Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The indictment of George W. Bush has been addressed in a book by Elizabeth de la Vega entitled U.S. vs. Bush. Calling on her 20 years' experience as a federal prosecutor, she has drafted a mock-indictment (on a charge of defrauding the United States in order to trick the country into supporting a disastrous invasion of Iraq) for Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, et al. The indictment is based on documented evidence of the same kind that was used to convict the top officials of Enron of defrauding their employees and stockholders. Guilt is alleged not only in terms of blatant abuse of their public trust but also the explicit violation of the oath of office to defend the Constitution and faithfully execute the laws of the land. De la Vega then draws up a scenario of how this evidence would be presented to a grand jury panel over seven days of hearings. At the end, she invites the reader to play the role of grand juror and decide after weighing this evidence whether to vote for indictment. The introduction also clarifies the legal basis for getting convictions for fraud, not necessarily smoking guns -- just a preponderance of evidence that supports the charge beyond a reasonable doubt. The purpose of the book is to generate interest and political pressure around the impeachment issue, given the current reluctance of elected representatives to deal with such a hot potato issue. The book reveals that Bush & Co. secretly transferred $700 million within the Pentagon budget to start positioning troops and supplies for the invasion of Iraq -- more than a year before Congress authorized the use of military force in that region. She also does a good job of establishing motive by showing how many Bush Administration officials have had strong connections to the Project for a New American Century, which was advocating regime change in Iraq even before W. was "elected. This book is a practical guide to expose and correct the tragic misuse of power in this century. Your call or letter to your representative to the Vermont state legislature strongly suggesting endorsing an impeachment resolution would be a noble and much-needed act. Karl J. Novak Hinesburg

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