Friday, June 13, 2008
Congress should have no choice but to proceed on impeachment
According to former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega in this segment from Counterspin (a weekly program aired on Hawaii Public Radio and available anytime as a podcast), Congress and the press ought to be very interested in several of Kucinch's articles of impeachment.
This week on CounterSpin: It seems unlikely that media elites would deny that things like maintaining illegal torture programs, unlawfully surveilling citizens, imprisoning children in violation of the Geneva Convention and destroying evidence are serious matters. So why, when such things lead to a call to impeach George W. Bush, does the whole matter become something of a joke? We'll talk to former federal prosecutor and author Elizabeth de la Vega about press handling of impeachment charges. [Elizabeth de la Vega on impeachment, Catherine Lutz on Iraq bases ]
When it was Bill Clinton's turn to be impeached for much less, Congress jumped at the chance. What's different? And why is the press refusing to cover the issue, which is not far from participating in a coverup of Bush's crimes? Bush lied, people are now dead, more are being killed. You'd think this would be important. I meant important to Congress and the press. It is one of the most important issues on the table today, unless you own a newspaper, a tv station, or a Congressman.
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