U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
August 8, 2005
SIGN-ON LETTER: Urge the President to Meet with the Parent of a Fallen Soldier!
DEADLINE: COB TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
Dear Democratic Colleague:
You probably have heard that since this past Saturday, Cindy Sheehan, the mother of Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan who perished in Iraq on April 24, 2004, has been attempting to meet with the President in Crawford to discuss the loss of her son and the status of the war in Iraq.
Unfortunately, the President has refused to meet with her and, instead, sent two of his aides in his place.
Mon Aug 8th, 2005 at 12:50:41 PM EDT
I was alerted to Matt Drudge's latest smear campaign -- "PROTESTING SOLDIER MOM CHANGED STORY ON BUSH" -- this time against Cindy Sheehan, who's protesting the Iraq war and the deaths of soldiers, including her son, a few miles from Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.
Raw Story did some digging and found out that Drudge pulled quotes out of context, and omitted large sections of the original story -- published on June 24, 2004 by The Reporter, a Vacaville, Calif. newspaper -- that expressed the Sheehan family's opposition to the war. The article isn't published on the Internet, but Raw Story acquired a verifiable copy of the original story.
DEMAND THAT BUSH MEET WITH CINDY!
Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace, is waiting for George Bush to come out of his Crawford,Texas vacation home to explain what is the "noble cause" her son died for! She has been holding a vigil outside the Bush ranch since Saturday, August 6,to demand an explanation now and to insist that the only way to honor the sacrifices of the veterans is to bring the troops home NOW!
Please join the Hip Hop Caucus, partnering with Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace and Justice, UP (United Progressives) for Democracy, and other allies:
April 01, 2005
By Larry C. Johnson
"Dead wrong" is the phrase the media is trumpeting from the report issued by former Senator Chuck Robb and Judge Laurence Silbermann under the title , Final Report on Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Hopefully most Americans will take time to read the report and understand what a woeful, inept job that Robb and Silbermann have done. I agree with the Commission report that analysts made mistakes. But for all of the massive detail provided in the 600 plus page report, Robb and Silbermann fail to answer the most basic question: Was there any intelligence analysis from the CIA that indicated Iraq's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction had reached the point that if we did not act Saddam would? The answer is no. Yet, Robb and Silbermann want Americans to accept the nonsense that politics played no role in the intelligence analysis. They ask America to accept the sorry picture of a President and legislators who apparently were willing idiots being spoon fed wrong information by incompetent analysts. If we accept this fairy tale we will have learned nothing from the fiasco in Iraq.
To: Texas PDA'ers!
From: Sherry Bohlen, PDA National Field Director
Date: August 8, 2005
I just spoke with Cindy Sheehan and she asked me to thank everyone for your support and encouragement. She looks forward to seeing many of you join her in Crawford but asked that I tell you that anyone coming on Thursday might be risking arrest.
The local authorities have informed her that as of Thursday she and anyone standing with her will be considered a national security risk and will be arrested. We're asking as many people as possible to arrive at the camp outside Bush's ranch on Wednesday evening and plan to spend the night camping with Cindy. In case the powers-that-be decide to arrest Cindy at 12:01 Thursday morning, we want to have a strong contingent of support for her!
By Norman Solomon
A lot of people want to believe that the current war on Iraq is some kind of aberration -- a radical departure from the previous baseline of U.S. foreign policy. That's a comforting illusion.
Yes, the current administration in Washington is notable for the extreme mendacity and calculated idiocy of its claims. But -- decade after decade -- the propaganda fuel for one U.S. war after another has flowed from a standard set of lies.
Some of the boilerplate lies are implicit assumptions about Uncle Sam's benign and even noble intent. Other deceptions rely on more specific whoppers, endlessly whirling through the news media's spin cycle. From one war to the next, certain themes are played up more than others -- but the process always involves building an agenda to start a war, trying to justify the war while it's underway, and then claiming that the war must continue as long as the man in the Oval Office says so.
