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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:56 AM
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Support Rep. Conyers' H.RES.635 (*'s intent to go to war...)
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 10:48 AM by paineinthearse
John Conyers is tirelessly working towards justice and restoring democracy. His H.RES.635 would create "a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment."

He has 27 co-sponsors, the "usual suspects". What can we do?
1. There are 62 members of the progressive caucus. Lobby the missing.
2. Lobby your own representative.
3. Then come to www.afterdowningstreet.org to see what else you can do.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:h.res.0063... :

H.RES.635

Title: Creating a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.


Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. (introduced 12/18/2005) Cosponsors (27)
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2005 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Rules.

COSPONSORS(27), ALPHABETICAL :

Rep Abercrombie, Neil - 1/31/2006
Rep Baldwin, Tammy - 1/31/2006
Rep Capps, Lois - 12/22/2005
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy - 1/31/2006
Rep Farr, Sam - 2/7/2006
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - 2/7/2006
Rep Honda, Michael M. - 2/8/2006
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila - 12/22/2005
Rep Lee, Barbara - 2/1/2006
Rep Lewis, John - 2/7/2006
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. - 2/7/2006
Rep McDermott, Jim - 1/31/2006
Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. - 2/7/2006
Rep Moore, Gwen - 2/14/2006
Rep Nadler, Jerrold - 1/31/2006
Rep Oberstar, James L. - 2/1/2006
Rep Olver, John W. - 2/16/2006
Rep Owens, Major R. - 1/31/2006
Rep Payne, Donald M. - 12/22/2005
Rep Rangel, Charles B. - 12/22/2005
Rep Sabo, Martin Olav - 3/2/2006
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - 1/31/2006
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete - 1/31/2006
Rep Tierney, John F. - 2/16/2006
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. - 2/14/2006
Rep Waters, Maxine - 12/22/2005
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - 12/22/2005
Rep Lofgren, Zoe - 12/22/2005(withdrawn - 1/31/2006)

Resolved, That there is hereby established in the House of Representatives a select committee to be known as the Select Committee on Administration Predetermination to Go to War and... (Introduced in House)

HRES 635 IH


109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 635
Creating a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 18, 2005
Mr. CONYERS submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules


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RESOLUTION
Creating a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.


Resolved, That there is hereby established in the House of Representatives a select committee to be known as the Select Committee on Administration Predetermination to Go to War and Manipulation of Intelligence (in this resolution referred to as the `Select Committee').

PURPOSES AND FUNCTIONS

SEC. 2. (a) The Select Committee is authorized and directed to investigate all relevant government agencies actions and decisions relating to the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, and retaliating against critics, including:

(1) actions by the White House, National Security Council, Department of State, Department of Defense, and Central Intelligence Agency related to United Nations and Iraq Survey Group inspections of Iraq;

(2) knowledge of Iraq's ability regarding and intentions toward, or lack of ability regarding or intentions toward, nuclear weapons capability;

(3) knowledge regarding Iraq's possession of or attempted possession of, or regarding the lack of possession of or attempted possession of, chemical or biological weapons;

(4) knowledge of Iraq's possession of aluminum tubes for conventional rocket programs or for nuclear weapons development;

(5) knowledge regarding Iraq's intent, or lack of intent, toward acquiring yellowcake uranium from Niger;

(6) knowledge of any involvement, or lack of involvement, by Iraq in the September 11, 2001, attacks against the United States;

(7) knowledge of any connections or ties, or of any lack of connections or ties, between Iraq and al Qaeda;

(8) knowledge of any meeting, or lack of any meeting, between Iraqi intelligence officials and Mohammed Atta in Prague, Czechoslovakia;

(9) preparations for detention, interrogation and treatment of detainees, or lack thereof, made in the planning stages of the Iraq conflict prior to March 19, 2003;

(10) knowledge of abuses and mistreatment of detainees during the Iraq conflict after March 19, 2003;

(11) the investigation of abuses and mistreatment, or lack thereof, the results of these investigations, any sanctions or punishment of offenders, and any efforts to keep these reports either from supervisors, officials or the public;

(12) an examination of all prison facilities, including the High Value Detainee facility at Baghdad airport and secret prisons or `black sites,' for detaining individuals outside the United States;

(13) the extent to which civilian, military, or intelligence officials expressly authorized, willingly ignored, or created an atmosphere that condoned the abuses and mistreatment that occurred at Abu Ghraib, Iraq; and

(14) knowledge on the part of any White House officials of the covert identity of Valerie Plame Wilson and any discussion or communication by such officials with members of the media about such identity, and any failure to enforce Executive Order 12958.

APPOINTMENT AND MEMBERSHIP

SEC. 3. (a) Members- The Select Committee shall be composed of 20 Members of the House to be appointed by the Speaker, of whom--

(1) 10 Members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority leader as set forth below;

(2) 1 Member he shall designate as chairman;

(3) 1 Member he shall designate, upon the recommendation of the minority leader, as vice chairman.

