http://www.koabooks.com/

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski Met Israeli Interrogator in Iraq
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/Karpinski.htm



One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story
by Janis Karpinski

America's Heroes!
Mother Cindy Sheehan & Son Casey

God and Wars
Flash Player w/music
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http://www.apfn.org/flash/God-and-Wars.swf

Song: No More Silence

Iraqi War - George W. Bush's Accountability ("What noble cause??...Cindy)

A fallen soldier who died for our country, on lies and an illegal war. And a mother who knows, her son's life was taken in vain by the Bush Administration. She has every right of a citizen to complain and/or have her questions answered!

CINDY REPORTS: "THEY LIED"
Flashplayer 9.37MB

http://www.apfn.org/flash/THEYLIED.swf

Casey Sheehan, Killed in Baghdad, April 4, 2004 (24 years old)
Casey was one of those great kids you loved seeing involved in youth ministry.
http://www.pendola.org/html/body_casey.html

MISSING CASEY / When a soldier dies, nothing back home is ever the same
Casey Sheehan died in Baghdad on April 4, 2004.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/03/20/INGIGBNC46129.DTL&o=1

 

Hundreds of years ago, the Old Testament prophet, Daniel,
prophesied that in the end times “a king of fierce countenance…shall stand up…and by
peace shall destroy many.”

Bush's New World Order
http://www.apfn/pdf/BushsNewWorldOrder.pdf  (74 pages)
Daniel 8:25 KJV
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many;

 

Check in with Earnest Hancock and Mari Connor from Air America Phoenix as they journey to Crawford TX to stand side by side with Cindy Sheehan as she waits for the President.
http://www.crawfordorbust.com/

http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/live/

Talk to The Randi Rhodes Show
LIVE (3pm - 7pm EST) 1.866.303.2270
 
- Crawford Peace House (Info on supporting and/or joining Cindy)

Hundreds of supporters are arriving in Crawford Texas to stand with a grieving mother Cindy Sheehan who is outside of the Crawford Ranch.

Local Bush supporters speed by, clip cars,and honk their horns. Are they trying to run the protesters off the road?   We need vans to shuttle people to and from a place that has now become Hallowed Ground.  Arlington Cemetary - WEST.

The right-wing is terrified of Cindy Sheehan. Just listen to their smears. They’ve called her treasonous and an “an ignorant cow!” 

Cindy Sheehan is joined by hundreds of others now, some who have lost their sons as well in this illegal war designed by Bush & Company.  We'll send buses and vans today for the others who arrive!  Maybe you can help...do you DRIVE?

Listen for regular updates from Crawford and add your voice to the question, "Mr. President, Can you tell me, for what noble cause did our sons die?" http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/

Charles Goyette, Phoenix, Az - Air America 1010am 6:00am-9:00am
http://www.charlesgoyette.com/

Cindy Sheehan:

This is George Bush's Accountability Moment
 

Cindy Sheehan: This is George Bush's Accountability Moment
Yahoo News - 9 hours ago
George Bush's accountability moment. That's why I'm here.
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Alaska Gyrl in Crawford Photos...
http://alaskagyrl.blogspot.com/

August 11, 2005 | Cindy Sheehan, holding a cross with her son's name, Casey Sheehan, visits a roadside soldier memorial near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. More than 1,000 crosses have been placed in the memorial, one for each soldier who has died in the war in Iraq.
(Photo: Tony Gutierrez / AP)

The reason Bush doesn't want you to see the coffins

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Click here to read Iconoclast interview with Cindy Sheehan's lawyer:
'Crawford 5' Lawyer Aids Sheehan's Legal Defense
http://198.65.14.85/News/2005/31-40/32news15.htm
 

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   President Bush Ditches Mother of Slain Soldier
    By Nathan Diebenow
    The Lone Star Iconoclast

TEXAS STATE TROOPERS move into place between Cindy Sheehan and her supporters and the President's oncoming motorcade. http://198.65.14.85/News/2005/31-40/32news15.htm 

 
— Iconoclast Photo By Deborah Mathews

LAW ENFORCEMENT wore riot gear with the motorcade in the background.
— Iconoclast Photo By Deborah Mathews http://198.65.14.85/News/2005/31-40/32news15.htm 

 

IT IS SUSPECTED THAT one of these vehicles carried the President in the motorcade.
— Iconoclast Photo By Deborah Mathews http://198.65.14.85/News/2005/31-40/32news15.htm 

    President Bush Ditches Mother of Slain Soldier
    By Nathan Diebenow
    The Lone Star Iconoclast

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/081205A.shtml

    Wednesday 10 August 2005

    Crawford - The mother of a US soldier slain in Iraq was denied a face-to-face meeting with President Bush here Saturday after she walked through a ditch-like path in the August heat to the President's Prairie Chapel Ranch.

    "I didn't come all this way from California to stand here in a ditch," said Cindy Sheehan, 48, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, attempting to continue her trek to the ranch.

    Even though two of the President's aides later agreed to deliver her message to him, Sheehan said that she would remain in Crawford for the whole month, if need be, until she is granted a private audience with the commander-in-chief to ask him for what "noble cause" did her son die overseas.

    "If he doesn't come out to talk to me in Crawford, I'll follow him to D.C., and I'll camp out on his lawn," she said, to a round of applause from her supporters. "I'll go to prison. I don't want to live in a country where people are treated this way."

    Sheehan's actions, she said, were sparked by President Bush's comments like those made last Wednesday in Grapevine to about 1,800 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council: "Our men and women who've lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and in this war on terror have died in a noble cause and a selfless cause."

    "We all know by now that that's not true, and I want to ask George Bush, 'Why did my son die? What was the noble cause that he died for?'" said Sheehan. "I don't want [President Bush] to use my son's name or my family name to justify any more killing or to exploit my son's name, my son's sacrifice, or my son's honor to justify more killing. As a mother, why would I want one more mother to go through what I'm going through, Iraqi or American?

    "And I want to tell him that the only way to honor my son's sacrifice is to bring the troops home now."

    Her son, Casey Sheehan, 24, of Vacaville, Calif., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 4, 2004, when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

    Bush's comments Wednesday coincided with the deaths of 12 Marine reservists from Ohio who were killed in perhaps the deadliest roadside bombing of US troops in Iraq. So far, the lives of about 1,821 Americans in uniform have been taken since the 2003 invasion. Pollsters indicate that Bush's approval ratings are declining in relation to the rise in US casualties in Iraq.

    Sheehan, joining anti-war activists at the Crawford Peace House, arrived with a busload of veterans from the Veterans for Peace convention which was held in Irving, near Dallas, since Thursday. The total group of activists there numbered over 50 and included members of Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), CodePink, and the Crawford Peace House.

    Vietnam veteran Jim Waters, not affiliated with any activist group, said that he drove overnight from Lubbock alone in support of Sheehan and the Gold Star Families for Peace because he is "very concerned" about the war in Iraq and wants to ask President Bush, "Why aren't his daughters there?"

    "One of the principles of leadership is you don't ask people to do what you yourself don't have the courage to do, and [President Bush] is asking people to fight to their deaths when he himself and most of the architects of this war never served," said Waters, a retired Navy commander and former hospital administrator. "[President Bush] served, but he jumped over 10,000 people to get into the National Guard Champagne Unit, so he could avoid duty in Vietnam. I had to go to Vietnam, and now he's sending them to their deaths - over 1,800 so far.

    "I'm sick and tired of what's happening to our country," he continued. "To me it's almost like the White House operation is a mob operation. These guys are scary, and they're dangerous, in my opinion."

    The demonstrators gathered around one side of Sheehan as she spoke with the news media. A World War II veteran, Archie Goodwin from Naples, Fla., carrying a sign, stated away from the group that he is for peace, but "Bush isn't." His sign read, "Somebody lied."

    Sheehan was accompanied on Saturday by her sister, Dede Miller, and Amy Ranham, another mother of a slain US soldier. Among her fellow supporters present were Ann Wright, a former US diplomat who resigned her post in March 2003 in protest of the invasion of Iraq; Camilo Mejia, a reservist in the Florida National Guard who became a consciousness objector upon returning from service in Iraq; and Persian Gulf War Veteran Dennis Kyne, a former battlefield medic who is outspoken on the effects of depleted uranium weapons.

    Captain Kenneth Vanek of the McLennan County Sheriff's Department agreed to lead the caravan of anti-war demonstrators to the Bush Ranch. "As long as y'all work with us, we'll work with y'all," he said.

    The situation, however, turned less friendly as the afternoon progressed.

    At a checkpoint, the demonstrators, on orders from the peace officers, exited their vehicles about eight miles from the ranch and were told to walk in the direction of the ranch on the shoulder of the road, not the roadway itself, so as to not impede the traffic. The conditions of the shoulder made it increasingly difficult for the demonstrators to walk. Five-to-10-feet wide, the shoulder was sloped inward ditch-like to two-to-three feet in some places and lined with dry, uncut grass and damp dirt.

    The deputies finally ordered the demonstrators to halt miles from the ranch because the group had not agreed to its side of the "bargain" by walking on the roadway. "The media is allowed on the road, so why aren't we?" asked one of the demonstrators, to which an officer of the Sheriff's Department replied, "Because they were following you."

    Sheehan, making one last attempt to push forward, said, "In the name of 1,828 soldiers that should be alive, I'm going to see the president. He killed my son."

    Holding signs that said, "No more blood for oil," "Support our troops, bring them home now," "Iraq is Arabic for Viet Nam," and "Frodo failed. Bush has the ring," the demonstrators then chanted, "W. killed her son. W. killed her son."

    This first attempt to meet the President ended up futile. Members of the group, including Sheehan, exchanged a few heated words with the Sheriff's deputies, Secret Service agents, and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who kept their composure through the afternoon. There were no arrests made during the demonstration.

    Other political slogans and chants were heard, including one from Hadi Jawad of the Crawford Peace House who urged the news media keep reporting on the Downing Street memos. These documents are a series of classified, British reports made during a planning session between British and American officials over Iraq months before its invasion. The British officials note in the memos that the United States was "fixing" evidence around the administration's policy to justify the US-led invasion of Iraq.

    Sheehan, after the main-steam media had left to file their reports, said, "This is the beginning of the end of the occupation of Iraq." A wild round of applause followed.

    White House spokesman Trent Duffy said in response to Sheehan's actions that President Bush also wants the troops to return home safely but their mission must be completed in their honor. Two aides to the President, national security adviser Steve Hadley and deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin, later met with Sheehan to say that the president cares, but she, though appreciative, said in a message through The Iconoclast to the President, "George Bush, if you really care about me, why aren't you meeting with me?"

    Sheehan, an opponent of the war in Iraq since its inception, took part in a meeting with other military families and Bush in June 2004 at Fort Lewis, near Seattle, Wash. This occurred two months after her son was killed in Iraq. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, she said that during her first meeting with President Bush, she felt that the President seemed more jovial than sorrowful and expressed no interest in knowing the name of her son or seeing pictures of him.

    Sheehan intends to continue to attempt to gain an audience with President Bush. "I'm filled with hope now, too, that we might be able to turn things around," she said, noting that additional support is on its way from throughout the country as she continues her efforts, which will include a candlelight vigil. Caravans from Louisiana and San Diego are on the way, to name a couple, she said.

    Before her first attempt to speak to President Bush in Crawford, Sheehan met with two victims of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing, Dr. Satoru Konishi and ex-Marine Paul Ritthaler, and Ritthaler's wife, Betty. A press conference was held at the Peace House on the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.

    During the day Sunday, Sheehan received numerous votes of thanks, well-wishes, and support from around the globe, said Diane Wilson, founding member of CodePink, a national anti-war group. While Sheehan was doing interviews Sunday afternoon, small groups of supporters were arriving at her campsite, dropping off supplies and and enjoying the cloudy weather on Prairie Chapel Road.

    Wilson announced Sunday that she is starting a hunger strike in Crawford aimed at getting President Bush to talk with Cindy Sheehan, mother of a US soldier slain in Iraq. According to CodePink's website Sunday evening, three others have joined the strike: Jodie Evans, Cindy Sheehan's sister DeeDee, and Sarah Rath. Wilson said she believes that more volunteers will follow suit around the country in the coming days.

    Friends of Peace and Justice of Waco are in the process of mobilizing support for Sheehan's perhaps month-long vigil. More information can be obtained at the Crawford Peace House website or by calling (254) 486-0099 after Monday.

    For more Information:
    Crawford Peace House
    Gold Star Families for Peace
    Military Families Speak Out
    Veterans for Peace
    CodePink
    Vietnam Veterans Against War
    Iraq Veterans Against the War

 


    I'm Not Budging, Says Soldier's Mother Camped at Bush's Door
    By Tom Baldwin
    Independent UK

    George Bush loves his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford so much that he has spent almost one fifth of his presidency "taking the pulse of the heartlands" in this big-buckled, open - if not red - necked, beef-eating corner of Texas.

    He knows this enthusiasm is not shared by everyone but apparently delights in forcing aides, journalists and, yesterday, even Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld, to do a stint of ranch duty. "I just checked in with the house, its about 100 degrees," he told reporters with some relish on Monday.

    Crawford would not even rate as a last resort for a summer holiday unless you happen to be President of the United States - or Cindy Sheehan.

