Josh Marshall Considers Impeachment

Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall hasn’t been in favor of the impeachment of Bush and Cheney but he seems to be coming around.

I think we are now moving into a situation where the White House, on various fronts, is openly ignoring the constitution, acting as though not just the law but the constitution itself, which is the fundamental law from which all the statutes gain their force and legitimacy, doesn’t apply to them.

If that is allowed to continue, the defiance will congeal into precedent. And the whole structure of our system of government will be permanently changed.

Whether because of prudence and pragmatism or mere intellectual inertia, I still have the same opinion on the big question: impeachment. But I think we’re moving on to dangerous ground right now, more so than some of us realize. And I’m less sure now under these circumstances that operating by rules of ‘normal politics’ is justifiable or acquits us of our duty to our country.

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Here’s former Reagan adminstration assistant attorney general Bruce Fein and author John Nichols making a strong case for impeachment on Bill Moyer’s show recently. They make a very well done and compelling argument that impeaching Bush and Cheney is the way to avert the current constitutional crisis and put the American people back in charge.

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Finally, Some Good News

Contempt charges moving ahead against former White House officials who didn’t show up in front of Congress after being served a supeona. Finally, something happening to keep things in check.

Here’s a compilation video of the debate on the resolution, with the GOP members making the bizarre argument that pursuing comtempt make strengthen the ‘imperial presidency’…which seems pretty strong right now as it is. My congressman, Adam Schiff, is especially good at the end of this clip.

9/11 Filmmaker Arrested

An Oneonta man who helped produce a 9/11 conspiracy documentary that became an Internet hit was arrested Monday for allegedly deserting the Army.

Korey Rowe, 24, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was picked up by deputies at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said.

Rowe, along with Dylan Avery and Jason Bermas, are members of Louder Than Words, a production company that is working on a third edition of the movie “Loose Change,” which contends the U.S. government was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That edition is intended to be a theatrical release.

Rowe and the other members of Louder Than Words have appeared on radio shows including The Alex Jones Show and have been mentioned in Time magazine. Vanity Fair magazine published a feature story on the group last August.

Movie creator charged

This interview with Korey by Alex Jones has a lot of really interesting stories about Korey’s experience as an Iraq vet. Worth watching.

The White House’s Secret Plan On ‘Government Continuity’

Oregonians called Peter DeFazio’s office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack.

As a member of the U.S. House on the Homeland Security Committee, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure “bubbleroom” in the Capitol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the secret documents.

On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED.

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Norm Ornstein, a legal scholar who studies government continuity at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said he “cannot think of one good reason” to deny access to a member of Congress who serves on the Homeland Security Committee.

“I find it inexplicable and probably reflective of the usual, knee-jerk overextension of executive power that we see from this White House,” Ornstein said.

This is the first time DeFazio has been denied access to documents. DeFazio has asked Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to help him access the documents.

“Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right,” DeFazio said.

DeFazio asks, but he’s denied access – OregonLive.com