Let freedom ring, anti-war voices sing

Home News Tribune

How gratifying to see Home News Tribune coverage of our dramatic reading of the Downing Street minutes on July 28 outside your offices. As much as we would like our performance to be the main event, we were really only supposed to be the opening act. You, Home News Tribune, you were cast in the lead role.

We are now back in the wings, sweaty and exhilarated from our brief performance, but the stage has been left bare. There is an awkward silence — the orchestra is confused. When will you step out into the limelight and, through an in-depth analysis, let the truth of the Downing Street minutes sing out to the world?

Cindy Sheehan Writes from Crawford: Camp Casey, Day One

Link to original Daily Kos diary

Camp Casey, Day One
Peaceful Occupation of Crawford, Texas
by Cindy Sheehan

Sun Aug 7th, 2005 at 14:13:38 PDT

The first day of the beginning of the end of the occupation of Iraq.

Today we went into the belly of the beast in Crawford, Texas...and lived to tell about it.

On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005, I had a brainstorm. I was so furious about the horrible loss of life, especially from the Marine National Guard unit from Ohio. I was also so heartbroken for the families who have been wrongfully left behind. Then to top off the indignity and profanity of the needless deaths, George Bush spoke out after the deaths and said 2 things that enraged me further:

A Day in the Bar Ditch of Democracy USA

PEACE FILE
By Greg Moses
LINK TO ORIGINAL

IndyMedia North Texas / Bella Ciao / TodaysAlternativeNews / truthout! / UrukNet

“I’m back here where I met you, in the tent!

UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD

The Lone Star Iconoclast is covering Saturday's journey to Crawford by several groups, including Veterans For Peace, Military Family Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink, Crawford Peace House, and others.

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq last year, is seeking a meeting with President Bush, who is vacationing in Crawford, to have some of her questions answered about the war. Several busloads of interested individuals are expected in Crawford to support her cause. Sheehan has said that she is willing to camp out in Crawford until she gets to meet with the President.

CNN Covers Cindy Sheehan Protest

Link to original

Note the original on the CNN site has links to the video from one story run by CNN as well as a Wolf Blitzer interview with Cindy.

Soldier's mom digs in near Bush ranch
Senator sees 'echoes of Vietnam' in vigil to meet president

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- A mother whose son was killed in Iraq says she is prepared to continue her protest outside President Bush's ranch through August until she is granted an opportunity to speak with him.

New York Times Covers Cindy Sheehan Protest

Link to original

Mother Takes Protest to Bush's Ranch

By RICHARD W. STEVENSON
Published: August 7, 2005

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 6 - The mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq led a protest march on President Bush's ranch here on Saturday, prompting the White House to send two senior officials to meet her after she was blocked by the authorities from approaching Mr. Bush's home.
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The mother, Cindy Sheehan, who has made regular public appearances in opposition to the war, was accompanied by several dozen chanting antiwar activists, including other parents who had lost children to the war, as she walked down a country road toward Mr. Bush's ranch. About five miles from the ranch, they were met by the local police, who barred them from getting any closer. Ms. Sheehan said she would remain as close as possible until Mr. Bush agreed to see her.

Cindy Sheehan Protest Top Story on Google News and AOL

The protests in Crawford, Texas led by Cindy Sheehan are currently the top U.S. story on Google News:

...and on AOL:

Cindy Sheehan: "The Secret Service is Trying to Intimidate Us"

Cindy Sheehan called After Downing Street moments ago at 10 p.m. ET to report that the Secret Service is trying to intimidate her and members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace into leaving their protest near President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.

This morning Cindy led dozens of protesters as close as they could get to the ranch; they were stopped by local police about five miles away. Cindy and others plan to stay there throughout Bush's five-week August vacation until he agrees to meet with her and other family members of soldiers killed in Iraq and answer their questions about the war.

Update from Celeste Zappala, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, on Crawford Protest

NY Bri of Daily Kos on Gold Star Families Protest

Link to original

Letter from Celeste Zappala RE: Cindy

by NYBri
Sat Aug 6th, 2005 at 14:42:27 PDT

I have received the following email from Celeste Zappala, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. She asked that I post it on Dailykos and to thank everyone for their support.

