Archive for March, 2010

Over 500,000 US Soldiers seek VA Treatment; WikiLeaks Video “U.S. Military slaying two News Staff and other innocents; “It’s the OIL, Stupid (or the pipeline routes); Obama is WRONG, Vote NO on the added 33 BILLION he wants for added fighting in Afghanistan (and Pakistan); Alert your Members of Congress, call them, numbers here.

March 30, 2010

BULLETIN: TAKE ACTION NOW, CLICK HERE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH …when the House debated a resolution calling for a timetable for U.S. military withdrawal, Rep. Bob Filner, chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, pointed out that hundreds of thousands of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have gone to the VA for service-related injuries. Veterans for Common Sense places the number at 508,152 in a recent fact sheet based on VA documents obtained under the FOIA (from Just Foreign Policy)

MUST READ: Collateral Murder
WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video (CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO) depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. For further information please visit the special project website www.collateralmurder.com.

IraqOilMap.jpeg No more money to fight for OIL. Where it all began: Dick Cheney Energy Task Force. This map is from MARCH 2001, six months before 9/11.

Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL.

IraqOilMap.jpeg Thanks to Judicial Watch and their long-term lawsuit against the Cheney Energy Task Force, many discoveries were brought forth, go to their website here for all the maps of 60% of the world’s oil all within the size of the state of Kansas.

Today’s Headlines at antiwar.com:

Karzai Slams West, Threatens to Join Insurgency
NATO Admits Killing Afghan Civilians in Night Raid
US Special Forces ‘Tried to Cover-Up’ Botched Afghan Raid
German DM: ‘Condolences’ for Killing Afghan Troops
UK Army Official: Public Pessimism Undermining Afghan War
75 Killed, 100s Hurt in Bloody Baghdad Weekend
Division Among Shi’ites May Give Allawi Glad Tidings
Victim: Baghdad Shooters Said They Were US Soldiers
Sunday: 55 Iraqis Killed, 320 Wounded
Read the above stories by clicking here.

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Tell us what we need to hear, Mr. President. Our individual States in the “United States” are bankrupt. Will you pass a bill for 196 BILLION to bail them out, or send more Billions to Afghanistan, that is your choice.

Readers, tell your members of Congress to Vote NO on the added 33 BILLION that Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama wants to add to the fighting in Afghanistan (and Pakistan). Here’s how to call your Congress Member, click here. And you can click here to tell the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Members to VOTE NO on the 33 BILLION that President Obama is asking for, One Million for ever Soldier sent to Afghanistan for ONE YEAR, thank you Voters for Peace. Also, thanks to ReThink Afghanistan for their great work making the video below and for bringing attention to the mistaken policies at work in Central Asia by the Bush Administration and now followed by the Obama Administration.

FROM MARCH 28 OUT OF CENTRAL ASIA POST

On top of 708 BILLION for the Defense Department for next year, Nobel Peace Winner President Barack Obama is asking for an ADDITIONAL 33 BILLION from Congress to be used to fight in Afghanistan. Here’s a list of House Progressive Caucus members who voted FOR war funding on June 16, 2009. Call them and tell them to VOTE NO on this added 33 BILLION, End the War Now (Click here for names and phone numbers) Read this: We Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan! A Statement from the Campaign for Peace and Democracy • October 2009

At the same time: Our individual States in the United States needs an additional 196 BILLION to make up their budget shortfall. Will President Barack Obama ask Congress for these funds, or do we shut schools, lay off teachers, firefighters, and other State employees? Read more, click here.

48 States with Budget Shortfalls totalling 196 Billion Source: cbpp.org

    New gaps in 2010 budgets. An increasing number of states are struggling to keep their 2010 budgets in balance. Because revenues have fallen short of projections, mid-year shortfalls have opened up in 41 states — some of which have already addressed them — totaling $38 billion or 7 percent of these budgets.

    These new shortfalls are in addition to the gaps states closed when adopting their fiscal year 2010 budgets earlier this year. Counting both initial and mid-year shortfalls, 48 states have addressed or still face such shortfalls in their budgets for fiscal year 2010, totaling $196 billion or 29 percent of state budgets — the largest gaps on record.