    She is one of America's "Gold Star moms" after her 24-year-old son, Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed in an ambush at Sadr City, Iraq, last year.

    Ms Sheehan says that it was last weekend when she "spontaneously" decided to march up to the President's gate for some answers. "I want to know what is this noble cause he says my son died for and why he doesn't send his own daughters out there to fight for it."

    The President dispatched Stephen Hadley, his National Security Adviser, and Joe Hagin, a White House Deputy Chief of Staff, for a 45-minute chat with her.

    But Ms Sheehan, 48, from Vacaville, California, refuses to be fobbed off. She has been camping on a patch of grass about a mile from the ranch, where she intends to stay until Mr. Bush heads back to Washington at the end of this month or consents to talk with her.

    "Camp Casey", as she calls it, has grown to about 50 people, including other bereaved military families, and there are predictions that numbers will swell to 1,000 this weekend.

    It is a ramshackle place of temporary shelters, home-made banners and the tie-dyed peace art familiar to anyone who remembers the protests at Greenham Common in Berkshire in the 1980s. Like Greenham, Camp Casey is already under pressure from the authorities who have placed "no trespassing" signs around it, as well as some local people who have driven over to yell abuse.

    In the local paper, the McGregor Mirror, there is an open letter to "the woman complaining about her son's death in Iraq" from Ann Lehman, a Crawford resident.

    "You dishonor the President, yourself and God when you deny your son the freedom in death that he had in life to choose. He knew the risk when he joined the military, just as President Bush knows the risk for his life every day!" she said.

    But Ms Sheenan is more than just a blot on the President's landscape: she is fast becoming this summer's media phenomenon. When she spoke to The Times, she did so with the ease of a woman who has conducted more than 100 interviews since the weekend.

    "We need to get our troops out of Iraq. The only reason Bush wants to stay there is because his buddies are getting rich and feasting off the blood of our children." She also wants a complete military withdrawal from all Arab countries to make us safe from terrorism.

    Is not ridding the world of Saddam Hussein a noble cause? "We sold him weapons and were once his friend - we made him," she said.

    "I have to wonder for the rest of my life if the gun which took Casey's life was sold to Saddam by the US or by Britain." Ms. Sheenan has separated from her husband, Patrick, since Casey's death because he does not agree with the "level of intensity" she has devoted to peace in the past year. She has had to dissuade her younger son, Andy, from joining the Army. "I said there was no way this Government was going to get another of my children."

    It is hard for the President to attack a bereaved parent but right-wing websites have been doing their best to discredit Ms. Sheenan, pointing out that she has already met the President, two months after her son's death. Back then, according to a report in her local paper, she said, "I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis" before suggesting that Mr. Bush had given her back the "gift of happiness ".

    Ms Sheenan says that she was confused by grief at the time and now gives a very different account of her meeting with the President, saying that he acted as if he was hosting a party and clearly did not know her son's name. She knows that her protest is distracting attention from Mr. Bush's attempts to portray his five-week Crawford vacation as a wholesome exercise in clearing brushwood and finding out what i s on the minds of ordinary folk.

    The focus on Ms Sheenan chimes with the sense that support is slipping away from Mr. Bush as the death-toll for US troops exceeds 1,840. An opinion poll published yesterday showed that only 38 per cent of American voters approve of Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq.

    Speaking after his meeting yesterday, Mr. Bush said: "I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan. She feels strongly about her position and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America."

    He said that he understood the "anguish" of families who had lost loved ones but he insisted that those calling for all American troops to be pulled out of Iraq were wrong, because it "would send a terrible signal to the enemy". http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/081205A.shtml

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Cindy Sheehan: This is George Bush's Accountability Moment
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cindy-sheehan/this-is-george-bushs-a_b_5472.html

Thu Aug 11, 4:56 PM ET

This is George Bush's accountability moment. That's why I'm here. The mainstream media aren't holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I'm not leaving Crawford until he's held accountable. It's ironic, given the attacks leveled at me recently, how some in the media are so quick to scrutinize -- and distort -- the words and actions of a grieving mother but not the words and actions of the president of the United States.

But now it's time for him to level with me and with the American people. I think that's why there's been such an outpouring of support. This is giving the 61 percent of Americans who feel that the war is wrong something to do -- something that allows their voices to be heard. It's a way for them to stand up and show that they DO want our troops home, and that they know this war IS a mistake a mistake they want to see corrected. It's too late to bring back the people who are already dead, but there are tens of thousands of people still in harm's way.

There is too much at stake to worry about our own egos. When my son was killed, I had to face the fact that I was somehow also responsible for what happened. Every American that allows this to continue has, to some extent, blood on their hands. Some of us have a little bit, and some of us are soaked in it.

People have asked what it is I want to say to President Bush. Well, my message is a simple one. He's said that my son -- and the other children we've lost -- died for a noble cause. I want to find out what that noble cause is. And I want to ask him: If it's such a noble cause, have you asked your daughters to enlist? Have you encouraged them to go take the place of soldiers who are on their third tour of duty? I also want him to stop using my son's name to justify the war. The idea that we have to complete the mission in Iraq to honor Casey's sacrifice is, to me, a sacrilege to my son's name. Besides, does the president any longer even know what "the mission" really is over there?

Casey knew that the war was wrong from the beginning. But he felt it was his duty to go, that his buddies were going, and that he had no choice. The people who send our young, honorable, brave soldiers to die in this war, have no skin in the game. They don't have any loved ones in harm's way. As for people like Reilly and Hannity and Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh and all the others who are attacking me and parroting the administration line that we must complete the mission there -- they don't have one thing at stake. They don't suffer through sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones

Before this all started, I used to think that one person couldn't make a difference... but now I see that one person who has the backing and support of millions of people can make a huge difference.

That's why I'm going to be out here until one of three things happens: It's August 31st and the president's vacation ends and he leaves Crawford. They take me away in a squad car. Or he finally agrees to speak with me.

If he does, he'd better be prepared for me to hold his feet to the fire. If he starts talking about freedom and democracy -- or about how the war in Iraq is protecting America -- I'm not going to let him get away with it.

Like I said, this is George Bush's accountability moment.



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t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez

Friday 12 August 2005
10:55 AM

The Bush motercade is expected to pass Camp Casey at noon. The secret service is securing the area. All is calm and everyone is cooperating with the police to make sure that there is no conflict.


UPDATES:
http://truthout.org/cindy.shtml
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Open Letter To George's Mama
by Cindy Sheehan

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1117-23.htm

Dear Barbara,

On April 04, 2004, your oldest child killed my oldest child, Casey Austin Sheehan.

Unlike your oldest child, my son was a marvelous person who joined the military to serve his country and to try and make the world a better place. Casey didn't want to go to Iraq, but he knew his duty. Your son went AWOL from a glamour unit. George couldn't even handle the Alabama Air National Guard. Casey joined the Army before your son became commander in chief. We all know that your son was thinking of invading Iraq as early as 1999. Casey was a dead man before George even became president and before he even joined the Army in May of 2000.

I raised Casey and my other children to use their words to solve problems and conflicts. I told my four children from the time that they were small that it is ALWAYS wrong to kick, bite, hit, scratch, pull hair, etc. If the smaller children couldn't find the words to solve their conflicts without violence, I always encouraged them to find a mediator like a parent, older sibling, or teacher to help them find the words.

Did you teach George to use his words and not his violence to solve problems? It doesn't appear so. Did you teach him that killing other people for profits and oil is ALWAYS wrong? Obviously you did not. I also used to wash my children's mouth out with soap on the rare occasion that they lied…did you do that to George? Can you do it now? He has lied and he is still lying. Saddam did not have WMDs or ties with al-Qaeda and the Downing Street Memos prove that your son knew this before he invaded Iraq.

On August 3rd, 2005, your son said that he killed my son and the other brave and honorable Americans for a "noble cause." Well, Barbara, mother to mother, that angered me. I don't consider invading and occupying another country that was proven not to be a threat to the USA is a noble cause. I don't think invading a country, killing its innocent citizens, and ruining the infrastructure to make your family and your family-friendly war profiteers rich is a noble cause.

So I went down to Crawford in August to ask your son what noble cause did he kill my son for. He wouldn't speak with me. I think that showed incredibly bad manners. Do you think a president, even if it is your son, should be so inaccessible to his employers? Especially one of his bosses whose life George has devastated so completely?

I have been to the White House several times since August to try and meet with George and I am going back to Crawford next week. Do you think you can call him and ask him to do the right thing and bring the troops home from this illegal and immoral war in Iraq that he carelessly started? I hear you are one of the few people he still talks to. He won't speak to his father, who knew the difficulties and impossibilities of going into Iraq and that's why he didn't go there in the first Gulf War. If you won't tell him to bring the troops home, can you at least urge him to meet with me?

You said this in 2003, a little over a year before my dear, sweet Casey was killed by your son's policies:

"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" (Good Morning America, March 18, 2003)

Now I have something to tell you, Barbara. I didn't want to hear about deaths or body bags either. On April 04, 2004, three Army officers came to my house to tell me that Casey was killed in Iraq. I fell on the floor screaming and begging the cruel Angel of Death to take me too. But the Angel of Death that took my son is your son.

Casey came home in a flag draped coffin on April 10th. I used to have a beautiful mind too. Now my mind is filled with images of seeing his beautiful body in his casket and memories of burying my brave and honest boy before his life really began. Casey's beautiful mind was ended by an insurgent's bullet to his brain, but your son might as well have pulled the trigger.

Besides encouraging your son to have some honesty and courage and to finally do the right thing, don't you think you owe me and every other Gold Star parent an apology for that cruel and careless remark you made?

Your son's amazingly ignorant, arrogant, and reckless policies in Iraq are responsible for so much sorrow and trouble in this world.

Can you make him stop? Do it before more mothers' lives are needlessly and cruelly harmed. There have been too many worldwide already.

Sincerely,

Cindy Sheehan
Mother of Casey Sheehan
Founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace
Founder of Camp Casey Peace Foundation

Peacejournalism.com
http://peacejournalism.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=6890

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http://www.apfn.org/apfn/leakgate.htm

Leak-Gate Part 1: The Lies
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Leak-Gate Part 2: The Leak
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Leak-Gate Part 3: more leaks, call the plumber'
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The Smoking Gun: The Downing Street Memo (Minutes)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1593607,00.html
http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/memo.html
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/

Downing Street Memos show U.S. push for war
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/memo.htm

The (8) Downing Street Memos
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/8memos.htm

IMPEACHMENT TIME: "FACTS WERE FIXED."
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/leakgate_impeachment.htm

The Full, Official Casualty list, Alphabetized

US Military Report: The High Death Rates exposed by Brian Harring
http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a1654.htm#001

This raised a question in my mind: Did Rove know Ms. Plame had taken the identity of Mr. Cheney during an arrhythmia episode at Walter Reed and that a heavily sedated vice president had been flown by the CIA to Riyadh as Ms. Plame donned a latex-padded suit and took his place? She quickly discovered that the uranium was stored at the Whitewater property once owned by the Clintons and then deeded to Kofi Annan and used as a supply depot for black helicopters. She tried to warn Mr. Clinton and the next day he had that mysterious "bypass" operation after which he suddenly got chummy with ex-CIA chief George H.W. Bush and the two flew off to Southeast Asia like in an old Crosby/Hope "Road" picture.
FULL REPORT: http://www.apfn.org/apfn/leakgate.htm

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[houston] Crawford Update and Info
Fri Aug 12, 2005 02:22


Subject: [houston] Crawford Update and Info
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 20:55:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: maureen@riseup.net
Reply-To: hgac@riseup.net
To:

Dear Houston Community,
Please forward this to appropriate Houston-area lists.
1. It appears that this may be a month long occupation, so I expect
that folks from Houston will be traveling to Crawford at different times.
I have created an account for folks hoping to coordinate rides to
Crawford. Visit http://www.rideshare.us and enter the look-up code:
HoustonCrawford. Folks can post rides that they are offering or you can
search for rides by clicking on the appropriate links. Hopefully, we can
use this as a tool to better coordinate rides and supply train.

2. Supplies can be dropped off at 4501 Feagan please call 832.641.2882
or email hgac@riseup.netto  coordinate a time. If anyone else in other
areas of town would like to be drop-off locations for supplies please get
in touch with me off list.

3. On that note supplies are still needed.
1. Food (non-perishables)
2. Bottled water/Coffee
3. 3-5 Gallon jugs with spigots
4. Electrolyte replacements(ie Emergen-C)
5. Tarps
6. Blankets, cots, sleeping bags
7. Rain gear
8. Bug spray
9. Ice chests
10. Batteries
11. Flashlights
12. Trash bags
13. First Aid Supplies (bandages, aspirin, benadryl etc)
14. Rope
15. Anything else you can think of....

4. Crawford House is in need of donations due to the large influx of
people(700)so please visit http://www.crawfordpeacehouse.org. Also people who
want to help out with gas expenses for Houstonians delivering supplies and
people to Crawford can contact me if they would like to make a donation in
that regard.

5. Stay tuned to http://www.Houston.IndyMedia.Org and KPFT for updates and
information.

Please contact me with ideas, suggestions, donations or questions.
maureen@riseup.net  or 832.641.2882

Thanks,

maureen

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ATTN: CINDY SHEEHAN "REASON FOR WAR ON IRAQ"
The Euro And The War On Iraq
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/iraq_reason.htm

CODEPINK Blogs From Crawford
http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?id=451

BEST TALK SHOW IN USA - CHARLES GOYETTE - KXXT AM 1010 PHX, AZ
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THIS IS HOW BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:

BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE!

Casket of Marine Staff Sgt Chad Simon Aug. 8, 2005 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Monona, Wis. Simon, 32, of Madison, Wis., died Aug. 4 in an explosion Nov. 8, 2004, in Babil Province, Iraq. Following behind the casket are Simon's wife, Regina Simon, and son, Dylan, 6. (AP Photo/Steve Apps, Pool) http://www.militaryproject.org/article.asp?id=646

Daniel 8:25 KJV
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:

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BUSH'S NEW WORLD ORDER:

THE MEANING BEHIND THE WORDS
A Research Paper
Presented To The Research Department
Air Command and Staff College
In Partial Fulfillment of the Graduation Requirements of ACSC
by
Maj. Bart R. Kessler
http://www.apfn/pdf/BushsNewWorldOrder.pdf

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NY TIMES
One Mother's Loss Becomes a Problem for the President
Tue Aug 9, 2005 15:39

Of the Many Deaths in Iraq, One Mother's Loss Becomes a Problem for the President



Cindy Sheehan paces on a road Sunday near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tex. She vows to wait until he talks to her or leaves the ranch.

By RICHARD W. STEVENSON
Published: August 8, 2005


CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 7 - President Bush draws antiwar protesters just about wherever he goes, but few generate the kind of attention that Cindy Sheehan has since she drove down the winding road toward his ranch here this weekend and sought to tell him face to face that he must pull all Americans troops out of Iraq now

Ms. Sheehan's son, Casey, was killed last year in Iraq, after which she became an antiwar activist. She says she and her family met with the president two months later at Fort Lewis in Washington State.

But when she was blocked by the police a few miles from Mr. Bush's 1,600-acre spread on Saturday, the 48-year-old Ms. Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., was transformed into a news media phenomenon, the new face of opposition to the Iraq conflict at a moment when public opinion is in flux and the politics of the war have grown more complicated for the president and the Republican Party.

Ms. Sheehan has vowed to camp out on the spot until Mr. Bush agrees to meet with her, even if it means spending all of August under a broiling sun by the dusty road. Early on Sunday afternoon, 25 hours after she was turned back as she approached Mr. Bush's ranch, Prairie Chapel, Ms. Sheehan stood red-faced from the heat at the makeshift campsite that she says will be her home until the president relents or leaves to go back to Washington. A reporter from The Associated Press had just finished interviewing her. CBS was taping a segment on her. She had already appeared on CNN, and was scheduled to appear live on ABC on Monday morning. Reporters from across the country were calling her cellphone.

"It's just snowballed," Ms. Sheehan said beside a small stand of trees and a patch of shade that contained a sleeping bag, some candles, a jar of nuts and a few other supplies. "We have opened up a debate in the country."

Seeking to head off exactly the situation that now seems to be unfolding, the administration sent two senior officials out from the ranch on Saturday afternoon to meet with her. But Ms. Sheehan said after talking to the officials - Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, and Joe Hagin, a deputy White House chief of staff - that she would not back down in her demand to see the president.

Her success in drawing so much attention to her message - and leaving the White House in a face-off with an opponent who had to be treated very gently even as she aggressively attacked the president and his policies - seemed to stem from the confluence of several forces.

The deaths last week of 20 Marines from a single battalion has focused public attention on the unremitting pace of casualties in Iraq, providing her an opening to deliver her message that no more lives should be given to the war. At the same time, polls that show falling approval for Mr. Bush's handling of the war have left him open to challenge in a way that he was not when the nation appeared to be more strongly behind him.

It did not hurt her cause that she staged her protest, which she said was more or less spontaneous, at the doorstep of the White House press corps, which spends each August in Crawford with little to do, minimal access to Mr. Bush and his aides, and an eagerness for any new story.

As the mother of an Army specialist who was killed at age 24 in the Sadr City section of Baghdad on April 4, 2004, Ms. Sheehan's story is certainly compelling. She is also articulate, aggressive in delivering her message and has information that most White House reporters have not heard before: how Mr. Bush handles himself when he meets behind closed doors with the families of soldiers killed in Iraq.

The White House has released few details of such sessions, which Mr. Bush holds regularly as he travels the country, but generally portrays them as emotional and an opportunity for the president to share the grief of the families. In Ms. Sheehan's telling, though, Mr. Bush did not know her son's name when she and her family met with him in June 2004 at Fort Lewis. Mr. Bush, she said, acted as if he were at a party and behaved disrespectfully toward her by referring to her as "Mom" throughout the meeting.

By Ms. Sheehan's account, Mr. Bush said to her that he could not imagine losing a loved one like an aunt or uncle or cousin. Ms. Sheehan said she broke in and told Mr. Bush that Casey was her son, and that she thought he could imagine what it would be like since he has two daughters and that he should think about what it would be like sending them off to war.

"I said, 'Trust me, you don't want to go there'," Ms. Sheehan said, recounting her exchange with the president. "He said, 'You're right, I don't.' I said, 'Well, thanks for putting me there.' "

Asked about Ms. Sheehan's statements, Trent D. Duffy, a spokesman for the White House, said Sunday: "The president knows one of his most important responsibilities is to comfort the families of the fallen. That is why he has personally met with and grieved with hundreds of families who have lost a loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice. We can only imagine how painful and difficult it must be for a mother to lose her son. Our hearts and prayers are always with the moms and dads and spouses and children of those who have fallen."

It is not clear how the White House will handle Ms. Sheehan. Mr. Bush usually comes and goes from the ranch by helicopter, but he might have to drive by her on Friday, when he is scheduled to attend a Republican fund-raiser at a ranch just down the road from where Ms. Sheehan is camped out. She will no doubt get another wave of publicity on Thursday, when Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice join Mr. Bush at the ranch to discuss the war.

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Cindy Sheehan | Address to Veterans For Peace Convention
http://www.truthout.org/cindy.shtml
But do you think George Bush will interrupt his vacation and go visit the families of those 20 marines who have died in Ohio this week, asks Cindy Sheehan? Sheehan says the answer is No ... he doesn't care, he doesn't have a heart. That's not enough to stop his little "playing cowboy" game in Crawford for 5 weeks.

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Ralph Nader
An Open Letter Cindy Sheehan
Wed Aug 10, 2005 20:22
64.140.158.15

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 10, 2005
3:33 PM
CONTACT: Ralph Nader
202-387-8034

An Open Letter from Ralph Nader to Cindy Sheehan
http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0810-15.htm

WASHINGTON - August 10 -

Dear Ms. Sheehan,

From your grief over the loss of your son, Casey, in Iraq has come the courage to spotlight nationally the cowardly character trait of a President who refuses to meet with anyone or any group critical of his illegal, fabricated, deceptive war and occupation of that ravaged country. As a messianic militarist, Mr. Bush turned aside his own father's major advisers who warned him of the terroristic, political, and diplomatic perils to the United States from an invasion of Iraq. He refused to listen.

Thirteen organizations in early 2003 separately wrote their President requesting a meeting to have him hear them out as to why they opposed his drumbeating, on-the-road-to war policies. These groups represented millions of Americans. They included church leaders, veterans, business, labor, retired intelligence officials, students, women and others. They are among those Americans who are not allowed through the carefully screened public audiences that are bused to arenas around the country to hear his repetitive slogans for carrying on this draining, boomeranging war. They each wrote President Bush but he never bothered even to acknowledge their letters simply to say no to the requested meetings. Not even the courtesy of a reply came from their White House. Ever since then it has been the same-exclusion, denial, contempt and arrogance for views counter to that of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney and the tight circle around them that composes the inner tin ear of this Administration. Why, they even refuse to listen to objections by their own government's military lawyers (JAG) over repeated violations of due process of law. When will he realize that he is supposed to be the President of all the people, not just those misled into supporting his Iraq maneuvers?

Perhaps the breakthrough will begin this hot August in Crawford, Texas, with the devastating loss of a beloved child transformed into a mission for the soul of our country. This rogue regime, led by two draft-dodgers and officially counseled by similar pro-war evaders during the Vietnam War, is not "our country." Millions of Americans, including military and public servants in his Administration, and many in the retired military, diplomatic and intelligence services, opposed this war, still oppose it and do not equate George W. Bush and Dick Cheney with the United States of America.

Our flag stands for "liberty and justice for all." Our flag must never be misused or defiled as a bandana for war crimes, as a gag against the people's freedom of speech and conscience or as a fig leaf to hide the shame of charlatans in high public office, who violate our Constitution, our laws and our founding fathers' framework for accountable, responsive government.

You will be goaded to cross the semantic line against a President who himself has crossed the much graver constitutional line that has cost so many lives on both sides and continues to cost and cost our country in so many ways domestically and before the world. Neglecting America for the Iraq war has become the widening downward path trod by the Bush government.

Authenticity, bereft of contrivances, is what must confront this White House Misleader. And authenticity is what you are and what drives you as you demand to see this resistant President. He is on an intermittent month long vacation, with spells for fundraisers and other insulated events. His schedule provides ample time for such a meeting. You reflect the hopes and prayers of millions of like-minded Americans. Should he relent and opens his doors, be sure to ask why he lowballs U.S. casualties in Iraq, deleting and disrespecting soldiers seriously hurt or sickened in the Iraq war theatre, but not in direct combat. Remind him of those soldiers back in military hospitals who, with their families, wonder why they are not being counted as they cope with their serious and permanent disabilities. (60 Minutes, CBS program). Ask him why, despite Pentagon audits and GAO investigations about corruption, waste and non-delivery of services in Iraq by profiteering large corporations totaling billions of dollars, this Commander of Chief accepted campaign contributions from their executives and proceeds to let this giant corporate robbery continue without the requisite law and order?

Consider bringing to him a copy of President Dwight Eisenhower's famous "Cross of Iron" speech, delivered in April 1953 before the nation's newspaper editors in Washington, D.C. And add statements by Marine General Anthony Zinni (ret.), a Middle East specialist who strongly criticized the Bush-Cheney war policy before and after March 2003. May you and your associates succeed in galvanizing the public debate in this country over why a growing majority of Americans now think it was a costly mistake to invade Iraq and want our soldiers back, with the U.S. out of that country. He knows that his support for how he is handling this war-occupation is falling close to one third of respondents in recent polls-the lowest yet. Even with the mass-media at his disposal everyday, he now represents a minority of public opinion, which should give him pause before closing his oil marinated doors on majority views in this nation.

May you prevail where others have failed to secure an audience


Military Families Join Protest at U.S. President's Ranch

Crawford, August 10 (RHC)-- Military families of U.S. soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq are joining the protest outside of President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) and Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) traveled to Texas to join Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an Army soldier killed last year in Iraq. Sheehan began her protest on Saturday, vowing to remain at the ranch until the U.S. president agreed to meet with her.

According to anti-war organizations in the United States, the families with loved ones currently in Iraq or about to deploy or re-deploy to Iraq are converging on Texas to add their voices to the call for a meeting with President Bush, who is vacationing at his ranch during the entire month of August.

Earlier this month, the U.S. president referred to troops killed in Iraq, assuring their families that "they died for a noble cause." A statement issued by the groups said that they know that "the cause was not noble and that their loved ones died, or are currently in harm's way, serving in a war based on lies." The statement says that the best way to honor their loved ones is to end the occupation, bring the troops home now and take care of them when they return.

Members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out say the White House has consistently tried to hide, and to hide from, the cost of the war in Iraq. This August, they say, these costs are being brought right to Bush's doorstep.
http://www.laborstandard.org/Iraq2/Cindy_Sheehan_Reports.htm






Dear Friends and Supporters,

George Bush said speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August: (08/03/05): "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

In reaction to these two asinine and hurtful statements, members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) are going to George's vacation home in Crawford, Tx this Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am to confront him on these two statements.

1) We want our loved ones sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are.

2) We would like for him to explain this "noble cause" to us and ask him why Jenna and Barbara are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble.

3) If George is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately. We will demand a speedy withdrawal.

GSFP will be joined by members of Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Code Pink, and Crawford Peace House.

We GSFP members will not leave until we get answers from George Bush. We deserve and expect him to welcome us with answers to as why our loved ones are dead.

Every worker for peace, every worker for justice, every person who wants our country back are welcomed to join us on Saturday. Show George Bush that we mean business. Be there to support us family members who have already been through so much. We are fighting for our country, our world, especially the children.

Crawford is about 2 hours from Dallas where the VFP Convention is being held this weekend. There will be car pools from the convention.

HONOR OUR LOVED ONE'S SACRIFICES: BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!

Bring water and hats...we plan on staying until we are arrested or satisfied with the answers. (I am betting on jail).

Please pass this email on to your friends, lists, and media.
For more info: call
Cindy Sheehan
707-365-7750
I will be in Dallas starting tomorrow evening.
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Mike Hastie
Dedicated To Iraq Veterans Who Know The Truth
Wed Aug 10, 2005 17:49
 
Dedicated To Iraq Veterans Who Know The Truth
http://www.militaryproject.org/article.asp?id=646

From: Mike Hastie

To: GI Special

Sent: August 08, 2005

Subject: Dedicated to Iraq Veterans Who Know The Truth

I'm a little confused about America's political profile throughout the world.

We preach democracy with the right hand, but support Puppet Governments and Dictatorships with the left hand.

I'm sure one of these days, I'll figure out the logic behind this seemingly incongruous approach to preserving peace and freedom throughout the world.

I just know I haven't evolved or matured enough to appreciate the genius involved in comprehending the ramifications of such a humanitarian level of thinking. Maybe I need to return to Vietnam, and try to recapitulate what was obviously far beyond my youthful years to understand the first time.

There is obviously something I need to grow into, if I am to fully embrace America's involvement in Vietnam. I'm sure if I try hard enough, I will eventually grasp through enlightenment, what I've been confused about most of my adult life.

I know if I am just patient, it will all be crystal clear to me someday.

After all, these things take time. As printed on the U.S. dollar bill, "In God We Trust."

Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Ist Squadron, 10th Cavalry
4th Infantry Division
Vietnam 1970-71

What do you think? Comments from service men and women, and veterans, are especially welcome. Send to contact@militaryproject.org . Name, I.D., withheld on request. Replies confidential.


"I Have Lost Confidence In The Integrity Of UFPJ"

I hope our local organizers break with the national UFPJ position in defining our local event, and if they do, I hope they communicate that fact and why to national UFPJ.

For myself, I will make a sign that includes Palestinian rights and domestic civil rights and liberties, and encourage others to do likewise.


August 07, 2005 By Chris Lowe, Portside [Excerpt]

I wonder if Ted Pearson, Judith V. Lelchook or any other Portside reader can enlighten those of us who are merely foot-soldiers, so to speak, in the anti-war movement, how it came to be that UFPJ has taken a stance against including solidarity with Palestinian human rights and support for civil liberties at home in demands for the September actions? By what process, with what consultation, did this occur?

As I read the documents on UFPJ's website, both of those demands were endorsed explicitly by the last national gathering of UFPJ.

Who made the decision to override the action of that gathering?

With what authority?

With what consultation or report-back?

When UFPJ was formed, I supported it for two reasons. One was that it appeared to provide an alternative to undemocratic sectarian practices within ANSWER mobilizations and to a lesser extent in NION.

Now I wonder if it still provides such an alternative, or just a variant form of undemocratic practice for ideological ends.

It is my belief that UFPJ has made a serious error in defining the September actions as it has.

Stripping the movement of positive content, no longer analyzing who benefits from the war and who is harmed, not exposing the great dangers it poses beyond its narrow problems, and failing to sketch the outlines of alternative paths weakens the movement. It may or may not turn out marginally more people in September, but I am skeptical.

The cost is that the September events will in no way build toward preventing the next war as well as ending the present one. Nor will they provide any serious challenge to the assumptions that enabled the Bush administration to gain the support of many Democrats and most of the media in rolling us to war, and that enable it to continue to obscure its lies along the way.

How this happened remains opaque to me and I suppose to most of the rank and file who are somewhat attuned to movement politics without being organizers. I suspect it may be opaque to many local organizers as well, especially away from NYC, San Francisco and maybe L.A.

That opacity in itself is troubling commentary on the state of internal democracy of UFPJ, all the more so since internal democracy was a key raison d'etre of UFPJ in the first place. Given UFPJ's lack of transparency, it becomes that much easier to suspect that more than just a bad decision to opt for lowest- common-denominator tactics has taken place.

The suspicion/ fear/ paranoia (?) is that a species of center-leaning sectarianism has won the day inside UFPJ, one that actually does not support Palestinian human rights, that is ambivalent about protecting the human rights of those most threatened at home, and that does not want to expose or challenge the ways that the war embodies and advances particular interests at home while further eroding democracy, with the support of both major party presidential candidates from last year (I mean Kerry's continued support for imperial presidential war powers).

I don't know that is the case. But I do want to know why UFPJ has proceeded as it has, contrary to the position of its last national gathering, and how it did so.

Meanwhile, I have lost confidence in the integrity of UFPJ.

When I turn out in September, it will be on the same basis as I turned out for a NION-sponsored march in October of 2002 here in Portland -- to voice my opposition to the war, but not to support the mobilizing organization.

I hope our local organizers break with the national UFPJ position in defining our local event, and if they do, I hope they communicate that fact and why to national UFPJ.

For myself, I will make a sign that includes Palestinian rights and domestic civil rights and liberties, and encourage others to do likewise.

Chris Lowe

Portland, Oregon

DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK

A cattle rancher who chose not to be identified said of Bush's country-boy image, "It makes you wonder why they let a guy who chokes on a pretzel and falls off a scooter handle a chainsaw for the news cameras." Aug 7 2005 OZLEM ALTIOK, www.ntimc.org

 
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CODEPINK Blogs From Crawford

Read: Diane Wilson: an interview by Gayle Brandeis

August 9, 2005

By Cindy Sheehan

The Peaceful Occupation of Iraq
Day 4

Today started at 4am when I had to get up and get ready to be on Good Morning America. It was pouring down rain at Camp Casey. The wind was blowing and there was thunder and lightening. It was pretty exciting. The interview went very well. I haven’t seen it or read a transcript. Since it was taped, I am just wondering if they showed it when I said Bush doesn’t want to see me because he likes to surround himself with “sycophants.” I also interviewed with Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz, Greta Van Susteran, and many others, and closed out the day with my pal, Mike Malloy.

The “first meeting” controversy died down a little today when my town’s newspaper printed an op-ed that contradicted Matt Drudge’s cherry-picked account of my first meeting with George.

But since they don’t have that controversy, they apparently have been lying about other things. Bill O’Reilly said that I am doing this because I have been bought out by, “The Arab Anti-Discrimination League.” He was telling his viewers that I am a tool for the liberals and that I am a tool for the anti-war movement. Right now, what we are doing right here in Crawford is the anti-war movement. We have such a strong coalition of groups. GSFP, CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and the Crawford Peace House.

I talked with John Conyers today and he wrote a letter to George signed by about 18 other Congress members to request that he meet with me. I also talked to Maxine Waters tonight and she is probably going to be here tomorrow. I am so overwhelmed by the support.

I did non-stop interviews today. 100 people came through today to visit with us. About 25 people are staying the night. More food, water, flowers, and money came through today. One father brought his 2 and 4 year old sons out to meet me and thank me for trying to save his boys from the same fate Casey suffered.

Celeste and Dante Zappala from Philadelphia and Bill Mitchell from Atascadero, Ca., all members of GSFP, came out today to support me and help me do interviews and greet all of the people who are arriving.

There is a huge action tomorrow in Aurora, Il. George Bush is leaving the ranch tomorrow to go to Aurora, Il to sign a part of the energy bill at the Caterpillar factory. True Majority has raised money to dog George Bush when he leaves the ranch. Every time he leaves, there will be a GSFP member, MFSO members, VFP members, and Code Pink members who will protest him and say “Meet with Cindy.” We will not let him have a 5 week nice vacation when there are millions of people in harm’s way in Iraq due to his careless policies. The people of Iraq and our soldiers are suffering. Why should George have a nice vacation?

Thank you for all your support and interest.

We are making a difference.

Keep up the good work.
http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?id=451

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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
Cindy Sheehan Gives BuzzFlash the Latest from Crawford
Tue Aug 9, 2005 19:05

 

Cindy Sheehan Gives BuzzFlash the Latest from Crawford
http://www.buzzflash.com/interviews/05/08/int05033.html

Direct from the drainage ditch, the intrepid protester says "Our spirits are great," but Bush "doesn't have enough courage to face someone who actually disagrees with him ..."

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

Cindy Sheehan and others are at Bush's Crawford, Texas, vacation location, bringing a message to Bush that it's time to bring the troops home. She is a cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace and the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, killed in Baghdad April 4, 2004.

Intrepid, courageous, and effective. Cindy Sheehan has brought the war against war to George Bush during his frustratingly insensitive 5-week-long vacation in Crawford, Texas. BuzzFlash emailed her today, and is happy to share her responses with our readers and the world.

BuzzFlash: Is it true as reported on Daily Kos that you have been warned you will be arrested on Thursday? How do you feel about going to jail? Would it be a first?

Cindy Sheehan: Yes. It would be the first time, and I am ready to go. The only way they will get me out of there is if he meets with me, [or] the end of August, or when I am arrested."

BuzzFlash: How do you see this protest ending?

Cindy Sheehan: With either our arrests, or the end of August. But if I get arrested and I am let out before the end of August, I will go back.

BuzzFlash: How many peace activists are participating with you there in the Crawford peace protest?

Cindy Sheehan: Right now, about three dozen. More are coming from all over the country.

BuzzFlash: Did Bush's spokespersons, who came out to talk to you, address your key questions: What is our "noble cause"? And how do we "complete the mission"?

Cindy Sheehan: Yes, but they gave the standard baloney line.

BuzzFlash: Why do you think Bush isn't meeting with you now, when he did in June, 2004?

Cindy Sheehan: In June my entire family was invited, along with 15 other families. I believe that back in June we were used as political tools. I believe he's not meeting with me now because he doesn't have enough courage to face someone who actually disagrees with him and would dare to call him on his lies.

BuzzFlash: How do you see the fighting ending?

Cindy Sheehan: I don't know, I just hope it is sooner than later.

BuzzFlash: How is the administration now treating you?

Cindy Sheehan: Ignoring me since Saturday.

BuzzFlash: How are you holding up? What are the conditions there (physical, emotional)?

Cindy Sheehan: I am tired and my throat hurts from talking so much. We are confined to camping in a drainage ditch, we are using the bathroom in a camping potty, it is oppressively hot or pours down rain. But our spirits are great. And we know that no matter how hard we have it, the troops in Iraq and the Iraqi people have it even harder.

BuzzFlash: Are you encouraged by this week's events? What can your supporters (around the nation, world) do to help?

Cindy Sheehan: I am so encouraged!!! It has been overwhelming and amazing, but not surprising. Our new website is http://www.meetwithcindy.org.

Money can be donated to help support Gold Star Families for Peace or the Crawford Peace House.

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Cindy Sheehan and others are at Bush's Crawford, Texas, vacation location, bringing a message to Bush that it's time to bring the troops home. ...
Military Families to Join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford; Gold Star and ... U.S. Newswire (press release)

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Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and mother of U.S. soldier who was slain in Iraq, called for President Bush on Saturday, Aug. 6, to return all troops in Iraq to the United States immediately. Although she failed to meet with Bush face-to-face at his Crawford-area ranch, Sheehan did speak with two of the president's aides. She still vowed to remain in Crawford to meet with the President. MORE PICTURES:>>
http://www.iconoclast-texas.com/News/2005/31-40/31news02.htm

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CINDY SHEEHAN
Aug 8 - UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD
Mon Aug 8, 2005 17:01


MONDAY MORNING at Camp Casey saw plenty of signs


UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD
Monday, Aug. 8, 2005
Photos Appear At Bottom Of Page

12:05 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8

The Iconoclast's Deborah Mathews reporting:

Cindy Sheehan spent the night in her tent beside the road last night and has spent the morning on the telephone in the Peace House being interviewed by the media. Right now she is there alone.

She seems to be doing well, but looks tired.

License plates from other states are seen throughout downtown Crawford as business appears to be booming. The Coffee Station is crowded.

Another report will be provided shortly.

2:20 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8

Associate Editor Nathan Diebenow interviews visitors to "Camp Casey."

