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Have Your Heard About Byrd? (english)
04 Oct 2002
Modified: 08 Oct 2002
Senator Byrd Offers to filibuster Iraq Resolution if he hears from enough of us.
Activism Alert

A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
by Gloria R. Lalumia

"THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO RESPOND" -- Senator Robert Byrd speaking on
"Donahue," October 3, 2002

Tonight (10/3) on Donahue, Sen. Byrd laid it on the line, calling for
Americans to speak up NOW against Bush's plans for war with Iraq. It's crunch time!

Sen. Byrd stated that the American people haven't gotten any answers to many important questions and the Constitution is being ignored because "We have an administration that is seeking power." "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO RESPOND," he said, commenting that he is expecting to hear from the American people tomorrow! There are reports that Sen. Byrd would consider a filibuster if enough support is expressed, contingent on Senate rules being met. His office
is taking a poll on this possibility.

A report seen at the Democratic Underground says that on Monday, the House members who have been against that resolution are going to give the COUNT of those who have called e-mailed or faxed.

If you would like to take up Sen. Byrd's challenge and bolster dissenting House members, here are some ways to contact your Senators and Representatives:

Toll-free Capitol switchboard: 1-800-648-3516
(Ask for the Congressman's office and they will connect you! Keep trying if it's busy!)

Main number (not toll-free): 202-225-3121

Senate contacts:

Byrd's email

senator_byrd (at)
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My Message to Byrd (english)
04 Oct 2002

Dear Senator Byrd,

I am very grateful to you for the clarity and courage of your stand against this rush to war against Iraq by the Bush administration.

I am strongly against the resolution currently before Congress for several reasons:

1) We have no credible evidence that Iraq is in possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction;

2) If we did, an effective inspection regime (which existed in Iraq for seven years after the war) is a much better way of addressing any threat of this type, at this time;

3) Invading Iraq without the support of the United Nations and other Arab nations in the region will make the situation after victory (destablization of other nations throughout the regions) untenable and much more threatening to the United States than the current situation;

4) It will adversely affect the economy of the United States as long as the Middle East remains destablized.

I also believe that the conduct of the administration (which was NOT even elected by a clear majority of the American people) has been arrogant beyond imagining. They are a threat to our Constitutional governance and to our cooperative relationships with other nations. Anything that you can do to resist this usurpation of authority by this administration will strengthen this country and its future.

If there is anything that I can do to support you in your efforts please let me know.

Signed ---

PS: If you start your filibuster, I will send you a longer version of this message.
filibuster (english)
08 Oct 2002
Senators and Congressmen Please resist Bush's plea for independent military action. How can the most powerful nation in the world throw the 1st stone?

"After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing" --Dwight D Eisenhower
you rock (english)
08 Oct 2002
You rock