Dodging the Costs of the Warfare State

Dodging the Costs of the Warfare State
By Norman Solomon
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 19 September 2005

The New York Times began this week with an editorial that typifies the media mind-set of the warfare state.

Monday's editorial warns of dire consequences from a growing deficit that has been boosted by tax cuts - in combination with "the pre-Katrina priorities laid down by Mr. Bush." Those priorities include a US military budget that has reached half a trillion dollars per year. But the Times editorial does not devote a single word to military spending or the Iraq war.

The Blood of the Righteous

The Blood of the Righteous
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 19 September 2005

During the Vietnam war, a number of anti-war activists were prosecuted and jailed for taking direct action against recruiting stations and draft board offices. Files were burned and blood was poured on records. Few activists during this time were as dedicated, or as prosecuted, as the brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

In 1967, Philip Berrigan poured his own blood on Selective Service records in Baltimore, and handed out Bibles while waiting to be arrested. In 1969, Berrigan used home-made napalm to incinerate 378 draft files in Catsonville, Maryland. In 1980, the Berrigan brothers entered a General Electric nuclear missile factory in Pennsylvania, hammered on the nose cones, again poured their own blood, and again were arrested.

Tragedy of a Complicit Media

by William Frey

Standing before a German cameraman in Biloxi, Miss., Christine Adelhardt, spoke to her countrymen:

"Two minutes ago, the president drove past in his convoy. But what has happened in Biloxi all day long is truly unbelievable. Suddenly recovery units appeared, suddenly bulldozers were there, those hadn't been seen here all the days before, and this in an area, in which it really wouldn't be necessary to do a big clean-up, because far and wide nobody lives here anymore, the people are more inland in the city. The president travels with a press baggage [big crew]. This press baggage got very beautiful pictures, which are supposed to say that the president was here and help is on the way, too. The extent of the natural disaster shocked me, but the extent of the staging is shocking me at least the same way. With that, back to Hamburg."

PDA Continues Work with Congressional Allies to Bring Troops Home from Iraq Now

Delivers People's Petition on Iraq to Congress and White House

U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and PDA National Director Tim Carpenter spoke at the PDA Rally in front of the White House on Thursday, September 15, before delivering the People's Petition on Iraq to the White House. Joining Woolsey and Carpenter at the rally were Tom Hayden, former California State Senator, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, PDA Board Member and Chairman of the Hip Hop Caucus, John Bonifaz, lead attorney on the Ohio recount case and co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, and Daniel Ellsberg.

PDA is proud to be aligned with progressive legislators such as Congresswoman Woolsey, who again showed remarkable leadership, courage, and conviction in holding Congressional hearings to plan a realistic strategy for withdrawing from the U.S. incursion in Iraq. Rep.Woolsey, was the first Member of Congress to call on the President to develop and implement a plan to bring U.S. troops out of Iraq, and had previously requested hearings in the U.S. House International Relations Committee and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to discuss plans to bring the troops home. Because her requests of the President and the Republican controlled Congress were ignored, Congresswoman Woolsey organized the hearings Thursday to openly discuss strategies to achieve military disengagement.

Anti-war House members press for a withdrawal plan

San Francisco Chronicle
Lawmakers, forced to meet in tiny room, complain of being stifled in committees
- Edward Epstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Friday, September 16, 2005

Washington -- Saying they're trying to climb out of the "political basement'' to which they feel consigned by Congress' Republican leaders, a few dozen House members opposed to the war in Iraq gathered Thursday to urge President Bush to plan an exit from the 31-month-old war.

The members, all Democrats except for Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, say the political wind is at their backs. Polls show a majority of Americans favor withdrawal of at least some troops from Iraq, and Bush's overall approval ratings and the public's confidence in his handling of the war are at record lows.

Democrats' Hearing Calls for Bringing Troops Home from Iraq

By Joey Lomicky

Though they congregated in a small, cramped room of the Cannon House Office Building, the issue at hand was far bigger.

Washington, D.C. - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - infoZine - For more than three hours Thursday, 30 members of Congress participated in an informal hearing, called by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., to support a military exit from Iraq. Frustrated that she could not get Republicans to schedule such a discussion before either the Armed Services or International Relations committees, she said she organized her own discussion to "break the silence on Capitol Hill."

Rally Photos

Great PHOTOS of the September 15 rally at the White House.