Steve Cobble: Huffington Post
Cindy Sheehan is a one-woman antiwar movement.
Cindy wants to ask George W. Bush exactly what was the "noble cause" that her son Casey died for.
She's camping in a ditch near George W. Bush's fake ranch--built as a stage set when Bush ran for President, so he could pretend to be a cowboy, instead of an oil man--because more Americans like cowboys...
Cindy wants to ask Bush about the Downing Street Memo. Even though the elite media never really put it on the front page, Cindy knows that it proves that Bush & Blair had decided to go to war long before they told the rest of us, that the reasons they gave out to the public were false.
By Buddy Spell
LOUISIANA ACTIVIST NETWORK
August 8, 2005
The biggest recent development today is that Cindy’s lawyers, Annie and Buddy Spell of Franklinton, Louisiana, have associated Jim Herrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project to come in as local counsel. Jim successfully defended the Crawford Five and we are honored to work with him.
The legal team is now in place and will be on site in about 48 hours.
Rumors of an impending Thursday arrest remain just rumors at this time.
Spoke with Cindy at about 9:15 PM (CST) this evening. There are about a dozen people out at Camp Casey tonight.
United for Peace and Justice
We are united for peace and justice
But the price is rather high
Fighting a mission of questions
With the answers in the sky
World politics is a mystery
Logic is lost to a gun
Yet our soldiers are still heroes
Just like Cindy’s son.
We the people,
Stand tall, be brave
Bring our heroes home,
This is what we crave
We follow our leaders,
Hoping for the truth
Yet we jump into war
Without adequate proof
What can we do to stop the wars
What can we do for peace
So many living need our help
One of Sheehan's Lawyers has set up a blog to report from Camp Casey Annie Spell has started a blog, Peace in Pink Shoes, to document her trip to Crawford, Texas, begining tommorrow. The blog will provide some behind-the-scene observations and images not available elsewhere:
By Greg Moses
When Robert DeLozier saw the story of Cindy Sheehan on television Sunday, he told his spouse right away: 'I'm going up there. We have to drop everything and go.' At the Sam's Club of all places, says Robert, he nearly broke down crying while he was shopping Monday morning thinking about what Sheehan was doing in memory of her son Casey, who was killed in Iraq last April.
'She's a strong woman,' says Robert via cell phone as he drives back home Monday night. 'She feels she has been wronged. She feels her son has been wronged. And she feels like this whole occupation of Iraq is wrong. She is strong and powerful enough to take a stand. When I see it, it just strikes a chord. She's speaking truth to power. That's it. David and Goliath.'
By Juli Kearns (Idyllopus)
Niagra Falls Reporter
By Bill Gallagher
The worst commander in chief in American history is relaxing, escaping from reality, and enjoying his five-week vacation down on the ranch. Maybe he should spend a little time reviewing his war plan for prevailing in Iraq, thinking of a way to end the carnage and get U.S. troops home safely.
Such a review is clearly in order, but don't count on this commander in chief questioning his own judgments and actually considering the possibility that he's made horrible mistakes and miscalculations.
The war in Iraq is all about politics, and George W. Bush practices the politics of Karl Rove.
By Marie Cocco
No oil for blood.
The bumper sticker popular among left-leaning opponents of the conflict - no war for oil - has been inverted. There is no oil to be had for the shedding of American blood. Not for years anyway.
Remember the bold promises?
"Iraq has oil," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Fortune magazine in 2002, discussing the potential cost of an Iraq invasion and how it would be met. "They have financial resources."
Paul Wolfowitz, formerly Rumsfeld's deputy, was bolder: "The oil revenues of that country could bring in between $50 [billion] and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years," he told Congress as the war began. "We're dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction."
The following letter, circulating around the Hill, was acquired by RAW STORY Tuesday afternoon. Sixteen Democratic House members are calling on President Bush to meet Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq and is protesting outside Bush's Crawford ranch.
Dear Mr. President:
We write to respectfully urge you to meet with Cindy Sheehan and other relatives of fallen soldiers who request a meeting to discuss their deep concerns about the war in Iraq. We also request that you help ensure that Ms. Sheehan and her colleagues are not arrested as long as they continue to wait for a meeting with you at their location in the peaceable and legal manner that they have maintained thus far.
Progressive Democrats of America
Field and Political Report
August 9, 2005
Tell Bush to Meet with Cindy Sheehan
He must explain his rationale for sending American sons and daughters to risk their lives in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan, an American soldier killed in Iraq, is waiting outside of Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas for answers. She wants Bush to answer for the war that took her son, to explain the lack of weapons of mass destruction and explain the Downing Street Memos. Cindy has been a friend and ally to Progressive Democrats of America, speaking at our Iraq War Teach-In about the need to end this “immoral war.
Families Of Fallen Soldiers Want Audience With Bush
SAN DIEGO -- Two San Diego women will join the mother of a fallen California soldier in a peace vigil outside President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
IMAGES: San Diegans Join Texas Peace Vigil
Tiffany Strause and Julie Decker arrived at San Diego's Lindbergh field early Tuesday. They said they would to fly to Texas to join Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who is holding a roadside peace vigil near President Bush's ranch. Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., has vowed to follow the president until she can personally ask him what her son died for.
This is Barbara Cummings from San Diego. Niger Yellow Cake! Two of us are leaving for Crawford this evening. We plan to stay a week or more. We are bringing cases of water and other food stuff. We will sit by the side of the road with Cindy.
Check this out; I called my congressman this morning, Bob Filner, to thank him for signing the letter in support of Cindy. His office manager had no idea who Cindy is or why Crawford was significant. When last I was this surprised it was when they didn't know who John Bolton was during the week of the hearings!This is astounding to me! How can we motivate people to get out there when those who should know, don't know?
Gary Younge in Crawford, Texas
Wednesday August 10, 2005
Guardian Casey Sheehan did not want to go to Iraq, but he did not want to let down his buddies. So despite his mother's offer to whisk him away to Canada or run his leg over with a car, off he went. Less than two weeks later, the 24-year-old from Vacaville, California, was dead, one of eight soldiers killed in an ambush near Baghdad.
Now, 16 months later, Cindy Sheehan, 48, is camped outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, demanding to see the president. "I want to ask him why did my son die? What was this noble cause you talk about? And if the cause is so noble, when are you going to send your daughters over there and let somebody else's son come home?"
Bill O'Reilly Tuesday (August 9, 2005) tried to make Cindy Sheehan look like an unwitting tool of leftist extremists who has unaccountably changed her views of President Bush. All it took was a Google search to reveal that O'Reilly was repeating false information that the far right has been spreading about Sheehan all week.
Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq last year, has been protesting outside President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch while the president vacations. She is demanding that Bush explain his conduct of the war in Iraq.
O'Reilly claimed that Sheehan has changed her feelings toward Bush since she met with the president a year ago. He said that in an inteview with a California newspaper shortly after that visit, Sheehan said, "I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss." He also quoted her as saying, "That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together."
By Steve Cobble, HuffingtonPost
April, 2002--Bush & Blair get together in Crawford to cut the secret deal to go to war.
July, 2002--The Downing Street Minutes prove that Bush & Blair misled the public, "fixed" the intelligence, knew the case was "thin" that Iraq was a threat, understood that an invasion of Iraq was illegal, and prepared secretly to invade a country that was not involved with al Qaeda.
April, 2004--Two years later, Casey Sheehan is killed in Iraq. 1,800 others, and uncounted Iraqis, have shared his fate.
August, 2005--Cindy Sheehan bravely goes to Crawford to ask George W. to interrupt his 5-week vacation for a few minutes, so she can ask him exactly what "noble cause" it was for which her son gave his life.
