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Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
19 Oct 2005
After being 'banned' from campus, Charles Peterson, as of Oct. 8, has been reinstated at Holyoke Community College. This victory for the entire counter-recruitment and anti-war movement came only after massive worldwide support for Peterson and resistance actions including a march and rally on campus Oct. 6.

But the counter-recruitment movement is still being attacked relentlessly by the Pentagon and college administrations as the case of Peterson and Tariq Khan demonstrates.
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Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges

By Bryan G. Pfeifer

After being 'banned' from campus, Charles Peterson, as of Oct. 8, has been reinstated at Holyoke Community College. This victory for the entire counter-recruitment and anti-war movement came only after massive worldwide support for Peterson and resistance actions including a march and rally on campus Oct. 6.

Members of the HCC Anti-War coalition were brutalized and maced by campus and state cops as they were protesting Army National Guard recruiting at the HCC student cafeteria Sept. 29. Another focus was the Pentagon's bigoted "don't ask, don't tell" policy that essentially bars LGBT persons from enlisting—in violation of the college's and the state's non-discrimination laws (www.campusantiwar.net).

The day after this action Peterson, who was maced and assaulted by police at the counter-recruiting action, was visited at his home by two state police officers that told him he was banned from campus and would be arrested for trespassing if he entered public HCC property. Peterson, a leading member of the anti-war coalition, is vice president for academic affairs on the Student Senate and is employed at HCC.

Peterson’s reinstatement was won by the movement as a result of well over 1,000 calls, emails and faxes from all over the world to college president William Messner. Many anti-war and other progressive organizations also helped by sending out statements and announcements to thousands of members on their list serves or posting these on websites among other support actions.

The Anti-War coalition is still demanding an immediate, unconditional public apology from the college; a pledge of non-retaliation against activists; a thorough and impartial investigation; and a ban keeping military recruiters off campus.

Hands off Tariq Khan!

Tariq Khan, a Pakistani student at George Mason University in Virginia and former U.S. Air Force member, was assaulted by police and an ROTC member while protesting Marine recruiters on campus Sept. 29. An ROTC member ripped off a “Recruiters lie, don’t be deceived” sign Tariq was wearing, and police were seen choking the peaceful protester and dragging his handcuffed body to a police car after he refused to move from the recruiter’s table area.

Despite being brutalized, Khan has been charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing at his own university and resisting arrest and has a court date set for Nov. 14 (www.campusantiwar.net).

Like Peterson, Khan is receiving widespread support.

An Oct. 3 a rally at George Mason to demand the charges against Khan be dropped immediately drew over 150 students and allies.

Hundreds, if not thousands, have supported Khan in various ways including 129 faculty members signing a letter calling for an investigation of the police actions and the school’s policy on 1st amendment rights. Over 550 students, faculty, staff, alumni, campus community members and other supporters have signed a “drop all charges!” online petition (http://new.petitiononline.com/gmutariq/petition.html). And the American Civil Liberties Union is defending Khan who is considering taking legal action against the university.

As a result of this pressure, the university thus far has issued a statement to Khan recognizing that he was staging a peaceful protest and insisting it was committed to students' rights to free speech on campus; it also pledged conduct an internal investigation into the conduct of the police officers and the other students who were helping the cops in the Sept. 29 incident.

Khan himself, like Peterson, is on the frontlines in his own defense. At the Oct. 3 rally he declared:

"Now I've got a message for the police, and GMU authorities, and for all of the right-wing goons who helped the police brutalize me or who cheered them on. If by ‘don't cause any more disturbances’ they mean don't tell students the truth about the military, then I will continually cause disturbances. I will not be bullied or intimidated into silence, I will not respect or obey any order that tells me I can't exercise my own inalienable rights," said Khan

"I will continue to stand against war, militarism, occupation, and authoritarianism. And I will not acquiesce to fear tactics, and bullying, and stupidity, and hate. The university authority's actions against me last Thursday were their way of telling me to shut up. And my answer to them is: 'No, I will not shut up!' They don't want me to say recruiters lie. Well I'm going to say it, 'Recruiters lie!,'" concluded Khan.

