'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Amen, Sir 

From Congressman Charlie Rangel's Floor Statement on Iraqi Prisoners Resolution, May 6, 2004:

... And now the information that we received is that a climate has been created where a handful of people have committed these atrocities against humankind in an atmosphere where all of the people in Iraq have been demonized, where it appears to the American people, and certainly to our military, that the people of Iraq are responsible for 9/11 and causing us pain, that the Secretary of Defense did have information months ago about these atrocities, and that he kept it from the president, he kept it from the Congress, and he kept it from the American people. I think that this rises to the point that it's a high crime and misdemeanor, if he disappointed the president, kept information from the Congress, and kept this information from the American people. I think America and the world want us to show the outrage not by rhetoric but by taking action, and if this president doesn't fire the secretary, if he doesn't resign, I think its the responsibility of this Congress to file articles of impeachment and force him to leave office.

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