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nader: iraq an unconstitutional, illegal war 
based on five falsehoods: 
congress should begin impeachment inquiry of bush and cheney 
"all public policy should revolve around the principle that individuals 
are responsible for what they say and do." -- george w. bush, 1994. 
washington, dc: 
building on his call for the impeachment of president 
bush and vice president cheney, independent presidential candidate ralph 
nader today is calling on members of the house of representatives to 
begin an impeachment inquiry to investigate two distinct impeachable 
an impeachment inquiry is the first step toward considering articles of 
impeachment. during an impeachment inquiry the house would investigate 
whether there are potential impeachable offenses. 
impeachment inquiry and the process of impeachment 
while the constitution is clear in granting the impeachment power to the 
house, it leaves the development of mechanisms for exercising the power 
to the house. as noted by the association of the bar of the city of new 
york in "the law of presidential impeachment by the committee on federal 
legislation" (see: 
"a variety of methods have been employed to institute impeachment 
proceedings: charges may be made orally on the floor by a member of the 
house; a member may submit a written statement of charges; one or more 
members of the house may offer a resolution and place it in the 
legislative hopper; a presidential message to the house may initiate 
proceedings. the house has also received charges from a state 
legislature, from a territory, and from a grand jury. finally, there may 
be a report of a committee of the house which may submit facts or 
charges that will lead to impeachment. under the rules governing the 
order of business in the house a direct proposition to impeach is a 
matter of highest privilege and supersedes other business. similar 
privileged treatment is given to propositions relating to a pending 
the purpose of the impeachment inquiry is to have a committee develop a 
report for the house which then can be considered for the purpose of 
determining whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings. the house 
determines whether to impeach based on a majority vote. it is important 
to remember that impeachment does not mean conviction - that is left to 
the senate. impeachment is the equivalent of an indictment, making 
formal charges, which the senate then considers. conviction requires 
two-thirds of the members present in the senate to vote for conviction. 
two potential articles of impeachment that should be part of an impeachment inquiry 
the impeachment inquiry should focus on two areas involving president 
bush and vice president dick cheney. 
the unconstitutional war in iraq. 
"the inquiry should examine whether president bush and vice president 
cheney have gone beyond the bounds of the constitution, defied the rule 
of law, and if so, whether impeachment is the appropriate constitutional 
punishment," said nader. the united states congress never voted for the 
iraq war. congress voted for a resolution in october 2002 which 
unlawfully transferred to the president the decision-making power of 
whether to launch a first-strike invasion of iraq. the united states 
constitution's war powers clause (article 1, section 8, clause 11) vests 
the power of deciding whether to send the nation into war solely in the 
united states congress. this can only be changed by a constitutional 
"our founders had seen what could occur when the power to declare war 
was vested in one person, a king or a queen, so they took clear steps to 
ensure no one person could declare war for the united states. as james 
madison wrote: "in no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be 
found, than in the clause which confides the question of war and peace 
to the legislature, and not to the executive department," noted nader. 
five falsehoods that led to the iraq quagmire: 
making matters worse in this situation, the illegal first-strike 
invasion and occupation of iraq was justified by five falsehoods. nader 
calls for a second area for impeachment inquiry to examine: the "five 
falsehoods that led to war." in 1994 george w. bush said: "all public 
policy should revolve around the principle that individuals are 
responsible for what they say and do." in 2000, he ran as the 
"responsibility " candidate. manipulation or deliberate misuse of 
national security intelligence data, if proven, would be "a high crime" 
under the constitution's impeachment clause. article ii, section 4 of 
the constitution provides: "the president, vice president and all civil 
officers of the united states, shall be removed from office on 
impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high 
crimes and misdemeanors." 
weapons of mass destruction. 
the weapons have still not been found. nader emphasized, "until the 1991 
gulf war, saddam hussein was our government's anti-communist ally in the 
middle east. we also used him to keep iran at bay. in so doing, in the 
1980s under reagan and the first bush, corporations were licensed by the 
department of commerce to export the materials for chemical and 
biological weapons that president george w. bush and vice president dick 
cheney later accused him of having." those weapons were destroyed after 
the gulf war. president bush's favorite chief weapons inspector, david 
kay, after returning from iraq and leading a large team of inspectors 
and spending nearly half a billion dollars told the president :we were 
see: david kay testimony before senate armed services committee, 
january 28, 2004. 
iraq ties to al qaeda: 
the white house made this claim even though the cia and fbi repeatedly 
told the administration that there was no tie between saddam hussein and 
al qaeda. they were mortal enemies - one secular, the other 
saddam hussein was a threat to the united states: 
in fact, saddam was a tottering dictator, with an antiquated, fractured 
army of low morale and with kurdish enemies in northern iraq and shiite 
adversaries in the south of iraq. he did not even control the air space 
over most of iraq. 
saddam hussein was a threat to his neighbors: 
in fact, iraq was surrounded by countries with far superior military 
forces. turkey, iran and israel were all capable of obliterating any 
aggressive move by the iraqi dictator. 
the liberation of the iraqi people: 
there are brutal dictators throughout the world, many supported over the 
years by washington, whose people need "liberation " from their leaders. 
this is not a persuasive argument since for iraq, it's about oil. in 
fact, the occupation of iraq by the united states is a magnet for 
increasing violence, anarchy and insurrection. 
nader urges the congress to investigate the illegal nature of the war, 
and how the five falsehoods became part of the bush administration's 
drum beat for war, in a formal inquiry of impeachment. 
for further information, contact: 
  kevin zeese
1 - 202   2654000
matt ahearn 
radical organizations like the 
interreligious foundation for community organization, women's international 
league for peace and freedom and the revolutionary communist party. 
not in our name: what is ifco? 
not in our name (nion) requests donations on its website, yet on this site 
donors are asked to make checks payable to nion/ifco. ifco is the acronym 
for the interreligious foundation for community organization. nion states 
that the " interreligous foundation for community organization (ifco). is 
our fiscal sponsor." fiscal sponsorship by ifco means not in our name 
receives donations that are tax deductible because of ifco's 501c(3) 
(charitable, federal tax-exempt) status. ifco charges a fee for this 
why is nion not a 501c(3)? 
donations to nion/ifco are then mailed to the women's international league 
for peace and freedom (wilpf), which is located at 339 lafayette street in 
new york city. the address is the same as nion's. the intimate nature of a 
financial partnership shows how closely aligned these two organizations are. 
and that's scary, because the women's international league for peace and 
freedom has been associated with communist causes since its inception. molly 
klopot of the wilpf is a nion organizer. the wilpf is related to ifco as 
well as nion. marilyn clement, who is the executive director of wiplf, is 
the treasurer of ifco. 
the building where the offices of nion, the wilpf and the war resisters 
league are located is known as the "peace pentagon," and is owned by the 
a.j. muste memorial institute. a.j. muste was a "peace" advocate who 
compiled frequent flier miles visiting hanoi during the vietnam war era. 
(ID: 8044) Mirror: Wed, Apr 21, 2004

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