To support the “drop all charges, now!” demand, contact Alan G. Merten, George Mason President, at (703) 993-8700 or mail letters to: Office of the President, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr. MSN 3A1, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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Union labor donated
See also:
http://www.nodraftnoway.org
http://www.troopsoutnow.org

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Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
19 Oct 2005
What's up with the "No Draft, No Way" sign? This is proof that these people are stuck in the 1960s. We have an all volunteer armed forces. There is no draft and there isn't going to be a draft. That's unfortunate as many of these spoiled brats would benefit from military service.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
19 Oct 2005
it'll be pretty nice to see when the draft starts.
if you do any research at all you'll see that the repubs and the democs have drawn up plans for that very thing. Whether the plans go through or not, it is an option being considered by our "leaders".
take yer head out yer ass and do something other than watching cnnfox
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
19 Oct 2005
That's total bunk. You have completely bought into the propaganda that was being spouted by the Democrat National Committee to discredit George Bush. ANybody who knows anything about the military - which you obviously do not - knows that the last thing that the Pentagon wants is a draft and a return to the ineffective military of the Vietnam era. There will be no draft for the very simple reason that the Pentagon does not want a draft. What the Pentagon wants, the Pentagon gets.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
19 Oct 2005
Interesting ploy by the organization called "no draft no way." They solicit donations and give themselves cushy jobs knowing that there will be no draft. As long as they keep the fear going in the college community, various organizations and students will donate money thus perpetuating their cushy jobs as professional protesters. What a scam! I wish that I had thought of it! Would anyone like to donate to www.savethedinosaurs.com? If we don't act now, these beautiful creatures will be gone forever.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
20 Oct 2005
if no draft, then why has the u.s. government reactivated the draft boards? look at the "effective" military now! the joke of the iraq "war", poorly organized, poorly run, a presidential edict declaired the mission accomplished years ago, but our boys are still dieing! they didn't even finnish the afgan debacle before starting the iraq debacle! torture authorized from the cic on down. no, the "effectiveness" of the military is in the leadership. at least the boy scouts have adult leadership!
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
20 Oct 2005
The draft boards were re-instituted in 1979 by Jimmy Carter. They have been operating since then. As you may or may not have noticed, there has been no draft. It's good to keep the draft boards though in the inevitable event of war with China. It's a good thing to have just in case. But as the Enchanter points out, the Pentagon does not want an army of draftees because draftees are largely ineffective and get killed. World War II is a good example of this. During the battle of the Bulge 1000 American draftees were killed in one evening. Contrast this with the number of professional soldiers who have been killed in the entire Iraq war.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
20 Oct 2005
Nice job of contradicting yourself Sid.

Statement #1: There will be no draft for the very simple reason that the Pentagon does not want a draft.

Statement #2: It's good to keep the draft boards though in the inevitable event of war with China. It's a good thing to have just in case.

So it is 'inevitable' that we will have a war with China that will require a draft. This must be because the Pentagon wants a war with China because "What the Pentagon wants, the Pentagon gets." But at the same time, the Pentagon does not want a draft, just a war that will require one. Sounds like both the Pentagon and you need to get your 'facts' in order.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
20 Oct 2005
Nancy, you poor misguided young lady. The Pentagon does not want a draft, but may find that they need one i n a case like China where you will literally have to throw bodies at the enemy they way we did in WWII. Read a bit of history and think before you write. You obviously have done neither.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
21 Oct 2005
quoting Sid: "World War II is a good example of this. During the battle of the Bulge 1000 American draftees were killed in one evening. Contrast this with the number of professional soldiers who have been killed in the entire Iraq war."

Dude. During the battle of the Bulge *lots* of people died. Over 150,000 German and Allied troops, not counting civilians. The only reason folks might point to draftees or green soldiers as dying more than the seasonsed troops is because they were both inexperienced and hadn't the combat experience that the men who had fought from D-day on had. The Battle of the Bulge was a massive failure on the part of Germany, and had a high body count, but still was won by the Allies.

To get back on topic, the reason the U.S. government might not want a draft is because many of the Powers-That-Be understand that their support base is patriotic, but not suicidal. Since history IS doomed to repeat itself if folks don't speak out and teach about what's happened in the past, the fears that our generation, our parents generations or our grandparents generations have faced ARE doomed to repeat itself. We *don't* want another Vietnam, just as we don't want to America to turn into another expansionist Nazi Germany or an offensive first-striking Land of the Rising Sun.

