Impeach Bush Now for NSA Spying Outrage
Your editorial "Clear, Present Danger" clearly shows that President
Bush threatens the most fundamental rights our Founding Fathers
secured for us -- rights that generations of Americans have fought
to defend and expand.
For months, many commentators have argued that Bush lied to deceive
the United States into the Iraq war. If true, this is a monstrous
crime against the American people and the world.
Now we have the shocking new revelation that Bush secretly
authorized the National Security Agency to carry out surveillance
of United States citizens -- without any evidence of criminal
activity, without court order, without congressional debate
This would seem to be a clear violation of federal wiretapping law,
the Privacy Act, and, of course, the Fourth Amendment. These are not
merely bad decisions. They are high crimes.
Given all this -- and there is, of course, much more -- it is time
for your editorial board to stop merely criticizing Bush. It is now
time to openly call for his impeachment.
And there is no time to waste. Many critics argue that Bush may be
on the verge of provoking war with Syria, Iran, or other countries.
Bush must be stopped before another unjust war is launched. Or
before another secret police-state action is taken.
Millions of Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and
independents -- will support impeachment, if any of the above
charges are true. Most Americans still believe that no one should be
above the law. And no human being is more dangerous than a dishonest
or desperate president with his finger on the nuclear trigger.
It is time to sound the call: impeach Bush now!
James W. Harris
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution; published in
a slightly edited form, Dec. 2005)