|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
FEBRUARY 10, 2004
|CONTACT: Win Without War
Trevor Fitzgibbon or Jessica Smith 202-822-5200
Censure The President! 'A Failure of Integrity, Not Intelligence,' Says MoveOn.Org and Win Without War
WASHINGTON - February 10 - As revelations each day make clear that President Bush and his advisers deliberately misled Americans on the reasons for invading Iraq, a coalition of organizations and individuals including a former CIA analyst, an anti-terrorism diplomat and military families called on Congress today to censure the President.
This is not about a failure of intelligence. Its a failure of integrity, said Tom Andrews, national director of Win Without War, a coalition of 42 national membership organizations.
Each day new evidenced dribbles out that the President knew. He knew the evidence wasnt sufficient to support his claims that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the American people, said Andrews, a former member of Congress from Maine.
He knew that the intelligence communitys assessment of Iraqs arms programs did not support the administrations pre-conceived notion that Iraq had chemical and nuclear weapons. He knew better but he chose to mislead us, Andrews added. It is up to Congress to address this significant abuse of power by the Bush Administration, he said.
Adam Ruben, field director for the grassroots organization MoveOn.org, said it has collected more than 450,000 signatures in a week urging Congress to begin a process leading to censure. He said the organization would use print and TV advertising and its two million members to extend the campaign.
There should be consequences when the President of the United States misleads the people and the Congress, said Ruben. Congress devoted considerable attention and, eventually, voted to impeach President Clinton for misleading the public about a sexual relationship. It isnt unreasonable to think that misleading the nation about the necessity of going to war constitutes an abuse of power of much greater significance, he said.
The President has created the worst intelligence scandal in history, falsely creating a case to go to war when no national interests were at stake said Mel Goodman, who served at both the CIA and the State Department under Republican and Democratic administrations.
The reasons we were given for going to war were false. The Bush Administration engaged in a deliberate campaign of information warfare, which employed erroneous and misleading information as part of a broader strategy to build public opinion for an invasion, added Larry Johnson, who served as Deputy Director of the State Departments Office of Counter Terrorism and, earlier, for the CIA.
The parents of two soldiers who were casualties of the war in Iraq demanded accountability.
I want to know there was a good reason for what happened to my daughter and to all of the others injured and killed in Iraq, said Adele Kubein of Corvalis, OR, whose daughter was injured by a mortar round while serving with her National Guard unit.
Also appearing was Fernando Suarez del Solar of San Diego, whose son, a Marine, was killed in combat. Its very difficult to accept the reality that my son died in a war that was not at all necessary, he said.
MoveOn.org will encourage its members to communicate with Members of Congress in the coming weeks, Ruben said, and will assist in publicizing new evidence of the Administrations deceptive behavior. This is only the beginning, he said.
MoveOn.org is an internet issues organizing project created in 1998 during the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton despite public opinion surveys showing that Americans wanted Congress merely to censure the President for his behavior and then move on to other national business.
Win Without War is a coalition of religious, human rights, civil rights and national membership groups that promote international cooperation and the enforcement of international law to provide security for the United States and the world. It offers a mainstream, patriotic voice for engaging opinion makers, activating citizens and communicating through the media.