George W. Bush vs. the Constitution: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, Coverups in the Iraq War and Illegal Domestic Spying

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Should President Bush be impeached? Former U.S. Congresswoman Holtzman believes so. Holtzman, who now practices law, earned credentials to make her case in 1974 when she served on the House Judiciary Committee whose hearings led President Nixon to resign rather than face impeachment. Holtzman and freelance journalist Cooper (coauthor with Holtzman, Who Said It Would Be Easy?) offer a short review of the Nixon resignation and of the process of impeachment. They then present a well-organized brief for lay readers, arguing that Bush should be impeached for deception over the Iraq war, illegal wiretapping, condoning torture, reckless indifference to human life during Hurricane Katrina and in Iraq, and for the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. They also offer advice to citizens who favor impeachment and a short appendix of pertinent legal documents. Michigan Congressman John Conyers, who has introduced a House resolution on impeachment of the President, commissioned this congressional report from the current Judiciary Committee's Democratic staff. He is the committee's ranking minority member. The ground it covers is similar to Holtzman's, although this is a sprawling text far less suitable for reading. While its centerpiece is made up of excerpts from the "Downing Street Minutes," leaked British government memos from 2002 that seem to show a U.S. decision to go to war more than a year prior to the 2003 invasion, most of its some 1400 footnotes refer to media reports and official documents. Diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, Valerie Plame's husband, adds a brief introduction. Conyers's staff earlier brought out a similar report, What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election. Supporters of the President will dismiss both books as partisan projects, but his critics will welcome them, especially Holtzman's, which is recommended for public libraries and for those academic libraries seeking to document contemporary politics. The Conyers report, freely available on the House Judiciary Committee web site, is a marginal purchase. Bob Nardini, Chichester, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897335508
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Anita Miller is a founding editor of Academy Chicago Publishers.
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