CINCINNATI (TDB) -- With all likelihood of real impeachment proceedings bottled up in the House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership, a group in New York has begun exploring the case against President Bush and Vice President Cheney by staging a mock trial. They are making videos of each separate charge and Article 1: Initiation and Continuation of Illegal War is now available online here.
Tomorrow night, Nov. 26, The Culture Project continues its six-week presentation with Impeachment Article 2: Torture and Extraordinary Rendition. A New York blog, Gothamist, notes the first segment that has been posted online includes New Yorker writer Hendrik Hertzberg and Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst who appeared as a witness against the Bush administration in the mock trial. Over the course of the trial, former military officials, journalists, academics, actors, and retired government officials will make presentations in the series, which is called A Question of Impeachment. Former CIA insider Ray McGovern is a bona fide intelligence expert, as Gothamist pointed out:
"McGovern chaired the National Intelligence Estimate for many years and produced the President's Daily Brief under Nixon, Ford and Reagan. The morning PDB is a one-page breakdown of the most urgent recent intelligence gathered by the CIA; one such PDB was famously shrugged off by Bush in August 2001 - it was titled 'Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S.'"