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Posted on Aug 12, 2006
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Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) chairs a Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in 2004. Conyers released a report on Aug. 4, 2006, that details every alleged instance of wrongdoing by the Bush administration during the run-up, prosecution and aftermath of the Iraq war.

Truthdig salutes Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, who released a 371-page report last week that attempts to detail every alleged instance of wrongdoing that the Bush administration made during the run-up, prosecution and aftermath of the war in Iraq.

Its title is “The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance.”

  • News report (good overview)
  • Draft summary (.pdf files)
  • Full report
  • Conyers’ official website
  • Conyers at Wikipedia
  • Conyers released the full report on a Friday afternoon, which had the unfortunate effect of burying it in the little-read Saturday news reports. However, his compilation is a damning one, and we at Truthdig feel it is necessary to give it attention.

    TPM Muckraker quoted Conyers about the origins of this report.

    “We could get no response from the president” about their concerns over pre-war intelligence and the march to war in Iraq, [Conyers] said. “Then we tried to get hearings in the Judiciary Committee,” which met with a “no way” response, according to Conyers.

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    “We said, ‘look, we’ll do it ourselves’ ”—compile a document that lists every instance of alleged wrongdoing by the Bush administration’s handling of intelligence, the war in Iraq, and retaliation against those who tried to speak out about it. “Every sentence, every allegation, every accusation that we have in this 371-page report has a citation or a reference to it of where we got it.”

    Should the Democrats retake control of the House after the 2006 midterm elections, Conyers would become the chairman of the Judiciary Committee—which would give him the power to call hearings and subpoena witnesses. It is widely whispered that should Conyers ascend to the chairmanship, he may initiate articles of impeachment against the president.

    Asked by TPM Muckraker to comment on that possibility in light of his just-released report, Conyers played coy:

    “There’s no way I can predict whether there will ultimately be an impeachment proceeding underway or not,” Conyers replied. But with three months to go until the midterm elections, “to be putting together a list, an agenda for the Judiciary Committee. . . smacks me as being a little. . .” he didn’t finish the sentence.

     


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    By morgan-lynn lamberth griggsy, September 2, 2006 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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    It is not so much impeachment , as it is to show Americans the illegality of Cheney-Bush. It is to give them a civics course. We need to get beyond the all presidents do that nonsense.Contrary to the liers,Pres. Clinton followed FISA in investigations . He was a solid president,by the way .

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    By Isgeorgealfredeneuman?, September 1, 2006 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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    Where is the national media?

    We have survived six years of Bush, a splendid affirmation of the enduring strength of the American people.

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    By NETTIE, August 18, 2006 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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    Who in the know does not love John Conyers!  The best way to help him will be to do everything we can to get out the next vote and monitor the elections closely.  Don’t let them steal this one again.  We need subpoena power….let’s at least get the House back and hopefully the Senate.  Speak up and don’t be hiding your light under a bushel!  Be visible, be vocal, be vindicated!  Go!!!

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    By Gloria, August 17, 2006 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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    Jamila, Jamila, Jamila! You messed up my Truthdig read with your anorexic starlet comment. I cannot work up the proper amount of righteous indignation while laughing. I hope Conyers puts this administration in a gitmo!

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    By Sleeper, August 17, 2006 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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    I fear both of these scenarios.  We can survive another attack.  I don’t think that would warrant the declaration of Martial Law. 

    In order for that to happen I think we would need to suffer multiple attacks that are wide spread and ongoing.  I think this vague identification of the enemy and the acts justified on their behalf is wearing thin on the people.

    Our enemy wants to destroy our freedom.  It will forge elections to seize the very power of our government.  It will make our own legislature corrupt through wide spread bribery.  It will gather an extensive data base on our citizenry.  It will create fear amonst the masses and infiltrate every level of government.  It will put its opposition in jail and remove them from government.  It will no longer be responsive to the people.  It will become an instrument of a global self appointed ruling class and it will demonstrate no respect for the Constitution or the law of this land.

