I think that anyone who has carefully followed the follies of the current administration could come up with several very good reason's Bush should be impeached. Could you imagine what would have happened if Clinton had given away billions of dollars to a company he use to be CEO of? If this administration would be held to the same standards the Republicans held Clinton to, they never would have made it to the 2004 elections. Unfortunately the investigations into such things as the Downing Street Memos or the $8.8 billion dollars in missing oil funds that Halliburton was responsible for never make it past the Republican committees. An INDEPENDENT investigation into either one would provide enough evidence for impeachment. But the one blaring violation the Bush Administration has made has been Constitutional and involves other nations as well. An investigation into these violations would be hard for the Republicans to suppress.
Article VI of the United States Constitution states that, "All Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land." The United States signed, ratified and supported for over fifty years the Geneva Convention regarding the treatment of prisoners of war. In 1994 we signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Following are a few important parts of this treaty.
1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term "torture" means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.
1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.
2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political in stability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.
1. No State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.
Why would these passages from a Treaty the United States has entered into be important? First there's the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The United States detained prisoners for months without pressing any charges and inflicted numerous forms of torture. For a look at some of the photos the MSM did not show this web site is a good source. http://www.antiwar.com/news/?articleid=2444
There are still reports of abuse going on in Abu Ghraib today. The Bush administration has made several enlisted military personnel and even General Janis Karpinski as the scape goats of the prison scandel, but there is strong evidence that this abuse was approved and supported by the Pentagon. The first piece of evidence are the "civilian" observers in several of the photos that have never been identified or charged with abuse. The second piece of evidence is the 2002 Justice Department memorandom that states the President has the right to endorse torture "pursuant to his Commender in Chief authorities." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/dojinterrogationmemo20020801.pdf
United Nations authorities are currently investigating the use of the Shannon Airport in Western Ireland. The airport is reportedly being used by the American government to transport suspects to countries that are known to use torture to interrogate. The United States government is supposedly using these nations to do the "dirty work" for them.
On June 27, 2oo5 the World Tribunal on Iraq determined that the United States and Great Britian had violated many International Laws. The Tribunal's Jury stated that the two nations were guilty of, "redefining torture in violation of international law, to allow use of torture and illegal detentions." This tribunal was a culmination of sessions of inquiries that had taken place over the world in the last two years. These sessions took place in countries such as the United States, Great Britian, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Japan and many others that are American allies. http://www.worldtribunal.org/main/?b=93
These reasons alone are grounds enough for impeachment hearings. Congress could then add in the Halliburton scam, the lies about WMD's, the coverup of the World Trade Center attack and the criminal neglect of the Department of Homeland Security with regards to Hurricane Katrina. I have never seen an administration filled with so much corruptness. Nixon starts to look like a saint next to Bush and Company. And on a last sad note, Bush is reverred as being such a great Christian scion. I would like to remind the Christian base that still holds him in such esteem of 1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. The bible teaches us that it will be the actions not the words that will define the man. Look closely at Mr. Bush's actions.