However, the draft boards are kept on the books, and the draft requirements have been changed to include men and women, *and* the draft procedures have been prepped and re-visited since the Iraq War started, in preparation for an extended stay in the Middle East. I for one am worried. Not because I'm of draftable age, but because the Powers That Be are not worried enough about their elections to stop planning for a draft.

And in the age of modern warfare, comparing WWII to the Iraq War is ludicrous. WWII was, literally, The Good War. It was in response to a direct MILITARY attack on our country, it was assisting other COUNTRIES who were threatened by or had been iINVADED by the German and Japanese regimes, and it was fought with more patriotic muscle than Fox News has been able to generate for the Iraq War FUBAR. Modern warfare, especially if the U.S. is involved, includes alot of staring at computer screens and pressing that remote detonation key that launches the missiles, etc, from the comfort of an air conditioned bunker far removed from battle. The poor grunts who actually have to work in the combat environments that OUR GOVERNMENT has created are wading through a toxic radioactive dust while wondering if the next corner they turn or stretch of road they drive over will have an explosive device on it telling them to GO HOME and STOP OCCUPYING a foreign country. This so-called War on Terror is just a farce for global military and capitalist occupation and my heart goes out to all those who are empowered to speak out and voice their resistance to the inhumanity of "modern" war.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
21 Oct 2005
Alrighty then. You can continue to live in your fantasy world and pretend this is the 1960s. Go out and shout "No Draft" and even though there isn't a draft, you can feel like you had some influence. You may even want to try to levitate the Pentagon. In short, you provide some comic relief to those of us who are sane.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
21 Oct 2005
Yeah! NO DRAFT!

FREE NELSON MANDELA!
Wake up and Smell the Coffee
23 Oct 2005
Yes there is a draft. It's called the New World Order
The evidence stands as such--

1) People sitting for hours, only moving their
thumbs, staring into a glow that lies and lies again, but it's okay, let's not get of the couch.

2) Junk food, classified as a base of a substance glued together with partial-hydrogenated oil, with salt added so it can survive a nuclear holocaust.

3) It's okay to wear belly shirts when your stomach looks like rising dough, and they cut costs on pants by making them low-rise.

4) You want to go around someone but they can't hear you say "excuse me", they are hooked into white wires that provide an atrificial fanatasy world of bad music, that they have picked out. Sometimes these tone-deaf people dare to sing along.

5) I hear girls in my class discuss Brad Pitts' divorce and they feel sad. I wanted to reassure them and say "I'm sorry, not all people can have lives."

6) The people on this website. Hey for some reason I'm acting up too! I think I just feel like typing.

7) The price of gas. It changes all the time. Why is that?

8) Cell Phones! You people are rude and idiotic! And even better, everywhere that you go, They are tracking you! That's what satellites do, morons!

9) And finally, Jesus is not ever going to come back. It's too late to be saved, there's no such thing as salvation. So recycle, re-reuse, and shut off the light.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
23 Oct 2005
there isn't an official military draft, no. but there is an economic situation that makes a draft-like situation in many parts of the country. knew plenty of people in michigan who felt they didn't have any choice but to join the army or spend their lives at mcdonalds, because college tuitions had gotten so ridiculous and opportunities to do anything else with their lives had become so meager. although a draft has not yet become nessasary for the continuation of the atrocities in iraq and afghanisthan, and the failure of both of those wars to do anything but kill, maim, and destroy many thousands of people has recruitment levels WAY down, as long as most of the united states landscape is dominated by low wage, no benefits, no security, mind-numbing futureless work, there will be people signing up.

so yeah, sid, i guess the government DID learn a lesson in the sixties- to be more subtle and complete in controling the population.

"throw bodies at the enemy"?? my god, man. . . . what does that mean to you? do you have kids? brothers? sisters? is it their bodies you think of, or some nameless, faceless being you never met? you wanna call up some of my friends whose kids just got shipped out to iraq and tell them about "throwing bodies at the enemy"?
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
23 Oct 2005
The economic situation is creating a "draft-like" environment?

First, the military is not meeting its own quotas for recruitment. People aren't exactly lining up to get blown up in Iraq.

