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DO YOU TRUST BUSH WHEN HE EQUATES THE WAR ON IRAQ TO TERRORISM?

Think!!!!... ..It's patriotic.
DO YOU TRUST BUSH WHEN HE EQUATES THE WAR ON IRAQ TO TERRORISM?

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Reply to:  portlandpeace1@hotmail.com
Date: 2003-09-14, 5:40PM



I wouldn't. I don't need Mr. Bush or other politicians to tell me what to think.
I don't trust politicians because I know how often politicians lie.
Want to see a politician lie? Watch them move their lips. They lie because truth is ugly.
I would not trust Mr. Bush until he at least proves his prior claims.
But that's me. You can also decide for yourself.
So I urge you: Think!!!!... ..It's patriotic.

MR. BUSH: My chief question to you sir is:
291 TROOPS DIED: WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

Our troops, sons and daughters died and now we as taxpayers are being charged a bill of $87 billion to pay for this needless, immoral, illegal, un-American, unjustified and poorly-planned war so you owe us an answer Mr. Bush. That is the nature of accountability which is a critical feature of Democracy. You will learn it quickly.

Until Bush's prior claims are proven conclusively, one must assume that Bush lied. It is obvious that he still lies; for example, he lies about equating the War on Iraq to the criminal scourge of terrorism.

The war on Iraq is a real war. The "war on terrorism" is not a real war; it is a politically charged way to describe how aggressively we intend to stamp out terrorism. But it is not a real war. "War" used in this context is only political buzz. The scourge of terrorism must be and will be squarely dealt with but our campaign to stamp out and minimize terrorism in the world IS NOT A WAR. It is a national and international criminal PROSECUTION. The 'war on terrorism' is a politically phrased garbage. Prosecution of terrorism, however, is a perfectly legitimate way to describe our aggressive approach.

The terrible, disgusting and criminal violence known as terrorism is outrageous and maddening but it is still primarily a law enforcement and intelligence problem. The War on Iraq was a military invasion and now is a military war and occupation. The war on Iraq had nothing to do with the scourge of terrorist acts nor the criminal enterprise of terrorist networks. See the following for details:
 http://truthout.org/docs_03/091103H.shtml
 http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2003/37/we_543_04a.html
 http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16747
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0911-09.htm
 http://www.fff.org/comment/com0309f.asp
 http://www.grahamforpresident.com/news/0309/featured/f030911-1.php
 http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2003/37/we_543_05a.html
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0912-01.htm
 http://www.consortiumnews.com/2003/091003a.html

The fact of the matter is that the military is NOT the best tool suited to deal with terrorism. In fact, using the military against terrorism is quite counter-productive. The FBI is best equipped to sniff-out terrorist plots inside America while sharing pertinent information with the CIA which is best equipped to sniff-out terrorist plots abroad. By devising a military solution to a primarily law enforcement and intelligence problem Mr. Bush has opened the door to increased terrorist activity by increasing a greater distrust and hatred of the United States of America abroad.
See  http://www.progressive.org/oct03/comm1003.html for details.

The 'war on terrorism' should never have been and should not now be equated to the war on Iraq which had nothing to do with terrorism and everything to do with the criminal acquisition of global power to achieve domination and associated material riches, namely oil. Until Bush proves he did not lie in light of the mountain of evidence that clearly demonstrates that he did lie to the American people in order to take the country to war, he should be naturally distrusted. He should be distrusted until the weapons of mass destruction that he emphatically claimed existed are themselves found. But Mr. Bush is not interested in the truth because he knows the emotional gravity of the attacks on 9-11 are far more politically advantageous than the truth. He has used 9-11 only to advance his own ends for political purposes and for the ends of corporate war profiteering:
see the following for details:  http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=15596
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0911-08.htm
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0911-07.htm
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0911-06.htm
 http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/12/opinion/12KRUG.html

To assume that Mr. Bush did not lie when a lot of evidence points to the fact that he did lie does essentially betray the principle of holding leaders to account in such matters of national importance such as war in which good men die. Holding leaders to account is the essence of Democracy and it also the facade that enables notions of good government that are required in order to maintain the appearance of a legitimate government.
See  http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0911-14.htm for details.

Bush has told and sold you the following lie:
THE WAR ON IRAQ IS EQUAL TO THE PROSECUTION OF TERRORISM.

