Vermont Activists want to arrest President and VP

Activists in a small town in Vermont want to arrest and prosecute George Bush and Dick Cheney for violations of constitutional law.

“A group in Brattleboro,VT is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

The measure asks: “Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution, and publish said indictment for consideration by other municipalities?”

“This petition is as radical as the Declaration of Independence, and it draws on that tradition in claiming a universal jurisdiction when governments fail to do what they’re supposed to do,” said Kurt Daims, 54, a retired machinist leading the drive.”

Vermont’s Senate voted earlier this year to support impeachment of President Bush, and “Impeach Bush” stickers are on the bumpers of many cars in the state.

Of course this won’t really go anywhere, but it’s nice to see people realizing what the present Administration is trying (and sadly, mostly achieving) to do with our country.

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5 Responses to Vermont Activists want to arrest President and VP

  1. scandal17 says:

    And every well-educated New Englander knows that a Bill of Attainder is repugnant to the Constitution.

    Maybe if I put it in a blog and lots of people start nodding their heads up and down in front of the midnight glow of their monitors, the Constitution will be plum forgot.

    How’s an out of work machinest supposed to know that drawing up indictments without any basis in existing law is a Bill of Attainder? I mean, he’d have to be a lawyer or sumfin to know that!

    There’s supposed to be a way of making money from stupidity like this, saith PT Barnum.

  2. thewordofme says:

    Hi scandel17 I don’t have a real strong backing in the law. I suspect that the New Englander is expressing his anger over what is obviously illegal actions in contravening the very constitution they (Mrs. Bush and Cheney) swore to uphold. He is,rightly so, pissed, and is trying to “get it out there.”

    What is “repugnant to the constitution” is the way it’s being disrespected by bureaucrats.

  3. scandal17 says:

    You don’t need a strong background in the law. Just look up Bill of Attainder.

  4. thewordofme says:

    OK, I’ve read about ‘Bill of Attainder’ and apparently it comes from English law and it means basically to punish someone without benefit of trial.
    As I read the story about Vermont, the basis for the indictment was the breaking of constitutional law, which they had swore to defend and not break–and they did, and still do. That to me is a indictable, punishable crime.

    Are they (Bush, Cheney) above the law?
    Or maybe we should just change the law of the land, the laws our country was founded on, to get them off the hook. Would that be a satisfactory solution?

  5. scandal17 says:

    Without benefit of trial relates to due process, which is a concern of the 5th Amendment. Bill of Attainder relates to indictment or incarceration unrelated to criminal statute. Obviously, there’s no reality of trial without a statute.

    The Constitution, whatever else it may be, isn’t law and it’s not a body of statues. To some extent it grants the powers of government to certain institutions, which are the Judiciary, the Executive and the Congress. To some extent it limits those powers. As far as I can tell, the only possible violation of the Constitution by a public official or citizen is an act of treason.

    The remedies for misconduct relating to the Constitution by any Federal official are: 1) impeachment and subsequent removal from office; and 2) court injunction to stop the misconduct.

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse for using legal institutions to accomplish political ends. You have the franchise. You may also ask your Congressmen to impeach the President. Good luck. There’s nobody in this country who wants to go through that ordeal again.

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