How Bad Will it Get? End the Wars NOW Source: cbpp.org

Bulletin: Pentagon’s Black Budget Tops $56 Billion
STOP WAR FUNDING DEFUND WAR. ORG

The Members of Congress in this room can Stop the War(s), by voting 'NO' on the $33 Billion that President Obama is asking for to keep the war going in Afghanistan, You can tell your Representative to Vote NO, read the information below

The above link will take you to a website that will allow you to have access to some action items you can do to End the War(s) Funding Now. President Obama is asking for an additional $33 Billion for the War in Afghanistan. Call your member of Congress (phone numbers and info are at the site) and demand them to Stop Funding the War(s).

JUST IN: TROOP DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN DOUBLE, Read more here.

    On numerous occasions, Congress has exercised its constitutional authority to end military engagements. Here are just a few examples:

    Cambodia – In late December 1970, Congress passes the Supplemental Foreign Assistance Appropriations Act prohibiting the use of funds to finance the introduction of United States ground combat troops into Cambodia or to provide U.S. advisors to or for Cambodian military forces in Cambodia.

    Vietnam – In late June 1973, Congress passes the second Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY1973. This legislation contains language cutting off funds for combat activities in Vietnam after August 15, 1973.

    Somalia – In November 1993, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act includes a provision that prohibits funding after March 31, 1994 for military operations in Somalia, except for a limited number of military personnel to protect American diplomatic personnel and American citizens, unless further authorized by Congress.

    Bosnia – In 1998, Congress passes the Defense Authorization Bill, with a provision that prohibits funding for Bosnia after June 30, 1998, unless the President makes certain assurances.

Go to defundwar.org and scroll down for a list of Congress Members and phone numbers and make a difference.

Read the Flyer: We Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan!

Call Congress Today, Vote NO on 33 BILLION more dollars being wasted in Afghanistan; Our States are Bankrupt, fund them instead (call Mon. through Fri.)

March 28, 2010

On top of 708 BILLION for the Defense Department for next year, Nobel Peace Winner President Barack Obama is asking for an ADDITIONAL 33 BILLION from Congress to be used to fight in Afghanistan. Here’s a list of House Progressive Caucus members who voted FOR war funding on June 16, 2009. Call them and tell them to VOTE NO on this added 33 BILLION, End the War Now (Click here for names and phone numbers) Read this: We Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan! A Statement from the Campaign for Peace and Democracy • October 2009

At the same time: Our individual States in the United States needs an additional 196 BILLION to make up their budget shortfall. Will President Barack Obama ask Congress for these funds, or do we shut schools, lay off teachers, firefighters, and other State employees? Read more, click here.

48 States with Budget Shortfalls totalling 196 Billion Source: cbpp.org

    New gaps in 2010 budgets. An increasing number of states are struggling to keep their 2010 budgets in balance. Because revenues have fallen short of projections, mid-year shortfalls have opened up in 41 states — some of which have already addressed them — totaling $38 billion or 7 percent of these budgets.

    These new shortfalls are in addition to the gaps states closed when adopting their fiscal year 2010 budgets earlier this year. Counting both initial and mid-year shortfalls, 48 states have addressed or still face such shortfalls in their budgets for fiscal year 2010, totaling $196 billion or 29 percent of state budgets — the largest gaps on record.

How Bad Will it Get? End the Wars NOW Source: cbpp.org

Bulletin: Pentagon’s Black Budget Tops $56 Billion
STOP WAR FUNDING DEFUND WAR. ORG

The Members of Congress in this room can Stop the War(s), by voting 'NO' on the $33 Billion that President Obama is asking for to keep the war going in Afghanistan, You can tell your Representative to Vote NO, read the information below

The above link will take you to a website that will allow you to have access to some action items you can do to End the War(s) Funding Now. President Obama is asking for an additional $33 Billion for the War in Afghanistan. Call your member of Congress (phone numbers and info are at the site) and demand them to Stop Funding the War(s).

JUST IN: TROOP DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN DOUBLE, Read more here.

