Santa Cruz may follow Berkeley with ballot measure calling for
impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney
Council votes tonight
By Anna Molin, Bay City News Service
July 25, 2006
SANTA CRUZ (BCN) - The Santa Cruz City Council today
is expected to vote on a resolution that if passed would place
an advisory measure to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice
President Dick Cheney on the Nov. 7 election ballot.
If approved, the city of Santa Cruz would join the City of Berkeley
and a growing list of cities calling for impeachment proceedings
against Bush and Cheney.
Voters would be asked to decide whether they want to call on
Congress to "initiate proceedings for the impeachment and
removal from office of" Bush and Cheney as well as calling
upon the state legislature to adopt a similar resolution.
City Councilman Mike Rotkin submitted the proposal to the council,
arguing that Bush and Cheney committed a number of "high
crimes" when they authorized electronic surveillance of American
citizens without obtaining judicial approval, permitted the detention
of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay with little or no access to legal
counsel or courts and mislead Congress and the American people
about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The resolution also accuses Bush and Cheney of leaking the identity
of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson in retaliation for her
husband publishing a newspaper article criticizing the administration's
nuclear weapons rationale for war in Iraq. Furthermore, the resolution
states that Bush and Cheney sanctioned the torture of detainees
and ignored congressional acts that protect against cruel, inhuman
and degrading treatment of prisoners.
Bush and Cheney "have violated the constitutional rights
of citizens, impaired the due and proper administration of justice
and the conduct of lawful inquiries, violated laws governing agencies
of the Executive Branch, and failed to take care that the laws
were faithfully executed, in contravention of their constitutionally
prescribed duties and their oaths of office," the resolution
The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every
month in the Council Chambers. Sessions open to the public start
at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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