Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;"

Excuse me, but the WMD's of 9/11 were frigging domestic airplanes, allowed to fly into buildings and into a field due to gross dereliction of duty of our intelligence agencies and the executive branch of our government.

Hurrrrumph!

Thanks for posting. I'll give it another read after I throw some weeds out of my garden and calm down.
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Columbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 04:53 PM
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9. Declaration of Independence - Full Text (slightly altered)
IN ELECTION, November 2, 2004.

The unanimous Declaration of the fifty united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present President George W. Bush is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Civil Rights repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of American Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our American brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the voters of the united States of America, in General Election, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these States, solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Bush Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Bush, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:00 PM
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11. is there ANY part of this whole section that is true?
<snip>
Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations; Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people; Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq; Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens;

Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq's demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

<snip>

......total BS :argh:
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:01 PM
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12. Stairway to Heaven - Full Text
Stairway to Heaven
(Page-Plant)

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed
With a word she can get what she came for

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
And you know sometimes words have two meanings
In the tree by the brook there's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forest will echo with laughter

And it makes me wonder

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now
It's just a spring clean for the May Queen

Yes there are two paths you can go by
but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on

Your head is humming and it won't go because you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him
Dear lady can't you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our souls
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed
With a word she can get what she came for

And she's buying a stairway to heaven, uh uh uh.
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:05 PM
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14. Thanks for posting this
I've read bits and pieces but not the full text. Thanks.
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Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:07 PM
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16. Full Text: Political Science by Randy Newman
Political Science
Randy Newman

No one likes us-I don't know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let's drop the big one and see what happens

We give them money-but are they grateful?
No, they're spiteful and they're hateful
They don't respect us-so let's surprise them
We'll drop the big one and pulverize them

Asia's crowded and Europe's too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada's too cold
And South America stole our name
Let's drop the big one
There'll be no one left to blame us

We'll save Australia
Don't wanna hurt no kangaroo
We'll build an All American amusement park there
They got surfin', too

Boom goes London and boom Paree
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We'll set everybody free
You'll wear a Japanese kimono
And there'll be Italian shoes for me

They all hate us anyhow
So let's drop the big one now
Let's drop the big one now

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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:22 PM
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17. Can you explain
the relevance of people posting 'full text' stuff that has nothing to do with the discussion at hand?
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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:30 PM
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18. Maybe they supported the resolution?
I don't know. :shrug:

Thanks for posting it. Its even more outrageous on the second and third read.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:42 PM
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22. Since when did posting a document constitute a discussion?
context, pls.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 06:09 PM
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25. The context is all over the board today
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gulliver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:39 PM
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19. If I recall, the Bush Administration proposed it.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/09/18/bush.congress... /

I wonder what it was like before Congress worked on it.

It would be interesting to see the first draft, because then we would know where the half-truths, demagoguery, reckless exploitation of poor intelligence sources (Chalabi), etc., entered the process. We also might see if Congress removed anything particularly juicy.

I know where I think it came in. I think Bush should be made to eat this.
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remfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:39 PM
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20. Now post the "Presidential Determination" and notice how it's
almost a complete regurgitation of this resolution.
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:53 PM
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23. List: majoritiy of Congressional Dems vote NO on IRW
In the Senate:
Democrats No:
Akaka, Hawaii Bingaman,
N.M. Boxer, Calif
Byrd, W.Va.
Conrad, N.D. Corzine, N.J.
Dayton, Minn.
Durbin, Ill.
Feingold, Wis
Graham, Fla.
Inouye, Hawaii
Kennedy, Mass.
Leahy, Vt.
Levin, Mich.
Mikulski, Md.
Murray, Wash.
Reed, R.I.
Sarbanes, Md.
Stabenow, Mich.
Wellstone, Minn.
Wyden, Ore.
(+ Repub Chafee and Ind Jeffords)

In the House:

Abercrombie Hinchey Oberstar
Allen Hinojosa Obey
Baca Holt Olver
Baird Honda Owens
Baldacci Hooley Pallone
Baldwin Hostettler Pastor
Barrett Houghton Paul
Becerra Inslee Payne
Blumenauer Jackson (IL) Pelosi
Bonior Jackson-Lee (TX) Price (NC)
Brady (PA) Johnson, E. B. Rahall
Brown (FL) Jones (OH) Rangel
Brown (OH) Kaptur Reyes
Capps Kildee Rivers
Capuano Kilpatrick Rodriguez
Cardin Kleczka Roybal-Allard
Carson (IN) Kucinich Rush
Clay LaFalce Sabo
Clayton Langevin Sanchez
Clyburn Larsen (WA) Sanders
Condit Larson (CT) Sawyer
Conyers Leach Schakowsky
Costello Lee Scott
Coyne Levin Serrano
Cummings Lewis (GA) Slaughter
Davis (CA) Lipinski Snyder
Davis (IL) Lofgren Solis
DeFazio Maloney (CT) Stark
DeGette Matsui Strickland
Delahunt McCarthy (MO) Stupak
DeLauro McCollum Thompson (CA)
Dingell McDermott Thompson (MS)
Doggett McGovern Tierney
Doyle McKinney Towns
Duncan Meek (FL) Udall (CO)
Eshoo Meeks (NY) Udall (NM)
Evans Menendez Velazquez
Farr Millender-McDonald Visclosky
Fattah Miller, George Waters
Filner Mollohan Watson (CA)
Frank Moran (VA) Watt (NC)
Gonzalez Morella Woolsey
Gutierrez Nadler Wu
Hastings (FL) Napolitano
Hilliard Neal
(this list contains 6 repubs and an indie)

http://www.clw.org/control/iraqvote.html

147 total from the combined Houses voted No

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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 05:58 PM
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24. those 147 heros give the lie to assertions that other dems only...
...voted for the IWR because they "had" to, or that doing otherwise was political suicide, etc.
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TeacherCreature Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 06:37 PM
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27. So, did Kerry/Edwards read this garbage before the signed on?
Edited on Sun Jul-18-04 06:38 PM by TeacherCreature


Will, you really should avoid this subject. You keep making Kerry look worse.
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 07:14 PM
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29. Treason?
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

* Will there be a 2nd American Revolution?
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 08:32 PM
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32. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution - redux - "vital nat'l intersts" "UN" "security
Joint Resolution of Congress
H.J. RES 1145 August 7, 1964
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

That the Congress approves and supports the determination of the President, as Commander in Chief, to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.

Section 2. The United States regards as vital to its national interest and to world peace the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia. Consonant with the Constitution of the United States and the Charter of the United Nations and in accordance with its obligations under the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, the United States is, therefore, prepared, as the President determines, to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force, to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty requesting assistance in defense of its freedom.

Section 3. This resolution shall expire when the President shall determine that the peace and security of the area is reasonably assured by international conditions created by action of the United Nations or otherwise, except that it may be terminated earlier by concurrent resolution of the Congress.
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