(4) 4 Members shall sit on the Committee on the Judiciary, of whom 2shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority leader;

(5) 4 Members shall sit on the Committee on International Relations, of whom 2 shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority leader;

(6) 4 Members shall sit on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, of whom 2 shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority leader;

(7) 4 Members shall sit on the Committee on Government Reform, of whom 2 shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority leader; and

(8) 4 Members shall sit on the Committee on Armed Services, of whom 2 shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority leader.

(b) Vacancies- Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the Select Committee shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.

(c) For purposes of this section, the term `Member' means any Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the House of Representatives.

POWERS OF SELECT COMMITTEE

SEC. 4. (a) In General-

(1) HEARINGS AND EVIDENCE- The Select Committee or, on the authority of the Select Committee, any subcommittee or member thereof, may, for the purpose of carrying out this resolution--

(A) hold such hearings and sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, administer such oaths; and

(B) subject to paragraph (2)(A), require, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the production of such books, records, correspondence, memoranda, papers, and documents, as the Select Committee or such designated subcommittee or designated member may determine advisable, including but not limited to--

(i) White House documents (e.g., memoranda, e-mails, notes of phone calls, handwritten notes);

(ii) Department of Defense documents;

(iii) Department of Justice materials;

(iv) Department of State documents;

(v) Central Intelligence Agency analyses;

(vi) Defense Intelligence Agency analyses;

(vii) National Security Council memoranda; and

(viii) Special Counsel Patrick Fitgzerald's notes, grand jury materials, and other evidence collected or created as part of the CIA leak investigation.

(2) SUBPOENAS-

(A) ISSUANCE-

(i) IN GENERAL- A subpoena may be issued under this section only--

(I) by the agreement of the chairman and the vice chairman; or

(II) by the affirmative vote of 10 members of the Select Committee.

(ii) SIGNATURE- Subject to clause (i), subpoenas issued under this subsection may be issued under the signature of the chairman or any member designated by a majority of the Select Committee, and may be served by any person designated by the chairman or by a member designated by a majority of the Select Committee.

(B) ENFORCEMENT-

(i) IN GENERAL- In the case of contumacy or failure to obey a subpoena issued under subsection (a), the United States district court for the judicial district in which the subpoenaed person resides, is served, or may be found, or where the subpoena is returnable, may issue an order requiring such person to appear at any designated place to testify or to produce documentary or other evidence. Any failure to obey the order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt of that court.

(ii) ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT- In the case of any failure of any witness to comply with any subpoena or to testify when summoned under authority of this section, the Select Committee may, by majority vote, certify a statement of fact constituting such failure to the appropriate United States attorney, who may bring the matter before the grand jury for its action, under the same statutory authority and procedures as if the United States attorney had received a certification under sections 102 through 104 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 192 through 194).

(b) Contracting- The Select Committee may, to such extent and in such amounts as are provided in appropriation Acts, enter into contracts to enable the Select Committee to discharge its duties under this resolution.

(c) Information From Federal Agencies-

(1) IN GENERAL- The Select Committee is authorized to secure directly from any executive department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality of the Government, information, suggestions, estimates, and statistics for the purposes of this resolution. Each department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality shall, to the extent authorized by law, furnish such information, suggestions, estimates, and statistics directly to the select committee, upon request made by the chairman, the chairman of any subcommittee created by a majority of the Select Committee, or any member designated by a majority of the Select Committee.

(2) RECEIPT, HANDLING, STORAGE, AND DISSEMINATION- Information shall only be received, handled, stored, and disseminated by members of the Select Committee and its staff consistent with all applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive orders.

(d) Assistance From Federal Agencies-

(1) GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION- The Administrator of General Services shall provide to the Select Committee on a reimbursable basis administrative support and other services for the performance of the Select Committee's functions.

(2) OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES- In addition to the assistance prescribed in paragraph (1), departments and agencies of the United States may provide to the Select Committee such services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services as they may determine advisable and as may be authorized by law.

(e) Gifts- The Select Committee may accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations of services or property.

(f) Postal Services- The Select Committee may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as departments and agencies of the United States.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

SEC. 5. (a) Subject to the adoption of expenses resolutions as required by clause 5 of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Select Committee may incur expenses in connection with its functions under this resolution.

(b) In carrying out its functions under this resolution, the Select Committee, is authorized to--

(1) appoint, either on permanent basis or as experts or consultants, such staff as the Select Committee considers necessary;

(2) prescribe the duties and responsibilities of such staff;

(3) fix the compensation of such staff at a single per annum gross rate which does not exceed the highest rate of basic pay, as in effect from time to time, of level V of the Executive Schedule in section 5316 of title 5, United States Code;

(4) terminate the employment of any such staff as the Select Committee considers appropriate; and,

(5) reimburse members of the Select Committee and of its staff for travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties and responsibilities for the Select Committee, other than expenses in connection with any meeting of the Select Committee, or a subcommittee thereof, held in the District of Columbia.

(c) The Select Committee and all authority granted in this resolution shall expire 30 days after the filing of the report of the Select Committee with the House.