    On numerous occasions, Congress has exercised its constitutional authority to end military engagements. Here are just a few examples:

    Cambodia – In late December 1970, Congress passes the Supplemental Foreign Assistance Appropriations Act prohibiting the use of funds to finance the introduction of United States ground combat troops into Cambodia or to provide U.S. advisors to or for Cambodian military forces in Cambodia.

    Vietnam – In late June 1973, Congress passes the second Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY1973. This legislation contains language cutting off funds for combat activities in Vietnam after August 15, 1973.

    Somalia – In November 1993, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act includes a provision that prohibits funding after March 31, 1994 for military operations in Somalia, except for a limited number of military personnel to protect American diplomatic personnel and American citizens, unless further authorized by Congress.

    Bosnia – In 1998, Congress passes the Defense Authorization Bill, with a provision that prohibits funding for Bosnia after June 30, 1998, unless the President makes certain assurances.

Go to defundwar.org and scroll down for a list of Congress Members and phone numbers and make a difference.

Read the Flyer: We Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan!

al Quaeda finished? Up next “Lashkar-e-Taiba” the new Terrorist Group to be Removed from Earth; Tell Congress to Vote NO on $33 BILLION “Needed” for fighting in Afghanistan, call on Monday

March 27, 2010

With al Quaeda just a bunch of remnants, what will happen to the “War on Terror” once everyone admits Al Quaeda is just a “Name” for any terror activity? Up comes the Lashkar-e-Taiba (also referred to as “LeT”, translates as “Army of the Pure”), and is described as one of the largest and most active Islamist militant organizations in South Asia.

Lashkar-e-Taiba, photo by BBC NEWS

    It was founded by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan. It is currently based in Muridke (near Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan) and operates several training camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba members have carried out major attacks against India and its objective is to introduce an Islamic state in South Asia and to “liberate” Muslims residing in Indian Kashmir. The organization is banned as a terrorist organization by India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia and Australia. As of December 2008 U.S. intelligence officials believed that Pakistan’s main intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), continued to give LeT intelligence help and protection. Read More here.

Read more here: Lashkar-e-Taiba is the group which India holds responsible for the armed attacks in Mumbai last November in which more than 170 people died. The army says the militants were well trained and equipped and had the backing of agencies in Pakistan.

From Times of India: LeT expanding to other South Asian nations: Top US military official The article continues:

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, predominately a threat to India, is fast expanding operations to other South Asian countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives, a top US military official told US lawmakers today.

    The dangerously expanding influence of LeT, which was responsible for the Mumbai attack in 2008, is an issue of concern for the Obama Administration, said Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the US Pacific Command in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    “Right now our concern is the movement of Lashkar-e Taiba, the terrorist group that emanates from Pakistan that was responsible for the Mumbai attacks in India, and specifically their positioning in Bangladesh and Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka,” Willard said in response to a question from Senator George Lemieux.

Ed Note: The “War on Terror” will continue for many years. NATO and the U.S. armed forces will continue to “chase” the “Terrorists” around the world. Trillions of dollars more will be spent. The United States has turned into a War Nation, seeking to destroy “Evil” wherever it finds it, kind of like Superman Comic Books.

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Bulletin: Pentagon’s Black Budget Tops $56 Billion
STOP WAR FUNDING DEFUND WAR. ORG

The Members of Congress in this room can Stop the War(s), by voting 'NO' on the $33 Billion that President Obama is asking for to keep the war going in Afghanistan, You can tell your Representative to Vote NO, read the information below

The above link will take you to a website that will allow you to have access to some action items you can do to End the War(s) Funding Now. President Obama is asking for an additional $33 Billion for the War in Afghanistan. Call your member of Congress (phone numbers and info are at the site) and demand them to Stop Funding the War(s).

    On numerous occasions, Congress has exercised its constitutional authority to end military engagements. Here are just a few examples:

    Cambodia – In late December 1970, Congress passes the Supplemental Foreign Assistance Appropriations Act prohibiting the use of funds to finance the introduction of United States ground combat troops into Cambodia or to provide U.S. advisors to or for Cambodian military forces in Cambodia.

    Vietnam – In late June 1973, Congress passes the second Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY1973. This legislation contains language cutting off funds for combat activities in Vietnam after August 15, 1973.

