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2/13/07: New Mexico State Legislature Impeachment Resolution Introduced

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 5

48TH LEGISLATURE – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – FIRST SESSION, 2007 INTRODUCED BY Gerald P. Ortiz y Pino A JOINT RESOLUTION PETITIONING CONGRESS TO COMMENCE THE INVESTIGATION OF AND IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD B. CHENEY.

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to defraud the United States of America by intentionally misleading congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war in violation ofTitle 18 United States Code, Section 371; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has admitted to ordering the national security agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the foreign intelligence surveillance court of review, duly constituted bycongress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code,Section 1805; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired to commit the torture of prisoners in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Chapter 113C, the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Geneva Conventions, which under ArticleVI of the United States constitution are part of the “supreme Law of the Land”; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney acted to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention without access to legal counsel,without charge and without the opportunity to appear before acivil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solelyon the discretionary designation by the president of a United States citizen as an “enemy combatant”, all in subversion of law; and

WHEREAS, in all of this, George W. Bush and Richard B.Cheney have acted in a manner contrary to their trust aspresident and vice president, subverting constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law andjustice and to the manifest injury of the people of New Mexico and of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, petitions from the country at large may be presented by the speaker of the United States house ofrepresentatives, according to Clause 3 of House Rule XII; and

WHEREAS, Section 603 of Thomas Jefferson’s Manual on Parliamentary Practice and of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives states that impeachment may be set inmotion by charges transmitted from the legislature of a state;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THESTATE OF NEW MEXICO that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney,by such conduct, warrant impeachment and trial and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office ofhonor, trust or profit under the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the New Mexico congressional delegation be requested to cause to be instituted in thecongress of the United States proper proceedings for the investigation of the activities of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, to the end that they may be impeached and removed from their offices; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the secretary of state be instructed to certify and transmit to the speaker of the United States house of representatives and the clerk of the United States house of representatives, under the great seal of the state of New Mexico, a copy of this resolution and its adoption by the legislature of the state of New Mexico. The copies shall be marked with the word “Petition” at the top of the document and contain the original authorizing signature of the secretary of state.

http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/07%20Regular/resolutions/senate/SJR05.pdf

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