Statement of Stacy Bannerman, Advisory Board Member, Military Families Speak Out
Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs.
March 1, 2006
I am the wife of a National Guard soldier who served twelve months in Iraq. I am also a member of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of more than 3,000 military families opposed to the war in Iraq. I am joined by Tia Steele, Gold Star Families Speak Out, Liz Frederick, Military Families Speak Out, and Garett Reppenhagen, Iraq Veterans Against the War. We are the military families and personnel who pay the price of war.
Statement of Elizabeth Frederick, Military Families Speak Out
Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs
March 1, 2006
In May of 2004, my partner informed me his National Guard division was being mobilized to deploy to Iraq. Eight months later, his division finally deployed. I say finally because his date of deployment kept changing. They were initially scheduled to leave in October, and for whatever reason, the date kept being pushed back. While I enjoyed having him home for a longer period of time, it was mentally taxing to constantly be saying a final goodbye, only to repeat the process again month after month.
Written Testimony of Garett Reppenhagen
Returned Iraq War Veteran; Member of Iraq Veterans Against the War
Submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs
Date of Hearing: March 1, 2006 at 10:00 A.M.
Thank you for this opportunity to provide testimony on issues concerning military quality of life and Veterans affairs. I joined the Army in August of 2001 and became a Cavalry/Scout at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. I was indoctrinated into a military that I was proud of and had the courage to serve because I trusted that the government of the United States would use me in responsibly and necessary manner.
MADRE, An International Women’s Human Rights Organization
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MADRE Calls for Immediate End to US Occupation of Iraq
February 27, 2006—New York—In light of last week’s upsurge in sectarian violence in Iraq, MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, released a statement today calling for an immediate end to the US occupation and for the deployment of a UN-led peacekeeping force in place of US-led occupation forces. The statement reads:
By Matt Spetalnick, Jackson News--Tribune, MS
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush President George W. Bush, hit by polls showing America‘s support for the Iraq war at an all-time low, denied on Tuesday Iraq was sliding into civil war, despite the worst sectarian strife since a U.S.-led invasion.
The decline in Bush‘s public approval ratings came as he told Iraqis they faced a choice between "chaos or unity" amid violence that has dented U.S. hopes for the stability needed to pave the way for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
By STEVEN R. HURST, Santa Maria Times
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sunnis and Shiites traded bombings and mortar fire against mainly religious targets in Baghdad well into the night Tuesday, killing at least 68 people a day after authorities lifted a curfew that had briefly calmed a series of sectarian reprisal attacks.
At least six of Tuesday's attacks hit clearly religious targets, concluding with a car bombing after sundown at the Shiite Abdel Hadi Chalabi mosque in the Hurriyah neighborhood that killed 23 and wounded 55. A separate suicide bombing killed 23 people at an east Baghdad gas station, where people had lined up to buy kerosine.
By Terri Judd and Colin Brown, The Independent, UK
Grieving relatives of servicemen killed in Iraq will march to Tony Blair's doorstep today to ask why the Prime Minister repeatedly refuses to meet them face to face to defend his policies on the war.
Their move comes in the aftermath of two more deaths of British servicemen in Iraq, bringing the UK death toll to 103, and as the number of mothers, fathers and wives of dead servicemen campaigning against the war continues to grow. In the past months, the families have asked for meetings, but their requests have been turned down.
As two more British soldiers die in Iraq, The Independent publishes an open letter from bereaved relatives to the Prime Minister
By The Independemt, UK
Dear Prime Minister,
We, the undersigned, have each known the pain of losing someone very close to us in the war in Iraq. All of them, Mr Blair, were proud to serve their country, and always knew and accepted that their duty could take them into danger. They always had faith, though, that no British prime minister would ever commit them to fight in an unjustified war.
By Mike Ferner
1) arestees group "Winter of Our Discontent" protesters that were arrested in civil disobedience action at the White House 2/27/06. From left: Elton Davis, Bernie Meyer, Ed Bloomer, Eileen Hansen, a supporter who did not get arrested (holding banner on left), David Goodner, Brian Terrell, Jeff Leys
By Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, UK
More than 2,290 US troops have been killed in Iraq. President George Bush has attended none of the funerals - for which he is often criticised by the families of those who have died.
