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Impeach Obama Now! A National Imperative

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February 12th, 2013
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by Stephen Lendman

Do it now before it’s too late!

America’s Declaration of Independence states:

(W)hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, (it’s the right of the people, it’s) their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Straightaway as president, Obama violated his sacred trust. He betrayed his constituents. He’s a serial liar. He broke every major promise made. He serves illegitimately. He institutionalized tyranny. He’s a war criminal multiple times over. He’s guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.

He menaces humanity. He’s heading America for WW III. He wants America’s social contract destroyed. He wants millions impoverished, unemployed, left hungry and homeless. He’s beholden to powerful monied interests that own him. He spurns fundamental civil and human rights. He mocks democratic values. He’s contemptuous of essential needs.

Law Professor Francis Boyle is unequivocal. He told Progressive Radio News Hour listeners he should be impeached. He urged House Republicans to so. He’s offering his services pro bono.

On December 9, Boyle spoke at the Puerto Rican Summit Conference on Human Rights.

US militarism threatens WW III, he said. A century after earlier imperial aggressions, “neoconservative Republican Bush Junior administration and the neoliberal Democratic Obama administration are now threatening” global war.

He cited his teacher, mentor and friend, Professor Hans Morgenthau. Earlier he warned about “unlimited imperialism.” His seminal book Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace discussed it.

His cardinal tenet was darkly Hobbesian. He said international law and world organizations are “irrelevant” in conflicts of national interest between nations. Ignore “reality” and perish, he stressed.

Imperial priorities are disastrous. They destroy societies and human life. They make it “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

No law or justice exists, no sense of right or wrong, no morality. Imperial madness prioritizes war. Absolute power is sought no holds barred.

Boyle cited the US Army Field Manual (FM) 27-10 – The Law of Land Warfare. Paragraph 498 says any person, military or civilian, who commits a crime under international law is responsible for it and may be punished.

Paragraph 499 defines a war crime. Paragraph 500 refers to a conspiracy, attempts to commit it, and complicity with respect to international crimes.

Paragraph 501 says all high-level civilian and military officials in any way involved in crimes against peace are personally responsible for war crimes.

Paragraph 509 denies the defense of superior orders in the commission of a crime. Paragraph 510 denies the defense of an “act of state” to absolve them.

Obama, other high administration officials, and their subordinates “are responsible for the commission of crimes against peace,” said Boyle.

The Nuremberg Charter, Judgment, and Principles, other international laws, and FM 27-10 define them.

In “international legal terms,” said Boyle, “the United States government” is guilty of “serial wars of aggression, crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and war crimes that are legally akin to those perpetrated by the former Nazi regime in Germany.”

US citizens are constitutionally empowered to resist, says Boyle. They’re entitled to challenge their own government. They should “prevent, impede, thwart, or terminate (its) ongoing criminal activities….”

“Today’s civil resisters are the sheriffs! The US government officials are the outlaws!”

They “disobeyed fundamental principles of international law as well as US criminal law, and thus committed international crimes and US domestic crimes as well as impeachable violations of the United States Constitution.”

“The American people must insist upon the impeachment, dismissal, resignation, indictment, conviction, and long-term incarceration of all US government officials guilty of such heinous international and domestic crimes.”

Fundamental rule of law principles apply to all US military and civilian personnel. They include top commanders, the Secretary of Defense, his subordinates, CIA and other intelligence officials, as well as the president and vice president of the United States.

No one is exempt. Rule of law principles are inviolable. Imperial aggression is lawless. So is extrajudicial killing, torture, and other high crimes.

No president should be allowed to get away with them, says Boyle. Lawbreaking demands accountability. Doing so invites intolerable consequences. Disaster awaits.

We the People must act. Institutionalized tyranny approaches. It’s a hair’s breath away. Freedom’s on the chopping block for elimination. Humanity may not survive Obama’s second term.

Articles of impeachment are essential. Growing calls say so. In August 2011, Veterans for Peace(VFP) urged it. Waging illegal direct and proxy wars were cited.

“Therefore Be It Resolved,” said VFP, “that Veterans For Peace call on the US House of Representatives to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack H. Obama for failure to uphold his sworn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic, and for his commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity, obstruction of justice and the violation of numerous national and international laws, treaties and conventions.”

Impeach Obama Campaign.com has a White House Watch page. It urges readers to support impeachment.