    Do you really think that we need to travel all the way to Iraq or Afghanistan to find our enemy?  All this is happening right here in the U.S.

    It is a shame that after the corruption exposed in the 2000 and the 2004 elections we still have a number of states that will not require verifiable voting.  It should be a requirment.  There is no legitimate defense for not requiring a verifiable paper ballot record unless you intend to falsify the elections if they do not go the appropriate way.

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    By Gary Kilner, August 16, 2006 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment
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    Thank god for the great work that Rep. Conyers is doing at researching and documenting the many criminal activities of this administration which will be invaluable for the drafting of the articles of impeachment regarding Bush and Cheney.

    There is one troubling caveat, though. The Democrats will have to take back the House and the Senate this November for this to happen. The neocons will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening. I can see such scenarios as 1) a “terrorist” event before the elections whereby Bush, though executive orders, declares martial law and calls off the elections or 2) massive election fraud such as we experienced in 2000 and 2004.

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    By sleeper, August 16, 2006 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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    There are a few good men in all areas of our government.  The problem is this fascist society spawned by the PNAC and all its neo-con henchmen.  I’m not willing to write off this nation.  This type of dilemia was envisioned by our founding fathers. 

    We have an election coming up and there are plenty of candidates who will vote to investigate.  The way especially the Democratic party seems to be abandoning them needs to be exposed.  Maybe a few independents need to be elected based on the Iraq War stance or the corruptin issue.

    When both parties abandon the people then the people need to stand up and throw the bums out no matter what party they cling to.

    Jean Hay Bright in Maine is a prime example.  Her stances are solid and Olympia Snowe is weak, yet the Democratic Party has practically abandond her allowing some presumptions of a Snowe landslide go unchallanged.  Jean is on the good side of many issues held dear by maine people but she’ll call them like she sees them unlike other state democrats that just want to find their place in this neocon facist society.

    Check out her web site at:  http://www.jeanhaybright.us/

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    By Jamila, August 16, 2006 at 5:04 am Link to this comment
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    Too bad John Conyers hasn’t married some half-dressed, anorexic starlet.  Then maybe this story and it’s main points would have been more widely distributed and the average American would know about it.

    But it seems Paris Hilton and Tom Cruise are more important news items right now- especially to the demographic that’s dying in this madness.

    Jamila
    http://www.allurb.com

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    By Quy Tran, August 16, 2006 at 4:12 am Link to this comment
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    Rep. Conveys is “One Of Very Few Good Men” !

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    By morgan-lynn lamberth griggsy, August 16, 2006 at 3:24 am Link to this comment
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    Ditto!

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    By stevefarone, August 16, 2006 at 1:47 am Link to this comment
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    I’m glad to see Conyers publish this little piece of investigative journalism.  But, alas, the screams impotence.

    The acusations in Conyer’s report are not new.  Major newspapers have for six years illuminated many of these schemes and indiscretions with what facts were known at the time.  The trouble is, first, that most Americans are little concerned with corruption in our White House and Pentagon.  At least not concerned enough to pay attention or to act. 

    Secondly, our congressional checks and balances are so lacking that the republicans controling the Senate judiciary Committee are free to completely ignore a report like this and paint it as tawdry propoganda.  Whether it is or not will not be known.  The evidence, if there was any, is long gone.  Bush may seem a nincompoop, but his legion are expert in taking care of business.

    Democrats in congress now seem completely impotent in comparison.  Can this system be saved?