Second, the economy is relatively pretty good. Yeah, yeah, a lot of people are getting left behind, rich get richer, and all that. But, perhaps with the exception of the late 90's, more people are better off today than they have ever been in history.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
25 Oct 2005
Katt...that's the reality of war. read your history.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
26 Oct 2005
Obviously, there is no draft and no plans for one. If there was, I'd support it! To many fools running around this country, smoking dope, whining about issues that they nkow nothing about and holding their hand out. The countries that do require service have less social issues because people learn respect, teamwork, honor and so on.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
26 Oct 2005
The draft destroys a military organization. I don't want a military full of dope smokers, anarchists and other societal rejects. I want a military full of warriors who will fight and win America's wars. I would, however support mandatory national service in an American Conservation Corps so that all of these whiners can put their money where their collective mouth is.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
26 Oct 2005
Agreed!
We have a great group of warriors/peacemakers taking care of business right now! Some form or service should be required.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
27 Oct 2005
It would be nice if you were mature/secure enough to make a point without feeling the need of calling names like a child in an arguement, but I suppose this speaks to your true nature. If you feel threatened by something, then you must attack it, put it down, make it feel weak and dominate it to make sure it never 'threatens' you again.

I suppose this mentality is why you feel that a war with China is inevitable. Do you really believe that China would invade or start a war with one of their biggest commercial markets? No. If there is a war with China it is because the people running this country at the time will have a mentality like yours. They will be threated by the rise in China's economy and global influence and feel it is nessecary to put China back in their place the only way they know how. War.

And if this happens and it is 'nessecary' to throw bodies at the 'enemy', I hope it is YOUR body, the bodies of YOUR children, and the bodies of people who think like you that they throw first.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
27 Oct 2005
Now now Nancy. There is no need for you to be defensive. Try to think logically. Take a deep breath and look at the truth. China is ruled by idealogues. It is a dicatorship of an elite few. They believe in Communism and they believe that they have a right to rule Taiwan. So they will let economics take a back seat to ideology and they will...when they feel that their military is large enough...invade Taiwan. At that point, North Korea...another Communist dictatorship...will move into South Korea. The United States will defend both Taiwan and South Korea. Japan will respond to the obvious threat to its sovereignty by sending troops and warships to South Korea. This will cause China to invade Japan. Welcome to World War Three. That is the only scenario in which we will need a draft. Oh and by the way...over the last couple of years, only the liberals have been calling for a draft.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
28 Oct 2005
Laughing at you! Keep up the comedy!
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
28 Oct 2005
Well, in fact, the nightmare scenario can continue. While the United States is tied up with China and North Korea, Iran decides to invade Israel. In turn, Jordan see an opportunity to re-take Palastine and invades the west bank. Isreal seeing this as a threat, launches a pre-emptive tactical nuclear strike against Jordanian forces. Cuba sees an opportunity to invade Venezuela in hopes of enriching it's economy with Venezuelan oil. Meanwhile, we are fighting a three theater war, still trying to recover from the "Peace Dividend."
RETURN SADDAM
05 Nov 2005
Indeed the Iraqi people were better off and happier under Saddam. He brought stability and control to that diverse nation. He kept the Kurds and Shiites in check. He also kept population numbers in control. The present situation demonstrates that the Iraqi people have not yet reached a cultural maturity to handle democracy and must be led by a benevolent dictator like Saddam. Another beneficial thing that Saddam brought was the elimination of dissidents within the country. A country with a large dissident population cannot survive. Through selected imprisonment and selective execution, Saddam not only physically eliminated opposition, but sent a clear message that opposition would not be tolerated. The Iraqi people liked this and actually thrived under it. They always knew what the rules were and how to play by them. While it is unfortunate for the families of those imprisoned or executed, it is also true that these families are in part to blame. They owed it to their dissident family members to reign them in. They also owed it to their country. What we have now is the very real danger that the Kurds will set up their own democracy in the north. The Kurds, due to their tribal/cultural background are the only group in Iraq capable of democracy. If they are allowed to establish democracy, then Iraq ia doomed. Only Saddam can stop this.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
06 Nov 2005
Opus said it perfectly. The Iraqi people want Saddam Hussein back. He should be allowed to return to power. Any Iraqi government that does not include Saddam as president is not a legitimate government. Let's not forget that in the last Iraqi election, a full 99% of the people voted and Saddam received 98% of the vote. Clearly, the people support Saddam. Contrast this to the previous four elections in the US where approximately 35% of the American people voted. The people of Iraq spoke clearly when they voted OVERWHELMINGLY for Saddam. Let's allow the voice of the people to rule.
Re: Anti-war movement wins Peterson's reinstatement; Tariq Khan still facing charges
20 May 2006
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