Camp Casey to DC

Camp Casey to DC
With a Detour to New Orleans
By Cindy Sheehan

The Camp Casey to DC tour is going very well! We have the three RV's that are going from city to city and we are speaking in front of rallies that have hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people attending. We are receiving positive responses from all over America. We have had amazingly little opposition to what we are doing. Today in Raleigh, NC at the University, there were some Young Republicans who support the President and support the war. I tried to get one of the many recruiters who were on campus to go over and sign them up for the service, but they wouldn't even look at me. I think the recruiters missed a golden opportunity to swell the ranks. I have a feeling that the Young killing supporters wouldn't be willing to go over and put their money where their mouths are. One of the fine young American baby chicken hawks told one of the members of our tour whose brother was killed in Iraq that: "someone has to stay in school and employ people." Sounds like the "Dick Cheney" alternative to serving your country to me.

Bring Them Home Now

Dear friends,

Yesterday, Chicago, today, Philadelphia. In the last 48 hours two of the largest cities in the country have passed resolutions calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. You can download a copy of the Philadelphia Resolution, which was specifically in recognition of the Bring Them Home Now Tour, as a PDF by clicking here. Our North tour is looking forward to celebrating these victories with a rally today at Independence Mall in Philadelphia and we've got a full weekend of events planned up and down the East coast.

In the next three days, we'll be stopping in Philadelphia, Boston, New Haven, Providence, New York, Fayetteville, Durham, Williamsburg and Baltimore. If you're near any of these cities, we hope you'll join us (event details are on our website) and please let your friends know about them too. And there are more stops next week as we make our way to Washington, DC.

A Bright Spot in Bush World

Amid the Miserable Failures on the Same Planet
By Cindy Sheehan

It has been one month and one week since I sat in a ditch in Crawford, Tx. I can hardly believe it when I think of it myself. So much has happened in that time, and really, so little.

I got to Camp Casey III in Covington, La today, after getting up at 3am to head for the airport. Now it is 3am the next day and we are driving in a car to try and find a hotel to sleep anywhere around Jackson, Miss. I was prepared to be shocked by what I saw in Louisiana, but I guess one can never really fully prepare for such devastation and tragedy. After living in a country your entire life it is so difficult to see such callous indifference on an immense scale. When I reflect on how the mother of the imbecile who is running our country said that the people who are in the Astrodome are happy to be there, it angers me beyond comparison. The people in LA who were displaced have nice, if modest homes that are perfectly fine. I wonder why the government made them leave at great expense and uproot families who have been living in their communities for generations.

“Iraq is a No-Win, No-End War!

By William Hughes

Washington, D.C. - On a very muggy, Thursday, September 15, 2005, a bipartisan Congressional “Forum

First Federal Conspiracy Trial of Anti-War Protesters Since Vietnam Begins Sept. 19

Contact: Tarik Abdelazim, 607-651-9109 (office) or 607-239-1219 (cell), info@stpatricksfour.org

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Four peace activists face up to eight years in federal prison and $275,000 fines each for their non-violent protest of the Iraq war if convicted of the federal charges filed against them in U.S. District Court. The trial, which begins Sept. 19 in Binghamton, N.Y., is the first time the Federal government has pressed conspiracy charges against civilian Iraq war protesters.

"Federal intervention in this case represents a blatant act of government intimidation and will have a chilling effect on expression of the first amendment rights of any citizen to protest or speak out against their government," said Bill Quigley, acclaimed public interest lawyer and law professor at Loyola University School of Law, who is acting as legal advisor to the defendants.

Hinchey Leads Broad Congressional Coalition

Hinchey Leads Broad Congressional Coalition
Calling For Expansion Of Plame Name Leak Investigation

Forty-One Members Of Congress Ask Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald To Examine
Bush Administration's False Uranium Claims That Led To
Disclosure Of CIA Operative's Identity To Determine If Additional Federal Laws Were Broken

Washington, DC -- Troubled by what they see as violations of federal law that prohibit making false and fraudulent statements to Congress, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and 40 of his House colleagues today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald asking that he expand his investigation of who in the Bush Administration revealed to the news media that Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a covert agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Hinchey and his colleagues urged Fitzgerald, who was designated as special prosecutor for the case, to examine the causes behind the exposure of Plame's identity -- specifically, the Bush Administration's false and fraudulent claims in January 2003 that Iraq had sought uranium for a nuclear weapon, which the Administration used as one of the key grounds to justify the invasion of Iraq.