I have just spoken to Cindy Sheehan at 5:05 pm. Her message:

"Today is the begining of the end of the occupation of Iraq." She is feeling strong, people have been bringing her food and water. The police have been polite. She has decided to stay on the Prairie Chapel Road, which is one mile from the Ranch, until George Bush meets with her and tells the truth. She invites anyone who can to join her during the month of August for as long as they can. She urges them to bring camping gear. Also, there are two caravans coming in from Louisiana and from Dayton, Ohio now.

Reuters Covers Cindy Sheehan Protest

White House officials meet anti-war protesters
Sat Aug 6, 2005 6:38 PM ET

By Steve Holland

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - About 70 anti-war protesters shouted "bring the troops home" from Iraq near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, prompting two White House officials to come out to meet with mothers who lost children in combat in Iraq.

National Security Adviser Steven Hadley and Deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin listened to the concerns of Cindy Sheehan and five or six other mothers in a meeting that lasted about 45 minutes, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said. Duffy said Sheehan told the two officials she appreciated the meeting.

AP Covers Cindy Sheehan Protest

Mom of Slain Soldier Stages Bush Protest

Saturday August 6, 2005 8:31 PM
By DEB RIECHMANN
Associated Press Writer

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - The angry mother of a fallen U.S. soldier staged a protest near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, demanding an accounting from the president of how he has conducted the war in Iraq.

Supported by more than 50 shouting demonstrators, Cindy Sheehan, 48, told reporters, "I want to ask George Bush: Why did my son die?"

Sheehan arrived in Crawford aboard a bus painted red, white and blue and emblazoned with the words, "Impeachment Tour."

Her son, Casey, 24, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004. He was an Army specialist, a Humvee mechanic.

Tell the Media: Cover Vets and Family Members in Crawford!

Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, and mother of a soldier killed in action in Iraq, plans to confront President Bush with questions at his Crawford ranch on Saturday morning, August 6, 11 a.m. CT. Accompanying Sheehan will be members of Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), CODE PINK, and Crawford Peace House, all members or allies of the AfterDowningStreet.org Coalition.

SEE FULL RELEASE

CONTACT THE MEDIA
They all have reporters already in Crawford with very little to do. Ask them politely to cover this story.

KIA Soldier's Mom to Confront Bush in Crawford

Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, and mother of a soldier killed in action in Iraq, plans to confront President Bush with questions at his Crawford ranch on Saturday morning, August 6, 11 a.m. CT. Accompanying Sheehan will be members of Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), CODE PINK, and Crawford Peace House, all members or allies of the AfterDowningStreet.org Coalition.

On Wednesday, Bush said (speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August): "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." and "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

Truth Gathers In Dallas

Crawford vs. Dallas is Fantasy vs. Reality
The Baltimore Chronicle
By Ward Reilly

It's time to open the door, Mr. President. Our nation is knocking. If you turn Gold Star families and other REAL heroes away, what is that going to tell the "free press," and what is it going to tell all those veterans who have paid the price?

And you thought that the truth was in Crawford...
This weekend in Dallas, Texas, there will be a "Truth Convention" of sorts, centered around the Veterans For Peace national meeting.

This weekend in Dallas, Iraq veterans and Gold Star families will be joining with veterans of all US wars since WWII, the members of "Veterans For Peace," as they sit just a stone's throw away from a partying-for-five-weeks CIC, George Bush, over on his ranch, entertaining the new Saudi King perhaps.

Mother of Slain American Soldier Determined to Meet Bush in Crawford

Institute for Public Accuracy

President Bush is currently on vacation in Crawford, Texas. Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of the group Gold Star Families for Peace, is the mother of Casey Sheehan, a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. She is currently in Dallas and will be going to Crawford on Saturday morning (expected to arrive there at 11 a.m. Saturday local time). She will be joined by others, including veterans of the war in Iraq.

