Bush and Cheney to Face Arrest?

“Fuckin’ A,” if either one of those muthafuckas steps foot in the town of Brattleboro, Vermont, once the townfolk vote next month.

The town Select Board voted last Friday to put the question on the March 4 Town Meeting agenda. So, in addition to Sen. Bernie Sanders and yummy maple syrup, we have another reason to honor our Green Mountain sisters and brothers.

Just a couple of spippets from Tuesday’s AP story…

[The measure] reads: “Shall the Selectboard instruct 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 and shall it be the law of the Town of Brattleboro that the Brattleboro Police, pursuant to the above-mentioned indictments, arrest and detain George Bush and Richard Cheney in Brattleboro if they are not duly impeached, and prosecute or extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to prosecute them?”

News of the measure made the rounds on the Internet, and soon people were calling and writing.

The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce got about 60 e-mails Monday, all of them negative, said Executive Director Jerry Goldberg. “Then, this morning, we had three or four calls in a row that were very positive. One even volunteered to help.”

Don’t be put off by the headline of the AP story, “Vermont town’s arrest Bush proposal backfires.”  The “backfire” is the best part of the piece.



If there is ever a national meet-up of docudharmatistas, I move that we hold it in Brattleboro!



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    • Faheyman on January 31, 2008 at 07:07
  1. and as such every law abiding nation (state, county, town, city, whatever) is actually morally obligated to detain them. At least that was the spirit of international law…

  2. that lies east of the Hudson River would be happy to secede from NY State and be annexed by VT.  Maybe that’s the next step.  I look forward to it.

    Oh.  And lest we forget, VT also has Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and American Flatbread Pizza.  Both faves.


  3. married to each other 😉  You can’t arrest a President of the United States!  The Mindful sat back and had a cup of coffee and mulled over such an effort and then called to volunteer 😉

    • ctrenta on February 1, 2008 at 09:36

    … I’m not expecting it to pass. The resolution is toothless and no town attorney would even consider risking their license over something like this (not to mention it’s pretty much illegal).  I know it sounds good and all but davidseth nailed it a while back when I diaried on this:

    What a piece of nonsense. IMHO it’s a publicity stunt.

    You cannot indict somebody by referendum.  You indict somebody by presenting the case to a Grand Jury.  The Grand Jury hears testimony, including that a crime (defined by statute) was committed in the Grand Jury’s territorial jurisdiction, and the Grand Jury votes an indictment.  When an indictment is reported out by the Grand Jury, an arrest warrant is issued.

    Here there are big problems.  First, there’s no crime as defined by statute.  “Crimes against our constitution” is not a crime.  The Declaration of Independence is not a statute.  Second, it’s a stretch to figure out how the crime may have been committed within the territorial jurisdiction of Vermont.

    I love impeaching the mfers but seriously, folks, this ain’t how.

    by: davidseth @ Sun Dec 30, 2007 at 07:50:01 PST


    I’ve tried telling this to the organizers but it falls on deaf ears. All they say is this is not about actually arresting Bush & Cheney (even though the resolution says it will). but about generating a national discussion. They have the idea that if a town collectively raises a voice and says “we as a town believe ‘x'” will send a strong message, blah, blah, blah. One advocate even had this to say to me and why they have to do it

    “We have to keep doing everything we can to point out the severity of what’s happened, of what our Congress has allowed to happen. It is severe, it is extreme, it is catastrophic, and if we had to experience up close, the way Iraqis, Afghans, and prisoners at Guantanamo do every day, we wouldn’t be sleeping at night, or leading our normal lives, or having the luxury to blog and critique other people’s efforts to stop it. We’d pick up the tools that we could find, amidst the rubble of the destruction, and use them. Wouldn’t we?

    This resolution puts us more in solidarity with the victims of what’s being done in our names.”

    Um… I think that’s going over the top, but that’s an indication of the kinds of people running this campaign. Another is also saying I shouldn’t be critical, especially in light of what the Bush Admin has done the last seven years and we should try anything, regardless of how silly it may look.

    So… what do people think? But I still would LOVE to see a DD meet up. That would be the best!!!!      

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