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Senator Feinstein on impeachment

A former member
Post #: 197
Hi; she still is buying into the 'intelligence failure' ruse:
June 9, 2005


Mr. Bruce Sims
San Diego, California 92116

Dear Mr. Sims:

Thank you for your letter about removing the President
from office because of intelligence failures prior to the invasion of
Iraq. I appreciate you taking the time to write and I welcome the
opportunity to respond. I regret that we disagree on this issue
since I do not support the impeachment of the President on these
grounds.

First, the Constitution details that the President may be
removed from office if he is impeached and convicted of treason,
bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors, which, leaves the
basis for impeachment open to some interpretation. The actual
process for impeaching a president involves the House of
Representatives acting as the prosecutor and bringing relevant
charges against the President. The Senate then acts as the jury and
the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court acts as the judge, together
responsible for trying the President.

Second, the Senate vote on the resolution to authorize the
use of force in Iraq was difficult and consequential based on hours
of intelligence briefings from Administration and intelligence
officials, as well as the classified and unclassified versions of an
important National Intelligence Estimate that comprehensively
assessed Iraqi's WMD program. It was based on trust that this
intelligence was the best our Nation's intelligence services could
offer, untainted by bias, and fairly presented. In this case it was
not.

The bottom line is that Iraq did not possess nuclear,
chemical or biological weapons in 2003 when the war began.
Saddam Hussein did not have an active nuclear, chemical or
biological weapons program. Considering the statements that were
being made by the Administration, and the intelligence that was
presented to Congress which said otherwise, this is quite disturbing
and points once again to failures in the analysis, collection and use
of intelligence.

In order to address these intelligence failures, Congress
passed the Intelligence Reform bill, which I voted for. This law
will make consequential changes to the structure and organization
of the 15 agencies which make up our intelligence capabilities.
Please know that as a member of the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence, I will be sure to continue to monitor this issue closely.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write. If you have
any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact
my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website
at http://feinstein.sena...­.





Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator
A former member
Post #: 202
My reply to Senator Feinstein:
Dear Senator Feinstein:
You responded to my earlier email about impeaching Bush by saying:"Thank you for your letter about removing the President from office because of intelligence failures prior to the invasion of Iraq."
No,Ma'am, I did NOT say impeach Bush 'because of intelligence failures'.
It is beyond obvious at this point that the decision to invade Iraq was made well before 9/11 AND that the intelligence was not the determinant factor.
You stated:"First, the Constitution details that the President may be
removed from office if he is impeached and convicted of treason,
bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors, which, leaves the
basis for impeachment open to some interpretation."
Yes, but when there is clear violation of U.S.C. Title 18,PART I,CHAPTER 47, § 1001 it is NOT a matter of interpretation.
This section of the U.S.C. states:" (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, WHOEVER, in ANY matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by ANY trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
Here are 3 examples (and I CAN come up with more) of such 'knowingly and willfully falsifying,concealing or cover up':
Invasion of Iraq;
Medicare Bill;
911 Coverup(if you question this,please read David Ray Griffin's book 'The New Pearl Harbor'; if you do not have time for that, simply ask the question why third party video tapes of the supposed airliner crash into the Pentagon will not be released by the Government).

Since I have now pointed out to you the U.S.C. code that is entitled 'Crimes', do you still believe that this is a matter of 'interpretation?
Pam H.
pkhoye
San Diego, CA
Post #: 12
Looks like she is... and I wonder why. It is true, however, that the House calls for impeachment.

Hi; she still is buying into the 'intelligence failure' ruse:
June 9, 2005


Mr. Bruce Sims
San Diego, California 92116

Dear Mr. Sims:

Thank you for your letter about removing the President
from office because of intelligence failures prior to the invasion of
Iraq. I appreciate you taking the time to write and I welcome the
opportunity to respond. I regret that we disagree on this issue
since I do not support the impeachment of the President on these
grounds.

First, the Constitution details that the President may be
removed from office if he is impeached and convicted of treason,
bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors, which, leaves the
basis for impeachment open to some interpretation. The actual
process for impeaching a president involves the House of
Representatives acting as the prosecutor and bringing relevant
charges against the President. The Senate then acts as the jury and
the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court acts as the judge, together
responsible for trying the President.

Second, the Senate vote on the resolution to authorize the
use of force in Iraq was difficult and consequential based on hours
of intelligence briefings from Administration and intelligence
officials, as well as the classified and unclassified versions of an
important National Intelligence Estimate that comprehensively
assessed Iraqi's WMD program. It was based on trust that this
intelligence was the best our Nation's intelligence services could
offer, untainted by bias, and fairly presented. In this case it was
not.

The bottom line is that Iraq did not possess nuclear,
chemical or biological weapons in 2003 when the war began.
Saddam Hussein did not have an active nuclear, chemical or
biological weapons program. Considering the statements that were
being made by the Administration, and the intelligence that was
presented to Congress which said otherwise, this is quite disturbing
and points once again to failures in the analysis, collection and use
of intelligence.

In order to address these intelligence failures, Congress
passed the Intelligence Reform bill, which I voted for. This law
will make consequential changes to the structure and organization
of the 15 agencies which make up our intelligence capabilities.
Please know that as a member of the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence, I will be sure to continue to monitor this issue closely.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write. If you have
any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact
my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website
at http://feinstein.sena...­.





Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator



A former member
Post #: 243
Yes, Feinstein has YET to reply to my letter though she has replied to other letters I have sent her after this one.
And when I bring up the Senate Intelligence Committee's secret hearings that expanded the FBI's powers, she has TWICE SENT ME BACK A LETTER THAT ADDRESSES THE 'PATRIOT ACT II', not what I wrote her about.
And in case anyone wonders about this, see the American Library Association recordation of over 200 visits by the FBI seeking info about what patrons checked out.
AND, in case you aren't aware of it, the FBI is harassing activists in San Diego:
http://sandiego.indym...­
angry
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