Bush is wrong.
IT IS NOT. IT IS ONLY A WAY TO CONCEAL THE NEEDLESS WAR ON IRAQ.
HOLD BUSH TO ACCOUNT. HOLD HIM TO ACCOUNT BY SPEAKING OUT.


BEFORE ACQUIESING ANY MORE LIBERTY TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, YOU MIGHT WISH TO FIRST PROVE THEIR ABILITY TO BE HONEST:

Consider George W. Bush's "claims" about making us safer if we now pass Patriot Act "Enhancements" or the "Victory Act" and contrast that with how he claimed that Weapons of Mass Destruction were an immediate threat to the U.S. and that war would bring peace and democracy to the region... ..now contrast that with the guerilla-warfare-Vietnam-style quagmire that our troops are fighting to survive in day to day. Contrast also how Mr. Bush claimed that the oil would pay for it all now that he has asked Congress for $87 billion more.

I strongly urge you to question things more before blindly doing everything he tells you. You might just wish to question Bush's claims regarding why Patriot Act "enhancements," are needed particularly in light of the fact that the FBI and foreign intelligence agencies knew about the 9-11 plot even though our government took no action against the hijackers... ..so we don't really need the Patriot Act at all do we? Why do we then to sacrifice more liberty? At the very least first prove that Bush has not lied before giving away all your freedom and liberty to the government under his rule. And if Congress passes his enhancements vote against those who voted for it and then start a bill of rights defense committee in your home-town.
For Patriot Act references see the following links for details:
 http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/6741154.htm
 http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2003/37/we_543_04b.html
 http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2003/37/we_543_05c.html
 http://www.conservative.org/pressroom/030801.asp
 http://www.cato.org/research/articles/niskanen-030624.html
 http://www.cato.org/research/articles/lynch-030821.html
 http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j112601.html
 http://www.antiwar.com/orig2/oneil081203.html
 link to story.news.yahoo.com
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0911-15.htm
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0911-08.htm
 http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=13533&c=206
 http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=13531&c=206
 http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/8864
 http://www.counterpunch.org/cassel09122003.html
 http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/6348541.htm
 http://www.madison.com/captimes/opinion/column/nichols/56573.php
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0913-04.htm
 http://abcnews.go.com/wire/politics/ap20030913_325.html
 http://www.counterpunch.org/cassel09122003.html


If my truth telling damages your plan, character and credibility Mr. Bush, then you should consider yourself lucky, sir. The lies I think you told ended the lives of nearly 300 of my brothers-in-arms on duty in military service in Iraq. The lies you told have damaged, maimed and hurt nearly 1500 of my brothers-in-arms on duty in military service in Iraq. The lies you have told have damaged the liberty and freedom of my fellow Americans here at home. The lies you have told continue to drain our country by at least $87-$155 billion dollars that are needed financial resources during this time of economic recession. While the rich get tax breaks and profit from the war, we the people get a fat bill, we get the blood spilled of our sons and daughters with only a dismal economic future in which to look forward. In short, we are getting the shaft, as usual.
See the following for details:
 http://truthout.org/docs_03/091003E.shtml
 http://truthout.org/docs_03/091003E.shtml
 http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=15595
 http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/8861
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0911-01.htm
 http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=15620
 http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=15600
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3335-2003Sep12.html
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0913-09.htm
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0913-01.htm
 http://www.msnbc.com/news/966069.asp?0cv=CA00
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0914-03.htm
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7030-2003Sep13.html


On September 11, 2001 a great and awful tragedy struck this nation. President Bush had a choice between one of two paths. 1) He could have explained to the American people that this is the price we pay for our freedom and then taken measures to best secure the homeland without relinquishing personal liberty and freedom. 2) He also had the choice to falsely claim that it was our freedom (as opposed to our foreign policies) that the terrorists hated and yet claim that we must relinquish our freedom and liberty for national security. Sadly, Mr. Bush chose the latter, mistaken path. If we relinquish our freedom for false assurances of security, have not the terrorists already won?? We must prove that our freedom and liberty cannot be stolen by scaring us into giving that liberty up for false assurances of security promised by known liars of high elected office.