    Somalia – In November 1993, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act includes a provision that prohibits funding after March 31, 1994 for military operations in Somalia, except for a limited number of military personnel to protect American diplomatic personnel and American citizens, unless further authorized by Congress.

    Bosnia – In 1998, Congress passes the Defense Authorization Bill, with a provision that prohibits funding for Bosnia after June 30, 1998, unless the President makes certain assurances.

Go to defundwar.org and make a difference.

Read the Flyer: We Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan!

Soldiers die and are wounded, and KBR and others Profit from the Wars; Cindy Sheehan breaks down CAMP OUT NOW

March 26, 2010

KBR mechanics worked as little as 43 minutes a month, By John Byrne
Read the whole story, click here.

The Inspector General’s report is in PDF, click here for full report.

Department of Defense Inspector General's Report on KBR and others

Mother Jones’ Adam Weinstein reports that, “In September 2008, for example, KBR had 144 maintenance employees at Balad, available to work 16,200 hours. Their actual ‘utilization rate’ was a paltry 0.63 percent—which means that each of the 144 KBR employees averaged about 43 minutes of work for the entire month.”

Weinstein continues:

    How did such a large bunch of thumb-twiddling mechanics go unnoticed? The Pentagon investigators found that the Army had no system in place to police how much work its contractors were actually doing. Plus, the unit in charge of KBR’s operation at Balad reported that the contractor wouldn’t reveal how many mechanics it employed there “because it believed the information was proprietary.” The investigators (who eventually got the KBR data) note that as of last August, the number of KBR mechanics at Balad has since dropped to 75, but they conclude diplomatically that “opportunities for additional reductions of tactical vehicle field maintenance services at [Balad] may exist, which may provide additional cost savings to DOD.” In other words, the Army should consider sending even more contractors home.


Camp is Gone, but not for Long! Cindy Sheehan shuts down CAMP OUT NOW at the National Mall

Read Cindy’s account of her efforts to bring the wars to an end, click here.

Cindy Sheehan at CAMP OUT NOW

    Cindy says, “Well, our great experiment didn’t go as well as we planned here in DC. My vision was a Peace Camp that would serve the needs of the campers as far as housing and food were concerned (that part worked) and the campers would then commit aggressive acts of civil resistance (that part didn’t) in the nation’s capital to shut down the violent military-corporate empire that we live in. In the opinion of members of Peace of the Action, living here in the US gives us special responsibilities for stopping it…. By the way, not only was our demand to meet with President Obama not granted—three of our Camp OUT NOW volunteers (including myself) have been given stay away orders from the White House.”

Assassination Drones, topic of Congressional hearings; Cynthia McKinney Video “War Crimes” ; also footage on Poverty in Washington DC, spend the War Money here !

March 24, 2010

Last year, the U.S. Air Force trained more unmanned pilots than traditional fighter pilots for the first time in its history. The Defense Department’s drone inventory has grown from 167 in 2002 to more than 7,000 now. Read the full story, click here.

A newer version exists now, here's an MQ-9 Reaper U.S. Assassination Drone

Legality of US drones questioned By John Terrett in Americas on March 24th, 2010 From Al Jazeera News

Missiles fired from US drones killed at least six people on Tuesday in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, according to security officials. It’s the latest in a wave of attacks that have been used to target alleged enemy combatants but which frequently kill innocent civilians. The latest strike came as a congressional committee in Washington DC heard evidence that legal issues surrounding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have not been fully worked out.

A lone protester was told by the chairman: “You’re going to have an opportunity to sit down or be asked to leave – it’s your choice.” She sat down but soon left the room, allowing the door to slam behind her. The committee went on to hear that while the US has more than 7,000 UAVs and more on order, there is still no legal framework for the operation of this new technology. It’s widely suspected the CIA operates a fleet of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan which they use for targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders.

There have been multiple civilian deaths as a result of the use of such drones and the committee heard there are concerns inside and outside the US government that drone attacks violate human rights standards and may constitute extra judicial execution.

