14 to join protest at Bush ranch

14 to join protest at Bush ranch
By ANDREA BROWN THE GAZETTE

A hospital chaplain, an Iraq war veteran, a registered Republican and an 80-year-old granny are among the 14 Colorado Springs activists heading to “Camp Casey

Cindy Sheehan and the Silent Majority

Cindy Sheehan and the Silent Majority

August 26, 2005
By Bennet G. Kelley

A recent AP poll reports that, for the first time, a majority of Americans consider President Bush to be dishonest. After five years of lies about Iraq, tax cuts and everything else, the American people are waking up - but both Washington and the media refuse to acknowledge this silent majority. The Los Angeles Times buried the story with a headline reading "48% of Americans Describe Bush as 'Honest.'" Meanwhile there have no been sounds of outrage coming from Capitol Hill.

Enter Cindy Sheehan and her vigil outside the President's Crawford ranch. Ms. Sheehan is demanding what the Republican Congress and the timid media will not - accountability. Thirty months into a war which shows no sign of an imminent conclusion, the reasons for starting the war in the first place remain elusive and shift like desert sand in the wind. Cindy Sheehan is simply demanding what we all deserve - the truth.

UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD

9:45 p.m. on August 25, 2005
Gene Ellis reporting for The Iconoclast

Due to the large numbers of people expected to descend on Camp Casey this weekend, the second camp has been closed to tents. The front area must be cleared to accommodate the larger crowds. There might be a limited number of spaces in the ditch at Camp I, but overflow campers must find area camping facilities in Crawford, Waco, and other Central Texas campgrounds. A list of area campgrounds will hopefully be compiled. Bob Sutter at the Crawford camping area can only accommodate 10-12 campers.

According to Ann Wright, camp coordinator, they are thrilled with the number of people wanting to come, but there just isn't all that much room. "We couldn't have accommodated any of this if we hadn't been loaned this additional land for Camp Casey II. This has been a godsend."

Standoff Continues in Crawford

By Sam Coates
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 26, 2005; Page A04

As Bush, Sheehan Return, Both Sides Plan Rallies

WACO, Tex., Aug. 25 -- The standoff between President Bush and antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan escalated Thursday with emotional appeals from both sides, each invoking sacrifices made by Americans after Sept. 11, 2001, to bolster their case.

With six days remaining until Sheehan's self-imposed deadline to leave Crawford, Tex., there seems little sign of her antiwar efforts ending with her departure. In a briefing for reporters, Sheehan said she is planning an antiwar bus tour of the country next month, ending Sept. 24 in Washington, where she plans to set up a permanent vigil until Bush agrees to meet with her, as she has sought in Texas.

"There's the people standing behind me here, but there's thousands of military families . . . who want the same answers to the same questions," she said.

Iraq: No rational course to stay

By James Maynard for SeattlePI.com:

President Bush's recent statement about needing to "stay the course" in Iraq gives pause for reflection and concern. To "stay the course" implies that there is a charted course to follow, a defined course objective, navigational tools to guide the progress and an expected time of arrival.

None of these appear to be the case in our Iraq adventure, and the president's statement rings hollow. Broader analysis may cause us to question the entire "course" laid out by a neo-conservative philosophy grounded in a belief that the United States is a divinely inspired empiric instrument for global transformation whose immediate goal is the creation of a democratic Iraq to usher in a new era of peace and freedom in the Middle East.

On the face of it, this course is not a course at all, but a naïve ephemeral projection of individuals who do not value the lessons of history and have no real understanding of the complexities of the Middle East.

A Letter to the Editor in Stars & Stripes - Bush should see Sheehan

Letters to the Editor for Friday, August 26, 2005
Stars and Stripes
European and Mideast editions

Bush should see Sheehan

I wanted to let Cindy Sheehan know that she has not only my respect, but my admiration.

Out of more than 1,700 grieving parents, many of whom I’m sure do not agree with the whole Iraq situation, Sheehan is the only one who has had guts enough to ask questions. Too many people are “silently

Will News Media Help Bush Exploit the 9/11 Anniversary Again?

Norman Solomon's blog on MediaChannel.org

For a long time, the last refuge of scoundrels was "patriotism." Now it's "the war on terror."

President Bush and many of his vocal supporters aren't content to wrap themselves in the flag. It's not sufficient to posture as more patriotic than opponents of the Iraq war. The ultimate demagogic weapon is to exploit the memory of Sept. 11, 2001.