Since then, all we have had is a crackdown on liberty in the form of the Patriot Act, useless military invasions in pursuit of corporate profits namely on behalf of the energy industry, astronomical, irresponsible spending, needless tax cuts for the rich, enormous deficits that will severely cripple any real future spending on Education, Social Security or infra-structural improvements such as highways, roads or allocating proper monies to better secure ports-of-entry or airport security enhancements.
See the following links for details:
 http://www.zaman.com/default.php?kn=4002
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57230-2003Sep10.html
 http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030922&s=corn
 http://www.suntimes.com/output/greeley/cst-edt-greel12.html



The peace movement seeks to alter this mad, illogical and irresponsible rush to enrich the elite at the expense of our collective national security, at the expense of our nation's future, at the expense of our international credibility and at the expense of our liberty and freedom that makes America what it is and Americans who we are as a culture. I ask you to join with us in the peace movement. You can be as free and as just as you want to be in the peace movement. See this statement by September 11th families for peaceful tomorrows:  http://www.peacefultomorrows.org/voices/voices.php?id=P211
 http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=15605

My cause is simple: I am fighting for the lives and the necks of the men and women I served with on active duty; I am fighting for the freedom and liberty of my fellow Americans that makes us who we are as a people and a culture; and I am fighting for the overall financial health and international credibility of this nation. I fight this cause because I love my country and I love the troops. I fight this cause because I am a principled patriot. But I cannot do it alone. I need your help. Please join with me.

Help me fight for the lives of the troops; Help me bring them home.
Help fight for our liberty and our freedom that is the soul and lifeblood of our America.
Help your country.
Follow me.


TROOPS ARE BEING MISUSED SO WE MUST JOIN TOGETHER IN COMMON SOLIDARITY AND MARCH TO DEMAND THEY BE BROUGHT HOME.
See the following for details:
 http://www.veteransforpeace.org/Bring_them_home_082103.htm
 http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16736
 http://www.counterpunch.com/goff09042003.html
 http://truthout.org/docs_03/091103A.shtml
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0912-08.htm
 http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/09/10/findlaw.analysis.cohn.peacekeepers/
 http://www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=TROOPS-GEAR-09-11-03&cat=AN
 http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=17483
 http://ydr.com/story/war/13260/
 http://www.boston.com/dailynews/255/world/Two_soldiers_killed_seven_woun:.shtml
 link to story.news.yahoo.com
 link to www.boston.com
 http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16765
 http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16767
 link to www.orlandosentinel.com
 http://www.counterpunch.com/lindorff09132003.html
 http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1041722,00.html



Now that more troops have died since President Bush declared combat operations over on May 1st than died during the war. This was followed by an oppressive military occupation of a foreign nation that posed no threat to us. A nation that was occupied only for the criminal acquisition of oil. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every concerned and patriotic American citizen who loves their country and supports the troops to take issue with and protest against a disastrous foreign policy program pursued recklessly by arrogant and deceitful leaders in Washington.
See the following news-stories about the sad and outrageous plight our troops are in:
 http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/8736
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0828-14.htm
 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0831-04.htm
 http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16684
 http://www.suntimes.com/output/greeley/cst-edt-greel29.html
 link to www.latimes.com

The U.S. government should pull the troops out of Iraq and put an international peace-keeping force to stabilize Iraq under the authoritative control of the United Nations in its place. All foreign nations should refuse putting troops on the ground in Iraq until UN authoritative control over Iraq is established. Following UN control, steady progress should be pursued to ultimately turn over full control over Iraq to the Iraqi people so that they may govern themselves. A boycott against all American goods should be enacted by all foreign nations to put maximum economic pressure on the U.S. and force them to ultimately pursue a multi-lateral political solution under the direction and authoritative control of the United Nations, and ultimately to the Iraqi people. We should be reaching out to the international community not dictating our terms to the international community now that we need help. Dictating our terms when it is us that needs the help is counterproductive and terribly foolish. That is not a very smart course or plan to pursue, Mr. Bush, in fact, it is dangerously irresponsible.
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0913-01.htm


The troops are seemingly being used in some respects like bait which is confirmed by one of the neo-conservatives that drove the policy to put them there in the first place. See this piece by my fellow conservative colleague Justin Raimondo's article to that effect.  http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j091203.html
This seems to jive with Bush's "Bring them on" statement also. And remember how that turned out, see:  http://www.takebackthemedia.com/bringemon.html

Let me make clear my loyalties so that there is no question: My first loyalty is to the troops whom I once served with and still love. My second loyalty is to my country, the United States of America and the principles upon which our country is based. My third loyalty is to my own set of principles which are rooted in and mirror Jewish principles. And my fourth loyalty is to the citizens and state of Israel. Since my own set of principles rank one loyalty greater than the state of Israel, I agree with the idea that taking an even-handed approach to resolving the Middle East crisis is the best course possible. I also feel that this would be the best course for Israel and the Palestinians. Continuous warfare and an oppressive occupation maintained by Israel damages Israeli prestige and credibility, it leads to violence against Israeli's and it has fallout on Israeli's and Palestinian's on many, many levels. As in many resistance movements, violence often emerges as a result of oppression. In Palestine just as in Iraq, suicide bombers or guerilla fighters are the consequence of oppressive military occupations. But suicide bombers are not the only kind of terrorists.