Professor Kenneth Anderson from the Washington College of Law at American University told the hearing:

    The long-term effect of that, given that there are not necessarily statutes of limitations, could be the problem of CIA officers or for that matter military officers or their lawyers, being called up in front of international tribunals or courts in Spain or some place that say you’ve engaged in extra judicial execution or simple murder and we’re going to investigate and indict.

The problem, says Professor Anderson, is that administration lawyers haven’t justified publically the use of drones, because the administration itself is reluctant to admit drone attacks in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although nobody in the world doubts what’s going on in Pakistan, it’s kind of hard for the lawyer to step up and say ‘by the way what we’re doing is legal and here’s why’ and give a whole series of reasons and say, ‘by the way, we’re not admitting that we’re actually doing any of this stuff’. It’s very hard for the lawyer to get out in front of the client when the client itself has not actually formally stood up and said ‘this is what we’re doing’.

He says what makes it more difficult is that though the CIA has taken on drone attacks on the Afghan/Pakistan border, it’s not doing it as a genuinely covert operation but as an operation that is denied by the administration.Tuesday’s gathering was the opening session of congress’s investigation into the use of UAVs. There will be other meetings like this on Capitol Hill and at them the debate into the use of such drones is likely to continue.

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Cynthia McKinney talks about U.S. Assassination Drones, and War Crimes by the Bush and Obama Administrations, and a look at poverty in our Capital. Can’t we spend our War Money here in the U.S.?

Cindy’s own words about her jail time; Cindy Sheehan being Arrested Video UPDATE: Cindy Sheehan, eight others ARRESTED: (Video) Thousands rally to pull troops from 2 war zones; Hundreds gather in SF, NY, LA and other towns to End the Wars

March 21, 2010

Read about Cindy’s arrest and 50 hours of jail time for a crime that if found guilty does NOT carry a jail sentence, click here for Cindy Sheehan’s Blog and her story in her own words.

Cindy Sheehan spends weekend in Washington DC Jail. Will keep CAMP OUT NOW open. Goal: Get President Obama to meet and he creates a Peace Council and ends the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Go to Cindy’s site, click here, the following piece came from the site:

Cindy Sheehan being arrested in Washington, DC, vows to Fight On

WASHINGTON: By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer Thousands of protesters — many directing their anger squarely at President Barack Obama — marched through the nation’s capital Saturday to urge immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    At least eight people, including activist Cindy Sheehan, were arrested by U.S. Park Police at the end of the march, after laying coffins at a fence outside the White House. Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

    Cindy Sheehan, eight others Arrested: March 20 March on Washington AFPGetty Images

    “Arrest that war criminal!” Sheehan shouted outside the White House before her arrest, referring to Obama. At a rally before the march, Sheehan asked whether “the honeymoon was over with that war criminal in the White House” — an apparent reference to Obama — prompting moderate applause. The protesters defied orders to clear the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and park police say they face charges of failure to obey a lawful order.

    Activist Ralph Nader told thousands who gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House that Obama has essentially continued the policies of the Bush administration, and it was foolish to have thought otherwise. “He’s kept Guantanamo open, he’s continued to use indefinite detention,” Nader said. The only real difference, he said is that “Obama’s speeches are better.”

    Others were more conciliatory toward Obama. Shirley Allan of Silver Spring, Md., carried a sign that read, “President Obama We love you but we need to tell you! Your hands are getting bloody!! Stop it now.” Allan thought it was going too far to call Obama a war criminal but said she is deeply disappointed that the conflicts are continuing. “He has to know it’s unacceptable,” Allan said. “I am absolutely disappointed.”The protest drew a smaller crowd than the tens of thousands who marched in 2006 and 2007. Protests in cities around the country also had far fewer participants than in the past.

San Francisco’s rally brought out Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers study of the Vietnam War and is the subject of the recent documentary film, “The Most Dangerous Man in America.”

    He likened the protest and others like it around the country Saturday to a day of demonstrations organized against the conflict in Vietnam in 1969. “They thought it had no effect,” he told the crowd in San Francisco, referring to the 1969 protesters. “They were wrong.” Ellsberg said President Richard Nixon was planning to escalate the war around that time, but held off.

