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Beatrice Saldovar has come to Camp Casey to represent the Torres family whose son-- her nephew-- Daniel was killed in Iraq in February 2005, and she has done so with the utmost grace. Whether speaking to the press or the Camp Casey participants, Beatrice's words both honor her nephew's memory and condemn the injustice of the Iraq war. Around camp, she is always giving people hugs, helping with whatever needs to be done, and using every ounce of remaining energy to voice her opposition to the war. She has become so dear to everyone here. I sat down with Beatrice last week to hear the story of her nephew's last visit with his fiancee Sofia; how she had to break the news of his death to Sofia, then 7 weeks pregnant; and Sofia's difficult road ahead without her baby's father.

Listen to the first part of her story here.

Listen to the second part of her story here.

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thank you so much for bringing Beatrice's story of her nephew Daniel to our conscience ... i sure hope and pray all the stories of all the fallen, who did not want to be there or whose families were and are against the war and those who support the president, but still want the troops to come home alive .... will be brought to the american people ... nite after nite after nite .... we have the time to hear the truth about how this war is affecting those who have paid the price of this war !
noguns, santa cruz, ca.

During the Vietnam war, my husband and myself helped the immigrants immigrate from Cambodia. We adopted my son through this war when he became an orphan. He came to us at 2 years weighing only 7 pounds. He is an intelligent and highly gifted person. Unfortunately we can not afford to send him to college because we are an unlimited income. We paid thousands of $$$ to try to get him well. We lost our home. He was infected by yellow rain and agent orange. He is now out of remission because the disease is replicating in his bone marrow. Social Security cut us off....this strange government who cannot help us pay $290 for the medicine that may save him. We are citizens who paid all our life. When coming to us he had been bayoneted in his back, his head had crushed areas....
Our government does not help us when he is 26 so that he can see his 4 & 2 year old grow up. I am soured on this obnoxious government run by daddy and son BUSH! He was coached to lie about WMD in Iraq. He has shoved his arm in like a Nazi to greet people. He kept reading to children (our life blood) for 8 minutes....what an uncaring man. Why aren't his daughters among the soldiers? Which one of our children could get away with a false ID and drink under age? He has sent strong messages of being a dictator within our government. He has been visiting different hierarchy leaders of the different faiths and telling them that they cannot let senators/representatives attend church because of women's choice.
Our last pristine place on earth - the Artic - will bring death to wildlife. The scenery will be no longer sacred as God has made it. He will destroy what God has created. He is a traitor to people of faith and beauty. He cares only about lining his pocket with green paper and forgetting the poor. God loves those who help the poor. Can he really pretend anymore that God approves of his behavior? I don't think so. He has a muddy past full of dictator smells. He is the most unintelligent person in the country. He can't even say his words correctly. He needs to be shoved out of the White House.....he is a traitor to US people,businesses, economy, social security for the elderly, medical for all.....the list goes on and on and on. "RISE UP, MY PEOPLE AND BRING HIM TO DEFEAT!

I LOVE YOU ALL. May you rally him to defeat. I wish I could be with all the beautiful people in Crawford. My mind, however, is with you every single moment. You are precious! Keep up your fight for justice and help bring our troops home. On the back of my car I have a sign which reads: "THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER!"

Amen and Amen
RISE UP MY PEOPLE AND BRING HIM TO DEFEAT!!

HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GET THE FACT THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING OVER LIES AND OIL. I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BUT THE MAN THAT SENT THEM THERE KNEW WHAT THE TRUTH WAS. EVERY PERSON THAT HAS DIED OVER THESE LIES AND CORRUPTION SHOULD BE MADE ACCOUNTABE. IM TALKING STRIGHT TO YOU BUSH. YOUR NOTHING BUT A COMMON THUG.

