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Friday, 01 September 2006 09:02

Dave Lindorff: Impeachent Brown-out in Corporate Media, and C-Span's online report "The Case for Impeachment"

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by Dave Lindorff

Impeachment as an issue, and impeachable crimes themselves, get short shrift in the U.S. Media these days.

Back during the Clinton presidency, when the president was being charged with lying about a marital infidelity, a number of major publications were calling for his resignation or impeachment. Now, when the president is openly undermining the fundamental principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, starting wars in violation of the Nuremburg Charter, ignoring acts passed by the Congress, and stripping citizens of their right to a trial, not one paper has called for resignation, much less impeachment.

Stories about the impeachment movement are either rediculed or ignored.

Books about impeachment are simply ignored.

Take "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin's Press, May 2006) by Barbara Olshansky and me. There are plenty of reviews of Ann Coulter's screeds, but this serious work has not been reviewed by a single mainstream publication -- only by online journals.

Despite this, the hardcover book has sold 30,000 copies in two months since its release.

Perhaps more telling, when C-Span Books TV, last Saturday (Aug. 26), aired a one-hour program on the book, featuring the two of us speaking at Robin's Books, an independent bookseller in Philadelphia, the book leapt from 30,000th polace to 42nd overnight on Amazon's best-seller list, right up there with Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth." Clearly the public is hungry for news and information on impeachment, and isn't getting it elsewhere.

Now C-Span has put the same program online, so anyone can access it.

It will be interesting to see how the public responds to this.

The C-Span program breaks news not available elsewhere. For example, author Olshansky, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, tells of how one of her clients among the 300 detainees she represents at Guantanamo, who was among the three who committed suicide last June, was just a 17-year old kid--one of the ones captured and brought to Guantanamo by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan as a child back in 2001, when he was only 12.

This unfortunate boy, despairing of ever escaping his capitivity, actually had been found innocent by the government and was scheduled to be released just three days after his suicide, Olshansky reportes on the program, but although she and the other attorneys at CCR had been told this by the U.S., they had been unable to notify him, because the government for two weeks had been blocking them from communicating with him. The government didn't inform him either.

Olshansky reports that there were a number of child captives "some as young as 7," who were held in a special center at Guantanamo called " Camp Iguana." She notes that the Geneva Conventions, to which the U.S. Is a founding signatory, require that children 12 and under be accorded special treatment in wartime, and not be treated as combatants or held as POWs.

Also in the program, I lay out 10 reasons why Bush should be impeached, and lash into Democratic Party leaders who have claimed impeachment would be " off the table" if the party were to win control of the House in November. I explain not only that members of Congress have an obligation, as part of their oaths to "uphold and defend the Constitution," to impeach for crimes against the Constitution, the Republic and the people of the U.S., but that impeachment is the perfect strategy for the November election, since 80 percent of Democrats, and over 50 percent of all voters, support the idea.

That's another perspective you don't hear in the mainstream media.


Dave Lindorff is the co-author of "The Case for Impeachment," and a journalist for over three decades who has written for numerous publications including, BusinessWeek, Salon, and The Nation.

You can get your copy of "The Case for Impeachment" from BuzzFlash.com's Progressive Marketplace.