    Protesters in Washington stopped at the offices of military contractor Halliburton — where they tore apart an effigy of former Vice President and Halliburton Chief Executive Dick Cheney — the Mortgage Bankers Association and The Washington Post offices. Anna Berlinrut, of South Orange, N.J., was one of a number of protesters who have children who have served in Iraq, and said her son supports her protests. “If there were a draft, we’d have a million people out here,” Berlinrut said when asked about the turnout. The exact number of protesters was unclear, as D.C. authorities do not give out crowd estimates. Organizers estimated the march, which stretched for several blocks, at 10,000.

    Despite the arrests, the protest was peaceful. At the outset, police closed a portion of the sidewalk in front of the White House fence after protesters tried to use mud and large stencils to spell out “Iraq veterans against the war.” Once the sidewalk was closed, the protesters stenciled the message on the street using mud they had carried in buckets to the rally.

    Sheehan has been a vocal critic of the war since her 21-year-old son Casey was killed in Iraq in April 2004. She staged a prolonged demonstration in 2005 outside former President George W. Bush’s ranch near Crawford, Texas. Fellow anti-war activist and attorney Stephen Pearcy of Sacramento keeps in touch and supports Sheehan in her efforts. Sheehan lived with his family for a year while traveling to peace events.

    Pearcy said in an e-mail that in the last decade, the U.S. government has a widespread pattern of violating the constitutional rights of peaceful anti-war protesters, arresting them, then not pressing charges. “We’ve essentially become a country of restrictions rather than a country of freedoms,” he said.

    Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark also spoke at the D.C. rally, calling on the Justice Department to investigate the officials who launched the Iraq war. .

In New York City, a few dozen enthusiastic protesters gathered near a military recruiting station in Times Square, though they were far outnumbered by disinterested tourists.
A group of older women calling themselves the Raging Grannies sang, “The country is broke, this war is a joke.” Four demonstrators evoked images of the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by dressing in orange uniforms and wearing black hoods. Liz Proefriedt, a retired Roman Catholic nun, held up a banner that read, “Bread not bombs.” “It’s sad that a lot of people did not come out for this protest,” said Kathy Hoang, of Manchester, Conn. “People are getting used to the war, and don’t bother even to think about it anymore.”

In Los Angeles, hundreds chanted anti-war slogans and carried mock tombstones, and several hundred gathered in San Francisco. The Los Angeles march, which was under a mile, was to culminate with a rally in front of the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

“We want to see the troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Corazon Esguerra with Act Now to Stop War and Racism or ANSWER, which organized the protest. “We want all the troops wherever they are to come back.”Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik from New York, Noaki Schwartz from Los Angeles and Sudhin Thanawala of San Francisco contributed to this report.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Several hundred anti-war protesters have gathered in San Francisco on the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. At a rally in Civic Center Plaza Saturday afternoon, the protesters demanded an immediate end to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and said money on the wars would be better spent on health care, jobs and education.

100's protest war in San Francisco March 20 -Lance Iversen/The Chronicle Photo

Several protesters said the rally was smaller than similar events they had attended since the war in Iraq began. Seventy-two-year-old Wes Harrison of Sunnyvale carried a sign that read, “Soldiers Die, Corporations Profit” on one side and “War Is a Racket; Let Our Soldiers Know” on the other. Harrison said most people’s lives have not been affected by the wars, so they have no connection to them.

Editor’s Note: This is the Beginning of the End. A wake-up call to Democrats, you can not be like the George W. Bush Republican Administration. President Barack Obama, you want to meet with Iran, it is TIME YOU MET WITH CINDY SHEEHAN, is that so hard? From one Community Organizer to another, meet and talk with Cindy Sheehan, have A Peace Representative at your War Deliberation Table. How else does this position get represented Mr. President. Remember, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, now live up to it.