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    By M Henri Day, August 16, 2006 at 1:17 am Link to this comment
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    Let us attempt to connect (some of) the dots - I’m thinking here of Tom Hayden’s report on his experience when running for office as a California assemblyman. Representative Conyers, who must be a major thorn in the side not only of King George and his court, but also of AIPAC, has been putting his political credibility on the line in his district every two years since 1964. How does AIPAC respond to this ? Does it accept that it hasn’t a chance to rock the confidence of Conyer’s constituents in his work, and instead devote its subtantial resourses to intervening in races where these can make a difference (think Rep McKinney) ? Does it rather work through the media to keep such unpleasant events as the release of Rep Conyer’s report unknown to a national public - how much have <u>you</u> read about this matter, for example, in the New York Times, which ostensibly opposes the US war on Iraq ?... More digging, please !...

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    By VomitouslySickOfAIPAC, August 15, 2006 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment
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    Conyers is one of the best we have. God speed you in your work, Noble John Conyers.

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    By sleeper, August 15, 2006 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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    We are in debt to the few men of charactoe in our legislative branch.  Our two party system is bought off by the corporate interrest that in turn loves to rob our taxpaying public.  Bush is the ultimate mouthpiece for these interrest.  The corruption on some of the republican side has been exposed as with the democrat that likes his cash cold prefering a frezer over a bank account.

    Candidates who speak up for investigation or advancing articles of impeachment receive little money from their parties and many will lose by this lack of funding. 

    The dems as a whole don’t want to much scrutiny on ethics.  Many of them have supported these free trade givaways, a pharmcutical policy written by the pharmacutical companies and an energy policy written by the energy companies who often have been deregulated and are under less scrutiny then they were in years past.

    The legislature as a whole is no longer responsive to the public.  The corporate money can paint an artificial picture that will not be challanged by any of the reps dependent on lobbiest and their money.

    We need new reps who will impeach our corruption at all levels.

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    By Spinoza, August 14, 2006 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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    I favor a guillotine. The Jacobins were right.

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    By skyreader7, August 14, 2006 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment
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    No trial for Bush and his cohorts. Get a rope.

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    By Spinoza, August 14, 2006 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment
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    A ruling class are people who think broadly alike, have similar social positions, have access to wealth and power, socialize with one another and have their children marry one another.

    The ruling class in the USA is relatively large and diverse and not always unified in their views because of the large size of the country and diverse interests.  There is also a slight division between old and new money.  The American political/media/elite people have been relatively uniform since the defeat of Henry Wallace and foreign policy has not changed significantly since the 50’s when C Wright Mills called it crackpot realism.

    The media pundits/anchors function is to create a mindless mind set amongst the public so that the rulers can rule.  This doesn’t matter whether they are called liberal or conservative. A right winger like Chuck Roberts might be removed if the more liberal rulers, the Soros type and the Rockefeller type think the far right is hurting their interests. The American public itself has nothing to do with who runs the country, at least most of the time.

    Can ordinary people have any effect on the polity? Certainly, but not by voting.  As the old anarchist slogan says: If voting mattered it would be illegal.

    Large street demonstrations, massive civil disobedience, general strikes, massive boycotts and of course violent revolution can dramatically alter the course of history. It can change policies that are disliked, it can even change governments but all are very hard to pull off.  Ruling elites are tenacious and control the means of violence and manipulation.  However they have been defeated especially on moral issues like Slavery and Jim Crow.

    Right Now our life depends on the political situation in this country; a far right portion of the ruling elite dominates and are threatening to start a world war. They are literally insane and have to be stopped.

    There is a good group that seems to have its act together. It is called the World Can’t Wait, Drive out the Bush Regime.  The Democrats are sometimes worse than the Republicans but at this stage of politics the rule should be to drive out all ultra right wing nutters.

    http://www.worldcantwait.net/

    Another politically relevant site is Jewish Voices for Peace. Sign the petition.  This is important to change the zeitgeist.

    http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

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    By August West, August 14, 2006 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment
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    We went to war to steal Iraq’s oil and now pay $3 a gallon for gas.  Talk about incompetence: the Decider & Co. not only didn’t have an exit strategy, they didn’t even have a strategy for extracting the oil.

