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September 1, 2006
Alarmist rhetoric aside, the Bush Administration has passed a series of bills that threaten the personal freedom of every American. Any citizen can now be disappeared, held at Guantanamo Bay prison and tortured without possessing any right to be heard, ever, in a court of law, this thanks to the neocons' methodical dismantling of the Constitution.

So contends and cautions Salon/Nation freelancer Dave Lindorff and co-author Barbara Olshansky in their new book, The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office. Currently litigating habeas for 300 Gitmo prisoners, Olshansky is often the person referred to when newspaper articles mention "the defendant's lawyer" in stories about various American citizens, Aussies and others held at the camp. Since the administration has also successfully mauled the Freedom of Information Act, Olshansky usually has to start from nowhere and proceed without a compass when trying to locate people who've been spirited away without warning. As of now, for all Americans, a "connection to a terrorist organization" can be found within a completely innocent act that follows infinite degrees of separation, such as making a contribution to a non-profit that once provided a service for a company that was once investigated for a loose tie to al Qaeda that didn't pan out. Meanwhile, Olshansky's tales of the ongoing detainment and abuse of the young and the old (Haji Nasrat Khan, a 78-year old Afghan man who, according to an interpreter working at Gitmo, "cannot stand up without assistance and hobbles to the bathroom behind a walker," was finally released after being held for several years without charge) at the rarely scrutinized Camp Iguana literally cannot get enough exposure.

And so on. Among the many legal cases for Bush's impeachment -- and that of his entire circle owing to complicity - is the legally recognized crime against peace that is the Iraq war. The authors point out that, even if every piece of evidence presented to the UN in the run-up to the Iraq war hadn't been fabricated, up to and including the "uranium-enrichment tubes," Saddam Hussein had no missiles capable of delivering them anywhere close to the United States.

In The Case for Impeachment, historical precedents get some attention as well. Beyond the easy catches liberal blogs have made in comparing Bush's rise to power to that of Hitler's (9/11 as Reichstag fire and so on), they've missed the frightening similarity between the invasion of Poland (a deal had been struck with Stalin prior to that episode, but quagmire was accomplished nonetheless) and Iraq (the Bushies foresaw only a pushover who wouldn't resist for more than a couple of weeks).

As for 9/11 and New Orleans, the writers refuse to throw their hats in the conspiracy theory ring, but do systematically outline how the tragedies could only have occurred within an administration ringed with criminal levels of negligence.

As anyone who gets their news from books and the net knows, the major US media are as guilty an accomplice as anyone for their continued avoidance of any thought-provoking subject, from the Downing Street memos to Bush's vacationing while Israel rolled out their "Iran demo" in Lebanon. But the authors don't concede that there are only fiscal reasons to explain the media's complicity, offering instead that there are some seriously sinister forces at work in this country, and one need only look at what the Cheney machine did to Valerie Plame in order to get a sense of where this administration draws the line.

SEE ALSO: www.guantanamo.com
SEE ALSO: www.thiscantbehappening.net

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Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame's Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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