By Ray McGovern
Where do American religious leaders stand on torture? Their deafening silence evokes memories of the unconscionable behavior of German church leaders in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Despite the hate whipped up by administration propagandists against those it brands terrorists, most Americans agree that torture should not be permitted. Few seem aware, though, that although President George W. Bush says he is against torture, he has openly declared that our military and other interrogators may engage in torture consistent with military necessity.
David Swanson this morning on Jay Marvin's show on a.m. 760 Air America in Denver/Boulder:
I just spoke to Barbara Cummings of San Diego, who proudly reported that there were seven San Diegans on her bus of arrestees from the White House. She said she was among the last released at 4:30 a.m. A total of 384 people were arrested and released, at a police station in Anacostia, well after the hour when you could get a Metro train or bus or find a cab. Military Families Speak Out shuttled people to a parking lot, where they stood and froze for half an hour, and then to Union Station, where they could wait for a cab.
Barbara said the women were treated much better than the men. The men had their cuffs kept on tightly until processing, and were carefully frisked and had their cell phones and other property taken. Half the women kept their cell phones by hiding them in their bras. They ordered pizza that way.
This is an outrage! Help with transportation home/ to hotels.
Blogged by JC on 09.26.05 @ 07:26 PM ET
Cindy Sheehan and 370 protestors arrested, some being held for hours on buses
Cindy Sheehan was arrested along with 370 other protestors today in front of the White House. The president would like to keep Cindy quiet and he clearly wasn't interested in reading the 200,000 letters asking him questions about the war. In the spirit of non-violent civil disobedience, Cindy and the others waited for answers until the police took them away.
Special BRAD BLOG / Velvet Revolution coverage of the Sep 24-26 Rally in D.C. Guest blogged by Katrina Wilcox
We're off to see our Representative today. While we're away - here's another interview for you. When I was desperately searching for something that would hold this administration accountable, I came across The March of the Madder'n Hells by Mark Drolette.
1. What caused you to become an activist and when was this?
I first realized something was very, very wrong the first time I heard Dubya declare Saddam Hussein was The Big Bad (thank you, Buffy; R.I.P.). It was so off-key, so bizarre, so insane, that I got off my TV-anesthetized ass and started doing a little research. I stumbled across the Project for the New American Century, honestly thinking at first it was someone's idea of a bad gag, and then reacted in horror when I found out these nutballs were serious. I attended several anti-war marches in San Francisco to try to stop the invasion (yeah, right; the air campaign had already started, we know now). I started posting essays on Independent Media sites a few months later, was first published in Online Journal in the summer of 2004, and have continued writing and doing other anti-Bush stuff since. I'm not really sure how much of an "activist" I am, but it all counts, I guess.
By Cindy Sheehan
The rumors are true this time. I was arrested in front of the White House today. It was my first time ever being arrested.
We proceeded from Lafayette Park to the Guard House at the White House. I, my sister, and other Gold Star Families for Peace members and some Military Families requested to meet with the President again. We again wanted to know: What is the Noble Cause? Our request was, to our immense shock and surprise, denied. They wouldn't even deliver any letters or pictures of our killed loved ones to the White House.
We all know by now why George won't meet with parents of the soldiers he has killed who disagree with him. First of all, he hates it when people disagree with him. I am not so sure he hates it as much as he is in denial that it even happens. Secondly, he is a coward who arrogantly refuses to meet with the people who pay his salary. Maybe the next time one of us is asked by our bosses to have a performance review, or we are going to be written up for a workplace infraction, we should refuse to go and talk to our bosses citing the fact that the President doesn't have to. The third reason why he won't talk to us is that he knows there is no Noble Cause for the invasion and continued occupation of Iraq. It is a question that has no true answer.
by Norman Solomon
It's reasonable to estimate that more than a quarter of a million people demonstrated against the Iraq war on Saturday in Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other U.S. cities. The next day, the Washington Post front-paged a decent story that described "the largest show of antiwar sentiment in the nation's capital since the conflict in Iraq began." But more perfunctory back-page articles were typical in daily papers across the country. And over the weekend, many TV news watchers saw little or nothing about the protests.
Hurricane Rita was clearly a factor. But even without dramatic natural disasters, the news media are ready, willing and able to downplay news about war -- and the antiwar movement -- for any number of reasons. Conventional wisdom on Capitol Hill or in newsrooms can tamp down media coverage of a surging movement. What's crucial is that the movement not allow its momentum to be interrupted by media treatment.
Barbara Cummings just phoned me. She was arrested at the White House and says she is on the fourth bus in a line of six. There are about 50 people on each bus, she said, plus several small vans of people. She estimates 300 have been arrested. The police are making them wait in the buses and vans, with plastic handcuffs on. Barbara slipped hers off to use the phone, but hung up when a police officer saw her and headed her way. She predicted he'd put the cuffs on her and jerk them tight.