Another page headlines “NEW ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT.” It states:

ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

RESOLVED, That Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following article of impeachment to be exhibited to the Senate:

ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AGAINST BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS IN USURPING THE EXCLUSIVE PREROGATIVE OF CONGRESS TO COMMENCE WAR UNDER ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 11 OF THE CONSTITUTION.

Other detailed information followed. Obama violated his oath of office. It mandates he “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

He “mock(s) the rule of law.” He “unilaterally” commits aggression. He “endanger(s) the very existence of the Republic” and freedom. He’s guilty of “impeachable high crime(s) and misdemeanor(s).”

The UN Charter explains conditions under which waging war is justified.

Article 2(3) and Article 33(1) require peaceful settlement of international disputes. Article 2(4) prohibits force or its threatened use.

Article 51 allows the “right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member….until the Security Council has taken measures to maintain international peace and security.”

Justifiable self-defense is permissible. Articles 2(3), 2(4), and 33 prohibit unilaterally threatening use of force not:

  • specifically allowed under Article 51;
  • authorized by the Security Council; and
  • permitted by constitutional and US statute law provisions.

Three General Assembly resolutions prohibit non-consensual belligerence:

  • the 1965 Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty;
  • the 1970 Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in Accordance with the Charter of the United Nations; and
  • the 1974 Definition of Aggression.

Nuremberg Tribunal’s Justice Robert Jackson called aggressive war “the supreme international crime against peace.” Guilty Nazi war criminals were hanged.

The Constitution’s Article 1, Section 8 lets Congress alone declare war. December 8, 1941 was the last time. Subsequent wars were illegal. Responsible officials were and are war criminals.

The 1973 War Powers Resolution (WPR) limits presidential warmaking powers. It requires consulting with Congress before authorizing troop deployments for extended periods.

Section 4(a)(1) requires presidents to inform Congress within 48 hours about deploying troops to areas of ongoing or imminent hostilities.

He must explain why they’re sent, constitutional or legislative authority for doing so, estimated duration of involvement, and whatever other information Congress requests.

Section 5(b) mandates withdrawal within 60 days plus an additional 30 exit period unless Congress extends the time frame for another 30 days, declares war, or unavoidable circumstances require more time. Unlimited amounts are prohibited.

One exception applies. As commander-in-chief, presidents may introduce US forces unilaterally into conflict areas in case of a national emergency if America, its territories, possessions, or military is attacked.

Under all circumstances, Congress must be kept fully informed. It has final say. Since passage, presidents exceeded their constitutional and WPR authority.

All US wars are illegal. Congress violates its own mandate. Accountability is null and void.

The Constitution’s Article 2, Section 4 states:

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.

In 1793, George Washington said:

The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress, therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they have deliberated upon the subject, and authorized such a measure.

In 1805, Thomas Jefferson said:

Congress alone is constitutionally invested with the power of changing our condition from peace to war. Warmaking is exclusively (for Congress) to yield or deny.

Thomas Paine said:

In America, the law is king. For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king, and there ought to be no others.

John Jay was America’s first Supreme Court chief justice. He said:

(A)bsolute monarchs will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it, but for the purposes and objects merely personal, such as thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, or private compacts to aggrandize or support their particular families or partisans.

These and a variety of other motives, which affect only the mind of the sovereign, often lead him to engage in wars not sanctified by justice or the voice and interests of his people.

Alexander Hamilton called impeachable offenses those “which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words, from the violation or abuse of some public trust. They are of a nature which with peculiar propriety may be denominated political, as they relate chiefly to injuries done to society itself.”

James Madison said:

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

War is the true nurse of executive aggrandizement. No nation (can) preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

In no part of the Constitution is more wisdom to be found, than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department.

In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon. They charged actions “subversive of constitutional government.”

Obama exceeds the worst of all previous presidents. He’s guilty of multiple high crimes and misdemeanors. Holding him accountable is essential. Do it now before it’s too late. Humanity may not get a second chance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/

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  • Truthhound

    The founders of the Republic were referring to a Congress of men, not the sad collection of bed wetting weasels the modern enlightened american sheeple have sent to Rome on the Potomac. Caesar has crossed the Rubicon, the former republic is just a quant little footnote for future historians.

    • Rhonda

      Ha ha ha….bedwetting weasels !!!

      Here’s a petition you can sign too.

      Will wonders never cease? Code Pink is ultra left and even they want to impeach Obama !