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    By Anna Boyle Daniher, August 14, 2006 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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    Mr. Conyers,
    Thank you so much for all you’ve done for us. My copy of your book is on order and I’m anxious to read it. Sooner of later someone has to make a difference. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is not an oncoming train. I believe things are looking up. Thanks again.

    Anna

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    By OCPatriot, August 14, 2006 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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    Yes, the report has valuable information in it.  But it is still an impotent tool ... because no one will do anything about it.  Releasing it on a Friday - how did that happen?  Is it just ignorance of public relations tactics?  So the report is released and nothing will happen.  Maybe, if the Democrats win a majority, it will be used as the basis for some prosecutions; until then, we can make a big deal of this but it doesn’t cut it because NOTHING HAPPENS.  I might suggest that the rest of the Democratic party might coordinate in talking this up, but that’s probably too much to ask, isn’t it?  I have come to believe that the Democrats, with a few exceptions, expect the Republicans to do their work for them, in the hope that if they SNAFU things enough they will be voted out.

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    By SamSnedegar, August 14, 2006 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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    I’m sorry; perhaps I didn’t make myself perfectly clear: I shall now do so.

    No oil, no war.

    Yes, a lot of Jewish lobbying goes on in our Congress, and yes, a lot of Jews get elected to our Congress, and yes, a lot of them voted for the war for THEIR OWN reasons, some of which were about Saddam and the security of Israel when Saddam and Iraq had the sanctions released and were free to pursue Iraq’s vendetta against Israel, that THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHY WE WENT TO WAR.

    That only has to do with why SOME PEOPLE WRONGLY WANTED TO GO TO WAR.

    We went to war to steal oil that we coveted; we killed many innocent people and many that were not so innocent, and we lied our heads off to get into war to occupy Iraq so as to control her oil. That is why we went to war.

    Covet. Lie. Kill. Steal.

    Is that plain enough? The argument that we wanted to prevent a mushroom cloud is a good one, except for the fact that no one smart enough to evade assassination as a brutal dictator is dumb enough to give the USA any excuse to unleash its own nuclear armory on the perpetrator.

    So what can we do about rabid fools who insanely want to kill and maim? Tim McVeigh? Osama? Jeffrey Dahmer? People who delight in killing innocent victims? George Botch? Don Rumpsmell?

    We put them on trial where they have a chance to prove themselves insane. Stupid isn’t good enough; insanity is a defense, but a brief sojourn in Happy Acres Asylum isn’t going to cure them of their maladies.

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    By skyreader7, August 14, 2006 at 6:22 am Link to this comment
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    Bush and his buddies get low marks in history. And that is that the pendulum always swings back. Ask Joe McCarthy or Hitler. He is riding high now and seemingly invincible. It is all illusion. The fall will be mighty.

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    By J. Walker, August 13, 2006 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment
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    Why does John Conyer’s seem alone on this? Maybe he is…. Media won’t touch it. And not suprising, the major “players” in the Democratic party are, “hauntingly silent”. A little Robert Byrd there. We gotta start Joe Liebermaning people !

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    By lawlessone, August 13, 2006 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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    What good does it do to assemble a 371 page report when the person who most needs to read it can’t or won’t read?

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    By R. A. Earl, August 13, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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    The problem, Sam, in your post #17983, is that we, the people, and our elected political representatives and others appointed to positions of authority and power, DO NOT KNOW enough PROVEABLE FACTS about the behind-the-scenes schemes of Bush & Co… and many others around the world of the same ilk. Phrases such as “everyone knows it and just won’t mention it,” while possibly true, just don’t cut it in court. There’s “knowing” and then there’s being able to PROVE what you “know”... two different kettles of fish.

