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G2099 Donating Member (500 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:39 PM
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Bush Impeachment: Go for the Field goal
By Gerald Rellick

Recent calls for George Bushs impeachment for his transgressions against the Constitution, the rule of law, and the citizens of the United States, have encountered opposition even from those who, while in agreement with the legal arguments, believe its futile to go down this path because of the enormous odds against success.

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However, it seems increasingly likely that once Bush becomes a private citizen he will face the wrath of the International Criminal Court. According to the Geneva Convention on warfare, the use of fraud in establishing a pretext for invasion of a sovereign nation constitutes war crimes if deaths are involved. Its not hard to imagine Bush unable to leave the U.S. fearing arrest by agents of the ICC, forever barricaded behind razor wire in his Crawford, Texas ranch.

http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/2005/12/bush-impea...
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SushiFan Donating Member (309 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:40 PM
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1. I say Impeach his ass NOW, then let the World Court have him nt
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marylanddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:42 PM
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2. I second that emotion. n/t
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:43 PM
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3. I agree........
because the world court is, ultimately, where most of this administration belongs.
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yourout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:45 PM
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4. Throw his ass out......NOW!
Don't waste anymore lives because of this idiot.
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:50 PM
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5. * will never travel abroad
He has zero curiousity about other cultures. He rarely traveled abroad before becoming president despite the fact that he was a rich kid who could have had he wanted to. And even if he did there's no way in hell the ICC would arrest a former president of the United States. No country that * would travel to would allow it, nor would any likely US president, Democratic or Republican.

This is a silly argument. Congress should do its job and investigate this. That's what should happen. That won't happen unless the Dems retake the Congress in 2006. And given the lack of competitive districts, that's probably unlikely too. Dems better win state Houses and control redistricting if they want to regain power.
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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:50 PM
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6. I heard a couple years ago he has a retirement home in the
Dominican Republic. What are their extradiction laws?
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FightingIrish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 12:51 PM
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7. Even the threat of impeachment is useful.
Although those who continue to support a president who has proven his incompetence hold that impeachment is meant for dealing with the personal peccadilloes of their adversaries, it is our only legal constitutional recourse to confront a president who defies the laws that define our freedom. It is a painful and ultimately messy process, but it now appears to be our best hope of at least reining in a delusional leader who is beyond the influence of reason and the will of the people. Make it your New Years resolution to make the impending impeachment of Bush and Cheney the biggest story of 2006 and the defining event of 2007.
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stevietheman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 01:24 PM
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8. But what if Americans help him get captured?
Once he becomes a private citizen (and hopefully that will be soon), I would think it very patriotic to covertly help out the ICC in locating Bush, then arresting and smuggling him out of the country. I would salute anyone who helped out in that effort.
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 01:34 PM
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9. Like Noriega ???
Sacked, Tied and Shipped Out for Processing
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stevietheman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 01:46 PM
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10. Yeah, and maybe the shippers will forget to punch out...
breathing holes in Bush's shipping box. Oh, if we could only be so lucky.
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Geoff R. Casavant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-01-06 03:19 PM
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11. No later than Jan 2019
Used to be Presidents got Secret Service Protection for life, but the law was changed and now they get it only for 10 years after leaving office.

Even assuming Bush is not impeached, he's out of office Jan 2009. Ten years after that, Secret Service goes bye-bye and he becomes a permanent recluse in Crawford.
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