      If you want to sign their well written petition:

      http://www.wnd.com/wnd_petition/petition-urging-congress-to-impeach-president-barack-obama/?petition_id=365583

      I signed it

      PETITION URGENTLY REQUESTING THAT CONGRESS LAUNCH AN INDEPENDENT AND COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATION INTO UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES ON THE PART OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

      To: All members of the U.S. Congress:

      Whereas, top constitutional attorneys from across the political spectrum now agree that Barack Obama has committed certain specific offenses that unquestionably rise to the level of impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors”;

      Whereas, one of these offenses – that of illegally conducting war against Libya – has been deemed by a bipartisan panel of constitutional experts to be “clearly an impeachable offense” and “gross usurpation of the war power”;

      Whereas, Obama’s policy of targeted assassinations of U.S. citizens without any constitutionally required due process – including the drone assassination of an American-born 16-year-old as he was eating dinner – is unanimously deemed by experts, both liberal and conservative, as “an impeachable offense”;

      Whereas, Obama’s Justice Department has presided over the disastrous “Fast and Furious” operation in which approximately 2,000 firearms were directed from U.S. gun shops across the U.S.-Mexico border and into the hands of members of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in the deaths of as many as 100 people, including U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry – a scandal that constitutional experts agree constitutes, at a minimum, clear grounds for impeaching Attorney General Eric Holder;

      Whereas, Obama has – in clear-cut violation of his oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” imposed by Article II of the Constitution – refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed into law in 1996 under President Bill Clinton;

      Whereas, Obama usurped the authority of Congress by issuing an executive order in June 2012 declaring that illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 and who are younger than 30 would not be deported – essentially duplicating the DREAM Act which failed to pass in Congress;

      Whereas, Obama made several recess appointments in January 2012 while the Senate was still officially in session, actions the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently ruled violated the Constitution because they weren’t made when the Senate was in recess;

      Whereas, Whereas, the Obama administration’s multi-faceted scandal in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the murder of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, is not only proof of what legal experts call tremendous “deceit” on the part of Obama and his top team, but a serious constitutional violation as well;

      Whereas, Whereas, numerous other constitutional outrages characterize Obama’s presidency – from his administration’s abuses of citizens’ civil rights under cover of the PATRIOT Act; to the Obama Justice Department’s refusal to prosecute the worst case of voter intimidation in modern times, perpetrated by club-wielding New Black Panthers; to Obama’s appointment of more than 30 unelected “czars” to positions in federal agencies when the Constitution requires such appointments be vetted by Congress; and other instances of clear contempt for Congress, the Constitution and the American people:

      SIGN THE PETITION

      Therefore, Therefore, we the undersigned urge Congress to immediately undertake a full and impartial investigation into the many blatantly unconstitutional actions of Barack Obama, with particular focus on the illegal war against Libya and the illegal “kill list” of U.S. citizens – offenses universally condemned by top constitutional experts as both unprecedented and unquestionably impeachable. For members of Congress, who have also sworn solemn oaths to uphold the Constitution, to allow a president to routinely flaunt the Supreme Law of the Land without being held accountable is equally repugnant to a free country and a free people.

      • SKIP

        Dey be racissssssssss

    • Row Weil

      But Caesar had a fanatical army behind him… what does Obama (Bush etc.) have? A bunch of Fat TSA agents, middle-age-crisis cops and Balkans Mercenaries? Big deal.

      People just need to realize that the government has no objective privilege to rule them.

      Imagine that at THIS TIME in history, a general population rose up and stopped the tragic cycle of the cataclysmic failure of the world’s leading society! Humanity really is on the tipping point, and there’s no Hollywood Hero who will guarantee a heroic outcome to this conflagration. It is up to us.

      We all need to think: “This is MY land! It is because I SAY IT IS! I will unite with those who want to peacefully and mutually coexist here with me and defend our claim to this land against those who would contest it.” >>THAT<< is the 'Silent Majority'. I hope they stop being silent, and quickly!

  • David B

    Hey hound, I hope your wrong on that footnote !! Doesn’t look promising though! Gutless wonders in congress! Makes you wonder if they think their lives are a stake?! From the inside that is!

  • Former Sheeple

    CONgress represents the bankers.

    • http://NONE Arizona

      I LIKE BED WETTING WEASELS,it fits the government filth a lot better,the lord says there all ROTTEN to the core,so really any name fits them well….even though there rotten to the core,I love “BED WETTING WEASELS”…it just fits them so well……………..