    There are NO WITNESSES, NO DOCUMENTATION, NO SMOKING GUNS. Any potentially “hazardous” action or scheme is discussed ONLY in secret and in private. Many have called GWB “stupid” and a “moron” etc. I don’t think he is, at least not in the sense of having below average intelligence. The problem with him is that his arrogance won’t allow him to even consider the possibility that what he and his guide-god are planning might be wrong FOR THE PEOPLE. As long as he and his bank account come out the winner, then the plan is a good one. The phrase “Let them eat cake” comes to mind. Too bad beheading leaders has gone out of style.

    Oh sure… he puts on his humble face and looks straight into the camera and hypocritically “admits” he’s made mistakes, etc. But he doesn’t mean it. He only regrets those mistakes where he got caught, and even then to his mind the “mistake” was getting caught, not what he was doing when he got caught.

    To him and his ilk to “arrange” things so that no matter what happens he wins is what the game is all about… AND… the “end” justifies the “means.” No matter how many lies or lives, no matter how much public money, deceit or obfuscation it takes, it’s all JUSTIFIED in his mind in the effort to stop those who want to “hurt” America. Like he said, he’s been elected TWICE to be the “decider” (he meant DICTATOR, of course.) Tough beans if you don’t like his decisions.

    Look at the BILLIONS already sunk into the pork barrel called Homeland Security, with billions more planned to build walls (virtual or real) around America. It never dawns on these nutcases that anything they can DEVISE, someone else can find a way to DEFEAT! You can’t win the “build a fence” game by building bigger fences… at least it’s never worked in the long run yet to my knowledge.

    The whole thing reminds me of what many people do after they’ve had the traumatic experience of having their home burgled. The next day they spend a bundle on “home security,” with ongoing monthly expenditures for monitoring and repairs. They spend the rest of their lives punching in codes and watching and waiting and fretting… and what happens? NOTHING. “See,” they claim, “security works!” That’s as dumb as believing if you buy fire insurance and don’t have a fire, it must be the insurance that’s keeping you fire-free.

    The burglars “won.” They’ve got a few of your belongings (which you likely didn’t need in the first place) and YOU’VE lost your FREEDOM and a lot of money. Lousy exchange in my view.

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    By kevo, August 13, 2006 at 6:02 am Link to this comment
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    Too bad the media didn’t compile this Conyer’s document.  If anyone in the media had done what Mr. Conyers and his staff have now done, we may not be in such a fine mess today.  When the media gets back to speaking truth to power in a meaningful way for the benefit of our public’s collective wisdom, then I believe we will be back on course to achieving democratic values.

    It has become painfully obviously to me that this current WH crew has used the American public to venture into profit for themselves. In pursuing their profit, Mr. Bush and company have waged aggressive war on another soveriegn nation, manipulated information to do so, and is now supplying anti-personnel bombs to a country that is bombing civilian targets.

    Mr. Bush, will you need to destroy democracy in order to rebuild it in your own image?  -Kevo

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    By Joseph N. Caucci, August 13, 2006 at 2:11 am Link to this comment
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    John Conyers is America’s George Galloway.  Lets find a few more to put in congress,  and rip some repubic rectum!

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    By GW=MCHammered, August 12, 2006 at 11:33 pm Link to this comment
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    My favorite yet displacing bumpersticker:

    WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE BUSH A BJ SO WE CAN IMPEACH HIM!

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    By bob, August 12, 2006 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment
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    I am in agreement with the analysis that says both oil and the Israel were impetus for the misadventure called Iraq. Oil, because its well printed fact; I say “printed” to imply that even though that fact has been of common knowleage from the very beginning. It had to have taken someone to first seek it and them out, in order to even know they even existed. Oil again, because Sadddam had switch from selling the oil he could into Euro’s instead of Petro-dollars. In doing so cutting out the middle men on Wall St. And anybody who understand’s what really drives U.S foreign policy and military intervention is the almighty green back. As a matter of fact it is the main role of our military, that being the protection and projection, of interests vital to U.S national security and economic interests. Yet of course for the public consumtion it must dumbed down so that the American public are not allowed to form a rational understanding. Yes Oil was indeed an impetus but, something known as a hand full of neocon Americans of a certain tilt. A very powerful voice in American foriegn policy in the middle east. Vis-a-vie the Isreal-ie lobby. Not imply that all American’s of the Jewish faith subscribe to that understanding, for it is well known that many have championed the right of the under dog over, its master. No my intent is to only echo a need for an expanded understanding of all the facts, ryhmes and reasons rather, than submit to the simplest few. That is the reason Rep. Conyers and the likes of Rep. Waxmanf NY, NY are to be commended. We all as Americans should be proud that there are still people left in Goverment who understands the importants of the right of the people, and U.S Consitution.