Nadia McCaffrey's son Patrick, 34, a member of the Californian National Guard, was killed during an ambush in Iraq in June 2004. She said she had not expected Mr Bush to attend her son's funeral in person but thought the government would send someone.
By Daily Times, Pakistan
* Sectarian tensions high in the country
* US military intelligence chief says Iraq situation bleak
* Bush asks Iraqis to unite
BAGHDAD: A series of bombings on Tuesday killed 64 people, including 25 in a car bomb attack outside a Baghdad Shia mosque, raising fears of a new round of sectarian violence in Iraq.
As insurgents unleashed a fresh assault on the country’s fragile ethnic and religious fabric, US President George W Bush warned that Iraq must choose between “chaos and unity
The Peninsula, Quatar
Muslims shout slogans against US President Bush during a demonstration in Mumbai.
NEW DELHI: Several thousand Muslim protesters, some waving “Bush go Home
Express News Service, India
Kolkata, February 28: As part of the Left’s nationwide agitational programme against the visit of US President George W. Bush, Student’s Federation of India today took to the streets, burning effigies of the US president and holding demonstrations all over the city.
Bush’s four-day visit to India starts tomorrow.
The anti-Bush agitations will continue tomorrow, with a rally planned from Shahid Minar that will assemble at the American Center here.
By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press
BOMBAY, India - Demonstrators in India shouted "Death to America!" and burned effigies of President Bush on Tuesday, demanding that he be barred from visiting the country this week.
Bush arrives in India Wednesday for a three-day visit focused on strengthening the emerging strategic partnership between India and the United States. Dozens of protests have been planned by Islamic leaders and communist politicians.
(HealthDay News) -- About one-third of U.S. military personnel back home from the war in Iraq are availing themselves of mental health services, a new study shows.
And about a fifth of these soldiers met the criteria for a mental health concern.
To the military, this is good news, at least when it comes to people actually using health-care services for their developing problems.
"We were pleasantly surprised at how many folks were seeking mental health, and so many of them seeking mental health in the first couple of months," said Dr. Charles S. Milliken, a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
By Edward Wong, New York Times
BAGHDAD At least 75 Iraqis were killed in a maelstrom of violence Tuesday - the vast majority in five powerful bombings throughout the capital - as insurgents pushed forward with one of their deadliest offensives in weeks. The attacks came as Iraqis were still struggling to recover from the worst sectarian bloodletting of the war.
The latest wave of bombings, some aimed at Shiite areas, threatened to again heighten tension between Shiites and Sunni Arabs, even though political religious leaders are calling for calm.
By Lawrence Albright, Political Affairs Magazine
In case there was any room for doubt, President George W. Bush’s reliance on his big brother no longer refers to Florida Governor John Ellis “Jeb
5,000 personnel expected to safeguard U.S. president
By Toronto Star
NEW DELHI— About 5,000 personnel including snipers, commandos and U.S. Marines using helicopters, bomb detectors and electronic jammers will protect President George W. Bush during his visit to India this week, officials said yesterday.
The U.S. president and his wife, Laura, are due to arrive in New Delhi tomorrow and are scheduled to travel to Pakistan on Saturday.
Santa Barbara, CA (February 22, 2006) - The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), UCSB Solidarity Against War (SAW), and KCSB will present the first-ever Isla Vista Peace Festival ? ?celebrating resistance to war and visions of peace? -- on Saturday, March 11.? The event will consist of a teach-in at Isla Vista Theater 1, titled ?Peace Now!,? from 1-5:30 p.m., and a concert at Anisq Oyo Park from 6-10 p.m.
March 1, 2006: Today is three years since our friends in Turkey told Bush he could fight his own darn illegal war without their help.
The good news is that Garrison Keillor is lending his voice to the impeachment movement.
