Kaptur (D) and Kucinich (C) Cosponsor Resolutions to Censure Bush, Cheney and Gonzales
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) are among 19 cosponsors of House censure resolutions introduced today by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), denouncing President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for misconduct regarding the U.S. military involvement in Iraq and for repeated assaults on the rule of law at home. Identical resolutions have been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) cosponsoring both resolutions and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) cosponsoring the Iraq resolution.
The full text of the Iraq resolution is here and the rule of law resolution is here. As to Iraq, that resolution seeks to condemn Bush and Cheney for:
* Misleading the nation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s regime and about Saddam’s links to al Qaeda and 9/11;The other resolution seeks to condemn those two plus Gonzales for:
* Inadequate planning for military action in Iraq;
* Overstraining the military and undermining homeland security; and,
* Misleading the nation about the strength of the insurgency.
* Authorizing the illegal NSA warrantless wiretapping program;You can register your support for the censure resolutions here.
* Pursuing extreme policies concerning torture and the treatment of detainees
* Detaining enemy combatants indefinitely without charges, access to a lawyer, or habeas rights;
* Unilaterally authorizing flawed military commissions that were subsequently struck down by the Supreme Court;
* Misleading Congress and the public about, and obstructing investigations into, the firings of U.S. Attorneys;
* Making misleading statements regarding civil liberties abuses under the Patriot Act; and,
* Undermining acts of Congress with signing statements based on extreme theories of executive power.