NYPD Unplugs Cindy Sheehan: City’s Finest pulls move even Bush wouldn’t have tried

NYPD Unplugs Cindy Sheehan
City’s Finest pulls move even Bush wouldn’t have tried

by Sarah Ferguson
September 19th, 2005 5:54 PM

Cindy Sheehan speaking out in Union Square with Al Zappala, who also lost a son in Iraq
photo: Sarah Ferguson
Cindy Sheehan may be the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement. But that didn't stop members of the New York Police Department from marching into the crowd of about 150 people gathered in Union Square Monday to hear her speak and yanking away the microphone.
The NYPD pulled the plug just as Sheehan was calling on the audience not to lose heart in the fight to end the war in Iraq.

Chicago City Council Passes Resolution Demanding Removal of US Troops from Iraq

Earlier March, Rally & Presence at Hearing
Show Support for Resolution, Welfare of Troops

CHICAGO (September 15, 2005) -The Chicago City Council Wednesday passed a resolution demanding the removal of US troops from Iraq. Passing by a Council vote of 29 to 9, with 12 abstaining or not voting, the resolution urges 'the United States government to immediately commence an orderly and rapid withdrawal' from Iraq. In addition to the death and suffering of the war, the resolution stressed that 'Chicago residents' share of monies appropriated for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now exceeds $2.1 billion.'

Cops Assault Cindy Sheehan Rally

Cops Assault Cindy Sheehan Rally

Today members of the NYPD charged into a crowd gathered in Union Square, where Cindy Sheehan was speaking
By Dustin Langley

Today, members of the NYPD assaulted a crowd of veterans, military families, and over a hundred supporters who had gathered to hear Cindy Sheehan and other representatives from Camp Casey Crawford.

They arrested Paul Zulkowski (Zool), a member of the Green Party and one of the primary organizers of CAmp Casey Union Square.

LINK TO PHOTOS AND ARTICLE

New York City

Images: Cindy Sheehan Rally Union Sq
Photographs from the Cindy Sheehan Rally in Union Sq
By fred askew
Photographs from the Cindy Sheehan Rally in Union Sq

LINK TO MORE PHOTOS FROM NEW YORK CITY FROM INDY MEDIA

Police forcibly break up Cindy Sheehan rally

September 19, 2005 03:49PM EDT
Police forcibly break up Cindy Sheehan rally

By Pete Dolack

The New York City Police Department forcibly broke up this afternoon's rally for Cindy Sheehan, moving in as Cindy was speaking at about 3 p.m. in Union Square.

The New York City Police Department forcibly broke up this afternoon's rally for Cindy Sheehan, moving in as Cindy was speaking at about 3 p.m. in Union Square. The rally had been underway for about an hour, and was about to conclude as Cindy spoke following several other speakers, including a few who are traveling with her on her caravan.

Mother Who Lost Son in Iraq Continues Fight Against War

Mother Who Lost Son in Iraq Continues Fight Against War

By MARC SANTORA
Published: September 19, 2005
Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, last night brought her campaign to end the war to New York, where she accused Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of not doing enough to challenge the Bush administration's Iraq policies.

Speaking in front of more than 500 supporters in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Ms. Sheehan, speaking of Senator Clinton, said, "She knows that the war is a lie but she is waiting for the right time to say it."

Then, as the crowd cheered, she issued a challenge to Senator Clinton, saying, "You say it or you are losing your job."

Wake Up

by Cindy Sheehan
Monday 19 September 2005

So we have come to cash this check - a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

-- MLK, Jr. Aug. 28, 1963, I Have a Dream speech

What Bush's Katrina shows once again is that my son died for nothing. If you listen to Bush - and fewer and fewer are, thank goodness - we are in Iraq in part due to 9/11. All our president has been talking about has been protecting this country since 9/11. That's why people voted for him in the last election. Katrina shows it's all as sham, a fraud, a disaster as large as Katrina itself.

In Defense Of Troops...War Opponents, Supporters Speak Out On Their Behalf

In Defense Of Troops
War Opponents, Supporters Speak Out On Their Behalf
September 19, 2005
By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY, Courant Staff Writer NEW HAVEN --

Military mom Cindy Sheehan, who injected unprecedented zeal into the nation's anti-war movement by holding a nearly monthlong vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch last month, slammed Bush at a rally on the green Sunday and urged hundreds there to do more to promote peace.