Democratic congressman says conspiracy trial ironic; Sees Bush conspiracy to attack and occupy Iraq
New York congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) delivered a fiery critique of the Bush Administration's drive to war in Iraq, labeling the push part of a "conspiracy" to deceive Congress and occupy the country.
The speech, made Sept. 19 outside the District Courthouse in Binghamton, New York before the federal trial of the St. Patrick’s Four, was transcribed by RAW STORY's Jennifer Van Bergen.
Speaking of the four protesters who spilled their own blood at a military recruiting center, Hinchey said "what they were protesting was the conspiracy of the Administration of George W. Bush to bring about an attack and then an occupation of the country of Iraq, and as a result making the world a much more dangerous and difficult place than it was prior to those actions."
By Amy Branham
Houston, Texas. Hurricane Rita has come and gone from Houston. I am happy to report that all of my family and friends came through the experience alive and unscathed physically, but I think emotionally we’ll be feeling the after effects for a very, very long time. This past week has been an emotional roller coaster for all of us.
We started making preparations for Hurricane Rita Tuesday afternoon when we began to realize that the Texas coast was the most likely target for Hurricane Rita to hit. My family lives about 70 miles inland from the Gulf Coast, in far northwest Harris County, but damage from a hurricane can be devastating this far inland and even further, as we have all seen. Jim, my husband, took off work early and came home to begin making preparations on the house, and I took the rest of the week off work to do the same. We went to Home Depot, where there was a rush on plywood. We were fortunate enough that in our part of town, not everyone had swamped the store yet to board up their windows. We were able to get enough to cover all of our windows, but it cost us nearly $400 to do it.
PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Sherry Conable 831-459-7259 Louie Lafortune 831-588-8487 Santa Cruz City Council Members 831-420-5020
On Tuesday Sept 27th, the Santa Cruz City Council will consider resubmitting a letter to the House Judiciary Committee of the United States Congress calling for the investigation and possible impeachment of the the Bush Administration.
A press conference will be held between 12:30 and 1:30 PM, with Council Member Emily Reilly, Mayor Mike Rotkin, and representatives of the Coalition for Impeachment Now! (COIN!) explaining the reasons for taking this new action at this time.
‘Out of Iraq’ Caucus Membership
(As of September 26, 2005)
Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair, Co-Founder
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Co-Founder
Rep. John Conyers, Co-Founder
Rep. Charlie Rangel, Co-Founder
Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Founder
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Co-Founder
Rep. William Delahunt, Co-Founder
Rep. John Lewis, Co-Founder
Rep. Neil Abercrombie
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Corrine Brown
Rep. Sherrod Brown
Rep. Lois Capps
Rep. Michael Capuano
Rep. Julia Carson
Rep. Donna Christensen
Rep. William Lacy Clay
Rep. Elijah Cummings
Rep. Danny Davis
Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Rep. Lane Evans
Civil Resistance at the White House
By David Swanson
I got to the White House around noon and found hundreds of people gathered awaiting the arrival of marchers who planned to get themselves arrested protesting the war.
I ran into Mike Ferner of Veterans for Peace, who showed me the paperwork from his arrest early this morning at the Pentagon. He said he'd been one of 41 people arrested between 6:30 and nearly 7:30 a.m. at the Pentagon. Three Veterans for Peace members had joined others from the War Resisters League. They'd shut down an entrance and the Pentagon Metro stop. They were swiftly booked and released, charged with "disobeying a lawful order" and given court dates in federal district court in Alexandria in January.
Published on Sunday, September 25, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Todd Huffman
When my daughter asked why our daily newspaper only updates the number of Americans killed in Iraq, at first I fumbled for an answer. Somehow managing an air of assuredness, I told her that no one really knows how many Iraqis have died, which, I suppose, is a half-truth. I could not admit the whole truth, that the countless Iraqi dead are only countless because America does not bother to count them.
Over the past two and a half years, how many Americans have given thought, like my daughter, to how many Iraqis have been killed as a result of this profoundly misbegotten war? Truth is thousands upon tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have died in the rubble of our misdeeds, along with nearly two-thousand Americans. That most Americans seem unaware or simply unbothered, blithely evoking the memory of our own catastrophic loss four years ago as justification, has led the global community to conclude that to Americans, non-American life must be cheap.
Published on Sunday, September 25, 2005 by The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)
Almost 35 years ago, in the fall of 1970 when the United States was stuck in another "quagmire" war, The Capital Times published the following editorial under the headline, "Debra Sweet's act of courage":
"President Nixon heard the real voice of young America Thursday. It came from Debra Sweet,a 19-year-old Madison girl who was in the White House to accept a medal from the president for public service.