Next month, the fourth anniversary will provide the Bush administration with plenty of media opportunities to wrap itself in the 9/11 shroud and depict Iraq war critics as insufficiently committed to defending the United States. A renewed attempt to justify the war as a resolute stand against terrorism is well underway.

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by R. J. Kovic
OpEdNews.com

The media reminds George Bush that his "earned capital" is rightfully "media loaned currency" made available to him by his true Creator- the media.

Media coverage of the ongoing Bush/Sheehan matter is worth following, not for its substance - that is sorely lacking - but rather, for the audacity the media is showing by giving its favorite child a public spanking.

"Media" refers to the conglomerates that currently pose as the fourth estate and, in effect, lull the public into thinking it still has someone or something looking out for it by checking government excess and/or abuse of power.

The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford -- Day 19

By Cindy Sheehan

False Freedom isn't Free

Today when I was driving back and forth between Camp Casey II and the Crawford Peace House, I saw a lot of signs that say "I'm4W" "Support our Troops" and the one I hate the most: "Freedom isn't Free." I have excerpted an article I wrote a few months ago called: A Lie of Historic Proportions. I am not feeling well tonight, so I am heading to bed before six a.m. tonight.

Iraq has been the tragic Lie of Historic Proportions of Washington, DC since before the first Gulf war. For years, Saddam was one of our government?s propped up and militarily supported puppets. Many people have seen the famous footage of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam. I suppose the two are smiling so big for the cameras because they are kindred spirits. After all of the hand-shaking and weapon brokering, when did Saddam become such a bad guy to Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and Co.? (Insert your favorite reason here).

One Mother's Stand

The president says he feels compassion for me, but the best way to show that compassion is by meeting with me and the other mothers and families who are here. Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice and we want answers. All we're asking is that he sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq.
-- Cindy Sheehan, Camp Casey, Crawford, Texas

t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez

Thursday 25 August 2005
9:15 PM

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It was Pizza night at Camp Casey, Patricia Foulkrod's documentary "The Ground Truth" is playing at Camp Casey II under the big tent. Joan Baez will be performing following the film. After Joan treats the camp for the fifth straight night, the camp will view "Arlington West" a film about the memorial of now over 1800 crosses that Veterans for Peace set up every Sunday in Santa Monica, and other cities on the west coast. The film was put together by Peter Dudar and Sally Marr.

“Arlington West

“Arlington West

Tennessee National Guard soldiers killed in Iraq

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SWEETWATER (AP) — Two Tennessee National Guard soldiers were killed Monday in Iraq, their family members said Tuesday.

Spc. Joseph "Joey" Hunt, 27, of Sweetwater, and Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance, 34, of Seymour, were members of the 278th Regimental Combat Team. Two other members of the unit on the same combat patrol were injured Monday afternoon southwest of Samarra when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle, ejecting at least one soldier.

The Hunt family issued a statement saying they did not know many details of the incident and asked to be allowed to grieve in private.

Forty die as Iraqi factions are given another day to agree deal

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The speaker of the fledgling Iraqi parliament has announced a 24-hour extension to talks over the country's new constitution on a day of renewed sectarian infighting that left at least 40 people dead.

Hajim al-Hassani declared the second extension to negotiations shortly after the midnight deadline. "We found that time was late and we saw that the matters will need another day in order to reach results that please everyone, " he said.

The chaos inside the new legislature continued against the background of another surge in violence.

Friday Demonstration Against Pat Robertson's "Christian Broadcasting Company"

CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY TO CONDUCT PUBLIC VIGIL AND PRESS CONFERENCE DEMANDING FCC INVESTIGATION OF CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK AND PAT ROBERTSON'S CALL FOR THE ASSASSINATION OF DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADER AND INSIST THAT ROBERTSON AND CBN APOLOGIZE DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT CHAVEZ AND VENEZUELAN PEOPLE.

For more information, please contact Diane Shamis 845-661-3754

Place: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK News Offices, 1919 M St. N.W. (corner of 20th Street), Washington, D.C. Date: Friday, August 26, 2005 Time: 1:00 P.M.

Reverend Yearwood, leader of the Hip Hop Caucus, and other members of the faith community, outraged by the call for the assasination of President Hugo Chavez by Pat Robertson, are still demanding an FCC investigation into the right-wing Christian broadcaster's comments on his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Reverend Yearwood and other members of this coalition of conscience are asking Americans of all faiths to e-mail, call and write to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to demand an inquiry into whether the license of CBN should be suspended or revoked, and/or fines imposed for these obscene and offensive remarks, calling for the murder of a democratically elected leader.

E&P On American Legion

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American Legion Declares War on Protestors -- Media Next?

By E&P Staff

Published: August 24, 2005 4:20 PM ET

NEW YORK The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests

Protest Mother Back at Bush Ranch

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A mother whose son died while serving in Iraq has resumed her protest outside President George W Bush's Texas ranch.
The Californian woman had to interrupt her anti-war campaign six days ago to look after her elderly mother after she suffered a stroke.

Cindy Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son Casey was killed in action in 2004, started her protest on 6 August.

She has vowed to stay put during Mr Bush's month-long holiday there and hopes he will meet her.

The Guardian: "Leaderless on the left"

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The mood in America is shifting against the Iraq war, but it has found inadequate expression in Congress

Gary Younge
Monday August 22, 2005
The Guardian

The myth of Rosa Parks is well known. The tired seamstress who boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955 and refused to give up her seat to a white man has become one of the most enduring legends of the civil rights era. Her subsequent arrest started the bus boycott that launched the civil rights movement. It transformed the apartheid of America's southern states from a local idiosyncrasy to an international scandal and turned a previously unknown 26-year-old preacher, Martin Luther King, into a household name.

Cindy Sheehan Planning Anti-War Bus Tour

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
Thu Aug 25, 1:51 PM ET

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CRAWFORD, Texas - A fallen soldier's mother said Thursday that the an anti-war vigil she started nearly three weeks ago near President Bush's ranch won't end when she and other protesters pack up the camp next week.

Cindy Sheehan said the day after she leaves Aug. 31, she will embark on a bus tour ending up in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. Then the group will start a 24-hour vigil in the nation's capital.

"I am not alone," she said at a news conference Thursday. "There's the people standing behind me here, but there's thousands of military families ... who want the same answers to the same questions."

Left I On the News: About that Excuse for not Meeting with Cindy...

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About that excuse for not meeting with Cindy Sheehan...

George Bush has claimed repeatedly that he doesn't need to meet with Cindy Sheehan because he has already met with her, and it's a line that his supporters repeat frequently as well. Just one little itty bitty problem. Today, trying to counter Sheehan's influence while in Idaho, Bush met with Dawn Rowe (as seen and interviewed on CNN; doesn't appear to be online at the moment). Rowe's husband was killed in Iraq, and this was the second time Bush has met with her. Want to meet with George Bush? All you have to do is to agree with him. Anyone else? Go stand in the street. Or a ditch. Preferably a long way away.

Exclusive: Cindy Sheehan speaks to crowd at Camp Casey

Exclusive: Cindy Sheehan speaks to crowd at Camp Casey
RAW STORY

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The following is the exclusive transcript of Cindy Sheehan's 16-minute speech to supporters Wednesday night, taken by RAW STORY via The Brad Show on Raw Radio. Hear it here.

CINDY SHEEHAN: Hi. Isn’t she amazing? (applause) Do you guys mind if I sit down too? This has been a pretty amazing day. Oops, did I do that. Oh, okay. I was watching Jon Stewart the other night. I haven’t watched TV for a long time and he had Chris Wallace on from Fox News, I think, and they were talking about what’s happening out here and they were talking about well Cindy’s gone, her mom had a stroke, and then they said that Joan Baez gave a concert last night and Jon Stewart said, “Well apparently they are trying to stop Vietnam.

If You're Going to Crawford This Weekend...

FOR ALL PRO-PEACE ACTIVISTS/CINDY SUPPORTERS: The goal at Camp Casey has always been peaceful demonstration. Even when pro-Bush people come by and heckle us, we just smile, wave and say, "Thanks for coming! Peace!" We do not want to get involved in shouting matches or any other escalated confrontation. We know that no argument can be made against our work to save American and Iraqi lives. So if ever confronted, just take a deep breath and enjoy being in the right :)

Gold Star Mom Amy Branham On the Peace Movement

The Peace Movement

It has now been almost three weeks since Cindy’s vigil in Crawford began with a small group of people marching to the President’s ranch on that hot day in the ditch. Since that day so much has changed, not just at Camp Casey and not just the new Camp Casey II.

Cindy’s vigil has accomplished so much more than any of us on that day could have ever dreamed of.

What Cindy started that day, August 6, 2005 (remember this date) is something that will continue for a long time to come. America is finally starting to wake up from a long, deep sleep. The American people, whether they agree with the war and with Cindy or not, is starting to have an active, open, healthy public debate about this war. More and more people every day are becoming aware that there really is a war going on and that America’s sons and daughters are dying every single day. The Peace Movement is gaining a momentum is has not had since Viet Nam. The American media is starting to cover both sides more and more every day.

From Tomdispatch: Karen Greenberg on What the JAG Memos Tell Us About Torture

From Tomdispatch today

Karen J. Green, co-editor of The Torture Papers, a widely acclaimed book on Bush administration torture policies, explores recently released documents written by military lawyers in 2003 arguing against the torture policies then being hammered out by White House lawyers as not just morally wrong but strategically short-sighted. This offers us a new view into government deliberations at that time and quite a different argument against the use of torture -- one that proved prescient indeed. "The Achilles Heel of Torture, What the JAG Memos Tell us" pushes the issue of administration torture policies in new directions. Please check it out.

The Cindy Sheehan effect

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Cindy Sheehan is back in Crawford, Texas, resuming her demands to see President Bush, who himself is facing declining poll numbers. Are attitudes toward the war reaching what Americans like to call “a tipping point

Republicans Are Unlikely to Defect

Bucking Bush on Iraq Policy Could Alienate
Party and Supporters of Presidential Hopefuls
By JOHN HARWOOD
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
August 25, 2005; Page A4

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WASHINGTON -- In a summer of angst over Iraq, Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska has invoked a powerful image by comparing the fighting there to the Vietnam quagmire a generation ago.

Mr. Hagel's decorated Vietnam service and his status as a potential 2008 presidential candidate brought even greater attention to his intraparty blast at President Bush's policy. It also raised the question of whether the lame-duck president's bulwark of Republican support is about to crumble over the Iraq war's mounting toll.

Bush vs. the Mother

On the president's doorstep -- a dead soldier, an aggrieved housewife and the start of something big
By MATT TAIBBI

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Crawford, the home of President George W. Bush, is a sun-scorched hole of a backwater Texas town -- a single dreary railroad crossing surrounded on all sides by roasted earth the color of dried dog shit. There are scattered clumps of trees and brush, but all the foliage seems bent from the sun's rays and ready at any moment to burst into flames.

Casey

Day 18--The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

Thu Aug 25th, 2005 at 03:09:30 PDT
Day 18
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

I got up really early today to head back to Camp Casey. On the way, I had some amazing conversations with people. In one of those conversations, I was talking to Tyler who was sitting next to me on one of the planes. We were not talking about me and what I have been doing. Randomly, he told me he had just been in Texas about an hour north of Crawford. I said: "Wow that's where I am going and that's where I have been all month." He said: "I know I own a television." I thought that was pretty cute.

American Legion Declares War on Protestors -- Media Next?

By E&P Staff

Published: August 24, 2005 4:20 PM ET

NEW YORK The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests

Did Time hide the truth to get Bush re-elected?

The Los Angeles Times takes a long look at Plamegate today. There's little new here -- except for a claim by someone close to Karl Rove that Rove first heard Plame's name from Bob Novak -- but the Times does raise an interesting question along the way. We know now that Rove and Scooter Libby were involved in the outing of Plame. But how is it, the Times asks, that their roles remained secret until after George W. Bush was re-elected?

The answer, at least in part: Their roles remained secret because some members of the mainstream press helped to keep them secret. According to the Times' report, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper chose not to ask for a waiver of confidentiality from Rove until this summer -- in part because his attorney advised against it, and in part because "Time editors were concerned about becoming part of such an explosive story in an election year." As a result, the Times says, "Cooper's testimony was delayed nearly a year, well after Bush's reelection."

Help Your Peace-loving Child Avoid the Draft

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Help Your Peace-loving Child Avoid the Draft
By Helen James
Issue 128, January - February 2005

On the eve of the Gulf War, while I was marching for peace with hundreds of other protestors, I spotted a familiar mop of shiny red hair down low in the crowd. Sure enough, it belonged to my then nine-year-old son, Adam. I hadn’t encouraged him to take up the politics of adulthood, but he and his buddies had convinced another parent to take them to the rally. We joined forces, and I walked and talked with them as they struggled to understand the deeper meaning of that day.

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