Terrorists are those who indiscriminately kill civilians, thus it can be said that there exist at least 2 types of terrorists: 1) Bands of people bound by ideological constructs who are determined to kill civilians indiscriminately. 2) Governments / Nation-States who kill civilians indiscriminately. However, resistance against oppressive military occupations that takes the form of violence against the occupying force is NOT terrorism, it is Resistance: a legitimate struggle for independence and self-determination. Therein lies the difference between terrorists and freedom-fighters.  http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0913-08.htm But any non-military group or any military group that targets civilians indiscriminately is guilty of terrorism. While suicide bombers are guilty of terrorism so are the military forces that occupy lands where they are unwelcome by its inhabitants. I condemn all forms of terrorism: typical non-military terrorism; state-sponsored terrorism, and terrorism by military occupation.

It is my fervent belief that peace is best for both the peoples of Israel, Palestine, Iraq and the United States and peace can best be achieved by demonstrating a principled, even-handed, unprejudiced (that means not taking sides) approach to resolving the conflict. Thus as a principled patriot I will never stop aggressively advocating for patriotic peace.
From an American asset point of view, think of it this way: If the U.S. brokered a peace deal between Israeli's and the Palestinians that led to the creation of a Palestinian democratic state, would that not double the number of democracies in the region? Another possible solution would be to create a bi-national state whereby a single state exists for all of Israel and Palestine governed by a single government in which Israeli's and Palestinian's are represented in the government proportionally and EQUAL RIGHTS are afforded to all citizens, Arab or Jew. Arabs and Jews would then be permitted to marry and both would be afforded equal rights in all ways judicially possible under the law. Such a solution would avail both peoples the ability to visit holy sites freely without military checkpoints or Indian reservation-style bantustans that serve to unfairly imprison millions of Palestinian people. Of course, difficult issues surrounding the problem of racism rooted deeply in Israeli society would first need to be addressed aggressively in order to make such a solution possible: See  http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0902-03.htm for details.


Brokering peace in the Middle East would also win the U.S. great admiration and respect from peoples throughout the region which would dramatically diminish regional terrorism because people who admire and respect you are more likely to become your friends than those whose noses you break and those whom you bully around. Employing violence earns you only enemies but employing fairness earns you admiration. Standing upon your principles earns you respect. With that admiration and respect you can inspire others to follow your lead and build a world based on trust and hope as opposed to a world of fear and hate. Peace is the greatest threat to terrorism. War is terrorism's best friend. War increases terrorism. Peace chokes terrorism by replacing fear and hate with hope and trust thus inspiring others to pursue peaceful means like diplomacy, mutual respect and cooperation. The best cure to terrorism is leading a path to perpetual peace.
Lead by example not by force. Lead based on principles not on fear. Lead to help others not to hurt them. Lead to protect not to offend. Lead to build not to destroy. Lead to educate not to spread ignorance. Lead to inspire others to lead. Lead to break the cycle of violence not to perpetuate it. Simply, lead to inspire.

Never forget: The power of the pen is mightier than the power of the sword.
Always remember: To be an ordinary but good citizen is the highest form of patriotism.


