[quote]Holtzman, who has a new book out on impeachment herself (The Impeachment of George W. Bush,), said that when she and the other’s on that committee–Democrats and Republicans alike–unanimously voted out those articles, which led to Nixon’s resignation from office, “I thought we had protected the Constitution for generations to come.”
And yet, scarcely one generation later, the threat of presidential abuse of power is back, including the same crime of illegal spying–this time more seriously than before.
Holtzmen observed that when Nixon was ordered by the Supreme Court to produce the tape recordings that the government had learned had been made in the Oval Office, after some hesitation, he agreed, and his fate was sealed. This time, she suggested ominously, Bush and his gang might decide to ignore orders from the Supreme Court.
That, everyone agrees, would be the moment when tyranny–the very thing that the Founding Fathers feared most, and that was their motive in including an impeachment clause in the Constitution–would be upon us.[/quote]
And former CIA-analyst Ray McGovern, who resigned in disgust during the administration’s first term, has this frightening news:
[quote]…Naval officers had notified his organization of former intelligence officers about secret orders that had gone out for a Naval battle group to set sail immediately for the Persian Gulf, with a planned ETA off the coast of Iran of Oct. 21–less than three weeks before Election Day.
“It would appear,” one well-connected Washington source informed me after hearing about the Naval maneuvers, “that the Bush administration’s internal polling is telling them that they are in serious trouble in November and that they are getting desperate.”
… If Bush and his gang cannot get all their crimes retroactively approved by the current compliant Republican Congress, he and Cheney, fearing impeachment and war crimes prosecution, may have decided to go with a “Hail Mary” strategy–an aerial bombardment of Iran’s nuclear facilities just before Election Day designed to rally Americans once more around the already abased and abused Flag. [/quote] [/quote]