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    By Fadel Abdallah, August 12, 2006 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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    “The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance.”

    Well, the title of this report is indeed impressive and I believe every word in it is true, even without reading it. But these facts should not be the basis for impeachment only for a bully evil cowboy like Bush; they should be rather the basis of a trial for crimes against humanity. This evil character has so much innocent blood on his hands.

    If he is not tried for crimes against humanity, then I would consider John Coyers’ report as not worthy of the ink and paper with which it was written, let alone the precious time spent in preparing it.

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    By kevin99999, August 12, 2006 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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    I would like to see the crimes committed by the Bush adminsitration and people held accountable.

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    By Aaitje, August 12, 2006 at 11:45 am Link to this comment
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    If ever there was a President, and Vice President in need of impeachment, it’s THESE two occupying the WH.

    With an Executive Order already drafted and waiting, all we need is another 9/11-type attack on American Soil, and Bush can declare Martial Law, and suspend elections to time indefinite (the “war on terror” is a perpetual war, remember?), and suspend Congress most likely, forever.

    It’s *imperitive* the Democrats win back the House, and if possible, the Senate as well, and with more than just a slim majority of the American people disapproving of this Republican Congress and Executive, it’ll be harder for them to steal elections without raising questions.

    God bless, Rep. Conyers for his undying tenacity to bring truth to power to the still mostly ignorant American people.

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    By felicity smith, August 12, 2006 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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    #17983 - Oil was the impetus but the ongoing Rethug cry to stay the course might be explained by the following:  Between July ‘03 and July ‘06 Lockheed Martin stock went from $52 a share to $75, Boeing up from $33 to $75, ExxonMobil up from $36 to $65, Chevron up from $36 to $66, Halliburton up from $22 to $74, Fluor up from $34 to $87. And every car bomb that explodes and every Mosque that gets blown up is just more money in the pockets of patriotic, flag-flying corporate America.

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    By Walter, August 12, 2006 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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    Bravo to the Honorable John Conyers!

    Someone needs to keep trying to get the truth out!

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    By Frank Delgado, August 12, 2006 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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    Oil ties it in a neat package. . O for oil , I for Israel and L for logistics

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    By SamSnedegar, August 12, 2006 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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    Conyers is another of the enablers . . . he knows as well as you and I and Ted Kennedy that the USA went to war to steal Iraq’s oil, but he won’t say so. Why it was in one of his own sub rosa meetings in the basement that the the witness was asked, “Why did we invade Iraq,” and the man said “it’s an acronym, OIL. O for oil, I for Israel, and L for logistics.” Well you can forget Israel and Logistics, because we’d never in the world have gone to war if Iraq had OLIVE oil only.

    Of course if you admit we went to war for oil, then you also have to admit complicity in coveting, lying, stealing, and murdering.

    Bob Scheer knows that, but he won’t mention oil any more either. Neither will Ivins or Conason or Cocco or any of the other people you think OUGHT to be dedicated to the truth. Bob Herbert (NYT) mentioned it a couple of times lately, but no one else except Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal will talk about it these days . . . everyone has too much money and wants to keep it, so they all help to hide our dirty little “secret,” if you can rightly call it a secret when everyone knows it and just won’t mention it.

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