U.S. Parks Service forces Cindy Sheehan to take down CAMP OUT NOW Tents on National Mall; March 20 March on Washington TODAY, March in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Police arrest Poster Hangers, charge them with a Felony

March 20, 2010

The U.S Parks Service Forces CAMP OUT NOW to take down their temporary Tent. In other words, President Barack Obama’s Administration allows the U.S. Parks Service to demand Cindy Sheehan take down the Tents. Read CAMP OUT NOW’s press release:

U.S. Parks Service Forces CAMP OUT NOW to take down their Tents

March 20th, 2010: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: For More Information, contact: Joshua Smith: 817 751 5890 (National Operation’s Director, Peace of the Action)

On Monday, March 15th, Camp OUT NOW, a Peace Camp erected by US Citizens on the lawn of the Washington Monument, was denied by the National Park Service its legal rights (based on National Park Service regulation 7.96) to erect temporary tents.

According to case law, tents are able to be erected as long as there is no sleeping—the Park Service forced the campers to take down the tents Monday afternoon immediately after they were set-up. “On the 7th anniversary of an illegal war that has killed over a million people and in the shadow of the government that commits crimes on a daily basis, we will claim our legal rights to establishment an anti-war camp, and we expect to do so unmolested by law enforcement,” said Cindy Sheehan, National Director of Peace of the Action.

Peace of the Action is inviting all concerned citizens to join us at Camp this evening to help us fight the arbitrary enforcement of national law. The action will take place Saturday night, March 20th beginning at 8pm. FOLLOW CAMP OUT NOW at Cindy Sheehan’s blog, click here.

CINDY SHEEHAN IS THE MOTHER OF SPC. CASEY SHEEHAN WHO WAS KILLED IN IRAQ ON 04 APRIL 2004. SHE IS THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PEACE OF THE ACTION AND THE AUTHOR OF FIVE BOOKS AND HOST OF HER OWN RADIO SHOW: CINDY SHEEHAN’S SOAPBOX. Click here to go to Peace of the Action Website. Or click here to go to Cindy’s Blog.

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In Washington DC, putting up a poster telling people about the March 20 March on Washington will get you fined, in California, you get arrested and charged with a Felony, then fined.

The government has fined A.N.S.W.E.R., the organizers of the March 20 March on Washington $80,000 FOR PUTTING UP POSTERS.
In San Francisco and Los Angeles, people putting up posters to tell people about the March 20 March on Washington have been ARRESTED, and charged with a Felony, and fined $20,000 each. IS GEORGE W. BUSH STILL PRESIDENT? View this Video then click here to go to the March 20 Website for more information:

Cindy Sheehan opens CAMP OUT NOW; Hakeemulla Mehsud is alive; and the War goes on

March 19, 2010

First Story: Cindy Sheehan at CAMP OUT NOW, on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Cindy has opened CAMP OUT NOW and you can follow her protest and demands here at her blog. Camp OUT NOW is gaining momentum and we are welcoming new people to Camp everyday! Watch these videos at their press converence with BRIAN BECKER, KEVIN ZEESE, ANN WRIGHT, RAY MCGOVERN
and CINDY SHEEHAN. Thank you all that put your life on hold to bring our troops back home. Remember, March 20 March on Washington to End the wars, support them here. Listen to Cindy Sheehan on Democracy Now on Friday.


Cindy Sheehan's CAMP OUT NOW, Peace of the Action Flyer

Second Story: Hakeemullah Mehsud Is Alive

It is almost that everytime that a “high-value target” is killed by a U.S. Assassination Drone, the “target” shows up alive some days later. Is this announcement just a smokescreen to “smoke out” the “target”, to get him to show his head so he can be picked off, or is it done to cover up the innocent dead left behind? One of the results of using “spotters on the ground” to identify “high value targets” is that this is a way to get your enemies killed by the U.S. government. You point out the people that you have a big-time grudge and the U.S. blows them away with an Assassination Drone. Read the Hakeemullah Mehsud story here and view other Assasination Drone attack stories at The Long War Journal.

Hakeemulla Mehsud, 2008 photo from The Long War Journal

Third Story: And the War goes On.

More innocent civilians to be “displaced” during the battles to come: “NATO Eyes Massive Offensive in Northern Afghanistan Attack to Center Around Kunduz, Will Be Similar in Scale to Helmand” The U.S. and NATO will be conducting attacks across Afghanistan over the next year (and beyond?). What was the 179th poorest nation out of 180, will surely become 180th after these destructive attacks. What is the Human Price, and why are we not protecting the population? Just put yourself in their place, in a small village where you barely eek out a living, and you are forced to leave or die there. You move your family out of your village, but where do you go and what is there if you return later? You be the judge. Read: Army Capture of Swat Valley Town Leaves Trail of Destruction.

Swat Valley people being displaced, on the run

South Waziristan Military Action Completed: 4,000 arrested and await trial; Cindy Sheehan needs your support, join her by signing up, she’s at the National Mall on CAMP OUT NOW

March 18, 2010

Over 4,000 high profile militants and terrorists (defined by the Pakistan Government) that were captured in South Waziristan are to be turned over to the Civil Courts for trial (from the story below the Video).

This Video paints a picture of the “Displaced” returning to Swat Valley, but it does not show us the suffering of the masses outside the city areas. Why don’t we see this if everything has returned to ‘normal’? The South Waziristan people will be suffering the same (See File Story on Swat Valley 2.5 Million “Displaced” villagers).

    From Dawn. com: ISLAMABAD: Military leadership told political leaders on Monday that major targets in the South Waziristan operation had been achieved and therefore the military would be formally ending its operation on March 30 and handing over control to the civil administration.

    The decision was taken at a high level meeting held at the presidency chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and attended by the Governor and Chief Minister of NWFP, Interior and Law Ministers, Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani and other senior intelligence officials. The meeting reviewed the progress made in investigations, prosecution and trials of those involved in acts of terrorism in the tribal areas, Swat, Malakand and the rest of the NWFP. General Kayani said that the civil administration should make itself ready to take over 4,000 high profile militants and terrorists captured during various operations for their trial in the court of law. He also stated that the military’s exit strategy from South Waziristan was ready and it would be winding up the operation in South Waziristan but military presence would remain there to deal with any eventuality. Additional Chief Secretary Frontier Fayyaz Ahmed Toro gave a detailed presentation on the progress made so far in the investigation, prosecution and trial of the some of the detainees.

Cindy Sheehan is now camping out on the National Mall to force President Obama to bring Peace members to the table when discussing the wars in Central Asia. You can join her by signing up at her webpage by clicking here. And you can support the March 20 March on Washington by clicking here. Thank you Cindy and all that participate with her for all your efforts to bring an End to the Wars sooner.

Cindy Sheehan at the White House, now CAMP OUT NOW at the National Mall, Join Her

Cindy Sheehan’s CAMP OUT NOW is open on the National Mall, join her, sign up here; March 20 March on Washington (Los Angeles and San Francisco also), sign support here

March 16, 2010

Cindy Sheehan is now camping out on the National Mall to force President Obama to bring Peace members to the table when discussing the wars in Central Asia. You can join her by signing up at her webpage by clicking here. And you can support the March 20 March on Washington by clicking here. Thank you Cindy and all that participate with her for all your efforts to bring an End to the Wars sooner.

Cindy Sheehan at the White House, now CAMP OUT NOW at the National Mall, Join Her

Cindy Sheehan camps out on National Mall, From CNN’s Shannan Adler

    Washington (CNN) – Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who became a household name for protesting outside of former President Bush’s Texas ranch, is now camping out on the soggy grounds of the Washington Monument in an effort to draw attention to her cause. Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said she and her fellow anti-war protestors are demanding that a representative from the peace movement have a seat at the table when war is being considered.

    “We are committed to doing this until we see activity from the government,” said Sheehan, referring to the anti-war protestors resolve to remain on the National Mall.
    Sheehan said that each day this week there will be “teach-ins and training for non-violent civil resistance until Monday when the action starts.”

    The “action” will be blocking intersections in the nation’s Capital as well as protesting at offices, she said. But Sheehan noted “we don’t want to divulge what we are doing because we don’t want law enforcement to be able to organize against us beforehand for our actions.” After a trip to Target to load up on necessary camping supplies as well as tables and chairs it would appear that Sheehan has no plans on leaving.

Be sure to join Cindy Sheehan and her efforts, Click Here. And March on March 20 in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco (other cities to be announced), Click here for more information.


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