Meanwhile, Bush pal media mogul Italian Prime Minister and Warmonger Silvio Berlusconi will address Congress -- see C-SPAN & C-SPAN2 at 11am ET.
The Hindu, India
KOCHI: The Anti-Bush Campaign Committee is organising a series of campaigns marking protest against the visit of President of the United States George Bush to India.
As part of the campaign, a three-day festival of documentary films on the atrocities and human rights violations unleashed by the United States on the different countries all over the world will be held in Ernakulam district. Twelve documentaries will be screened.
Center for Constitutional Rights, Mahdis Keshavarz, Riptide Communications 212.260.5000
Attorneys File to End Further Torture of Guantánamo Detainee on Hunger Strike
Center for Constitutional Rights and Pro-Bono Counsel from Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan Challenge Treatment of Detainee
NEW YORK - February 28 - The first violation of the McCain torture amendment was alleged in federal court in an emergency injunction to end further torture of Guantánamo detainees. The court made public today an injunction filed on Friday by cooperating attorneys from Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan working with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which won the landmark Supreme Court case establishing the Guantánamo detainees' right to challenge their detention in U.S. court (Rasul v. Bush).
Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 by The Nation
By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
Anyone who sees the photographs of the victims of the Nazi concentration camps must wonder how human beings could ever have allowed such things to happen. They must wonder how people of good will could have stood by while their government committed atrocities in their name. In the wake of that nightmarish era, people often asked, "Where were the good Germans?"
By Borzou Daragahi, LA Times
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A surge in bombings Tuesday left at least 76 Iraqis dead and 179 wounded nationwide, prompting worries that inter-communal violence sparked by the bombing last week of an important Shiite Muslim shrine could reignite.
This time, violence spread beyond the Sunni Arab provinces and the country's capital, where bomb explosions and mortar rounds shook the city, and to the mostly peaceful Shiite south, where two British soldiers were killed.
By Garrison Keillor, http://www.salon.com
The man was lost and then he was found and now he's more lost than ever -- and he's taking us into the darkness with him. It's time to remove him.
By Garrison Keillor
Mar. 01, 2006 | These are troubling times for all of us who love this country, as surely we all do, even the satirists. You may poke fun at your mother, but if she is belittled by others it burns your bacon. A blowhard French journalist writes a book about America that is full of arrogant stupidity, and you want to let the air out of him and mail him home flat. You hear young people talk about America as if it's all over, and you trust that this is only them talking tough. And then you read the paper and realize the country is led by a man who isn't paying attention, and you hope that somebody will poke him. Or put a sign on his desk that says, "Try Much Harder."
By Cindy Sheehan and Sam Bostaph
Three years ago, President George Bush ordered United States military forces to invade and occupy Iraq. Since that invasion, which was unconstitutional, illegal by all international standards, and immoral by any just war theologies, the world has watched as the Bush administration has directed the killing of tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, civilians and insurgents at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars. It has watched as over 2300 U.S. troops have been killed to date and almost 18,000 more wounded or maimed for life. It has watched the Bush administration kidnap, imprison and torture hundreds of foreign nationals, as well as American citizens, without either trial or conviction. It has watched as Bush administration lackeys have transported prisoners to secret prisons and then delivered them to torturers in less-developed countries. For three years, it has heard George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Condi Rice move from one lie to another to justify each of these actions.
Add your voice to the global call and join us in Los Angeles on March 12th. Thousands of us will stand together at the Arlington West Memorial and represent the world uniting to say NO to war. Artist John Quigley is creating another one of his powerful aerial images for us on a canvas so big it will take a helicopter to capture it all; each time we have done this it has made the front page of the paper. To see past images check out www.codepinkla.org.
By Philippe Gélie, Le Figaro
The "prison for terrorists" resists international pressure and the efforts of the American legal system. For how long?
A New York judge has just ordered the Pentagon to reveal the names of the Guantanamo detainees before March 3. The Bush administration has decided not to appeal. Thus, for the first time, a corner of the veil of secrecy that surrounds the residents of this prison will be lifted.