  • jimbo

    They can take only what we are willing to give! Uphold our Constitution! Live free or die trying!

    • SKIP

      I say LIVE FREE or START KILLING THOSE THAT WOULD DENY THAT RIGHT. But, that’s just me.

      • Row Weil

        hear hear!

  • G-DAWG

    Impeachment of too good for the likes of them.

    The fix is beyond the ballot box. Semper Fi. III

  • Former Sheeple

    that mess should impeach himself in order to uphold his oath and the Constitution.

    a shining example of why foreigners should not be president.

  • Richard

    The only thing you guys do is run your mouth. I am not impressed!

    • Prepared Painter

      Well its a good thing no one is trying to impress you then isnt it?

    • SKIP

      WAIT!

  • unfortunately

    I’m too fat, lazy, and broke to care. Who is the president anyway?

    • SKIP

      Some unimpressive muslim nigger, but he has some balls.

  • Former Sheeple

    I am sure enjoying this article , and this website. So glad I found it a few weeks ago.

  • Anonymous

    A richard…shut up dick

  • ncjoe

    Before you pursue this, check with the gun and ammo makers. They do not want Obama impeached because people like you are so stupid as to panic buy guns and ammo based upon rumors and propoganda, not facts. It would not surprise me if the gun and ammo makers were behind all this fearmongering because they know weak minded people such as yourself will follow the herd into panic mode, enriching their coffers and emptying your back account.

  • Anonymous

    @ ncjoe…your still alive!? holy crap wheres my dehumidifier and ziplock bags?

    • David B

      Ha ha ! Is ncjoe right brain on the left side and vice versa?!!

  • SKIP

    I have to say, the Obamuslim does have some balls, wish some of that would leak onto the surrender monkeys in congress. And STOP with the impeach Obamuslim thing, he CANNOT be impeached or impugned in any way coz he be black, he be muslim and he be untouchable coz dat wut be racisssssss.

  • The Arizona Patriot

    Lets get one thing straight, Obongo, Obummer, or whatever you want to call that scum was born in Kenya, a BRITISH colony at the time. You cannot impeach a officer that was never LEGALLY elected. He is not a traitor, he is a enemy agent. Throw the imposter out on his ear, charge him as a enemy agent,spy, and execute him and his supporters. And then restore our Republic.

    • horedog

      i agree

  • horedog

    impeach or just hang

  • Former Sheeple

    I sense a lack of compassion for the beloved leader of USA, inc. he is helping to usher in the 666 era. get ready for those implants that are already developed, wrist or forehead….. woo hoo!!!

  • http://N/A MARC P.

    I SAY OBAMS HAS ONLY THINGS ON HIS MIND IS TO SOCIALIZE AMERICA AND HIS TEACHER AND TRUE MENTOR WAS SOL OLINSKY A JEWISH MAN WHO DISGRACED MY JEWISH PEOPLES CAUSES AND MADE US THE JEWS DESPISED BY OTHERWISE BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEINGS

  • Roger D Smart

    He wants to take away our rights, but nothing is hapoening to him for this, Bullshit. He is purposely destroying the United States. This president is very EVIL.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002466030200 Johnny Ward

    Government-Approved Illegals !

    Speaking of illegals, the government hasn’t built the border fence high enough to keep out the un-American criminals who want to take away our freedoms.
    Yes, the government hasn’t built the White House fence high enough to keep out the un-American criminals who somehow got into the White House and who are now working hard to take away the religious, social, and economic freedoms of true American patriots!
    Here are two slogans that Obama would rather not think about: “Unborn babies should have the right to keep and bear arms – and legs and ears and eyes, etc.!” and “Unborn babies should have the same right to be born alive that abortionists had!”
    If Obama should ever happen to Google “Dangerous Radicals of the Religious Right,” do you think he would feel guilty merely walking in the hallowed halls of that House where true Americans walked?
    Is it safe to assume that Mecca Wafers are Obama’s favorite candy? And is barack-coli a vegetable or a disease?
    Finally, a message for the Director of Homeland Duplicity (synonymous with Perversity and eventually Calamity): “We don’t need your bullets. You’ve already given us Americans enough ‘ammunition’ “!

    (Obama, Biden, Reid and Napolitano did not approve of this message! For more on Obama etc., Google “Obama a Black-Slavery Avenger?,” “Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham,” and “When Obama Etc. Leave Office.”)

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