Good morning! Its cold and there is still snow in the forecast for today. So, while I sit here sipping my hot coffee, I’ll give a rundown of news highlights.
Tonight is the President’s State of the Union Address. Today is also the day the Rep. Dennis Kucinich will take to the floor of the House to introduce Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush.
Brattleboro, Vermont residents will vote at town meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont. There is a post in OpEdNews that discusses this possibility:
Power Retained By We the People: Vermont, Mass, and Kentucky discussing arrest warrants for President, consistent with the 10th Amendment. The Constitution does not narrowly prohibit only Congress to take legal action. The Constitution only delegates the impeachment power of investigation/removal to the House and Senate. Rather, the power to arrest a sitting President is one that is retained by We the People, via the 10th Amendment.
Wouldn’t that be interesting if states starting doing this and the Pres and VP weren’t able to travel to any of those states for the rest of their terms in office (and beyond) for fear of being arrested for war crimes?
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, On Foot – A nice piece on John Nirenberg, the man from Vermont who walked 500 miles to meet with Nancy Pelosi to call for hearings into the conduct of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, with the possibility of impeachment.
There’s another piece on the Sibel Edmonds story this morning on The Dissident Voice by Gary Leupp called “We Can’t Afford to Let Them Spill the Beans”
Sibel Edmonds on Marc Grossman.
Collateral Damage: Surveillance Aimed at Terrorists Can Easily Go Awry by Jeff Stein, National Security Editor, CQ Staff:
U.S. intelligence tapped the telephone calls of Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, starting in 2002.
This may well be news to many people, even though Wright revealed the taps himself in a sprawling, 15,000-word article on electronic surveillance in the Jan. 21 edition of The New Yorker magazine.
Perhaps because the article was not available online it lacked the link-juice to propel it into a frenzy over the “domestic spying” on the Web, the cable news shows and leading American newspapers.
Here’s another plug for two DVD’s to keep your eyes out for: “Uncounted – the New Math of American Politics” and “No End in Sight“. Both of these films are important and need to be viewed by all Americans to have a much better understanding of how we got to this point and what is broken in our government. “No End in Sight” has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Obama and Clinton will both be heading back to Washington to vote against cloture on the FISA Bill.
Here is a video on how Cheney pushes to make eavesdropping law permanent: