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Commentary :: Human Rights : International
Why We Were Arrested
16 Jun 2005
Yesterday afternoon, as I tried to make my middle aged bones accommodate the uncompromising metal cot in my jail cell on the men’s block of the Cambridge police station, I found old New England and national history floating through my mind. During the 1848 U.S. invasion of Mexico, Emerson had asked Throreau, (who had refused to pay war taxes), what he was doing in jail. And, as we learned in school, Thoreau’s response was what was Emerson doing outside the bars.

Many of my friends and colleagues from the American Friends Service Committee, the Quaker-based peace, justice, reconciliation and development organization, had joined a peaceful protest on the city’s centuries old common. Two of us, a photographer friend, and four younger activists ended up in the slammer.

What happened? Last Thursday evening, a friend called with news that it had just been announced that a Blackhawk helicopter, the Under Secretary of the Army and a lot of other military hullabaloo would be descending on Cambridge Common, ostensibly to celebrate the Army’s 230th anniversary. Interestingly, the Army hadn’t bothered to show up to celebrate the 200th or 225th anniversaries!) What the military, desperate for recruits, had in mind was an extravaganza to reignite its sagging recruitment efforts. Finding it nearly impossible to recruit young men and women to kill and to die as occupiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military was anxious to gin up its system. By coming to Cambridge, after years of being unwanted here, the military wanted to show that it was on the offensive. The piece de resistance would come at night with the televised induction of new army recruits in Fenway Park, the home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Had Leni Riefenstahl risen from the dead to produce more military propaganda?
Over the weekend, peace activists across Boston coordinated to the degree that we could, knowing that turning people out for a demonstration between 9 A.M. and 1 P.M. on a workday would be anything but a piece of cake. As it happened, the AFSC had scheduled a semi-annual staff retreat at the Quaker Meeting House several blocks from Common. On Monday we discussed how to relate to the unwanted military invasion of Cambridge, and were blessed by a visit from City Councilor Marjorie Decker who was furious. The extravaganza, initiated by the military, had been organized in secret. Cambridge’s Mayor and City Manager hadn’t told anyone on the City Council. A City Council Meeting scheduled for the night before the extravaganza had been cancelled, so that the mayor couldn’t be challenged before the sacrilege. A local paper had been informed, but on instructions held the secret and failed to notify the community – so much for the 4th estate! Democratic process had been subverted.

Morning began with breakfast conversation with my wife and a visiting colleague. These child buyers shouldn’t feel they can just come into our community and hijack our young for cannon fodder for a Bush and Cheney’s bloody and nationally self-destructive war. In addition to holding a protest sign, if the opening came, I might do something more.

At our retreat we made signs: “Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home”, “Military Out of Iraq and Cambridge?” “Peace”, “Stop The Killing.” “I’m A Resident. Don’t Invade My Home Too!” We talked about the wisdom of committing civil disobedience on this occasion, who might do it, who would not, what were others planning….. Then we walked to the Common, to and through the phalanxes of police and soldiers, and midst the swirling protest signs that seemed to outnumber warriors and armed police.

To my surprise, after being frisked, we were allowed to proceed onto the Common. I found myself on a path that passed the stage from which the Secretary of the Army, a poor 11 year-old boy whose father had recently been killed in Iraq, and others would be speaking. Just to the left of the stage I stopped and stood with my protest sign. I wasn’t blocking anything, but I could certainly be seen. Others saw and joined me. Then the first of several soldiers and police came up to me. We would have to move. We would be blocking the way for one of the muckity mucks to lay a wreath at a monument.

I responded that I was a resident of Cambridge. This was a public space. I wasn’t doing anything more than peacefully protesting a criminal war, and I was not about to move. Other protesters gathered, forming a line with their signs. News photographers, military police or intelligence photographers, police photographers, and people who had come with their cameras went snap happy.

Then came the final order to leave. Many protesters stepped back, and what must have been the county police, dressed in black, started pushing us forcefully from the other direction. I decided not to be pushed, and sat down. One of my colleagues did the same. Soon the police were twisting our arms to near breaking points, painfully smashing handcuffs on our wrists, and began dragging us away. A photographer friend who hadn’t planned to be arrested was also cuffed and led away. He’d been knocked down, and once on the ground was deemed fair game.

So we spent much of the afternoon in jail, wondering how the protest was going, wondering if our AFSC colleagues were ever able to resume their retreat, and wondering how long it would be before we were brought before the promised judge. Two other young men were brought into the men’s block: one in an army uniform and quite blooded up. Mat and Pat had planned to do some creative, and apparently unwanted, guerilla theater. We also later learned that two young women who had been with them were also arrested.

In the comparative silence of the stuffy cell thoughts passed quickly, rising and falling as in meditation. Soon I was thinking of the statement I wanted to make to the judge. Once in court, he refused to allow it – leaving me little to do by to cry out “illegal war” and “Nuremburg.” I would have to wait until my trial date on July 15.

Here’s what I had planned to say:

1. If the President of Harvard has the right to graze his cows and sheep on Cambridge Common, surely a 30-year resident of the city has the right to walk there, and even to carry a sign condemning an illegal war.

2. I came to protest an illegal war. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan recently reiterated what he said two years ago: The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Blair invasion of Iraq was illegal. Former World Court Vice-President Christopher Weeramantry, who I had the privilege of touring in April, has written a tome on the illegality of the Iraq War. The Nuremberg Principles are clear: those, like the Under Secretary of the Army, who fight an illegal war are by definition war criminals, and silence is consent.

3. I came to protest the cynical harvesting of our city’s youth to serve as cannon fodder in a criminal war, one which even senior figures in the Pentagon are beginning to say might never be won. We need to protect our children.

4. I came to protest a military occupation of my home town, one which was to have had the pageantry of a fascist rally and which was organized in secret – even from our city council. We must protect what remains of our liberal and constitutional democracy.

5. The reason I risked arrest grows from the reality that we all have to do more to stop the killing. Civil disobedience is not always the best way to protest, but those of us who oppose the war, oppose the harvesting of our young for the killing fields, and oppose the subversion of democracy must put more of our life energies, and more of our imaginations, into resisting. Signing Internet statements and turning out for vigils and demonstrations are absolutely necessary, as is lobbying our Congressional representatives to cut the funding for the war. But, we must find ways to do more if we are to become the political force that turns our nation around and provides real security for our and future generations.

written June 15, 2005
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Re: Why We Were Arrested
16 Jun 2005
excellently well written. since you said you were waiting until june 15th, what happened?
how can we support you and the others who were arrested?
Re: Why We Were Arrested
16 Jun 2005
I always here about democracy coming out of the us, but what i've read in the papers and heard on the news. now a days you can protest as long as it does not upset the governing powers.
I love freedom and democracy but i dread the day we have a us style of both.

Michael
Re: Why We Were Arrested
16 Jun 2005
I am honestly ashamed and disgusted by the way these so called peace activists conducted themselves. Attacking a child in the name of peace? Refusing the rights of others to assemble peacefully in the name of peace?
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Modified: 07:52:21 AM
What is this person talking about?! How is commemorating USA's military peaceful? I think you should read George Orwell's "1984" and understand that concervative propaganda has always masked war and murder with false ideas of peace and freedom.

USA millitary is an aparatus for maintaining power in a small concentrated group of people. This aparatus has been used throughout the history of USA for expansion of the empire through out this continent by military force (aka VIOLENCE/TERRORISM), and Iraq and Afganistan are extensions of this policy of expansion and occupation.

Things are not "all good in the hood" these days, and personally I really don't know what the heck I'm doing out side the bars!? Let's throw our bodies on the gears of the aparatus, let's rage against the machine!

When and where is your court date? May the public come and show solidarity for you???

Back home and ready to make a stink! : )

PS As for the 11 year old boy. It is those who ordered his father to fight an illegal war for profit, and then exploited that child's epic loss to boost recruiting so they can send more fathers to die as cannon fodder, that are to blame. Not US citizens who demand peace.

Out
Troll Alert
17 Jun 2005
Please don't feed the trolls.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Keep up the good work! Your only adding more resolve to the great men and women who serve in our nation's military. We have the finest peacemakers in the world and there are millions of little ones who are smiling and unafraid becuase of them. Helping support the country nad soldiers by your ignorance may not be the best way of doing it but it is working. High school nad college students are now more than ever backing the troops and our country! Thanks, kids!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Peacemakers = United States military! :)
Support our brave men and women!
Beautifully Written
17 Jun 2005
Thank you, Joseph! What an inspiring article. What much of the military members don't understand is that they are pawns in this excercise run by cronnies and war profiteers. None of those in the Bush administration have ever been to war or served in the forces for a respectful period of time. They don't care about the military and their family members really, to them they are as expendable in historical terms as any other exploited worker. How dare them, in fact, to bleed people (who thought were giving their lives defending this country) to invade oil-rich nations? How dare the Bush administration to send these young people to an illegal war while fueling terrrorism and hate accross the world? How dare them to steal our definitions of democracy, patriotism and peace to fill their overstuffed mouths with more dollars?
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
thanks for helping the terrorist cause
To Veteran
17 Jun 2005
In their role as peacemakers, our military has been much happier. Those who left their role as imperial occupiers in Iraq for delivering humanitarian aide to tsunami swamped nations were reported to have been much happier there. They were there in a position to help allieviate the suffering and maintain order for a grateful population. Quite a contrast to having to be thug enforcers for Haliburton and other foreign contractors keeping Iraqis from rebuilding their country.

The majority of the US Military is in their job to be peacemakers & not corporate thugs. That's why so many are deserting, not renewing their contracts, or suing to stop the stop loss. And that is also why "High school nad college students" are helping to make 4 months straight of missed recruiting targets in the midst of a demographic surplus of potential recruits.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Some of you characters are so funny that it is hard to even read your responses without laughing out loud. Clearly, many of you are one sided and not to informed on what goes on in the world. You label yourselves as peace activists yet can't even maintain a decent level of intelligence and decorum at a peaceful celebration or even on a web site. Sadly, people like that bring our society/human race down. However, because our nation is made up of great men and women who are willing to serve as peacemakers around the globe our country will prevail and the human race will continue to thrive. Ranting and raving about your views without even attempting to understand the other "side" is ignorant. Unlike some of you, I am not a "name caller" but if the sandal fits - wear it! To the United States military - Charlie Mike!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Keep in mind that some of the facts here are seriously wrong. Desertion rate is actually down and re-enlistments are up. Currently 1/3 of the deserters have gone AWOL due to substance abuse. I'm guessing most of you support that. An additional 1/3 have deserted due to personal issues not related to the war. Mostly adultery and things of that nature. I'm also guessing that some of you fine upstanding citizens probably support that as well. On a more personal note - one of my old units had a stop/loss and only one individual complained. Just one! AND that was because he won big on a scratch ticket and was planning a big vacation. Indirectly, you guys strengthen those that support our peacemakers and leadership! Thanks
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Do not assume that we are all "peace activists". This is incorrect many of us are human rights activists, social and economic justice activists, anarchists, socialists etc. Most of us do not simply want an end to this war, we want social and economic justice and rights for all.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Don'f feed the trolls.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
17 Jun 2005
Jonny,

I do apologize if it seems people are making the general assumption that all protesters are "peace activists". Everyone on this planet is a protester/supporter of some issue they feel passionate about, that is a positive thing. To hurl insults at a child who just lost his father is completely inexcusable. It nice thattherepublic forums like were normal and people can conduct their ideas and issues truthfully. Lets holl can come to understand that some time in the near future. I personally support the war but also have the ability to understand another point of view and would not disrespect another groups peaceful meeting if I was to attend.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
18 Jun 2005
Joe,<br> <p align="justify"> You do write beautifully. I took some pictures early about 10 AM and again at about 12:30 PM. I was hastled just for taking pictures. I filed a Consent Communication with the City Council. I'll post it tomorrow. Why don't we all go to the Council Meeting Monday night? jonny rebellious has the best posted pictures of the arrests right here. Does anyone have pictures of the helicopter? I have compiled the most complete chronology on my blog: <a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/fensterm/2005/06/15#a71">the guy by the door</a> </p> <a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~randy.f/">-r</a>
Re: Why We Were Arrested
18 Jun 2005
man, you can't get away from pro-war military propoganda ANYWHERE, can you?? how oppressive!!

yes, coo-coo, you really are! are you illiterate? "thank you for helping thr terrorist cause"?? what do YOU do, dude, drink beer and watch football for mental excercise? i mean, do you know how to read or anything like that? tell ya what, sicne you dislike terrorists so much, why dont' YOU join up and GO ON OVER THERE, and see whats going on? Not too many soldiers i know are coming home rooting for the united states-- you shoudl talk to my friend who served in afghanisthan and gitmo

mu whole f*cking family served in wars. they are all in physical and psycological ruin. they served because they were ignorant and impoverished and desparate, like alot of people who are serving now. many were drafted- and i got alot of family to draft, too. i've talked to family members who served in korea, WWII, vietnam, and iraq. none of THEM have any illusions about what war is. they killed children and old men and weeping mothers. they are NOT proud of whiat they did, and they most certainly dont' use bullshit terms for soldiers like "peacemakers"- because they KNOW BETTER.they DID lose limbs, and become alcholics and gambling addicts,a nd develop weird psychological traumas, as well as strange ailments from the agent orange like MS and pancreatic failure and fatigue disorders. . .. but of course taht didn't really happen, all those honorable soldiers must be makign it up!

You ever lose a hand or a hip ina war, "laughing"? how about your mind, like my dad- after he was ordered to kill a bunch of girls in a school? maybe if you'd served under patton and killed a fourth grader one day before having your left hand blown off you wouldn't be "laughing" so hard, hmmm?why dont' you go laugh at an iraqi kid with no legs? how 'bout taht weddign party we just accidentally bombed last year- wow, that was just too rip roaring funny!

if you support the war, then go there and get your own hands and legs and hips and brains blown off- don't come here and give people crap for doing what little they know to do to try and stop it--

and military pagentry is NOT peaceful assembley!!! ann assembley with guns and war-equiped helicopters on hand is NOT PEACEFUL! oooh, when did this country become so blindingly STUPID?? its like conversing with tree trunks, i swear to god. . ..
Re: Why We Were Arrested
19 Jun 2005
Please dont feed the trolls!
Your court date will probably be postponed
19 Jun 2005
Civil liberties- use them or lose them.

However, what I find funny about stories of protesters being arrested is that when they are hand-cuffed, they always complain about how much it hurts. Obviously it does but there is no use whining about it. It's not like we're living in a war zone. Cops are paid to knock around people but don't worry granolas, they won't shoot you.

Salute to Peace!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
19 Jun 2005
"Cops are paid to knock around people but don't worry granolas, they won't shoot you."

...unless you are NOT white and are carrying a wallet, set of car keys, flashlight, passport or cooking spatula.
Re: Thoreau
20 Jun 2005
Coincidentally (or not, given the times) I went back and read Thoreau's Essay "On Civil Disobedience" last week. I would only say that it is a 160 year old classic that has never been more relevant: http://wikisource.org/wiki/Civil_Disobedience_-_Henry_David_Thoreau

Money Quote of the day: "The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens."

Thoreau knew all about our soldiers, riot police and judges, all the way back in 1849.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
20 Jun 2005
Keep up the good work! You guys are the best comedy going. The best was the one from the guy whining about his family serving in wars. Trailer park recruiting at its finest! The brave men and women I know that return from overseas believe (as do most of the country) in the mission and will continue to do it to the best of their ability. Again, keep the humor coming and the men and women that serve thank you!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
20 Jun 2005
Which brave men and women? I spent a year in Iraq and six months in Afghanistan and I don't believe in the mission. How many wars have you fought?

For the record, most of the soldiers on the common have never been to war. Trust me on that one, i served in the Army for four years and know how to read a uniform.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
20 Jun 2005
Has this site been overrun by effing trolls? What are conservative internet freaks doing on Indymedia anyhow? If you believe in the mission so much shut up and get over there. Hopefully there's a car bomb with your name on it!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
20 Jun 2005
"...ideas behind the open publishing system IndyMedia, which is free for all users to participate in the discussion."

effing trolls?
so you have a name for those who disagree with your opinions and speak out against them?
doesnt that contradict the entire nature of what you believe in?
Re: Why We Were Arrested
20 Jun 2005
yeah, of course we have a name(s) -like you- for those who "speak out aginst our opinions" ; but unfortunately we don't have goon squads & armies & obedient mass media & corporate coffers et.al. to "speak out" - and lash out - at those who speak out against our speaking out! Those of you who "support the troops" who support the status quo: those are your dungeons we're in - not you in ours!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
21 Jun 2005
There's some pretty violent language on here. I thought this was for peaceful and intelligent comments. "Car bomb with your name on it....". Wow, I've always kept an open mind to every side of every issue but some of you are gone.
Don't worry, the troops won't hold it against you!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
21 Jun 2005
but i will hold the murders and occupation and cowardly preemtive war against a defenseless second world country against the troops. .... not as brave as advertised, nor our they even young people . . . a lot of them are 30 something professionals who are really evil mercenaries, not citizen soldiers like we had in ww2. down with the troops!
Sholom Keller ??
22 Jun 2005
What army where you in ?? What was your MOS ? Did you actually fire a shot in anger (target practice doesn't count ) ? Psych discharge ? More importantly, what was up with the skirt? I didn't think the Cub Scouts did overseas deployments. Anyway, if you're an example of who goes in the service now, I'm glad I left years ago after the first Gulf War.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
22 Jun 2005
I applaud your excercising you right to free speech, but what you and many protestors fail to recognize is the authority of the government to regulate the scope and manner of speach.

When a group , any group military or radical gets a permit to use the common from the city of cambridge everyone else must respect the the permitted use and not inhibit in anyway as determined by those who received the permit and the city the use of the common.

YOU SIR, state below your self you were told to move several times by city authorized authority (police/military) You failed to comply and you were arrested . Being arrested requires the use of force and you found out the hard way. Well so sorry you didnt follow the rules of your own community you live in and claim to love.

I deeply respect your point of view and your right to voice it, but there are policies and procedures you shouuld aquaint yourself with before your next foray into ignorant protesting.

Think of it you compatriots who moved when told to where still there to protest during the event. Your reference to children is wrong sir al those who are sworn into military duty are adults and should be respected for that status. If you want to protect potential recruits you should tell them about the poor treatment the VA gives some veterans or the actual pitfalls of joining the military.

BOB Gorman
retired cop.

QUOTE:
"Then the first of several soldiers and police came up to me. We would have to move. We would be blocking the way for one of the muckity mucks to lay a wreath at a monument.

I responded that I was a resident of Cambridge. This was a public space. I wasn’t doing anything more than peacefully protesting a criminal war, and I was not about to move. Other protesters gathered, forming a line with their signs. News photographers, military police or intelligence photographers, police photographers, and people who had come with their cameras went snap happy.

Then came the final order to leave. Many protesters stepped back, and what must have been the county police, dressed in black, started pushing us forcefully from the other direction. I decided not to be pushed, and sat down. One of my colleagues did the same. Soon the police were twisting our arms to near breaking points, painfully smashing handcuffs on our wrists, and began dragging us away. A photographer friend who hadn’t planned to be arrested was also cuffed and led away. He’d been knocked down, and once on the ground was deemed fair game. "
Re: Why We Were Arrested
22 Jun 2005
Gunny,

I was in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division. My MOS was 31R, but I was crosstrained as a 31F and did that job for the majority of my deployment time. Thank God, I never had to fire my weapon (M249), but I was ordered to point it at a 9 year-old unarmed child in order to scare him.

Not a psych discharge, honorable ETS after 4 years of service. The symptoms of PTSD did not begin in earnest until after I'd been discharged. The "skirt" is a kilt, you stupid devil dog. I wear it during the summer because it's far more comfortable than slacks, my nuts don't sweat.

And no, I'm not an example of what goes on in the service now. I was the rare exception, one of the only servicemembers with any common sense and intelligence. Yes, I did just call all servicemembers as a bunch of stupid sheeple. I refer not only to today's soldiers, but also to E-7 Marines from the Desert Storm era.

Or in plain english: Kiss My Ass!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
23 Jun 2005
Semper Fi, Gunny!

31 series MOS's are a tough bunch! :)
Re: Why We Were Arrested
24 Jun 2005
No, you idiot! 31R is communications.
Interesting, that quote...
25 Jun 2005
hmm Thanks "MrCivil", the Thoreau Quote was so interesting... "The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well."yes, men of Metal are being developed right now to take the place of todays men with feet of clay - thwe famed Golum would be no more fearsome that the USArmy's robot warriors. Its not science fiction for much longer, and the Robots and body armor and remote combat units will not even have to look like people, or care about casualties, at all. just musing... its got to stop somewhere. Take a look at the Media Lab's experiments in body-based robotics.. also Haptics, search keywords like Combat units, artificial Intelligence, enhanced mobility and check out the artificial Vision and the arm/hand units... our tax dollars and corporate profits, hard at work to kill children, women, men etc etc.. innocent and not so innocent, they all bleed red red red. Its very importent to stand up against the Army. How we do it, needs to be carefully thought out, and discussed in private, with people we trust. Obviously, anyone can post here pretending to be --5 people ;) Folks, be well and a big Peace Shout Out to all working for Peace on Earth, drinkable water, eatable non-gmo food, the reclaming of the Commons, and clean air for our children's children...
Re: Why We Were Arrested
25 Jun 2005
Critique of Pure Treason:

In these times of tyrannical preeminence by the interposed Bush Administration, World Trade Organization and its cronies, We the People of the United States of America, must stand candidly and firmly against these exuberant elitists and their relentless pursuit of multinational corporate domination; Against their inhumane and absolutely negligent atrocities around the globe. This usurpation of power originating here at home with occluded documents and bought elections is reprehensibly preposterous, and even worse, detrimental to our country’s future, and to the existence of humanity altogether.

September 11th 2001 was not a terrorist attack against the American people as the dim-sighted President asserts (over and over), but a guerilla attack on the bases of corporate powers throughout the world (i.e.,WTC, Pentagon). The war in Iraq, a treacherous lie from the outset, has had nothing to do with the war on terror, or weapons of mass destruction, and everything to do with the expansion of the American-led Global Empire’s financial interests in the Middle East. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and there was never any evidence that Iraq was in any way involved with the attacks. The WMD’s (Bush’s reason for preemptive war) were never found, so why are we still in Iraq?! Why haven’t we called for this president’s immediate impeachment?! He can blame his underlings all he wants, but no President of the United States of America should ever take us to war on such false pretenses! The American people have been lied to repeatedly, and this obstruction of justice cannot and must not continue any further.

The “Bush Dynasty” (as they refer to themselves) have insidiously subordinated the masses with scathing impudence lobbied by media propaganda and by spineless Republicans and Democrats in Congress & the Senate. They dare not ask any questions about the injustices perpetrated towards innocent Iraqi civilians, those held captive and tortured for years, lost moneys in Iraq, or any other debacles created by this administration in fear that they might upset the establishment and be dismissed from their “prestigious” offices.

Bush’s pompous attitude towards the American public and contempt he has exuded throughout the world is beyond despicable. This administration has instilled an ever-present fear in this country with it’s almost daily “false alarms”, and has tarnished the face of history with its boisterous and hypocritical lies! Constant terror alerts keep the public trembling in fear, all the while shaming and secreting upon our Bill of Rights and our U.S. Constitution. The “loss” of millions of dollars in Iraq cannot and must not be questioned. Such mendacity! This is nothing less than latent governmental abomination! Bush and his apostles have broken all the international laws of war and they have turned their backs on our closest allies! Bush is the terrorist! He and his cabinet are inventing all the new rules of war. Actually, now under Bush and his ‘administry’, there are no rules! There is no one to be held accountable for any thing, and anyone who does raise any questions will be taken out of the private/public spectrum, post-haste!

Article I. Section 3, in our U.S. Constitution states: Judgment in Cases of Impeachment: the Party convicted shall be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Article II. Section 4. in our United States Constitution states: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.



The Nuremberg Charter. Principle VI. specifically states:

The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:

a. Crimes against peace:

i. Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;

ii. Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).

b. War crimes:
Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

c. Crimes against humanity:
Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.

We must stop the bombardment and butchering of innocent people throughout the world for financial gain, in our name! This disgraceful President, an [alleged] born-again Christian, who has “God speak through him” has gone far beyond contemptible blasphemy! Bush must be impeached and his disciples overthrown, by any means necessary! The illegal war in Iraq must stop! The lost funds meant for Iraqi development must be paid back in full for all damages inflicted to their country by U.S bombing raids; Contracts must be taken from Halliburton and other U.S. based contractors and be given to the Iraqi people so that they can rebuild their own war-torn country.

The ever-present future is here with us now, and time succumbs us all to heed a new direction for our country and for humanity as a whole.We must jumpstart our government, finally hold people accountable, and start taking names! We all can and must stand up and fight for our rights and for the rights of the Iraqi and Afghan people being slain at this very moment! We must revolt! We must show our disdain towads this current government and its misconduct here at home and abroad. Our forefathers most assuredly would call for exactly this.

As Abraham Lincoln stated: “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”

Lincoln wrote with great consternation for all of us, with his sights on our future; for you and me to-day, with revolution in his blood! With a willingness, no, a true sense of duty to fight against any and all oppressors of any government or establishment. Our lethargy mustn’t impede us from doing what is truly right and noble. Humanity and the Earth is dying (being slaughtered slowly by soul-less gold-collar business-hacks). So why should we not stand up and try to save it? Are we all cowards? Spineless drones, without eyes or hearts? No, and surely our forefathers would be rolling in their graves if it were so. We cannot sit and wait for others to revolt on our behalf. Our Government, our Constitution, and even worse, our People’s inalienable rights to govern themselves are being diluted, disseminated and slaughtered every day with every new Bush-bill passed by Congress! We are ultimately responsible for the killing of the Iraqi people everyday we sit and yield to these money-hungry war mongrels in the White House! Bush must be impeached, tried and convicted for war crimes along with Cheney and their entire cabinet. For this oil and bloodthirsty ad-ministration has single-handedly brought shame and disgust to this once great country of ours with its cowardly, reckless and absolutely murderous lies!

Unless we act now, we will all continue to pay for Bush’s future ‘miscalculations’, future deceptions, and future wars; We will pay in taxes; pay in blood, and eventually pay with our ill-fated future sons and daughters who will be left with an insurmountable federal deficit, a very real NEVER-ENDING WAR and an incurable, defiled and decrepit country and eco-system.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
27 Jun 2005
IN RESPONSE TO APC:
Re: Why We Were Arrested
by APC
chevy55tool (nospam) yahoo.com (unverified) 25 Jun 2005
Critique of Pure Treason:

GENERAL LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS
PART IV. CRIMES, PUNISHMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS IN CRIMINAL CASES
Chapter 264: Section 1 Treason defined

Section 1. Treason against the commonwealth shall consist only in levying war against it, or in adhering to the enemies thereof, giving them aid and comfort; it shall not be bailable.

aPC,
there is an enemy out there and it is not our gov't , businesses or the heroes in our military. The enemy is War itself. The war ,the terrorist have brought to our doorstep in 9/11. They started it and WE MUST FINISH IT!!!

I respect the skill with which you post your call for civil action to address your grievances. I do not however agree with your allegations and the supporting materials.

Is your call to action aiding and giving comfort to our common enemy? If all you ask for is acheived will it benefit our effort against the terrorist or will it result in the terrrorists ability to conduct this war against our own citizens and the free democracy seeking iraqis?

Ask your self and see what the real treason is in your own post.

bob gorman
GOD BLESS OUR U.S. MILITARY FAMILY
To Bob Gorman
28 Jun 2005
"They started it and WE MUST FINISH IT!!!.....
... I do not however agree with your allegations and the supporting materials."

This made me laugh really hard. Oh yeah, they started it. It was our arms race and cold war. It was our money and military that trained afghani 'terrorists' and kept the taliban in power. It was our leader's collective ego that left us unprotected and unprepared, but they started it.
and now, America the great a powerful, is going to end the thousands of year old problem of terrorism because we say so, and if you have a problem with it, then you are the enemy and should die.

God I love this country until I start to take its citizens as seriously as they take themselves. You probably think that America was the world's first democracy too.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
29 Jun 2005
Wow -- I'm surprised at all the non-supportive comments here. I was very moved by what Joseph Gerson wrote-- and am proud of his actions (though, admittedly, I'm no longer living in MA and don't know the whole story of what went on at Cambridge Common -- only what Joseph has written here). Scary to think of a Blackhawk helicopter landing on the Common -- scary to think of what our young people are doing in Iraq -- scary to think of how many Americans have been blindsided by our President into thinking that what we're doing in Iraq is right.
What IS democracy, if not freedom to protest? What IS democracy, if not standing up for what's right?
It is a miracle that our country continues to survive,in spite of our discord. Somehow, we don't dissolve into civil war (most of the time) or factious violence. May it continue to be so.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
30 Jun 2005
Yesterday afternoon, as I tried to make my middle aged bones accommodate the uncompromising metal cot in my jail cell on the men’s block of the Cambridge police station, I found old New England and national history floating through my mind. During the 1848 U.S. invasion of Mexico, Emerson had asked Throreau, (who had refused to pay war taxes), what he was doing in jail. And, as we learned in school, Thoreau’s response was what was Emerson doing outside the bars.

-Please, you are not an Emerson or a Thoreau. Using these references is cheap. It also undermines the anti-war cause.

Many of my friends and colleagues from the American Friends Service Committee, the Quaker-based peace, justice, reconciliation and development organization, had joined a peaceful protest on the city’s centuries old common. Two of us, a photographer friend, and four younger activists ended up in the slammer.

What happened? Last Thursday evening, a friend called with news that it had just been announced that a Blackhawk helicopter, the Under Secretary of the Army and a lot of other military hullabaloo would be descending on Cambridge Common, ostensibly to celebrate the Army’s 230th anniversary. Interestingly, the Army hadn’t bothered to show up to celebrate the 200th or 225th anniversaries!) What the military, desperate for recruits, had in mind was an extravaganza to reignite its sagging recruitment efforts. Finding it nearly impossible to recruit young men and women to kill and to die as occupiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military was anxious to gin up its system. By coming to Cambridge, after years of being unwanted here, the military wanted to show that it was on the offensive. The piece de resistance would come at night with the televised induction of new army recruits in Fenway Park, the home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Had Leni Riefenstahl risen from the dead to produce more military propaganda?

-Wow... please... would EVERYONE COME BACK TO EARTH FOR A MINUTE? The Army recruits all the time at many different events. The Army has had trouble filling it's ranks for many years now, even those prior to the Iraq War. It has little to do with any of the stuff you just said and more to do with change in our society. Soldiers are looked upon as low brow. The Army is treated as something failures do when they can't do anything else. Emphasis these days on college is more powerful than it is military service. People just don't see it as they used to because America has changed in a few profound ways since technology began to boom.

Over the weekend, peace activists across Boston coordinated to the degree that we could, knowing that turning people out for a demonstration between 9 A.M. and 1 P.M. on a workday would be anything but a piece of cake. As it happened, the AFSC had scheduled a semi-annual staff retreat at the Quaker Meeting House several blocks from Common. On Monday we discussed how to relate to the unwanted military invasion of Cambridge, and were blessed by a visit from City Councilor Marjorie Decker who was furious. The extravaganza, initiated by the military, had been organized in secret. Cambridge’s Mayor and City Manager hadn’t told anyone on the City Council. A City Council Meeting scheduled for the night before the extravaganza had been cancelled, so that the mayor couldn’t be challenged before the sacrilege.

I think Marjorie probably knew...

http://www.cambridgema.gov/deptann.cfm?story_id=753

This was hardly a secret. She is either playing you for fools or she is representing her city VERY poorly. Coordinating something like a flyover with Aircraft who would have been dropping Skydivers is far from spontaneous. She used you and the Army in an attempt at creating press for the City and an opportunity for her to speak through the national press.

A local paper had been informed, but on instructions held the secret and failed to notify the community – so much for the 4th estate! Democratic process had been subverted.

Conspiracy on the common, I really am tired of all of the conspiracy theories out there. BE LOGICAL. Do you think, in a town like BOSTON that an event like this could be kept secret if it was seen as subversive or important?

Morning began with breakfast conversation with my wife and a visiting colleague. These child buyers shouldn’t feel they can just come into our community and hijack our young for cannon fodder for a Bush and Cheney’s bloody and nationally self-destructive war. In addition to holding a protest sign, if the opening came, I might do something more.

And this is what makes you no different than those you claim to oppose. Confrontation is the basic principle of war. What did you gain in the end? Be productive, not self-righteous.

At our retreat we made signs: “Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home”, “Military Out of Iraq and Cambridge?” “Peace”, “Stop The Killing.” “I’m A Resident. Don’t Invade My Home Too!” We talked about the wisdom of committing civil disobedience on this occasion, who might do it, who would not, what were others planning….. Then we walked to the Common, to and through the phalanxes of police and soldiers, and midst the swirling protest signs that seemed to outnumber warriors and armed police.

And you were complaining about propaganda? What is this? Again, come back to earth. I have read many accounts of this event and it appears to me that this statement is patently false. While you made a good faith effort to be heard, you didn't outnumber the event goers by most accounts. This kind of exaggeration is poison to the anti-war message.

To my surprise, after being frisked, we were allowed to proceed onto the Common.

-Isn't America great? The system works when you participate.

I found myself on a path that passed the stage from which the Secretary of the Army, a poor 11 year-old boy whose father had recently been killed in Iraq, and others would be speaking. Just to the left of the stage I stopped and stood with my protest sign. I wasn’t blocking anything, but I could certainly be seen. Others saw and joined me. Then the first of several soldiers and police came up to me. We would have to move. We would be blocking the way for one of the muckity mucks to lay a wreath at a monument.

-That wreath was to be laid in honor of those who have served and died. It was a part of the Ceremony and was laid by your Mayor, Michael A. Sullivan.

http://www.army.mil/birthday/230/photos.html

Remember that on election day. I also seem to remember reading that the protestors boo-ed the 11 year old son of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, yes.. he has a name (IE-he's not some number, which is easy to forget...). How does this help us? What did this do for the anti-war movement? the answers are it didn't help and it probably convinced a whole lot of people that the anti-war movement is not too cool or worth listening to.

I responded that I was a resident of Cambridge. This was a public space. I wasn’t doing anything more than peacefully protesting a criminal war, and I was not about to move. Other protesters gathered, forming a line with their signs. News photographers, military police or intelligence photographers, police photographers, and people who had come with their cameras went snap happy.

-Well, you did call the papers... word gets out. The army and the police both have news publications that cover events like this. In fact, if you get enough press in those publications, and you would if you tried hard enough, you might actually be able to have an effect on military opinions. In fairness, I doubt that they are starting secret files on you or anything like that... unless you're doing something VERY illegal. Getting arrested for disturbing the peace or some other misdimeanor is hardly worthy of the attention of the intelligence services.


Then came the final order (***and probably LEGAL***)to leave. Many protesters stepped back (***because they believe in the rule of law and wanted to continue to be heard... good for them***), and what must have been the county police, dressed in black (***because they're the bad guys, of course...***), started pushing us forcefully from the other direction. I decided not to be pushed, and sat down. One of my colleagues did the same. Soon the police were twisting our arms to near breaking points, painfully smashing handcuffs on our wrists, and began dragging us away (***you were getting ARRESTED, What did you think it would be like?****). A photographer friend who hadn’t planned to be arrested was also cuffed and led away. He’d been knocked down, and once on the ground was deemed fair game. (***I'm sure that he was in no way antagonistic...***)

So we spent much of the afternoon in jail, wondering how the protest was going, wondering if our AFSC colleagues were ever able to resume their retreat, and wondering how long it would be before we were brought before the promised judge. Two other young men were brought into the men’s block: one in an army uniform and quite blooded up. Mat and Pat had planned to do some creative, and apparently unwanted, guerilla theater. We also later learned that two young women who had been with them were also arrested.

-And subsiquently, you were all silenced. You know what? You beat yourselves that day and probably did a lot of damage to the perceptions of those who saw your protest that day. What opinion do you HONESTLY believe that the average person holds of someone getting arrested after arguing with the police?


In the comparative silence of the stuffy cell thoughts passed quickly, rising and falling as in meditation. Soon I was thinking of the statement I wanted to make to the judge. Once in court, he refused to allow it – leaving me little to do by to cry out “illegal war” and “Nuremburg.” I would have to wait until my trial date on July 15.

-And again, you have convinced people, this time an elected official, that protesters are a bit on the nutty side. I'll bet that the Army will soon be having an easier time finding recruits that the Anti-war movement will have finding support if this keeps up...
Here’s what I had planned to say:

1. If the President of Harvard has the right to graze his cows and sheep on Cambridge Common, surely a 30-year resident of the city has the right to walk there, and even to carry a sign condemning an illegal war.

-There are laws that govern such things. The Event organizers followed them, you did not. End of story.

2. I came to protest an illegal war. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan recently reiterated what he said two years ago: The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Blair invasion of Iraq was illegal. Former World Court Vice-President Christopher Weeramantry, who I had the privilege of touring in April, has written a tome on the illegality of the Iraq War. The Nuremberg Principles are clear: those, like the Under Secretary of the Army, who fight an illegal war are by definition war criminals, and silence is consent.

-He's off base with that statement. Iraq has been an ongoing combat operation, under UN control, since 1991 (NO Fly zones...). There is no grounds for prosecution because of this technicality. You need to get your facts (and Kofi Annan's) seperate from your opinions if you want to be effective. It will allow you to focus on weaknesses that are of value.

3. I came to protest the cynical harvesting of our city’s youth to serve as cannon fodder in a criminal war, one which even senior figures in the Pentagon are beginning to say might never be won. We need to protect our children.

-Our children might need protecting, but they aren't going to flock to a guy getting thrown on the ground and arrested, or a guy who shouts insanely in court because a judge won't let him make a political speech. CONSIDER YOUR APPROACH.

4. I came to protest a military occupation of my home town, one which was to have had the pageantry of a fascist rally and which was organized in secret – even from our city council. We must protect what remains of our liberal and constitutional democracy.

SEE THE LINK ABOVE. Don't be their fool. They knew exactly what was going on that day.

5. The reason I risked arrest grows from the reality that we all have to do more to stop the killing. Civil disobedience is not always the best way to protest, but those of us who oppose the war, oppose the harvesting of our young for the killing fields, and oppose the subversion of democracy must put more of our life energies, and more of our imaginations, into resisting. Signing Internet statements and turning out for vigils and demonstrations are absolutely necessary, as is lobbying our Congressional representatives to cut the funding for the war. But, we must find ways to do more if we are to become the political force that turns our nation around and provides real security for our and future generations.

I think I've made my point... good luck in the future. You guys just lost my support.
written June 15, 2005
Re: Why We Were Arrested
02 Jul 2005
Thank you, Joseph! What an inspiring article. What much of the military members don't understand is that they are pawns in this excercise run by cronnies and war profiteers.

***OK, I'm going to call bullshit on this one, STRAIGHT OUT BULL-S-H-I-T. My father worked for Raytheon. He retired, both from the military and from Raytheon as an officer and as a senior scientist/VP. Raytheon (think Cruise missle and a multitude of other weapons...) was the largest defense contractor in the world at the time. My dad made a decent living, but we in no way lived a lavish "wealthy man's" lifestyle. Further, my father grew up very poor and was drafted in Vietnam. He went to college because he worked his way through. He went to Officer Candidate School, got a masters in Computer Science in 1978, and was either directly or indirectly involved in the development of a TON (too much to name item by item...) of the technology we use today. The point is this... these "war profiteers" are guys like this (in varried degrees). They work hard and, in most cases, are very ethical, morally convivted, and genuinely nice people. One thing they have absolutely no control over is when the military is sent to war. Trust me on this...

None of those in the Bush administration have ever been to war or served in the forces for a respectful period of time.

***What about General Meyers and (up until recently) Colin Powell? Both are a part of his administration and have served more than two decades. What about the laundry list of military advisers, the commanders on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, that echo what the Administration says time and again? They are in no way obligated to do so, they are GENERALS. You could say that they have reached the top of their game and have little to lose in their careers by disagreeing. They'd all get jobs tomorrow if they were fired today.

They don't care about the military and their family members really, to them they are as expendable in historical terms as any other exploited worker. How dare them, in fact, to bleed people (who thought were giving their lives defending this country) to invade oil-rich nations? How dare the Bush administration to send these young people to an illegal war while fueling terrrorism and hate accross the world?

***Do some math with me for a minute... Bill Clinton sent the US Military on deployments more times than any other peacetime president in our history. One figure I heard was that the military deployed an average of once every 9 weeks. Where was this concern back then? Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen died at the same rate over an 8 YEAR PERIOD and it didn't even make a blip on the radar. Now, all of the sudden, everyone cares? What a bunch of crap...

How dare them to steal our definitions of democracy, patriotism and peace to fill their overstuffed mouths with more dollars?

I'm not sure where you're going with this, but it would appear that you are on the "no blood for oil" thing. If we wanted their oil, it would have been much easier and cheaper to just buy it with the 100+ BILLION dollars that we have spent on the war. The President is a business man by trade. Even he could see the logic in this, why doesn't anyone else?
dear Patty
09 Jul 2005
"patty
29 Jun 2005
Wow -- I'm surprised at all the non-supportive comments here...."
Dont be very surprised - sadly, it seems like this site has been overrun with mean spirited, anti-INDY operatives, Cops, and other sorts of angry Trolls. Keep on keeping on, be strong, be positive, Be Peace. I still believe in the power of the unbound human spirit, our urge to help each other, and our positive individual longing for freedom from oppression. The Nazis wont win here, but we must be strong.
Re: Why We Were Arrested
11 Jul 2005
o.k kid,now it's your turn to get called for your b.s. -straight out balderdash. First off, Raytheon was never, ever, at any time the "largest defense contractor in the world"! (General Dynamics was largest private U.S.war contractor in '80s & Lockheed Martin is currently; along with several others also ahead of bad ol' Raytheon). Almost everyone 'middle class' lives a lavish '"wealthy man's"' lifestyle compared to people in Iraq/Palestine (don't forget those Raytheon Patriot missles in Israel) & Afghanistan today - as well as the bottom 40% of the world's population that lives on less than $2 a day thanks largely to WTO "structural adjustment", and related imperialist economic policies defended in part by those lovely cruise (Tomahawk) missles and other delightful Raytheon 'cost-plus' contracted products. "The point is this... these 'war profiteers' are guys like this" i.e. 'good Germans': take the scholarship & the nice job, enjoy the money & perk's and 'don't ask no questions'! "Genuinely nice people" (just like you & me) --- who do "genuinely" awful things to much of the rest of the world's population outside our borders. 'One thing we all have control over', if we all get out & do all little more politiking & C.D., as per above, is the democratic popular power to stop such atrocities. "Trust me on this"... The rest of this uninformed & inchoherant screed is equally rife with glaring errors of grammar ("How dare them"?), unproven and unprovable factual misstatements ("Bill Clinton ....military deployed an average of once every 9 weeks": which if true, would amount to about 45 interventions in the course of a two- term administration ["do the math"]) and egregious lapses of logic ("just buy all the oil" in Iraq for a mere $100 billion @ $60 per barrel)! No wonder this country -and the rest of the world by extension - is in so much trouble with 'wacko's' like this loose in society!
Re: Why We Were Arrested
15 Jul 2005
o.k kid,now it's your turn to get called for your b.s. -straight out balderdash.
***You're already wrong, but go I'll overlook the "kid" part...***


First off, Raytheon was never, ever, at any time the "largest defense contractor in the world"! (General Dynamics was largest private U.S.war contractor in '80s & Lockheed Martin is currently; along with several others also ahead of bad ol' Raytheon).

***Ummm... Raytheon, among other things, is a CONGLOMERATE of HUNDREDS of companies. They own companies, that own companies, that own companies... They are bigger, trust me on that one. In fact, my father came to work for them through their aquisition of Hughes (sic-Howard Hughes) Aircraft. Additionally, they own parts of GM... oh, what the hell... they own A LOT OF COMPANIES who have their fingers in the defense industry. It all palys into how they avoid their taxes...

Almost everyone 'middle class' lives a lavish '"wealthy man's"' lifestyle compared to people in Iraq/Palestine (don't forget those Raytheon Patriot missles in Israel) & Afghanistan today - as well as the bottom 40% of the world's population that lives on less than $2 a day thanks largely to WTO "structural adjustment",

2 dollars a day down from WHAT?! This is so rediculous that it doesn't even deserve a comment, really. It's a thin attempt at trying to attack the WTO (and I can't say I'm a fan, but COME ON NOW...) and blame them for a problem that existed WELL before they ever showed up.

and related imperialist economic policies defended in part by those lovely cruise (Tomahawk) missles and other delightful Raytheon 'cost-plus' contracted products.

***OK, let's talk missles and Imperialism. Missles aren't ALIVE, like TROOPS. TROOPS, over the course of a career, can end up costing as much as a missile when we train, feed, house, cloth, etc... AND... they don't DIE. Isn't that what much of this thread was about? Weren't we worried about the "Harvesting of our youth for a needless war?" You can't have it both way...

...On Imperialism... All I'm going to say is crack a few more books about the subject. I'd start with the Mongols, who established the largest Empire the world has ever seen. Learn about the differences between their way of doing business and ours. If you can be OBJECTIVE, you might come up with good and practical solutions. Being a tool of propaganda, like EVERYONE is these days... this is an information war more than anything... does little but protract the war that all can agree is getting really ugly.***



"The point is this... these 'war profiteers' are guys like this" i.e. 'good Germans': take the scholarship & the nice job, enjoy the money & perk's and 'don't ask no questions'! "Genuinely nice people" (just like you & me)

***OK, so you're going to fall into the "us and them" trap? The "War Profiteers" that you speak of are PEOPLE who often DO ask VERY ethical questions about their products. Many have actually been to combat, my father was an enlisted infantryman in Vietnam, and know what it looks like. You miss the point of my complaints about the left lately, of which I am dropping out (not to say that I am becoming conservative... just disassociating out of embarrassment...). We are supposed to be interested in PEOPLE. We are the ones who (ideally) DON'T Label people. We are the ones who are supposed to include EVERYONE in the end... but instead, our movement is becoming the victim of angry political agendas. I even got sucked in for a while... not anymore...****

--- who do "genuinely" awful things to much of the rest of the world's population outside our borders. 'One thing we all have control over', if we all get out & do all little more politiking & C.D., as per above, is the democratic popular power to stop such atrocities. "Trust me on this"...
***The only thing I trust you will accomplish is to drive more and more moderate people away from what our (MY, it seems more and more lately) beliefs should be focusing on. Confrontation with authority and agitating is ineffective in America. Research this via google, you'll find a lot to support this...***

The rest of this uninformed & inchoherant screed is equally rife with glaring errors of grammar ("How dare them"?), unproven and unprovable factual misstatements ("Bill Clinton ....military deployed an average of once every 9 weeks": which if true, would amount to about 45 interventions in the course of a two- term administration ["do the math"])

***Ongoing deployments lasted an average of 6 months throughout the 1990's. As a former member of the Army, I can vouch for four 6-month deployments from 1993-2002. The mission to Egypt, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, Djibouti... you get the point, add up to a HECK OF A LOT OF DEPLOYMENTS... All of these, except for the Multinational Force and Observers Mission in Egypt (circa-Jimmy Carter) began under Mr. Clinton's Presidency. Somalia alone resulted in the deployment of a Marine Corp Mission, an Army Mission, and, I believe also an Air force and Navy Mission. It was the shortest of all of these missions.***

and egregious lapses of logic ("just buy all the oil" in Iraq for a mere $100 billion @ $60 per barrel)! No wonder this country -and the rest of the world by extension - is in so much trouble with 'wacko's' like this loose in society!

***Wacko's... wow, this says it all... you really aren't too interested in getting along with people. You are interested in getting your way. It's no suprise to me that America is in trouble, but not for the reasons you think. BY THE WAY, I COMPLETELY WROTE THIS POST (THOUGH IT IS "BASED" LOOSELY ON FACT...) TO SUCK SOMEONE IN, IE-YOU, IN...

*THE POINT, I KNEW YOU'D SAY SOMETHING HATEFUL AND POINT OUT OUR HYPOCRISY. IT IS ONLY BY OVERCOMING THIS HYPOCRISY THAT WE WILL SUCCEED WITH OUR IDEALS. HOW CAN WE BE ANTI-WAR AND SPEAK IN THE NAME OF PEACE IF WE CAN'T RISE ABOVE WHAT CREATES THE FEELINGS THAT CAUSE WAR? WE ARE, AS A MOVEMENT, JUST AS IGNORANT IN MANY WAYS AS THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE WAR AND PROVE IT EVERYDAY BY DOING THINGS LIKE THIS. PLEASE, GIVE THAT SOME THOUGHT... CONSIDER A RESPONSE, THEN WE'LL PICK THIS UP AGAIN WITH A PRODUCTIVE AIM.