Berkeley council puts measure
on ballot seeking impeachment
of Bush and Cheney
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
June 29, 2006
BERKELEY (BCN) - The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously
Tuesday night to place on the November ballot an advisory measure
asking the city's residents to declare whether they favor the
impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Although other local governments have passed resolutions urging
impeachment, Berkeley officials say they're the first to put the
issue directly to voters.
The cost of placing the measure on the Nov. 7 ballot is estimated
to be about $10,000.
The Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission recommended the measure
to the City Council.
Although former Iraqi General Georges Sada wrote in his recent
book "Saddam's Secrets" that Saddam Hussein had weapons
of mass destruction for many years, the commission alleges that
Bush and Cheney's claims that Iraq had such weapons were "proven
false" and were an intentional effort to mislead Congress
to justify an unnecessary war in Iraq.
The commission also alleges that Bush and Cheney have pursued
unlawful surveillance programs and permitted torture of detainees
suspected of links to terrorism.
Republican Party officials couldn't be reached for comment on
the ballot measure.
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