REPORTS OF SELECT COMMITTEE

SEC. 6. (a) The Select Committee shall report to the House as soon as practicable during the present Congress, but not later than six months after the date of passage of this resolution, the results of its investigation and study, together with such recommendations as it deems advisable. The Select Committee shall report to the Committee on the Judiciary as soon as practicable during the present Congress, but not later than six months after the date of passage of this resolution, of any substantial and credible information which such Select Committee receives in carrying out its responsibilities that may constitute grounds for possible impeachment.

(b) Any such report which is made when the House is not in session shall be filed with the Clerk of the House.

(c) Any such report shall be referred to the committee or committees which have jurisdiction over the subject matter thereof.

(d) The records, files, and materials of the Select Committee shall be transferred to the Clerk of the House but, if the report of the Select Committee is referred to only one committee under the provisions of subsection (c), the records, files, and materials of the Select Committee shall be transferred instead to the committee to which the final report is referred.


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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:24 AM
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1. What's happened to Congress? Conyers holds the tradition together.
What tradition, simply investigating. They used to do that a lot, and those were powerful events at times. Now we have the know-nothings sticking their head in the sand, acting like we don't get to know.

Whey you have a country where 70% of the people VEHEMENTLY oppose a clear national security risk, Dubai's port deal, and the politicians act like they can just delay it, then you know democracy has become a mockery to the legislators; to their eternal shame.

Thanks for a great post and thanks to Rep. Conyers, an ongoing source of inspiration
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:33 AM
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2. Elect John Conyers Judiciary Committee Chairman this November

If the Democrats take the House this November

10 members of the Progressive Caucus would become chairmen of committees

John Conyers becomes Chairman of the Judiciary Committee


https://www.democrats.org/page/contribute
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:56 AM
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4. That is the most succinct and spot on comment I have read here in a long
time.

Conyers - Judiciary
Waxman - Reform
Slaughter (Jim McGovern #2) - Rules
Woolsey - Intelligence

...not bad for not peaking, eh?
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:47 AM
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3. Fertik recommends asking Conyers to move directly to impeachment article
9 action item suggestions by Bob Fertik

Related, see http://www.democrats.com/please-john-conyers for complete article. Note proximity of this event to NYT, but they failed to send a reporter!

1. Send this article with a few words of your own to campaign@johnconyers.com

2. Urge your Representative and Senators to support Impeachment:
http://democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/65

3. C-Span taped this outstanding forum but it does not appear on C-Span's schedule for Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Email viewer@c-span.org and urge them to broadcast it.

4. The New York Times is one block from Town Hall, yet it did not even mention this historic event. Email Executive Editor Bill Keller executive-editor@nytimes.com and Public Editor Byron Calame public@nytimes.com and demand to know why.

5. Link to this article from your favorite blogs and ask the blog owner to join ImpeachPAC's Citizens Impeachment Commission.

6. Register to join in local protests:
http://www.democrats.com/user/register

7. Read the whole protest plan:
http://www.democrats.com/cd

8. Organize your congressional district:
http://pdamerica.org/orgs/cdpp-form.php

9. Support our efforts by contributing to ImpeachPAC.
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Acebass Donating Member (926 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:41 AM
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5. You go John!
He maybe the dark horse come 08... At least he speaks Democrat!...
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:30 PM
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6. Acebass
LTNS....I appologize for being a stranger in your domain, will visit soon!
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:25 PM
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12. ANTI-FLAG joins Fertik
http://www.anti-flag.com/microsite/news/index.php

03.04.2006 Impeach Bush NOW!!! As you may already know, I believe that the level of corruption and servitude to big business in the Republican Party is on rivaled by the level of corruption and servitude to big business in the Democratic Party! However, there are a few lights still shinning in the Democrats dim corner, and one of those lights shines from the progressive Democrats at Democrats.com.

There you will find Bob Fertik's latest blog entry, "Please John Conyers: Impeach Bush NOW" which does a nice job of highlighting the main justifications for impeaching Bush. It also suggests action that each of us can take to move Bush closer to impeachment.

Check it out and TAKE ACTION!!!
Peace- Justin Sane XOXO

Please John Conyers: Impeach Bush NOW

Related Web Sites:
www.afterdowningstreet.org

www.impeachbush.org
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radio4progressives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:00 AM
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7. Jeeze guys, rate this puppy up!
:applause:
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:02 AM
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8. Yay! K and R
:kick:
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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:46 AM
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9. Conyers for President in '07 -- yes, really -- here's how
I keep floating this because I'm convinced that the effort itself could tip the balance.

We should draft John Conyers as a Presidential Candidate right now.

We would be demanding that he be elected Speaker in '07, replacing the beltway-bound Pelosi.

Then when we impeach bushcheney we have Mr. Conyers to move into the WH until 2008.

The scenario could well fascinate the Euphemedia navel gazers.

In any case, it would "nationalize" the '06 elections around impeachment.

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izzybeans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:45 PM
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10. Kick
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Ino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 05:25 PM
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11. What exactly is a co-sponsor?
I'm always urging my Dem Rep to support Conyers' efforts, but I NEVER see his name listed as a co-sponsor. Does that mean he doesn't support it, or just doesn't sponsor it? What exactly does being a co-sponsor mean? Does a proposal die if there aren't enough co-sponsors? I'd appreciate if anyone could explain this to me!
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