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Arresting the President

Laurie Dobson of Kennebunkport, an Independent candidate for the US Senate, on Tuesday will ask the selectmen of Kennebunkport to issue arrest warrants for President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. Dobson, who supports efforts to impeach both men in connection with lies told in the run-up to the Iraq War and violating Constitutional protections for American citizens, says that since Congress won't act, private citizens need to.

Dobson, a former member of both the GOP and the donkey party, is seeking the seat now held by Susan Collins, which is also being sought by US Rep. Tom Allen. Both of them say impeachment is not the right choice. (Other candidates in the race, Democrat Tom LeDue who is challenging Allen in the Dem primary, former Dem-turned-independent Herb Hoffman, and former Dem Ed Cohen who is challenging Collins in the GOP primary, are in favor of impeachment.)

Dobson's request will be to the Kennebunkport selectboard, which may vote on the issue itself or send the question to voters at Town Meeting or a secret ballot. The town of Brattleboro, Vermont, has already addressed such a question and its residents will vote on issuing arrest warrants on March 4. (Bush has never visited Vermont while in office; that effort seems to guarantee he'll never show. But if his dad's vacation hometown takes a similar step, the snub will be unmistakable.)

Dobson's request reads:
“Shall the Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen 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 Kennebunkport that the Kennebunkport Police, pursuant to the above-mentioned indictments, arrest and detain George W. Bush and Richard Cheney in Kennebunkport if they are not duly impeached, and prosecute or extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to prosecute them.”

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