As people applauded, cheered and bobbed signs with anti-war slogans, Sheehan urged them to put pressure on the administration to bring home the troops stationed in Iraq. She told the crowd she wants them at an anti-war rally Saturday in Washington. .

NY Times Covers Cindy In Brooklyn

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Mother Who Lost Son in Iraq Continues Fight Against War

By MARC SANTORA
Published: September 19, 2005

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, last night brought her campaign to end the war to New York, where she accused Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of not doing enough to challenge the Bush administration's Iraq policies.

Speaking in front of more than 500 supporters in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Ms. Sheehan, speaking of Senator Clinton, said, "She knows that the war is a lie but she is waiting for the right time to say it."

In Cambridge, Crowd Cheers on Sheehan

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Mother of soldier killed in Iraq touring nation
by Michael Levenson

CAMBRIDGE -- Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a slain soldier whose vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, helped galvanize antiwar sentiment last month, told 200 cheering, chanting supporters in Cambridge yesterday that Americans should never again be led into what she called an illegal and unjust war.

It's going to be us that makes this war end," said Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons, to the cheers of the audience. ''It's going to be all of us.

Clinton lambastes Bush

Clinton lambastes Bush
18/09/2005 16:26 - (SA)

Washington - Former US president Bill Clinton on Sunday sharply criticised George W Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.

Breaking with tradition under which US presidents mute criticisms of their successors, Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence there were weapons of mass destruction".

The Iraq war diverted US attention from the war on terrorism "and undermined the support that we might have had," Bush said in an interview with an ABC's "This Week" programme.

250 rally against war in Durham

BY JIM SHAMP : The Herald-Sun
jshamp@heraldsun.com
Sep 17, 2005 : 10:30 pm ET

DURHAM -- There was blistering heat and the diversion of college football to contend with, but some 250 people walked from Bright Leaf Square to Duke University's East Campus on Saturday afternoon to show their support for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq.

The crowd, overwhelmingly white and mostly middle-aged and older, included many people who thought they were going to be joined by Cindy Sheehan, the 48-year-old California woman sometimes referred to as the "Peace Mom." Sheehan's son, Army Spec. Casey Austin Sheehan, 24, was killed in action on April 4, 2004, just five days after his arrival in Sadr City, Iraq, during the U.S. occupation.

Philadelphia City Council Votes Resolution Against The War

On the urging of members and friends of the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour, the Philadelphia City Council voted today 16 to 1 for a Resolution calling on the federal government to "rapidly withdraw US troops from Iraq expeditiously." Following a Thursday morning caucus session in which Gold Star Mom Celeste Zappala and other Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour members were introduced to Councilmembers, the Resolution was introduced by Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown and was co-sponsored by 12 other council persons, two of them Republicans. Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown will read the resolution at the Rally scheduled for Friday 9/16 from 5 to 7 PM at Indepenedence Mall, 5th & Market Sts.

Slow drums, empty boots mark protest against war

Bring Them Home Now Tour holds rally, memorial walk

by Danielle T. Furfaro, Albany Times-Union
September 15th, 2005

ALBANY -- In the gentle morning breeze, a half-dozen Buddhists dressed in flowing, white robes beat a meditative rhythm on small drums. Surrounding them on the lawn outside the Capitol were hundreds of white crosses and military boots, each symbolic of someone who died in the Iraq war.

Nearby, a couple of volunteers hung a banner that read "Camp David Fisher," named after a Watervliet soldier killed in Iraq in December.

The morning vigil began Wednesday's activities on the Bring Them Home Now Tour, which stopped in Albany and included a noon rally at the Capitol and an evening memorial walk and forum.

What Noble Cause

What Noble Cause
by CindySheehan [Subscribe]
Sat Sep 17th, 2005 at 05:05:14 PDT
It has been one month, one week, and 4 days since I sat in a ditch in Crawford, Tx. My request was very simple: I wanted to speak to the man who has sent over a million of our young people over to fight, kill, and die in a country that was absolutely no threat to the United States of America. I wanted to ask him: "What is the Noble Cause that you keep talking about?"

Well, we all know now that George Bush never came down the road to talk to me. Thank God! Many people have been saying that I am the "spark," "catalyst," "face of the anti-war movement" etc. I beg to differ. George Bush and his arrogant advisers are the spark that lit the prairie fire of peace activism that has swept over America and the entire world. If he had met with me that fateful day in August it would not have been good for him (because I knew he was going to lie and I would have advertised that fact) but it would have had less of an impact on the peace movement if he had.

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