John C. Bonifaz - Warrior-King: The Case For Impeaching George W. Bush
Warrior-King: The Case For Impeaching George W. Bush
Author: John C. Bonifaz
Boston attorney John C. Bonifaz says that the United States Congress never voted for war with Iraq, but rather unlawfully transferred to the president the power to decide whether or not to send the nation into war. In February and March 2003, prior to the start of the Iraq War, Bonifaz served as lead counsel for a coalition of United States soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and Members of Congress in a federal lawsuit against President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, seeking to prevent them from waging an undeclared and illegal war. On the eve of the war, a federal appellate court refused to intervene, citing 'political question concerns.' Warrior-King is an accounting of that case and an examination of its legal and political implications for the future of the U.S. Constitution. In Warrior-King, Bonifaz argues that the pre-emptive war doctrine poses a direct threat to the Constitution, and could, in turn, de-stabilize the world, leading to chaos.Warrior-King draws on constitutional history to argue that the framers of the Constitution created the War Powers Clause to ensure that the president of the United States would not hold the power of European monarchies of the past with respect to matters of war and peace.Warrior-King includes a foreword by United States Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI, 14), who served as a lead congressional plaintiff in the lawsuit, John Doe I, et al. v. President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Author Information: John C. Bonifaz is an attorney in Boston with the Law Offices of Cristobal Bonifaz. He is also the founder and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute, a prominent legal center in the campaign finance reform field.Bonifaz is a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School.