Far From Washington, White House Stays on Message During Slow Media Cycles
By CHRISTOPHER COOPER
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
August 10, 2005; Page A4
Sweltering in August and swarming with grasshoppers, the Prairie Chapel ranch in Crawford, Texas, isn't everyone's idea of paradise. But a captive press corps and a slow summer news cycle are allowing President Bush to use the Crawford backdrop to push his agenda, far from the distractions of Washington.
Operating from the base his aides call the "Western White House," Mr. Bush devoted last week to touting his legislative success in pushing a Central American trade agreement through Congress as well as a bankruptcy overhaul bill. On Monday, Mr. Bush extolled the administration-backed energy bill. Yesterday he praised highlights of the economy, and today he will speak about the recently passed highway bill. Tomorrow, with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at his side, Mr. Bush will talk up what he views as progress in Iraq before reporters at the ranch.
The New York Times
August 10, 2005
By MAUREEN DOWD
W. can't get no satisfaction on Iraq.
There's an angry mother of a dead soldier camping outside his Crawford ranch, demanding to see a president who prefers his sympathy to be carefully choreographed.
A new CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans now think that going to war was a mistake and that the war has made the U.S. more vulnerable to terrorism. So fighting them there means it's more likely we'll have to fight them here?
Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged yesterday that sophisticated bombs were streaming over the border from Iran to Iraq.
CNN AMERICAN MORNING 7:00 AM EST
Monday, August 8, 2005
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq is demanding answers from the commander in chief. She wants U.S. troops to come home and she's holding a vigil at President Bush's Texas ranch to make her point. Here's Elaine Quijano.
ELAINE QUIJANO, CNN CORRESPONDENT, (voice over): Her name is Cindy Sheehan and she is one voice in the emotional debate over the Iraq War.
CINDY SHEEHAN, ARMY SPECIALIST CASEY SHEEHAN'S MOTHER: I'm a mom. My heart was broken on April 4th when my son was killed.
By Jim DiEugenio
Special to From the Wilderness
... The above evidence is strong enough to have persuaded former CIA officers Ray McGovern and Vince Cannistraro that Ledeen and his colleagues originally forged the Niger yellowcake uranium documents. Needless to say, if this is so, it would demonstrate that the Iraq War was a fabrication from its inception, even before 9/11. It would also explain another oddity: Pat Buchanan’s complaint that the administration has not shown enough outrage over the discovery of this forgery.
I have explained above why I think the Fitzgerald investigation poses a real danger to the White House. Which is not to predict with certainty that this Special Counsel proceeding will do to Bush what a previous one did to Nixon. The balance of power is not there yet. In fact, Senate Intelligence Chair Pat Roberts had already announced he wants to review the Special Counsel investigation “who has been investigating the Plame case for nearly two years
CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER 12:00 PM EST
Sunday, August 7, 2005 Sunday
BLITZER: Welcome back.
The war in Iraq has claimed more than 1,800 U.S. service men and women. One mother who lost her son in Iraq is protesting outside of the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was killed in Baghdad's Sadr City in April 2004. She's a founder of Gold Star Families, joining us now live from Crawford, Texas.
Our deepest condolences to you, Cindy Sheehan, on the loss of your son.
Talk a little bit about Casey and the circumstances surrounding his death.
August 10, 2005
Contact: Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277
Dante Zappala 215-520-7040
Gold Star and Military Families Arrive in Crawford, Texas
Call on President Bush to Meet with Cindy Sheehan and All of the Families,
And to Bring The Troops Home Now!
CRAWFORD, TX - Members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military
Families Speak Out are beginning to arrive in Crawford, Texas to add their
voices to Cindy Sheehan's, calling for a meeting with President Bush and
for troops to be brought home now.
The following Gold Star and Military Families Speak Out members are
available for interview: