Skip to comments.Brattleboro to vote on arresting Bush, Cheney
Posted on 01/26/2008 7:48:06 AM PST by Abathar
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro residents will vote at town meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont.
The Brattleboro Select Board voted 3-2 Friday to put the controversial item on the Town Meeting Day warning.
According to Town Clerk Annette Cappy, organizers of the Bush-Cheney issue gathered enough signatures, and it was up to the Select Board whether Brattleboro voters would consider the issue in March.
Cappy said residents will get to vote on the matter by paper balloting March 4.
Kurt Daims, 54, of Brattleboro, the organizer of the petition drive, said Friday the debate to get the issue on the ballot was a good one. Opposition to the vote focused on whether the town had any power to endorse the matter.
"It is an advisory thing," said Daims, a retired prototype machinist and stay-at-home dad of three daughters.
So far, Vermont is the only state Bush hasn't visited since he became president in 2001.
Daims said the most grievous crime committed by Bush and Cheney was perjury lying to Congress and U.S. citizens about the basis of a war in Iraq.
He said the latest count showed a total of 600,000 people have died in the war.
Daims also said he believed Bush and Cheney were also guilty of espionage for spying on American people and obstruction of justice, for the politically generated firings of U.S. attorneys.
Voting to put the matter on the town ballot were Chairwoman Audrey Garfield and board members Richard Garrant and Dora Boubalis.
Voting against the idea were board members Richard DeGray and Stephen Steidle.
Daims said the names submitted to the town clerk's office were the second wave of signatures the petition drive had to collect, because he had to rewrite the wording of the petition.
He said he gathered nearly 500 signatures in about three weeks, and he said most people he encountered were eager to sign it. He started the petition drive about three months ago.
"Everybody I talked to wanted Bush to go," he said, noting that even members of the local police department supported the drive.
"This is exactly what the charter envisioned as a citizen initiative," Daims said. "People want to express themselves and they want to say how they feel."
He said the idea is spreading: Activists in Louisville, Ky., are spearheading a similar drive, and he said activists were also working in Montague, Mass., a Berkshires town.
The article asked the town attorney to "draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution and publish said indictments for consideration by other authorities."
The article goes on to say the indictments would be the "law of the town of Brattleboro that the Brattleboro police ... arrest and detain George Bush and Richard Cheney in Brattleboro, if they are not duly impeached ..."
Daims said people in Brattleboro were willing to "think outside the box" and consider the issue.
Daims had no compunction in comparing Bush and Cheney with one of the most notorious people in history.
"If Hitler were still alive and walked through Brattleboro, I think the local police would arrest him for war crimes," Daims said.
They’re from Vermont.
What do they know of the Constitution?
Uh, follow - need more coffee....
So if they pass this, what then? Are we doomed? Is it HUGH and SERIES? oh my gosh...putting on tinfoil hat...
I think it becomes treason only if the rest of the forty nine states don’t double over in laughter at them...
Reminds me of those two old guys on Newhart (the sheriff and his assistant, I believe) “policing” a small Vermont town. Totally clueless.
The Secret Service may not like this.
I cannot wait for Barney Fife to take on the Secret Service!
Just where the hell is Prattleboro and why should anyone care?
Now I know where the term, “Loony Libs” comes from.
Little chance of that happening while Bush is still President
Now, consider it happening under a Clinton administration, with Bush's Secret Service detail ordered not to resist any attempt to arrest him
Even Constitutional scholars can be devoid of all reality. (nuts)
I was just posting on another thread about Ron Paul and Pat Buchanon. That version of Conservatism died after WWII, yet someone always tries to bring it back. It died because it was wrong on international issues. It died because it could not accept reality, no matter how many times it was asked to.
Most adherents have gone to the Libertarian party and that is where they belong. The Republicans hit the eject button. There is soon to be another effort and ejection and conservatives will join the fray.
It is wise to be aware of the past, but live in the present and look to the future.
This is the town where walking around nude was ok until they put a “temporary” ban on it.
Good point . Perhaps the editorial staff of the Manchester Union Leader will form a militia and storm the border to their rescue .
People with too much time on their hands.
What stupid people.
When ever you read an article mentioning 600K killed in Iraq, you know it’s loony tunes time.
sounds like a good target for a bomb
For one to commit perjury doesn't one have to under oath? Someone correct me if I am wrong
Maybe this little fact slipped by their little minds.
Which is quite surprising since their glorious leader, Bubba did commit perjury under oath and was impeached for it
Will any Secret Service agents be charged with obstruction of justice if they happen to do their jobs in Vermont?
According to the census there are about 608,000 people in Vermont.
That’s about the population of Johnson County here in Kansas.
So Howard Dean is the equivalent of a demented county commissioner and these rubes are equal to the homeless drug addicts with shopping carts.
I think bush and cheney should visit this place. Often. With only a few secret service agents. And I think the secret service should hand deliver doughnuts and coffee to the police station every morning...
Whats a “vermont”?
Vermont. the green moron state
This looks like a town that needs a mass influx of phone calls. Just call bomb every person in the town.
Actually, those aren't the nuttiest ones. There are some out there claiming eeeeeeeevil American soldiers have killed more than one million innocent Iraqis.
True enough. LOL In fairness to true Vermonters, though, you never heard of this type nonsense until NYC mommy-was-a-commie, socialists started moving there.
Americans can be petulant idiots. It's their constitutional right.
Vermont would be equal to the northern quarter of Alabama...although most Bama-ites are fairly busy with hunting, fishing, NCAA football and NASCAR....so we ain’t got time to sit around and debate stuff like this.
Well can ya blame him?
That is a possibility. Do you consider it probable?
Sounds like an act of war against the USA.
Bomb Brattleboro if they try it.
Brattleboro, Vermont. Think Berkeley (aka “Bezerkeley”), California, except a LOT colder...
The inmates are now offically running the asylum...
We are losing the life and character of our beloved free America...
BECAUSE WE KEEP ELECTING IDIOTS!!.....
At every level!!
Just how could any pissant one stoplight town in vermont with two part time cops prosecute a treason charge anyway?
And if they decide to take on the United States Secret Service, they better buy more guns and bring some friends, because they’ll need it.
Whenever you hear body counts like that, think Kook spinach, rosie and their kookie followers.
Just another example of what happens when folks stay out in the cold way to long and eat the yellow snow.
Then we'll see if people in Brattleboro are willing to "think outside the box" and consider the issue.