"As the president handed her the Young American medal, one of four handed out Thursday by Mr. Nixon, she said softly and unsmilingly, 'I find it hard to believe in your sincerity in giving out the awards until you get us out of Vietnam.'
Protesters gather in city park
Sun September 25, 2005
As many as 1,500 anti-war protesters rallied Saturday in Oklahoma City's Memorial Park, adding their voices to a nationwide day of protest and calling on President Bush to bring U.S. forces back home.
"People have been coming and going all day long," said organizer Lisa Ghariani. Among the speakers was Elizabeth Walters, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, who read a fiery challenge to the president from her father, former Gov. David Walters.
"Quit destroying the reputation and effectiveness of the United States, this great and noble country, by assaulting clumsily, tragically, arrogantly, deceptively the people of Iraq, a people whose only sin is that they had more bombing targets, important for CNN video broadcast, than Afghanistan," Walters read.
The Daily Orange - Opinion
In a crowd of what some speculate to be more than 300,000, five Syracuse-area strangers came together with one goal in mind - to bring the United States troops home now.
These five protestors, each representing a different walk of life, were among the nearly 100 people from around Syracuse that boarded a bus early Saturday morning to make the seven-hour journey to Washington, D.C.
The two buses, which were organized by the Syracuse Peace Council, were made up of a mix of elderly and middle-aged citizens alike, but there were also a small number of college students as well. Most of these students came from Hamilton College in Clinton.
By James Starowicz
Camp Casey Washington, WWII Memorial, Lisa-- Myself and Harry Belafonte, Cindy's & Gold Star Mom's Press Conferance 9/23/2005
See the photos here:
Candle Lite Vigil and Procession to 'The Wall' on Friday Night 9/23/2005 Washington DC, from Camp Casey Washington!! [These, because of night are Dark,the Little Lights you see in Complete darkness were some 300 to 400 People in Silent Procession for some 5 blocks to the Vietnam Memorial on Friday Night!!
James Starowicz USN '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In-Country '70-'71 COMNAVFORV Member: Veterans For Peace
From Tomdispatch today, "'No Iraqis Left Me on a Roof to Die,' Katrina and Cindy Blow into Town," http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=24319
-- my report from the antiwar demonstration in Washington. In this, our first majority antiwar protest, reflecting the opinion polls, the commonest statement I heard in the six hours I spent talking to as many protesters as I could was: "This is my first demonstration." In our media world, we seldom enough hear the voices of Americans directly. In this dispatch -- lengthy exactly because it's meant to be the opposite of the norm -- you'll hear the voices of 22 Americans from grandfathers and grandmothers to a 12 year old boy; you'll hear from a nurse who served in Vietnam; a Montana woman for peace dressed up as the statue of liberty; an angry graphic designer; a father, his daughter, and her little girl (whose father is now in Iraq); and so on. I believe you'll find nothing like this elsewhere on a demonstration that was quite remarkable and reflected our changing post-Katrina, post-Cindy moment. I hope you'll take a careful look.
By Cynthia Bogard, Sheehanista
I just watched CNN "cover" our protest on Saturday in DC. I admit--I was out on the streets of Washington, DC for most of the past few days so maybe I missed something. But all I've seen on CNN so far were several sentences in the crawl line. On TV, CNN misrepresented what went on in DC and they need to be told.
I don't pretend I can count how many people attended the anti-war protest on Saturday but as a veteran of many such marches over the years, it surely was the largest anti-war protest since the war on Iraq began on March 19, 2003. There were certainly at least twice the 100,000 folks that some news outlets, including CNN.com, were reporting.
Photos of other creative signs and t-shirts from the 9/24 protest can be found at:
Tell your Congress Member here that even if they lack the integrity to support getting out now, they need to summon the nerve to oppose staying forever, or stand revealed as supporters of a dishonest imperialistic slaughter.
3 PM (Pac): Tim Carpenter, National Director of Progressive Democrats of America
Report from Washington, DC on Grassroots Strategy Day, Lobbying, and Demonstrations
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Published on Saturday, September 24, 2005 by The Nation
By John Nichols
It's anti-war quiz time.
Who made the following statement:
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now."
A.) Cindy Sheehan?
B.) Phil Donahue?
C.) Michael Moore?
D.) A prominent politician who was not afraid to dissent in a time of war.
Answer: D.) A prominent politician who was not afraid to dissent in a time of war.
Defenders of the occupation of Iraq will, before the weekend is done, have some choice words for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are marching and rallying for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from that Middle Eastern nation.