Interview With Supporters From Belton, Texas

PRAIRIE CHAPEL — Cathy and Jerry Donica of Belton, Texas, were visiting with supporters of Cindy Sheehan Sunday afternoon at what has now been deemed Camp Casey, the campground named after Sheehan’s late son where the mother has set up residence for the month of August. The Donica’s, owners of a computer business in Belton where they have lived for about seven years, spoke with The Iconoclast’s Nathan Diebenow briefly about the reasons why they were there, the information soldiers are giving them about Iraq, and the attitude of the local townspeople and farmers.
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ICONOCLAST: You guys are from Belton, so why are you hear?
CATHY DONICA: To support Cindy, to support the Peace House, and anybody that’s against George Bush (laughs).
ICONOCLAST: How did you guys come to hear about Cindy and her push to meet Bush?
CATHY DONICA: The DemocraticUnderground.com is where I hear it from.
JERRY DONICA: My wife (laughs).
CATHY DONICA: (laughs) I’ve always been very liberal at heart anyway. My nephews came back from Iraq as well, and I don’t want to see them go back again.
ICONOCLAST: Where were they at?
CATHY DONICA: You know, I don’t remember the name of the town, but I remember it started with the letter A. They went out with the National Guard out of Waco, I do believe, and they live in Fairfield now, but they were over there for the whole year, and they said they were shot at and everything else. I don’t want them going back. The chances are that they will, and I don’t want to see them go back.
ICONOCLAST: How old are they?
CATHY DONICA: 20 and 22.
ICONOCLAST: What are their names?
CATHY DONICA: Jason and Steven Rossiaky. They were stationed over there with their father, Steven Rossiaky.
ICONOCLAST: What position is the father?
CATHY DONICA: I want to say staff sergeant, but I’m not sure.
ICONOCLAST: What position are the boys?
CATHY DONICA: They’re just brand new in the National Guard, so I’m not sure.
ICONOCLAST: So you have a connection to the conflict in Iraq.
CATHY DONICA: Yes, and assorted friends, too, that are coming back. Friends of different soldiers out of Fort Hood.
ICONOCLAST: They’re coming back, but what are they saying?
CATHY DONICA: Unfortunately, I can’t get a whole lot of people to tell me very much. There was one guy that came back, and he and I talked a little bit about it. He was very closed up about it. He was very much — Here’s what I’ve noticed about everybody that’s coming back: it’s not about whether or not they support why they’re going over there. It’s that they support each other. Their job has to be done. The biggest message I hear from soldier is regardless of what their political leanings are — a lot of them here want to go back because they want to be supportive of the other soldiers. That’s the biggest message. That’s why they don’t want some coming back — it’s either they all go over there or they call come back.
ICONOCLAST: Have they talked about the vaccinations they received before or during their deployment or the equipment that they have gotten? Have they described any sicknesses that they have since coming back to the States?
CATHY DONICA: There was a girl soldier that I talked to. She was in the first Gulf War, and she had the anthrax vaccination done. I remember her complaining to me that she felt so aggressive coming back and she knew it was from the shot. She knew that it was from the shot. She knew for a fact in her mind that it was from the shot. She was saying that it made her mroe angry, aggressive and sicker. She felt sick all the time. I don’t remember her name.
ICONOCLAST: How many years ago did you meet with her?
CATHY DONICA: Three or four years ago.
ICONOCLAST: Was she in her mid-30s or something?
CATHY DONICA: Yeah, she sure was.
ICONOCLAST: So she would be about 40 right now?
CATHY DONICA: She probably would be.
ICONOCLAST: What about your nephews? Have their behavior’s changed since coming back? Can you notice a difference from then and now?
CATHY DONICA: My son would be a better person to ask. I don’t really talk to them. One of them got married. The other one, he just keeps to himself. The only thing he told my son was that he got shot at when he was over there. He was trained to drive a tank, but wound up being an MP instead.
ICONOCLAST: So was he out of the base area?
CATHY DONICA: He stayed on the base mostly. I don’t think he was dealing with a lot of combat or anything.
ICONOCLAST: What about the other one?
CATHY DONICA: The other one was right there with his dad. The three of them were stationed in the same area.
ICONOCLAST: So they didn’t go outside the base.
CATHY DONICA: Not often. They were actually safer than a lot of the other soldiers were. They didn’t see a lot of conflict. They got shot at, mostly sniper fire, I guess.
ICONOCLAST: Have there been anyone from the Crawford area that have come out here and said anything to you?
CATHY DONICA: Other than that man that was just here. He was nice. He’s always very nice.
JERRY DONICA: She (Diane Wilson, co-founder of CodePink) said that some teenagers were out there doing donuts (in their truck).

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Every Mother's Son
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 08 August 2005
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00070.htm

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
- Stephen King

George W. Bush hauled stakes for Texas and a vacation a few days ago. Cindy Sheehan followed. She got off a bus Saturday afternoon and started walking to the Crawford ranch. She wanted some answers and was going to get them.

Sheehan had met Mr. Bush once before. On April 4, 2004, just shy of a year after Bush stood on an aircraft carrier beneath a banner that read "Mission Accomplished," Cindy Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in Iraq when his unit was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. He was 24 years old.

After Casey's death, Cindy Sheehan was invited to the White House for a visit with Mr. Bush in June of 2004. Her first memory of Bush's appearance that day was when he walked into the room and said in a loud, bluff voice, "Who we'all honorin' today?"

"His mouth kept moving," Sheehan later recalled of her meeting with Bush, "but there was nothing in his eyes or anything else about him that showed me he really cared or had any real compassion at all. This is a human being totally disconnected from humanity and reality. His eyes were empty, hollow shells." Bush called her "Ma" or "Mom" throughout the whole meeting, and never got around to learning her name.

"The whole meeting was simply bizarre and disgusting," Sheehan said later. "designed to intimidate instead of providing compassion. He didn't even know our names. I just couldn't believe this was happening. It was so surreal and bizarre. Later I met with some of the other fifteen or sixteen families who were at the White House the same day and, sure enough, they all felt the same way I did."

That was it. Cindy Sheehan, who had never been politically active in her life, became an activist. She traveled the country to speak to whomever would listen, she told the story of Casey's life and death, and she threw fire at George W. Bush with the passionate anguish of a mother who was forced to bury her son.

"Casey was told that he would be welcomed to Iraq as a liberator with chocolates and rose petals strewn in front of his unarmored Humvee" Sheehan wrote in February. "He was in Iraq for two short weeks when the Shi'ite rebel 'welcome wagon' welcomed him to Baghdad with bullets and RPG's, which took his young and beautiful life. Casey was killed after George Bush proclaimed 'Mission Accomplished' on May 1, 2003. Hundreds of our young people and thousands of Iraqis have been needlessly and senselessly murdered since George Bush triumphantly announced an end to 'major combat' almost 2 years ago now. All of the above events have been heralded by this administration as 'turning points' in the 'war on terror' - or as wonderful events in the 'march of democracy.'"

In June of 2005, Cindy Sheehan testified at a hearing in Washington DC about the Downing Street Minutes, the recently leaked British intelligence documents which exposed the fact that Bush intended to invade Iraq almost from the beginning of his first term, and that "Intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" of invasion.

"I believed before our leaders invaded Iraq in March, 2003," said Sheehan in her testimony, "and I am even more convinced now, that this aggression on Iraq was based on a lie of historic proportions and was blatantly unnecessary. The so-called Downing Street Memo dated 23 July, 2003, only confirms what I already suspected: the leadership of this country rushed us into an illegal invasion of another sovereign country on prefabricated and cherry picked intelligence. It appears that my boy Casey was given a death sentence even before he joined the Army in May of 2000."

And so it came to pass that George W. Bush hauled stakes for Texas and a vacation a few days ago, and Cindy Sheehan followed. She got off a bus Saturday afternoon and started walking to the Crawford ranch. She wanted some answers and was going to get them. She got as far as a police checkpoint, and has gotten no further. She is still there, waiting to speak to Mr. Bush so she can get an answer to her question. Why did her son die?

The folks on the Crawford ranch sent out some important people to speak to her. They sent Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser. They sent Joe Hagin, a deputy White House chief of staff. Cindy Sheehan sent them both packing.

By Sunday, a media frenzy had erupted around her. On Sunday night, the New York Times published a story about Sheehan's Texas standoff. "Her success in drawing so much attention to her message - and leaving the White House in a face-off with an opponent who had to be treated very gently even as she aggressively attacked the president and his policies - seemed to stem from the confluence of several forces," wrote the Times. "The deaths last week of 20 Marines from a single battalion has focused public attention on the unremitting pace of casualties in Iraq, providing her an opening to deliver her message that no more lives should be given to the war."

"At the same time," continued the article, "polls that show falling approval for Mr. Bush's handling of the war have left him open to challenge in a way that he was not when the nation appeared to be more strongly behind him. It did not hurt her cause that she staged her protest, which she said was more or less spontaneous, at the doorstep of the White House press corps, which spends each August in Crawford with little to do, minimal access to Mr. Bush and his aides, and an eagerness for any new story."

Casey Sheehan was every mother's son. Cindy Sheehan is every son's mother. She loved him with every cell in her body and every breath in her soul, and mourns his absence in every second of every day, and will have some answers for her pain and loss, or will know the reason why. She is down in Crawford, right now, waiting for George W. Bush to stop sending lackeys to placate her. She wants to speak to the man who sent her son to die. She is waiting.

William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know and The Greatest Sedition Is Silence.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00070.htm

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Cindy Sheehan:

"The Secret Service is Trying to Intimidate Us"
Sun Aug 7, 2005 18:57
 

 

Sunday 7th August 2005 (06h18) :
Cindy Sheehan: "The Secret Service is Trying to Intimidate Us"
Cindy Sheehan called After Downing Street moments ago at 10 p.m. ET to report that the Secret Service is trying to intimidate her and members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace into leaving their protest near Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch.

This morning Cindy led dozens of protesters as close as they could get to the ranch; they were stopped by local police about five miles away. Cindy and others plan to stay there throughout Bush’s five-week August vacation until he agrees to meet with her and other family members of soldiers killed in Iraq and answer their questions about the war.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, however, the Secret Service has been telling protesters that if they stay there they may be hit by Secret Service vehicles. Cindy says, "They’ve told us this at least ten times. There isn’t much room between the side of the road and the fence, and they go zooming by far over the speed limit." Cindy reports the Secret Service already ran a mother and her six year-old off the road. She believes the Secret Service’s actions are a clear attempt to coerce her and the other protesters into leaving.

Cindy and others are asking to meet with the Secret Service and local police to ensure the safety of everyone involved. In the meantime, she asks that anyone who can contact the media to alert them to the situation.

If you are able to do this, media contact information can be found here. Please politely let them know what’s been happening with the Secret Service, and encourage them to continue covering Cindy’s efforts to meet with President Bush.

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?...

Update from Celeste Zappala, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, on Crawford

I have received the following email from Celeste Zappala, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. She asked that I post it on Dailykos and to thank everyone for their support.

I have just spoken to Cindy Sheehan at 5:05 pm. Her message:

"Today is the beginning of the end of the occupation of Iraq." She is feeling strong, people have been bringing her food and water. The police have been polite. She has decided to stay on the Prairie Chapel Road, which is one mile from the Ranch, until George Bush meets with her and tells the truth. She invites anyone who can to join her during the month of August for as long as they can. She urges them to bring camping gear. Also, there are two caravans coming in from Louisiana and from Dayton, Ohio now.

Cindy says she knows from her travels that "people are fed up with this war and want to do something to stop it."

Cindy asks that those who want to lend support to send donations to the Crawford Peace House which has been generously offering hospitialtiy.

Code Pink is sending out a national call for its members to have a hunger strike until George Bush has an honest meeting with Cindy. Cindy’s sister Dede has joined that hunger strike. Please keep Cindy and all of our folks in prayer. This is a stand for the honor and memory of our kids and the soul of our nation.

peace be with you, Celeste Zappala Co-founder, Gold Star Families for Peace Mother of Sgt Sherwood Baker, KIA 4/26/04

Update [2005-8-6 18:47:46 by NYBri]:

More from Cindy via Celeste.

JUST NOW-6:13 p.m.

Cindy just called again.

TWO PEOPLE CAME OUT FROM THE RANCH TO TALK TO HER: JOE HAGEN, ASSISTANT WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, AND STEVEN HADLEY, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

They told Cindy, George Bush really believed there were weapons of mass destruction, Saddam was a threat, the war in Iraq is making America safer, we are fighting in Iraq so they we don’t have to fight terrorists here, and George Bush sincerely cares about the loss of the soldiers and their families. They had a twenty-five minute discussion as Cindy refuted these tired arguements, and reminded the men that she had met Bush last June and she had felt disrespected and belittled. She said to them "You are intelligent men, how can you believe what you are saying?"

Cindy will continue to wait for an honest discussion with George Bush.

For my part, I am proud that Cindy is standing up against these dreadful lies and the Bush ideology that has blinded so many from reality and logic. It’s as if they keep saying these things it will become true. As Cindy pointed out to the representatives, since our kids were killed, the Downing Street memo and the 9/11 Commission report have been released which refutes these false claims. Yet here we are on August 6, 2005 and the President’s men are still trying to convince American Mothers that their kids died for WMD and 9/11 links. It is not only insulting, it is madness. I will keep you posted as I talk to Cindy.

blessings, Celeste
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/1207#comment

by : afterdowningstreet.org
Sunday 7th August 2005
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William Rivers Pitt
Casey Sheehan was every mother's son.
Mon Aug 8, 2005 18:21
 
Casey Sheehan was every mother's son. Cindy Sheehan is every son's mother

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/080805I.shtml


Every Mother's Son
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 08 August 2005

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
- Stephen King

George W. Bush hauled stakes for Texas and a vacation a few days ago. Cindy Sheehan followed. She got off a bus Saturday afternoon and started walking to the Crawford ranch. She wanted some answers and was going to get them.

Sheehan had met Mr. Bush once before. On April 4, 2004, just shy of a year after Bush stood on an aircraft carrier beneath a banner that read "Mission Accomplished," Cindy Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in Iraq when his unit was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. He was 24 years old.

After Casey's death, Cindy Sheehan was invited to the White House for a visit with Mr. Bush in June of 2004. Her first memory of Bush's appearance that day was when he walked into the room and said in a loud, bluff voice, "Who we'all honorin' today?"

"His mouth kept moving," Sheehan later recalled of her meeting with Bush, "but there was nothing in his eyes or anything else about him that showed me he really cared or had any real compassion at all. This is a human being totally disconnected from humanity and reality. His eyes were empty, hollow shells." Bush called her "Ma" or "Mom" throughout the whole meeting, and never got around to learning her name.

"The whole meeting was simply bizarre and disgusting," Sheehan said later. "designed to intimidate instead of providing compassion. He didn't even know our names. I just couldn't believe this was happening. It was so surreal and bizarre. Later I met with some of the other fifteen or sixteen families who were at the White House the same day and, sure enough, they all felt the same way I did."

That was it. Cindy Sheehan, who had never been politically active in her life, became an activist. She traveled the country to speak to whomever would listen, she told the story of Casey's life and death, and she threw fire at George W. Bush with the passionate anguish of a mother who was forced to bury her son.

"Casey was told that he would be welcomed to Iraq as a liberator with chocolates and rose petals strewn in front of his unarmored Humvee" Sheehan wrote in February. "He was in Iraq for two short weeks when the Shi'ite rebel 'welcome wagon' welcomed him to Baghdad with bullets and RPG's, which took his young and beautiful life. Casey was killed after George Bush proclaimed 'Mission Accomplished' on May 1, 2003. Hundreds of our young people and thousands of Iraqis have been needlessly and senselessly murdered since George Bush triumphantly announced an end to 'major combat' almost 2 years ago now. All of the above events have been heralded by this administration as 'turning points' in the 'war on terror' - or as wonderful events in the 'march of democracy.'"

In June of 2005, Cindy Sheehan testified at a hearing in Washington DC about the Downing Street Minutes, the recently leaked British intelligence documents which exposed the fact that Bush intended to invade Iraq almost from the beginning of his first term, and that "Intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" of invasion.

"I believed before our leaders invaded Iraq in March, 2003," said Sheehan in her testimony, "and I am even more convinced now, that this aggression on Iraq was based on a lie of historic proportions and was blatantly unnecessary. The so-called Downing Street Memo dated 23 July, 2003, only confirms what I already suspected: the leadership of this country rushed us into an illegal invasion of another sovereign country on prefabricated and cherry picked intelligence. It appears that my boy Casey was given a death sentence even before he joined the Army in May of 2000."

And so it came to pass that George W. Bush hauled stakes for Texas and a vacation a few days ago, and Cindy Sheehan followed. She got off a bus Saturday afternoon and started walking to the Crawford ranch. She wanted some answers and was going to get them. She got as far as a police checkpoint, and has gotten no further. She is still there, waiting to speak to Mr. Bush so she can get an answer to her question. Why did her son die?

The folks on the Crawford ranch sent out some important people to speak to her. They sent Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser. They sent Joe Hagin, a deputy White House chief of staff. Cindy Sheehan sent them both packing.

By Sunday, a media frenzy had erupted around her. On Sunday night, the New York Times published a story about Sheehan's Texas standoff. "Her success in drawing so much attention to her message - and leaving the White House in a face-off with an opponent who had to be treated very gently even as she aggressively attacked the president and his policies - seemed to stem from the confluence of several forces," wrote the Times. "The deaths last week of 20 Marines from a single battalion has focused public attention on the unremitting pace of casualties in Iraq, providing her an opening to deliver her message that no more lives should be given to the war."

"At the same time," continued the article, "polls that show falling approval for Mr. Bush's handling of the war have left him open to challenge in a way that he was not when the nation appeared to be more strongly behind him. It did not hurt her cause that she staged her protest, which she said was more or less spontaneous, at the doorstep of the White House press corps, which spends each August in Crawford with little to do, minimal access to Mr. Bush and his aides, and an eagerness for any new story."

Casey Sheehan was every mother's son. Cindy Sheehan is every son's mother. She loved him with every cell in her body and every breath in her soul, and mourns his absence in every second of every day, and will have some answers for her pain and loss, or will know the reason why. She is down in Crawford, right now, waiting for George W. Bush to stop sending lackeys to placate her. She wants to speak to the man who sent her son to die. She is waiting.

William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know and The Greatest Sedition Is Silence.

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CINDY WATCH:


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As Cindy Sheehan Waits, Media Begins Search For The Perfect Gold ...
Unconfirmed Sources (satire) - 2 hours ago
Under the hot sun of an August day in Texas, the mother of slain Army Specialist Chris Sheehan waits. And waits. What's more, she's ...
GOOGLE: NEW UPDATES:



Mom of Slain GI Holds Vigil in Crawford

Cindy Sheehan tries to keep cool Sunday while protesting near President Bush's ranch in Crawford.

Salon - 13 minutes ago
... I want the troops home," Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., who staged a protest that she vowed on Sunday to continue until she can personally ask Bush ...

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Mother Of Fallen Soldier To Camp Out In Tent At Bush Ranch Until She
Gets Answers About What She Calls "The Illegal Iraq War"
Sun Aug 7, 2005 03:54
http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/31021.htm

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UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD
Mon Aug 8, 2005 12:50
 
Iconoclast To Be Posting Cindy Sheehan Updates
Lone Star Iconoclast, TX - 7 hours ago
Cindy Sheehan on Saturday made a journey to Crawford to discuss face-to-face with President George W. Bush the death of her son in Iraq last year. ...

http://www.lonestaricon.com/

UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD
uruknet.info, Italy - 15 hours ago
6) and a message from Cindy Sheehan to George W. Bush. ... It appears that Cindy Sheehan's entourage has just arrived in Crawford (11:35 am). More later. ...
Bush Met With Sheehan OfficialWire
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President Bush Ditches Mother Of Slain Soldier Lone Star Iconoclast
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AP photo - Alex Ryabov, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., sits with a group of protestors who attempted to march to President Bush's ranch outside Crawford, Texas, on Saturday.
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Grieving mom stages protest in TX

By DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer - 08/07/05

CRAWFORD, Texas — The angry mother of a fallen U.S. soldier staged a protest near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, demanding an accounting from the president of how he has conducted the war in Iraq.

Supported by more than 50 shouting demonstrators, Cindy Sheehan, 48, told reporters, ‘‘I want to ask George Bush: Why did my son die?''

Sheehan arrived in Crawford aboard a bus painted red, white and blue and emblazoned with the words, ‘‘Impeachment Tour.''

Her son, Casey, 24, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004. He was an Army specialist, a Humvee mechanic.

Sheehan, from Vacaville, Calif., had been attending a Veterans for Peace Convention in Dallas. She vowed she would camp out as close as she could get to the president's ranch until Bush comes out and talks to her.

Local law enforcement officials were keeping Sheehan four to five miles away from the ranch's entrance.

‘‘If they won't cooperate, we won't,'' Capt. Kenneth Vanek of the McLennan County Sheriff's Department, said of the marchers.

He said the group was stopped because some marchers ignored instructions to walk in the ditch beside the road, not on the road.

Sheehan said she decided to come to Crawford a few days ago after Bush said that fallen U.S. troops had died for a noble cause and that the mission must be completed.

‘‘I don't want him to use my son's name or my family name to justify any more killing,'' she said.

Sheehan said Bush administration officials ‘‘don't have a mission and they don't even ever plan on completing it.'' She said she fears that the United States plans to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq indefinitely.

The White House responded to the protest, saying the president wants to bring the troops home.

‘‘Many of the hundreds of families the president has met with know their loved one died for a noble cause and that the best way to honor their sacrifice is to complete the mission,'' White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Saturday. ‘‘It is a message the president has heard time and again from those he has met with and comforted. Like all Americans, he wants the troops home as soon as soon as possible''

Sheehan's bus pulled up at a house run by peace activists a few hundred feet from the town's only stoplight. There, she met up with other demonstrators and then led a caravan of about 20 vehicles down a winding road toward Bush's ranch.

The group stopped along the way and sheriff's deputies advised them that if they wanted to go farther toward the ranch, they would have to walk in a ditch along the road.

The marchers walked about half a mile until the deputies stopped them, saying that they had violated their instructions by walking on the road itself instead of staying in the adjacent ditch.

Sheehan protested, saying she had not walked on the road. The deputies refused to let her go farther.

The protesters then began chanting, ‘‘W killed her son.''

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Iconoclast To Be Posting Cindy Sheehan Updates
Lone Star Iconoclast, TX - 7 hours ago
Cindy Sheehan on Saturday made a journey to Crawford to discuss face-to-face with President George W. Bush the death of her son in Iraq last year. ... 
http://lonestaricon.com/


CRAWFORD — The Lone Star Iconoclast, by popular demand, has begun filing frequent updates on its website, http://lonestaricon.com/  , regarding the vigil taking place near Crawford. The banner leading to the updates is called “Cindy Watch.”
Cindy Sheehan on Saturday made a journey to Crawford to discuss face-to-face with President George W. Bush the death of her son in Iraq last year.
The Iconoclast was there when marchers made a trek toward the Bush ranch and the newspaper reported on its website a play-by-play of what happened.
Normally, The Iconoclast updates its website weekly, to correspond with the weekly publication of its print edition.
“We felt that in this case it was warranted to provide more frequent updates,” said publisher W. Leon Smith.
He noted that associate editor Nathan Diebenow was in the field on Saturday, but that Sunday was mainly spent preparing the print edition for publication to meet established deadlines and making adjustments on the website to better accommodate the update section.
“Please remember that we have a very small staff,” said Smith, “but we are willing to do what we can to get the news of Ms. Sheehan’s quest published online as early and as frequently as we can, as news happens.”

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President Bush Ditches Mother Of Slain Soldier
http://www.iconoclast-texas.com/News/2005/31-40/32news01.htm

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FPF-fwd.: Bush vs Cindy Sheehan & friends
Crawford: Urgent: Woodstock 2005 Bands Needed NOW
Mon Aug 8, 2005 13:45
62.194.184.133

Bush et al. 'ditched' her:

Slain soldier’s mother keeps protest vigil at Bush ranch

Urgent: Woodstock 2005 Bands Needed NOW - Crawford, Texas

Drop your schedules and GO - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/ctx45

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION

CALLING ON ALL FREE THINKING PEOPLE WHO DEMAND PEACE IN THE WORLD.

EVERYONE! SEND THIS OUT TO ALL YOUR E_MAIL LISTS. CALL YOUR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS / MEDIA!

GET TO CRAWFORD NOW.

LETS GET THOUSANDS THERE. SUPPORT CINDY AND GET OUR MESSAGE OUT.

LETS MAKE THIS A VACATION GEORGE BUSH WILL NOT FORGET.

CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND GO. THIS IS OUR CHANCE. MAKE YOUR STATEMENT.

THEY LIED!!! AND HE TAKES A VACATION!

HE"S ON A HOLIDAY WHILE OUR TROOPS ARE DYING!! IT’S AN OUTRAGE.

Rest of the story on Woodstock + comments - URL.: http://tinyurl.com/ctx45

BELOW: ARMY NEWS CARRIES USA TODAY STORY ON CINDY SHEEHAN

Slain soldier’s mother keeps protest vigil at Bush ranch

By Oren Dorell - USA Today*

August 08, 2005 - CRAWFORD, Texas — Biting bugs. Baking sun. The cold shoulder from residents. To Cindy Sheehan, they’re just obstacles to be overcome in her quest for a meeting with President Bush at his ranch here in central Texas.

The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., is camping near the president’s ranch. She’s set up on a narrow strip of land between the hardtop of Prairie Chapel Road and a drainage ditch.

“I plan on staying here the entire month of August or until he comes out to talk to me,” she says. Bush is spending five weeks at his ranch.

Spc. Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed in Baghdad on April 4, 2004, five days after he arrived in Iraq. A former Eagle Scout who trained as a Humvee mechanic, he had volunteered to help bring in soldiers wounded in an ambush. He died after his convoy came under attack.

Bush met with the Sheehan family and other families of fallen troops in June 2004 at Fort Lewis, Wash. Cindy Sheehan has said she did not get across to Bush how misguided she believes his policies are, so she decided to act against him.

Sheehan has been involved in protests against Bush since last year. She founded Gold Star Families for Peace, which is described on its Web site as made up of “families of soldiers who have died as a result of war.” She helped form a political group that ran TV ads in the fall of 2004 asking people to vote against Bush. The ads were picked up by MoveOn.org, an anti-Bush group, and were broadcast in several states.

She tried to crash a Bush fundraiser in St. Petersburg, Fla., in October. And she spoke around the country against the war, including at a protest in Washington before the election in which anti-war activists carried cardboard coffins to Arlington National Cemetery.

After Bush was re-elected, she joined protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington who turned their backs on his motorcade during his inaugural parade.

She said she decided to seek another audience with Bush when she heard his comments about the war last week, after a spike in American deaths. The fallen men and women “died in a noble cause,” Bush said Wednesday. “Their families can know that we will honor their loved ones’ sacrifice by completing the mission.”

Sheehan said she wants to tell Bush not to use her son’s death as a reason to continue the war, and to ask “why (Bush’s twin daughters) Jenna and Barbara and the other children of the architects of this disastrous war are not in harm’s way, if the cause is so noble.”

She is being supported by the Crawford Peace House, which has facilitated about two dozen protests in the town since 2002.

Bush’s deputy chief of staff, Joe Hagin, and national security advisor Stephen Hadley met with Sheehan about 45 minutes at her campsite Saturday afternoon, but Sheehan remained dissatisfied.

She said Hadley told her the president “really cares” about men and women in uniform. “And I said, ‘You can’t tell me that because I’ve met with him and I know that he doesn’t care,’ “ she told CNN.

“I think they thought I’d be very impressed and intimidated that these two high-level officials came to talk to this little grieving mother and that I’d leave,” she said.

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Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, and mother of a soldier killed in action in Iraq, plans to confront President Bush with questions at his Crawford ranch on Saturday morning, August 6, 11 a.m. CT. Accompanying Sheehan will be members of Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), CODE PINK, and Crawford Peace House, all members or allies of the AfterDowningStreet.org Coalition.

On Wednesday, Bush said (speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August): "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." and "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

In response, Sheehan wrote:

"We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are?

We would like for him to explain this 'noble cause' to us, and plan to ask him why Jenna and Barbara are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble. If he is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately. We will demand a speedy withdrawal."

Sheehan said today that she plans to stay "until we are arrested or satisfied with the answers."

Sheehan will be carrying with her a collection of signatures on a petition asking that the troops be brought home, including 25,000 signatures collected at OutOfIraq.org.

Below are statements from participants in tomorrow's events, as released today by the Institute for Public Accuracy:

DIANE WILSON, WilsonAlamobay@aol.com , Co-founder of the women's peace group CodePink, Wilson is a Texan now on her way to Crawford. She said today: "I totally sympathize with Cindy. The Army tried to recruit my autistic son. They tried to get my daughter to join too, they led her to believe she would be joining the Coast Guard when it was actually the Army.

My daughter was needing money, we make our living fishing and have trouble making ends meet, so the military can be tempting. If George Bush really thinks this is such an honorable battle, let me send his twins over there." Wilson wrote the just-released book "An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas."

HADI JAWAD, shadijawad@aol.com , Jawad is spokesperson for the Crawford Peace House and will be accompanying Sheehan from Dallas to Crawford on Saturday.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
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Mother of slain soldier demands audience with Bush
Sun Aug 7, 2005 12:40

 
Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., accused President Bush of lying to the nation
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Mother of slain soldier demands audience with Bush
By Thaddeus DeJesus Tribune-Herald staff writer
Sunday, August 07, 2005
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CRAWFORD “ Cindy Sheehan shrugged off the Texas heat Saturday afternoon as she sat in the shade a mere four miles from the Western White House.

It's hot in Iraq and our children are suffering there, and the Iraqi people are suffering, said Sheehan, whose son was killed in action in Iraq. If they can do this day after day, month after month, then I can stay here for a few weeks. This is nothing compared to what they're going through.

Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., vowed to stay in Crawford through August until she could get an audience with President George W. Bush, who is spending the month vacationing at his ranch nearby. Earlier in the day, she lead a group of about 50 anti-war demonstrators calling for an end to the war in Iraq.

The protesters were kept at bay by law enforcement officials as they got near Bush's ranch, but they were eventually allowed to gather about four miles from the president's Central Texas retreat. Secret Service agents, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and McLennan County Sheriff's deputies took turns watching the group.

Sheehan's son, 24-year-old U.S. Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed April 4, 2004 in Baghdad's Sadr City when his unit was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. What's made her son's death all the more painful, she said, is the subsequent revelations that there were no ties to Iraq and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the intelligence flaws surrounding Iraq's weapons program. In the prelude to war, Bush administration officials warned that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction posed an imminent threat to the United States and allies.

While coalition forces have found caches of conventional weapons, reserves of nuclear and biological weapons have yet to be found.

I want him to tell us what honorable cause our sons died for and I don't want him to lie, Sheehan said.

Some protestors, including Sheehan, got into a heated exchange with peace officers during the gathering. The demonstrators had been asked to keep off the road as they marched toward Bush's ranch house.

But some ignored that order and received a stern warning from law enforcement.

They wanted to change the rules of engagement, for the lack of a better word, said McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch. My job is to make sure everyone's safe.

Despite name-calling and belligerence from some demonstrators, the protest continued without violence or arrests, Lynch said.

The White House responded to the protest, saying the president wants to bring the troops home.

˜Many of the hundreds of families the president has met with know their loved one died for a noble cause and that the best way to honor their sacrifice is to complete the mission,'' White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Saturday. It is a message the president has heard time and again from those he has met with and comforted. Like all Americans, he wants the troops home as soon as soon as possible.''

Shortly after her son's death, Sheehan helped found Gold Star Families for Peace, which serves as support group primarily for those who have had a family member killed in the Iraq war. As the name implies, the group also moves to end the war.

Sheehan's outspokenness has made her a target. On a memorial Web site for her son, a few posts chastise Sheehan for criticizing the war. A couple of messages even wish death on Sheehan, who was a Catholic youth minister prior to becoming a full-time activist.

Amy Branham said such attitudes are common. Branham's only child, U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, was killed in a car accident five days before his Fort Hood unit was set to deploy to Iraq.

Branham, 43, of Houston, said she tried to persuade her son to quit the Army, but he believed in the war. Anti-war activism and dissent doesn't denigrate the troops, she said. Rather, the purpose is to save lives and to keep other parents from having to bury a child, she said.

Sheehan and others gathered near the ranch acknowledged that they have zero percent chance to see the president. But they said their protest is necessary to highlight the more than 1,800 U.S. troops who have died in the Iraq war.

This is the best thing we can do for them, Branham said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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THE REAL REASON WE ARE AT WAR!
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TIME MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 13, 2000 - Page 34
FOREIGN EXCHANGE

SADDAM TURNS HIS BACK ON GREENBACKS

Europe's dream of promoting the euro as a competitor
to the U.S. dollar may get a boost from SADDAM HUSSEIN.
Iraq says that from now on, it wants payments for its
oil in euros, despite the fact that the battered
European currency unit, which use to be worth quite
a bit more than $1, has dropped to about 82 cents.
Iraq says it will no longer accept dollars for oil
because it does not want to deal "in currency of the
enemy."

The switch to euros would cost the U.N. a small
fortune in accounting paperwork changes. It would also
reduce the interest earnings and reparations payments
that Iraq is making for damage it caused during the Gulf War,
a shortfall the Iraqis would have to make up.

The move hurts Iraq, the U.N. and the countries receiving
reparations. So why is Saddam doing it? Diplomatic
sources say switching to the euro will favor European
suppliers over U.S. ones in competing for Iraqi contracts,
and the p.r. boost that Baghdad would probably get in
Europe would be another plus.

-By William Dowell/ New York City

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Bush, Sheehans share moments (The Story Before Cindy Sheehan Became a Tool for the Left)
The Reporter (Vacaville, CA) ^ | June 24, 2004 | David Henson

Posted on 08/07/2005 8:17:19 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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Since learning in April that their son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, had been killed in Iraq, life has been everything but normal for the Sheehan family of Vacaville. Casey's parents, Cindy and Patrick, as well as their three children, have attended event after event honoring the soldier both locally and abroad, received countless letters of support and fielded questions from reporters across the country.

"That's the way our whole lives have been since April 4," Patrick said. "It's been surreal."

But none of that prepared the family for the message left on their answering machine last week, inviting them to have a face-to-face meeting with President George W. Bush at Fort Lewis near Seattle.

Surreal soon seemed like an understatement, as the Sheehans - one of 17 families who met Thursday with Bush - were whisked in a matter of days to the Army post and given the VIP treatment from the military. But as their meeting with the president approached, the family was faced with a dilemma as to what to say when faced with Casey's commander-in-chief.

"We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled," Cindy said. "The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached."

The 10 minutes of face time with the president could have given the family a chance to vent their frustrations or ask Bush some of the difficult questions they have been asking themselves, such as whether Casey's sacrifice would make the world a safer place.

But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn't stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election.

"We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us," Pat said.

Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."

The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.

While meeting with Bush, as well as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was an honor, it was almost a tangent benefit of the trip. The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.

For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.

"It's hard to lose a son," she said. "But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war."

The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.
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I had to pay to get the archived copy of this report - because I felt that it was important that a public record be kept (here, on FR) of this woman's earlier impressions of her meeting with the president in June of 2004.

The AP reporter who did the story on Sheehan in Crawford this weekend, Deb Riechmann, has updated her story, including Sheehan's spin on this article. Sheehan says that, at her meeting with the president, she was still in shock after her son's death; but now she says, after all the reports that Saddam didn't have WMDs, she is angry that her son died "needlessly."

This spin still doesn't answer her wildly differing accounts of the president's demeanor and sincerity during that meeting.

Additionally, her spin today of "I was still grieving" is not really backed up by her comment in the article above (in bold) that she witheld "venting her frustrations" then, instead "deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act."
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The Left is using this woman. They are "working" her, and keeping her stuck in the anger stage of the grief process.

They have no conscience at all to use this woman for their political purposes; and they are no doubt actively searching for another grieving parent to take Cindy Sheehan's place when she falls apart emotionally.
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Oversight Conflict Looming in Plame Case
Mon Aug 8, 2005 19:00
 

Leak Investigation: An Oversight Issue?
By Michael Isikoff
Newsweek

15 August 2005 Issue

The departure this week of Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who has accepted the post of general counsel at Lockheed Martin, leaves a question mark in the probe into who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Comey was the only official overseeing special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's leak investigation.

With Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recused, department officials say they are still trying to resolve whom Fitzgerald will now report to. Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum is "likely" to be named as acting deputy A.G., a DOJ official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter tells NEWSWEEK. But McCallum may be seen as having his own conflicts: he is an old friend of President Bush's and a member of his Skull and Bones class at Yale.

One question: how much authority Comey's successor will have over Fitzgerald. When Comey appointed Fitzgerald in 2003, the deputy granted him extraordinary powers to act however he saw fit-but noted he still had the right to revoke Fitzgerald's authority. The questions are pertinent because lawyers close to the case believe the probe is in its final stages.

Fitzgerald recently called White House aide Karl Rove's secretary and his former top aide to testify before the grand jury. They were asked why there was no record of a phone call from Time reporter Matt Cooper, with whom Rove discussed the CIA agent, says a source close to Rove who requested anonymity because the FBI asked participants not to comment. The source says the call went through the White House switchboard, not directly to Rove.

 


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Mr. President, There's Someone Waiting, and Waiting, to See You
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Mrs. Sheehan has vowed to camp out on the spot until Mr Bush agrees to see her, even if it means spending all August under a broiling sun beside a dusty road.


William Rivers Pitt | Every Mother's Son
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/080805I.shtml
George W. Bush hauled stakes for Texas and a vacation a few days ago. Cindy Sheehan followed. She got off a bus Saturday afternoon and started walking to the Crawford ranch. She wanted some answers and was going to get them.

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Subject: Fw: CAMP CASEY: CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD (WACO, TX)
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 23:44:47 -0400
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Dear Sirs,

Needless to say, you took off from your LUXURIOUS vacation to go sign the energy bill today. You took the time to record a special message to the families of America who's marines' fell dead. Why is it, Sir, that you cannot walk out your front door and talk one on one to this women who ALSO grieved, suffered, and sacrificed her loved one for YOUR war on Iraq? You and the Vice have NOT, NOT EVER attended one military funeral. Mr. Bush, why not? Are you afraid to face the families of those military parents, spouses and children, siblings, grieving friends and relatives of those faceless hundreds of thousands that you sent into harm's way? I realize you're a very busy man, Sir, and that you 'sort of' maybe, deserve a vacation; but don't you feel like maybe you owe it to those families who have suffered and mourned the loss of their young precious loved one a minute of your time to listen to what they have to say? After all, YOU told their sons/daughters/husbands/wives/mothers/fathers/sisters/brothers/loved ones to go fight for you and for this United States of America to save the freedoms of the Iraqi peoples from a horrid fate and master/ruler of their lands, don't you think you OWE IT to at least ONE WOMAN to LISTEN?

Never mind, you've already proven you don't want to hear our thoughts, feelings, share our tears, our fears, our grief. You can only tape messages........sorry, Sir. I forgot my head there a moment. I started thinking maybe, just maybe, one of you Bush's was human............Silly Me!

Gunni Di
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Subject: CAMP CASEY: CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD (WACO, TX)

Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and mother of U.S. soldier who was slain in Iraq, called for President Bush on Saturday, Aug. 6, to return all troops in Iraq to the United States immediately. Although she failed to meet with Bush face-to-face at his Crawford-area ranch, Sheehan did speak with two of the president's aides. She still vowed to remain in Crawford to meet with the President. MORE PICTURES:>>
http://www.iconoclast-texas.com/News/2005/31-40/31news02.htm
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UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD
Monday, Aug. 8, 2005
Photos Appear At Bottom Of Page

12:05 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8

The Iconoclast's Deborah Mathews reporting:

Cindy Sheehan spent the night in her tent beside the road last night and has spent the morning on the telephone in the Peace House being interviewed by the media. Right now she is there alone.

She seems to be doing well, but looks tired.

License plates from other states are seen throughout downtown Crawford as business appears to be booming. The Coffee Station is crowded.

Another report will be provided shortly.
2:20 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8
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Lakshmi Chaudhry, AlterNet
A Mother's Texas Vigil
Wed Aug 10, 2005 14:19
 
A Mother's Texas Vigil
By Lakshmi Chaudhry, AlterNet
Posted on August 10, 2005, Printed on August 10, 2005
http://www.alternet.org/story/23984/

Cindy Sheehan is a woman standing vigil in the eye of a gathering storm. This grieving mother -- who lost her son in the war on Iraq -- has been waiting outside President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch to meet face-to-face with the commander-in-chief.

Her vigil is receiving widespread media coverage, and on Tuesday, 16 Democratic members of Congress signed a letter requesting Bush to meet with her. Sheehan has also launched a Web site, Meet With Cindy, to help promote her cause.

Even as other members of military families, activists and ordinary citizens rally to her cause, the right-wing attack machine has already kicked into gear, questioning her motives and distorting her statements. But it's to little avail -- Sheehan remains undaunted, even while facing threats of imprisonment.

She spoke with AlterNet on the phone from Crawford.

Let me first start and ask you about what everyone's most concerned about, which is the news that you might be arrested if you don't leave by Thursday as a national security threat. Who did you hear that from?

A Texas state legislator for Crawford called us and told us that yesterday I believe.

But you are planning to stay?

Oh yeah, there are only three ways I'm going to leave: If I meet with George Bush, if it's the end of August [and he leaves Crawford], or if I get arrested.

How do you feel about the prospect of getting arrested?

I'm ready, I'm doing the right thing. What are they going to arrest me for, being right?

As you must know, the right wing media has been in full attack mode, and they're suggesting that you're just a patsy, someone who's deluded, who's been brainwashed, a patsy for the anti-war movement. What is your response to that?

My response is "baloney." I'm not a patsy for the anti-war movement: War is wrong, this war is wrong, and our kids need to come home.

One of the things they're saying most recently is that you already met with President Bush. What was that first meeting like, what was going through your mind? Because I know in the full news report it came out that you did have reservations about the war already, even at the time of the first meeting.

Right, I did have reservations about the war before Casey was killed. But also, in that first meeting, I was in shock. We just buried Casey barely two months before. I think it's really ironic that they're so willing to assiduously scrutinize the mother of a war hero, a grieving mother, a mother filled with shock and grief, but they won't even scrutinize a president when he says Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, when everybody else is saying, "No, he doesn't." If the mainstream media and the right-wing media hadn't been such propaganda tools for Washington D.C., my son might still be alive.

What did the President say to you during that first meeting?

He first got there, he walked in and said, "So who are were honoring here?" He didn't even know Casey's name, he didn't, nobody could have whispered to him, "Mr. President, this is the Sheehan family, their son Casey was killed in Iraq." We thought that was pretty disrespectful to not even know Casey's name, and to walk in and say, "So who are we honorin' here?" Like, "Let's get on with it, let's get somebody honored here."

So anyway, he went up to my oldest daughter, I keep calling her my oldest daughter but she's actually my oldest child now, and he said, "So who are you to the loved one?" And Carly goes, "Casey was my brother." And George Bush says, "I wish I could bring your loved one back, to fill the hole in your heart." And Carly said, "Yeah, so do we." And Bush said, "I'm sure you do," and he gave her a dirty look and turned away from her.

Did he talk to you directly?

Yeah, he talked to me directly, do I have to say what it is or can you read it somewhere else? [laughs] He came up to me, and he said, "Mom, I can't imagine your pain, I can't imagine losing a loved one, whether it be an aunt or an uncle, or a cousin," and I just stopped him and I said, "It was my son, Casey was my son. I think you can imagine it, Mr. President, because you have children. Imagine if one of your daughters was killed in this war. Trust me, you don't want to go there." And he told me, "You're right, I don't."

Now you're waiting to meet him for a second time. Have you gone through it in your mind? Are you optimistic it's going to happen, do you have any hope?

No, uh-uh.

So you haven't even imagined what might go down if it did happen by some miracle?

If it did happen, by some miracle, I would ask him what noble cause did my son die for. I would say to him, if the cause is so noble, has he encouraged his daughters to serve? And I would also ask him to quit using my son's sacrifice to justify his continued killing, when [Bush] says we have to complete the mission to honor the sacrifices of the loved ones. I want him to honor my son's sacrifice by bringing the troops home.

Let's talk about the good stuff now, the support you're receiving, I hear the Gold Star Families of Peace just announced their intention to send some of their members to join you in Crawford. So in a sense what started out as a very personal vigil has turned into a real ...

[interrupts] Hold on a second ... [talks away from the phone] what did he say? No way!

You're just asking me about support, and [I just found out] Crawford Peace House has $5,000 in their PayPal account right now, because I've been asking people to support them. Gold Star Families for Peace has been getting donations so we can bring some of our members out to Crawford, people have been coming by with food and water and sleeping bags and tents and other camping equipment. Anything that we ask for, we get.

There's been so many organizations, and so many people who are wealthy and famous who are donating all kinds of money and support to us, but the American people are rallying around us. They are so happy to finally have a voice, they're so happy that somebody who has their same views is speaking out for them, and we've gotten hundreds and hundreds of emails and phone calls from all around the world, people saying, "Keep on doing what you're doing, you're doing the right thing, your son would be proud of you."

It just is amazing to me that this one little idea I had last Wednesday has snowballed into this major, major action for peace, and everybody in the country, well not everybody, but so many people in the country are so willing to work for peace. And I really think this is historic and it's going to have a major effect on our attitudes, the way our country thinks. Because a majority of people want our troops home, the majority of people want people. And if we can keep the pressure and keep that up, maybe our young people will never be used so despicably again.

So what's your next step -- if the President continues to refuse to meet you, I heard that you might go to the White House, to follow him there?

That's right. If he doesn't meet with me in Crawford, then we're going to organize a permanent vigil in front of the White House until he meets with me. And we might even change it to instead of meeting with me, just bringing the troops home. I can't be there all the time because September is really busy for me, I'm going to be gone out speaking almost the entire month, I'm going to be in Italy for a week, and I have almost the entire month.

But I'll be back in D.C. on September 24 for the United for Peace and Justice big action there. So if we can have a permanent vigil in front of the White House, it could be something like it is here, we can have people, people can sign up to be there, so it will always be manned.

Well all I can say is everyone is very, very proud of the work you're doing and you're an inspiration for all of us.

Lakshmi Chaudhry is the former senior editor of AlterNet.
© 2005 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/23984
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TRUTHOUT
Military Families to Join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford
Tue Aug 9, 2005 23:03
 

Military Families to Join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/080905Q.shtml
More members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) and Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) are traveling to Texas to join the protest outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he is vacationing for the month of August. T r u t h o u t will be sending William Rivers Pitt to Crawford to cover this expanding story. Stay tuned for updates.
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Four in 9/11 Plot Are Tied to Qaeda in '00

By DOUGLAS JEHL

More than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a small, highly classified military intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta and three other future hijackers as likely members of a cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United States, according to a former defense intelligence official and a Republican member of Congress.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9714.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtwv

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A Look Into the Mirror

Whether we like it or not, the nation’s capital is the mirror image of the rest of the country

By Manuel Valenzuela

Washington, like ancient Rome before it, has become, through the course of years breathing the airs of moral degeneration, corruption and greed, the monument for all that is wrong with the nation it represents, a new symbol of debauchery and immorality, a decadent city on a hill whose once noble foundations are now cracking under the weight of unscrupulous entities and malfeasant activities.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9713.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtwx

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Globalization And Its Discontents

By Saul Landau

In my America, shopping is the universal spiritual value. Maybe add flag waving and barbecues! But globalization means spreading a culture of corporate brand names and 24/7 sales pitches. Rogue States who refuse to embrace this order are targets of regime change.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9711.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtwz

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It Has No Other Name: Neo-racism

By Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban

Humanity has paid a high price fighting racism and discrimination over centuries; how could we loose the battle today to similar ideologies covered up in the cloaks of "freedom" and "democracy?"
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9710.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtx0

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Analysis: Iraq statistics tell grim story:

If the US Army and its Iraqi allies are killing as many insurgents as reports indicate they are per month, why is the insurgency intensifying instead of collapsing?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9712.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtx5

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Baghdad mayor 'ousted by gunmen' :

Baghdad's mayor has been sacked by the Iraqi government, in circumstances that he has described as "dangerous" and "undemocratic".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4135060.stm

http://snipurl.com/gtx6

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Iraqi soldiers fear leaving training base:

"We're all afraid. I can't go outside the base wearing these military clothes," says Sergeant Abbas, listing colleagues who have fallen victim to relentless insurgent attacks in the dusty towns and highways north of Baghdad.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200508/s1432950.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtx7

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Killings of civilians by U.S. troops angers Iraqi government :

"The reason they shot us is just because the Americans are reckless," the general said from his hospital bed hours after the July 6 shooting, his head wrapped in a white bandage. "Nobody punishes them or blames them."
http://snipurl.com/gtx8

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U.S. and Iraqi forces prevent Syrian trucks from crossing border:

Iraqi and U.S. forces stopped more than 700 Syrian trucks from returning to Syria after unloaded produce and other merchandise in Iraq
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=17479

http://snipurl.com/gtx9


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Saddam's germ war plot is traced back to one Oxford cow:

The culture was sent to the United States, which exported samples to Iraq during Saddam’s war against Iran in the 1980s.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9721.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtxb

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Think Bush Is A Liar:

A Gallup survey last week found that a majority of Americans - 51 percent - now believe that Bush "deliberately misled the people when he asserted Iraq had weapons of mass destruction."
http://snipurl.com/gtxc

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Cindy Sheehan's diary: Camp Casey Day 3-

The Peaceful Occupation of Camp Crawford
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9718.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtxd

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Cindy, Crawford, and the Bush Smear Machine:

It's truly amazing what the human spirit can accomplish. From Gandhi's Salt March to Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, a single person can fight a corrupt establishment and win -- when truth and justice is on his or her side.
http://www.pnionline.com/dnblog/attytood/archives/002301.html

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King George wouldn't see us:

A Report from the Vigil in Crawford: Cindy Sheehan's trip to Crawford to talk to President Bush started out as just a small idea Wednesday evening.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9716.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtxf

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Sheehan Draws Tears of Support:

When Robert DeLozier saw the story of Cindy Sheehan on television Sunday, he told his spouse right away: “I’m going up there. We have to drop everything and go.”
http://peacefile.org/wordpress/?p=222

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To All Conscious Americans:

Get Thy Ass to CRAWFORD !!!
http://benfrank.net/nuke/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=329

http://snipurl.com/gtxg

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Tragic price of war: Who pays?:

Dr. Reinhardt said the majority of Americans are insulated from the human pain and financial cost, thus it’s easy for them to back the war.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9719.htm

http://snipurl.com/gtxh

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Groenhagen Kevin
Re: Knight Ridder says: Bush Lied! People Died!
Tue Aug 9, 2005 00:47
 
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Knight Ridder says: Bush Lied! People Died!
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 20:29:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Groenhagen Kevin groenhagen@sbcglobal.net
To: apfn@apfn.org


A June 30 Zogby International poll found 59 percent of
Democrats believe President Bush should be impeached
if it is found that he did not tell the truth about
his reasons for going to war with Iraq.

Meanwhile, Democratic activists who launched
Democrats.com in 2000 have launched a sister site at
ImpeachCentral.com. This site is “dedicated to the
impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for
violating the Constitution by lying to the American
people about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

I’d like to offer these Democrats a simple challenge
to determine if they are motivated by a sense of
justice or partisan politics.

According to last year’s Duelfer report, Iraq's WMD
programs were essentially destroyed in 1991. However,
in December 1998 President Clinton ordered our
military to “attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and
biological weapons programs.”

Even after Operation Desert Fox, the Clinton
administration continued to claim Iraq had WMD. In
fact, during the January 2001 transition period,
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated that the
Bush administration would continue to press Iraq to
destroy all its WMD as a condition of lifting
sanctions.

What were the consequences of keeping sanctions on
Iraq during the entire Clinton administration? For
one, a 1995 U.N. report estimated that 567,000 Iraqi
children had died as a result of sanctions. When
confronted with that figure on “60 Minutes” in 1996,
Albright responded, “I think this is a very hard
choice, but the price--we think the price is worth
it.”

Maintaining sanctions on Iraq also required additional
U.S. troops on the Arabian Peninsula. The number of
troops there grew from 6,340 in 1993 to 15,879 in
2000.

When CNN interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in
March 1997, he was asked if he had a message for
Clinton. “'Mentioning the name of Clinton or that of
the American government provokes disgust and
revulsion,” Bin Laden said. “This is because the name
of the American government and the name of Clinton and
Bush directly reflect in our minds ... the picture of
the children who died in Iraq.'

Bin Laden also said U.S. troops on the Arabian
Peninsula was a “blatant provocation to over one
billion Muslims” and that Arabs would send Clinton
“messages with no words because he does not know any
words.”

Those “messages with no words” were delivered in
August 1998 when al Qaeda bombed two American
embassies, in October 2000 when al Qaeda bombed the
USS Cole, and, of course, on 9/11.

Given that Clinton’s “lies” concerning Iraq ultimately
led to 9/11, I ask Democrats who want to see President
Bush impeached over Iraq to call for Clinton to be
sanctioned in some way for lying about Iraq for eight
years. If these Democrats pursue the retroactive
impeachment of Clinton, it will be clear that they are
not motivated by partisan politics.

http://www.retroactiveimpeachment.com
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Fallen soldier's mother vows vigil to see Bush
International Herald Tribune, France - 5 hours ago
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The lies about the reason for invading Iraq
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Downing Street Memos Show US Push for War or Have we been had?
She wanted to talk about "regime change" in Iraq, setting the stage for the US-led invasion
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The Truth Seeker - The lies about the reason for invading Iraq
... and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair lied about the reason for invading Iraq. ... Courtesy APFN Click here to watch the video that proves the White House ...
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The War On Iraq
Is the war against Iraq legal? http://www.apfn.org/apfn/iraq.htm

HTTP://www.apfn.org/apfn/iraq_war.htm

THE REAL REASON WE ARE AT WAR! http://www.apfn.org/apfn/iraq_reason.htm

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The elites had to have the Branch Davidian Village eliminated because:
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