DEAR MICKEY,
I AGREE WITH YOU 1000%!!! HAVE WE BECOME SUCH BLIND FOLLOWERS THAT WE HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO HOLD OUR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE??? HOW MANY MORE KIDS HAVE TO DIE FOR BUSH & CHANEY'S OIL GREED? MY GOD, THEY HAVE MORE MONEY THAN THEY COULD EVER SPEND IN 10 LIFETIMES. WHAT IS IT GONNA TAKE FOR AMERICANS TO SAY "ENOUGH"?

KAREN

Don't let stupid Bush and Cheney, wage war against another country, with which we are AT PEACE; don't let them wage war against IraN!
Don't let more soldiers and civilians die, in useless battle for the world's dwindling oil reserves to be sold for high profits to China!

Don't let Bush and Cheney get away with it, if they stage a "false flag" attack on America, maybe in Alaska, which they will then ascribe to "terrorists", and, with the same twisted logic that they used after 9-11, to invade IraQ, use that attack on American soil as an "excuse" to attack IraN! Maybe with Nuclear Weapons this time!

We have had all we can take of those kinds of lies! We need to get rid of that crew before they plunge us all into even WORSE things, than they have up to now! Yes, WORSE, that IS possible! Nuclear war is worse, and it is very possible, with obsessed madmen at the helm!

It is my firm conviction that President Bush has lied so much he no longer knows the truth. A liar will always steal if given the chance. He is "taking" the lives of so many young men and women and there is no longer any justification for doing so. If we stay there 10 more years, WE WILL BE NO SAFER. We have to find Osama Bin Laden, kill both he and Saddam and wait for the next Muslim extremist to emerge. This White House has made us all murderers, not warriors. Isn't this the saddest thing? What has this regime done to us? We will be no safer when, and if ever, his pals have all they can gleen from the war in Iraq.

Morning Coffee, Conspiracy Freaks, Different sorts of Soldiers,
Vacations, and of course, Cindy Sheehan

“She’s standing up to him, I read it on the internet,

I loved this story and only hope the "Christian Soldiers" were listening. Sometimes we have to speak to the opposition even though we find it hard to believe how opaque their blinders are.

I, too, loved this story! I used to work with two ardent Bush supporters and as far as they were concerned whatever he and Fox News said was right. These right-wingers have almost unbelievable tunnel vision. I keep thinking (and hoping) that they can't all be that stupid, but I rarely see evidence of anything else! As for these evangelical christians who rabidly support Bush and the war; I always want to ask them when did God suddenly become pro-war?

bush has been on vacation too many times

I feel so powerless against such evil. It's as if we turned our heads for just a moment and when we refocused it was already too late. Where is the one leader who will stand for good? Why do our rights continually get voted out in congress? Why isn't someone seriously trying to impeach this entire government? I read and listen and watch and know exactly why all this is happening, but nothing will take the absolute devastation I feel away from my soul.

In our family we are considered old hippies. We stand alone trying desperately to awaken the brain washed people around us. My son is a marine. He's been in Iraq. He had to kill people and people tried to kill him. He is changed forever from that experience yet he still feels pride in being a marine. He is getting a history degree so that he can become a marine officer. My only hope is that someone the likes of my son, so intelligent, so compassionate, will stand for right SOON! Before they kill him, too.

My family came here on the Mayflower to settle in this country. Now our schools are inferior, jobs are gone, people hold on to religion as if that is going to make the difference. We as a country are so dumbed down. I want to scream to everyone in the world, "This isn't how the PEOPLE feel in the United States." Listen to the news. It's controlled by the government. Read the newspapers. They are controlled by the government. It's no longer good enough to make a comedy routine on late night TV. Bush needs to go. But if we impeach him we are left with Chaney. That's not an option. If we can get rid of Chaney, then we are left with Rice. That's also not an option. They all have to go. This is the message of peace that we need to make to the world.

I don't know what to say. Infortuneatly Mr. Utah has the typical response of so many Christians. They don't want to think. They don't want to know the truth. President Bush says he is a Christian and so they blindly follow him. I am so sorry. As a Christian, I feel absolutely ill about this. This war and so much of the Bush administration's plans are completely opposite of everything Jesus and the Bible teaches us about how to love and serve others. I wish, that rather than jumping on the "support the president" bandwagon, that my fellow Christians would read God's word, take a good look at the Minor Prophets and the words of Jesus and support them instead.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.

My husband was in Central America in the 1980s as a combat vet. But because it was covert action, the Army says it "never happened." How can you get help at the VA for combat that "never happened." Tell that to my husband who has nightmares AND WILL BE HAUNTED BY HIS MEMORIES HIS WHOLE LIFE. Liars. Please read his story on "Psalm 142." Right on to the Vietnam nurse. Right on. Right on to Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore. Bush, Chaney and their greedy goons care nothing for America or the people-only themselves and their own pockets. They wrap themselves in the flag and the Bible, but they are not serving either. Stop swallowing their propoganda. Think for yourself. Read the evidence. GOD IS CRYING. JESUS CERTAINLY DOES NOT APPROVE. I SUGGEST MR.UTAH REREAD YOUR BIBILE. Do you know what the Golden Rule is? I believe Jesus said, "Am I not my brother's keeper." I BELIEVE JESUS MEANT All RACES, GENDERS, CREEDS AND TRADITONS OF THE WORLD. And if Mr. Utah is just so sure, please don A flack jacket and get your patriotic self over to Iraq. I am sure some soldier who is over there would like to come home. Please also note, Mr. Bush and probably Mr. Chaney and his like never saw military service. I find that real convenient. I believe they managed to avoid service in the Vietnam war. I also find it real interesting they have NO TROUBLE SENDING OTHERS TO DIE and be maimed for life. I also find it real interesting that they say they support the military, but find it real hard to provide good equipment and have CUT VA FUNDING. They are cowards and liars. I pray everyday Congress will wake up. It is their country and their freedoms and their children too. It is our world and our environment.Have you seen the polls? 56 percent of America does not approve of Bush, Chaney or any of his policies. It is probably lower now and dropping like crazy. Cindy Sheehan just has galvanized the thinking of the majority of American people who are sick and disgusted with the present government. Remember the Constitution? GOD IS CRYING.

I believe Bush-Cheney dictators lied to the American People about the WMDs in Iraq and stage a false pretense to attack Iraq and other countries, that makes it worse since 9/11 and I believe Security isn't enough and I believe that most of the terrorist cells are in America or in Canada and they're try gonna attack again. So Bush is trying tout the Gasoline Prices and scared us with Terrorism fears, King Fahd;s Death and more. I think it is time for Bush and the rest of the Administration to be impeached, Period.

this whole bunch is a disgrace to america.time for them to go.

Afghanistan was an absolute must, we had no choice but to do what we did in rhat country because the Afghani Government wouldn't cooperate with us in the pursuit of some very dangerous criminals.

12 years of sanctions against the Iraqi people, causing approximately 1.000.000 innocent civilians to die

12 years of No Fly Zone, covering approximately 70% of Iraq, where not one of our planes were shot down.

An illegal invasion of a Sovereign Nation

No weapons of Mass Destruction.

No connection to terrorists.

Not enough weaponry, ammunitions, and/or armament to protect the very troops they have sent over to a foreign country and put into harms way

9 Billion dollars in cash embezzled from American Taxpayers, Straight out of Iraq.

Enlistments and re-enlistments down to an all time low for our Army and Marines, because everyone who just takes a look at the facts knows this is not only an illegal war, but an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation.

Our National Guard units being constantly abused, because they are being utilized incorrectly.

Tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars gone to NO BID CONTRACTS that can never be accomplished, to companies that are directly connected to the Whitehouse.

My hope is that America is finally waking up, and realize that KING GEORGE AND HIS ENTIRE EXECUTIVE ADMINISTATIONS, FROM BOTH TERMS, MUST BE REMOVED FROM POWER, TO BE IMPEACHED, AND TRIED FOR HIGH CRIMES INCLUDING TREASON, TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUSTICE, AS WELL AS RECORDATIONS OF SUCH CRIMES SO AMERICA WILL NEVER BE SUBJECTED TO THESE MOST HEINAS CRIMES EVER AGAIN.

President Bush and his whole Cabinet must be impeached for committing the Highest Crimes against Humanity by invading Iraq, which posed no threat to us nor to its neighbors, causing death, maiming of innocent Iraqi people, destroying their economy amd emvironment with depleted uranium weapons and their Museum of Antiquities. He must be impeached for the loss of 1900+ US Service men and women, who are victims of this illegal war and over 14,000 wounded and many maimed for live.
In Gulf War I, 524,000 served. 11,000 died from depleted uranium poisoning, 325,000 are receiving permanent disability. (Bob Nichols
Project Censored Award winner).

impeach bush for his crimes usa, and innocent people all races. bush has innocents blood on his hands. one day he will pay for it. bush useing this war make money for the oil companys. bush owns oil. that why people are die for usa and innocent people. bush wants protect usa, then why is mexico people crossing usa. bush does not care about usa.
bush thinks hes a gold digger and useing middle tax people pay for it.

HEY GIRL,
I AGREE WITH YOU ON THE IMPEACHMENT THING, BUT HOW & WHERE DO WE START? FROM WHAT I CAN SEE, BUSH HAS GOTTEN AWAY WITH MURDER & MUCH MORE. ANYONE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST HIM & HE RUINS THEM. HOW DID ONE MAN GET SO MUCH POWER SO FAST? WHY AREN'T THE DEMOCRATS DOING ANYTHING TO STOP HIM? THIS COUNTRY IS IN FOR BIG TROUBLE. THE PUBLIC JUST LAPS UP ALL THE BS HE FEEDS THEM. FRANKLY, IT INSULTS MY INTELLIGENCE WHEN BUSH & FOX NEWS CRAMS THEIR STUPIDITY DOWN MY THROAT & EXPECTS ME TO BELIEVE IT.

KEEP PROTESTING!!!
KAREN

very interesting..........Myself, I was wondering why our troops are not allowed to use tanks, which would protect them from roadside bombs.....

....this new body armor is strong enough to protect the core of the body and so, leave many amputees and paraplegics, over ten thousand of them....

....all this could be avoided with the use of tanks...........nobody could give me a straight answer on this....please, get the word out..........

....thanks, God Bless..

..if the people are loud and strong and enough of us, this mess will stop.........because the press sure isn't telling us the truth or the government or often, the clergy

My understanding is that tanks are not used for patrols because the decision was made (by whom I don't know) that tanks would convey the wrong impression to the Iraqi people and therefore personnel vehicles are used. Sounds kind of strange, but so is the whole war..

"Analysts say the U.S. strategy was to begin reducing the use of heavily armored vehicles as part of efforts to focus on counterinsurgency and community-outreach initiatives instead.

Phillip Mitchell, a ground power specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, says that those initiatives require soldiers to move about in light vehicles in hopes of winning the confidence of the population.

He says the aim is to induce the public to come forward with information about insurgents -- something they won't do if they are frightened by heavily armored foreign forces moving through their neighborhoods.

"Certainly you cannot take tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles within an urban environment; they just don't work," he said. "It's the wrong presentation of the military [occupation] within the various areas where they are patrolling. You want a much lighter approach."

GWB has lied to the American people, which has lead to the MURDER of our soldiers,sailors and marines, not tomention the murder of thousands of iraqies. He sould be made acountable for his lies and these deaths

I believe there are paralells between Bush, the puppet, and Chaney, the puppetmaster and Hitler. Did the Pope warn that George W. maybe the ANTI-CHRIST? I wonder. Perhaps he is right. I pray everyday that America will wake up before it is too late for this country or before anymore innocent people die, including LITTLE children. THIS IS NOT GOD'S WORK, THIS IS THE DEVIL'S. GOD IS CRYING. CHANEY FIRST, THEN ROVE, ANYONE IN THIS REGIME. THEN BUSH SHOULD BE FORCED TO RESIGN OR BE IMPEACHED. WAR CRIMES, LIES, TORTURE, CONSTITUIONAL DESTRUCTION.."I did nothing when they came for the Jews. I did nothing when they came for the homosexuals. Then they came for me." WAKE UP AMERICA..

I am a veteran of the "Viet Nam conflict", so they called it back then. I was stationed on an aircraft carrier and spent three separate deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin in the mid 60's and was just miles from the shores of North Viet Nam. I could stand and watch the flashes of the bombs going off on shore and often thought about the poor women and children who were in harms way when those bombs hit. No human being should ever have to expierience the torment and terror of war because of there beliefs. The people we have running our government at this time should be in Bush'es terms, run out of Dodge. I am sickened to think of the supporters of this regime who believe we are doing what God wants and that we are right. It is truly sad, but we are becoming a divided nation and we must do something to get back to being one nation and one people who still believe in our democracy and constitution.

I am A Vietnam vet also and you are right in everything you said. The thing that keeps bothering me is, bush is always saying how great are soliders are for fighting for freemdom for this country. But when bush had the same opportunity to do the same he chose to help someone run an election campaign.

This war, and the ensuing insurgency and the rise in gobal terrorism were soooo predictable. Prior to the war, there were people, who understood the conflict far better than Mr. Bush and his advisors, screaming from the rooftops that this was going to be a HUGE mistake. It was obvious to any casual observer, however, that the decision to go to war in Iraq had already been made, and no one was going to stop it.

The right-wing extemists are beholden to corporate special interests who only survive by looting the public treasury to stay in business. The wingnuts, in order to maintain control, must feed the beast, which is our entrenched military/industrial establishment. That is why we need to have a 'war' every generation or so to 'boost the economy. Following the cold war, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, they lost their raison d'etre. Now, we have a new semi-permanent enemy in the form of global terrorism. As long as the threat exists in the minds of a compliant public, the reasons for war will exist. New wars will be contrived as long as this situation remains the same.

The irony is that Bush and his cabal are creating more terrorists every day.

You all are not alone. All a reasonable person has to do is ask, what would motive these lefties to want peace and love? Money, no, they risk everything they have in this world just to speak up and take a path of love and life instead of fear and hate. Bush and his group who control Utah and other Christian- who can only follow- do so by feeding them fear and hatred. These are not the Christian values which Jesus taught in my Bible. We are here who can see beyond the lies of Bush/Chaney and can only pray that the 100 Monkey theory is correct. Hopefully, these folks like Utah will awaken to ask the question, what would motive these liberals? It is too unbelievable to be real that folks like Utah are out there telling themselves that they are soldiers for Christ. Not my Christ! We must keep loving them inorder to teach them love. Love will ultimately win!

Bush's relegion- wearing an American flag and carrying an imaginary cross. All deception! He has put more Christians of the rest of the world in harms way then any other President or American politition. When someone lies so much they past the point of being a liar. They become a person of deception. You need God's help Bush, for you. You don't need a vacation rather an impeachment and a long,long rest

Bush Prostitutes Religion and must proclaim himself a J"born again" to render his sordid past irrelevant to the critical "fundamentalist"
Both Bush and the latter ignore the essense of Jesus Christ teachings --"Forgive us our sins as we forgive others, judge not that ye be not judged, love your neighbor as yourself, return good for evil, do to others as you would like to be treated, blessed are the peace makers, "true religion and undefiled before God is to visit and minister to the widows and orphans and poor in their affliction and keep oneself unspotted from the world. Blessed are the Peacemakers, the pour in spirit, the Meek, etc. Does not sound like Bush, Cheney, Pat Robinson, Jerry Farwell, James Dobson etc.

Be sure to see (911Truth.org)& (MUJCA)According to journalist, Wayne Madsen, Pope John Paul II said that George W. Bush MAY BE THE ANTI-CHRIST! The Pope had warned Bush three times not to invade Iraq because it would be immoral Thousands of Iraqi babies had already died because of U.S. perimeter bombing which polluted wells and sanitation facilities. But trigger happy Bush could not wait to get into war JUST AS HE ALLOWED 911 to use an excuse to invade Iraq. Christians DO NOT STEAL ELECTIONS AND GO INTO THIS PREMEDITATED INVASION OF THE MIDDLE EAST THAT THE P.N.A.C.PLANNED. I need not go further. Hell will get its own when the evil Bush Regime gets there. IMPEACH THESE SCUM!

BILL CLINTON HAD EIGHT YEARS and failed to deal with terrorism. 9/11 was the result!!!!!!!

Our economy is suffering because of Bush's pro-corporate, anti-people policies. He has alloated billions for oil and war weaspons but only a minimum for education and health. Our national parks are falling apart. There are more malls than high schools in America. Our children are being forced to participate in Army recruitment workshops and their names are given to the Army for recruitment. Our deficit continues to grow, yet Cheney continues to get over $180,000 a year in stock profits. The Bush administration has cut 20 billion from the Veteran's Adminstration, yet Bush states he cares for the soldiers. Money and blood for oil but not for the health and education of our people. This is not America as we have known it. It is Bush's America. Bush's America gives little for the majority but much wealth for the minority.

After wondering why so many Americans were behind Bush & the Iraq War, it is such a relief to FINALLY hear other people expressing the same opinions I have thought since 2000. I am a Democrat, &, frankly, it blows my mind why any Working People would elect a Republican. They are wealthy people,usually, & only care about taking from hard working citizens to line their own pockets. I live in Oklahoma, & I don't care what any poll says, there are NO JOBS HERE!!! Gas, groceries, utilities, etc. are outrageous. People in my town are living with no water, electricity,& a telephone is a luxury. The unemployment numbers are wrong, mostly because they forget to tell people that you can only draw unemployment for so many months & then they cut you off. Even if you do not have a job, you are taken off the jobless list. This is not an accurate system. And to make things worse, now CAFTA has been passed, so there go what few jobs are left in this country. I want to know where are our DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVES???????? WHY IS NO ONE STANDING UP TO THIS PRESIDENT??????? I HEAR LOTS OF PEOPLE GRIPING, BUT I DO NOT SEE ANY OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS LIFTING A FINGER FOR OUR COUNTRY, OUR PEOPLE, OUR SOLDIERS. IF I KNEW WHAT TO DO, I WOULD DO IT. I WRITE LETTERS TO OUR SO CALLED LEADERS,ETC, BUT THERE HAS TO BE SOME ACTION WE AS A PEOPLE CAN TAKE. IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEALS OR SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANKS, KAREN

Don't expect the government to take care of you, and give you a job. I work in the IT industry and have been watching IT jobs go to India and other countries since the early 1990s. The problem got worse during the Clinton presidency and continues today. I have no faith in our politicians, whether they are Democrats or Republicans.

Remember to write your Senators and Representatives, email and call them!! Let your feelings be known. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. It is our country, our future and the future of our children. It could be the saving of the world. Mad Men are at the wheel. Speak up America before it is too late!!! Remember to VOTE. The Republicans are getting nervous because the 2006 elections are coming up. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. 79 million people did not vote in the last election.

Remember to write your Senators and Representatives, email and call them!! Let your feelings be known. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. It is our country, our future and the future of our children. It could be the saving of the world. Mad Men are at the wheel. Speak up America before it is too late!!! Remember to VOTE. The Republicans are getting nervous because the 2006 elections are coming up. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. 79 million people did not vote in the last election.

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