CINDY SHEEHAN, scindy121@aol.com
http://www.gsfp.org
Sheehan said today: "George Bush recently said, speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August: 'We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission,' and 'The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause.' We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is the Iraq war immediately, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are. ... We are determined to stay until we get answers from George Bush. We deserve and expect him to welcome us with answers as to why our loved ones are dead."

Rep. Pete DeFazio Co-Sponsors Resolution of Inquiry

Congessman Pete DeFazio has joined the list of Congress Members co-sponsoring Congresswoman Lee's Resolution of Inquiry. That makes 42 co-sponsors, plus Lee makes 43. Keep 'em coming!

Secret Service Manhandles Reporter Who Asked Rumsfeld an Actual Question

By Jeff Norman

[photo by Tonia Young shows Jeff Norman being detained by Secret Service after questioning Donald Rumsfeld]

Gold Star mom Nadia McCaffrey wound up her Southern California visit yesterday by attending Donald Rumsfeld's speech at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Secretary of Defense spoke before a capacity audience at a luncheon presented by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

Rumsfeld continued to dismiss reports that prisoner abuse by American military personnel is widespread. He praised his subordinates for "conducting investigations," and claimed the torture problem has been solved. Rumsfeld insisted recent news coverage of prior incidents only makes it seem "like it's new allegations."

Nadia, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June of 2004, attempted to approach Rumsfeld to ask him about what she believes are his various inconsistent statements, but was blocked by security. In an interview after the event, she told me the military leadership has failed to protect troops with adequate equipment that is readily available.

Democrats pile it on Novak, 'Can't stand the heat: That's bullshit'

RAW STORY

"If You Can't Stand The Heat...That's Bull*t!" blares a Democratic National Committee release issued Friday. Conservative columnist Robert Novak quit a CNN program live yesterday before taking questions about his role in the outing of a CIA operative, saying, 'that's bullshit.'

"Apparently, Robert Novak was afraid to answer questions in an open forum or perhaps he had to meet with his lawyer,

British, U.S. lied about justification for pre-war Iraq airstrikes

RAW STORY
By Michael Smith

Special to RAW STORY. Michael Smith writes for the London Sunday Times. He broke the Downing Street Memo story.

Britain and America’s reasons for stepping up bombing of Iraq in the ten months leading up to the war in Iraq was a sham, official figures released by the British Ministry of Defense show.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Geoff Hoon, his UK counterpart, said the stepped-up attacks by U.S. and Royal Air Force aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone were a response to increased attacks by Iraqi air defences.

The minutes of a meeting of Tony Blair’s Iraq war cabinet on July 23, 2003, leaked to the London Sunday Times, record Hoon as saying “the US had begun spikes of activity to put pressure on the regime.

Spies, Leaks & Memos - Part I

The Sag Harbor Express
By Julie Penny

The “Downing Street Memo

Americans View Plame Leak as Important, Bush Admin. as Responsible and Unethical

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 2, 2005. N=1,222 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).
http://www.pollingreport.com/bush.htm

"How much have you heard or read about the special investigation into the possible leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity to reporters in 2003? Would you say you have heard or read a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

A Lot Some Not Much Nothing Unsure
19 35 22 23 1

"There is currently a grand jury investigating whether a crime was committed when a CIA officer's identity was revealed to reporters. How important do you think the investigation is to the nation -- of great importance, some importance, or very little importance?"

Solomon's Unspinning of War

By David Swanson

Norman Solomon's new book, "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death," opens with a disturbing prologue. The U.S. media has refused to give serious coverage to the Downing Street Memos on the grounds that they are "old news." In the initial pages of his book, and supplemented by the rest, Solomon makes a case that both outdoes and undoes that claim.

Solomon outdoes the "old news" claim by providing evidence that the Bush Administration's campaign to take the country to war in Iraq on the basis of lies was remarkably similar to President Lyndon Johnson's use of the media when he wanted to attack the Dominican Republic and Reagan's when he was inclined to invade Grenada, not to mention Bush the First's when Panama was his chosen victim. In fact, Solomon draws disturbing parallels to Johnson and Nixon's lies about Vietnam, Reagan's about Libya and Lebanon, Bush the First's about the First Gulf War and about Haiti, Clinton's about Haiti, Yugoslavia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, and Somalia, and Bush Jr.'s all too recent lies about Afghanistan. There just doesn't seem to be anything new about a president taking this country to war on the basis of laughably bad lies that anyone who was paying attention never fell for.

38 Percent and Falling Believe Bush Handling Iraq Well

Bush's Approval Rating on Iraq Drops in Poll
Six Out of Ten Believe Country Is on Wrong Track
By WILL LESTER, AP

WASHINGTON (Aug. 5) - Americans' approval of President Bush's handling of Iraq is at its lowest level yet, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that also found fewer than half now think he's honest.

A solid majority still see Bush as a strong and likable leader, though the president's confidence is seen as arrogance by a growing number.

Approval of Bush's handling of Iraq, which had been hovering in the low- to mid-40s most of the year, dipped to 38 percent. Midwesterners and young women and men with a high school education or less were most likely to abandon Bush on his handling of Iraq in the last six months.

Mother of fallen soldier is an American hero too

The Standard Times (Rhode Island)

Cindy Sheehan is a woman to be emulated.

Sheehan is the mother of fallen soldier Casey A. Sheehan. He was just 24 years old and in Iraq a matter of days when he and seven soldiers were killed. Their units were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire south of Baghdad.

Whether you are anti-war or pro-war, Cindy Sheehan's devotion is to be admired.

Since her son's death in April of 2004, Sheehan has traveled the country protesting the war. Earlier this week she spoke to an audience of 200 at Christ the King Church. She has worked diligently to put a name and a face to at least one life the war has claimed.

Rally on Cape Cod Calls for End to War

“Barbara Bush has 17 grandchildren, and none of them are serving in Iraq...

More dead bring anguish, anger in Ohio

(But some people still believe the war on Iraq has something to do with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.)

___________________________________

Some question Iraq war; others urge US to press on
By Kaitlin Bell and Susan Milligan, Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff | August 5, 2005

BROOK PARK, Ohio -- The chain fence surrounding the headquarters of the Third Battalion, 25th Marines, yesterday gave the people of northeastern Ohio something they desperately needed: a place to express their complicated feelings about a war that took the lives of 16 of the battalion's members in Iraq.

What Have We Done?

Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches

As the blood of US soldiers continues to drain into the hot sands of Iraq over the last several days with at least 27 US soldiers killed and the approval rating for his handling of the debacle in Iraq dropping to an all-time low of 38%, Mr. Bush commented from the comforts of his ranch in Crawford, Texas today, “We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq.

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Novak's History of Anger Management Issues

Novak's fit on CNN may have been feigned anger that allowed him to leave the set before being questioned about the Plame affair, but in any event there was likely some real anger there. For one thing, Novak apparently has a history of resorting to violence when asked about Valerie Plame.

And I don't just mean his alleged comment to a man on the street that Joe Wilson was "an asshole." Rather, I have in mind an incident in January 2004.

The video on this page does not show the incident but purports to show the victim of it commenting immediately afterward. The man shown here, Brad Carr, says that he called Novak a traitor, and that Novak responded by pushing him and attempting to strike him. Shortly after this happened, fellow CNN pundit Tucker Carlson is shown on this video telling an angry crowd "You're going to call the cops because a 72-year-old guy pushed you? Get a life, dude!"

Vets speak against war at peace group convention

Dallas Morning News
By GRETEL C. KOVACH

IRVING – Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia spent nine months in a military prison for refusing to return to his National Guard unit at war in Iraq.

Sgt. Mejia, the first Iraq combat veteran to file for conscientious-objector status, was treated well at the Fort Sill prison in Oklahoma. Soldiers still ask to shake his hand.

"I felt like I had spoken for a lot of people," said Sgt. Mejia, 29, of Miami. "A lot of soldiers are against the war."

Sgt. Mejia will lead a workshop today on war resistance at the annual Veterans for Peace National Convention, held this year at the University of Dallas. The conference continues through Sunday and is open to the public.

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