My loyalty to the United States and the troops is greater than my loyalty to my principles or to the state of Israel. In my opinion the neo-conservatives and their policies do represent a clear and present danger to short term and long term interests of the United States. Between their bullying, their lies, their hypocrisy, and their unilateral, arrogant, and badly misinformed policymaking they have done more damage to U.S. credibility, U.S. prestige, and American principles of Justice than has been done ever before. It may very well take decades to recover these non-material riches that not only make us who we are as a people but bolster our national security and ability to perpetuate a leadership role in the world and serve as a beacon of hope to the rest of the planet. For these reasons alone the neo-conservatives element must ultimately be un-elected or removed from office in order that our nation may earn back some of the credibility, prestige and good will that significantly adds value and helps bolster our national security by giving us the means to partner with and demonstrate our ability to work cooperatively within a broader international context. As I see it, that kind of approach is more realistic since the world is a multilateral world, that kind of approach is the most responsible way to lead, and it is most patriotic because that kind of plan first considers the impact on our national assets like credibility, prestige and good-will before it considers how much money this will make for the military-industrial complex corporations, my rich pals, the power I will gain by this or that policy. That is why I say: President Bush, how dare you sir, how dare you narrowly, cheaply, politically and frighteningly define what patriotism is and what it isn't? You, sir, are not qualified to define patriotism for anyone else but yourself and frankly I find your brand of fear-induced-patriotism to be morally repugnant, highly manipulative and fundamentally disrespectful of others, and pointedly un-American.

I think patriotism means putting the welfare of your country, its credibility, prestige and the common good before the greed and demands of a traitorous rich and powerful few, namely the energy industry or the traitorous murdering, thug maggots that manage Bechtel, Halliburton, or DynCorp. That is how I define patriotism for me, you can decide on your own what it is for you. But remember what comes around goes around and for some, it's coming your way real fast and real hard, like a hurricane. The neo-cons must go: link to www.boston.com


Ultimately whatever approach is taken in the Middle East, U.S. troops should not be used as bait nor should U.S. troops be used to advance right-wing Israeli government interests because that should be the job of the IDF. The U.S. military should defend only threats to the U.S. and no other.

I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS; BRING THEM HOME NOW!!!!
 http://www.bringthemhomenow.org

Young and Old, Every Class, Race and Creed should March to bring the troops home.
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0912-07.htm
Choose your own path and help build a world not based on fear and hate but on hope and trust. Reject the instructed patriotism of BushCo. Instead, look deep inside yourself, reclaim patriotism for yourself and your fellow Americans and decide on a new course to chart into the future:
 link to sfgate.com
We are individuals. We are NOT the BORG. Resistance is NOT futile.




MARCH FOR PEACE AND TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME
MARCH ON SEPTEMBER 28 IN SAN FRANCISCO
MARCH ON OCTOBER 25 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
See:  http://www.internationalanswer.org


MARCH TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME.
MARCH AGAINST ALL TERRORISM INCLUDING OCCUPATION
MARCH FOR LIBERTY.
MARCH FOR YOUR COUNTRY.




Here is the stronger, more logical, more effective National Security policy that I propose:

1) Concretely define what terrorism is and what it is not.

2) Rely heavily on the CIA and FBI to curb international terrorism and collaborate with foreign intelligence services (because we do not know it all). This will likely open information sharing venues and help us better access and synthesize data critical to the process of finding and detecting terrorist plots. It will also allow us to construct a vast web of intelligence in conjunction with foreign intelligence services. Most importantly, LISTEN to your people, ANALYSTS AND AGENTS, at the CIA and the FBI. These people know what they're talking about. Depend on them for quality information and expert analyses. If however all you want is to have smoke blown up your rear, I am sure the Office of Special Plans, or Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz can accommodate. But for accurate, detailed, thorough, and deeply analyzed quality information go to the best and rely on the true professionals and expertise: Listen to the CIA and the FBI. Make safe avenues for whistle blowers to blow the whistle and empower management by giving them the political means to stand up to political pressure exerted by politicians.

3) Address economic issues such as poverty rates in Arab nations (which is a clear factor of despair that may give rise to terrorism) and offer greater foreign aid. You get a lot more flies with honey than with vinegar. Foreign aid instead of invasion is better able to engender foreign peoples to our values and our culture without having to spend countless billions on immorally invading and occupying them illegally. We can more effectively disperse Americanization via economic development and diplomatic exchange. Military conflict is only guaranteed to cause father-son relationships between Occupiers and the Occupied, strain international alliances and destroy the good will of nations and likely spurn resentment from those who have been invaded and occupied. It is a really dumb way to build an empire, frankly. Rely more on economic tools and demonstrate our values in deed to win respect from other nations and illustrate to them that we are willing to defend our interests and their interests by working interdependently with them and building relationships based on trust and mutual understanding. Stop being so pushy and listen to others. We do not know it all but by collaborating with foreign nations we will usher in a new era of successful economic development as we fuse economic and intelligence networks to build mutually beneficial economic relationships and secure intelligence networks. Avoid war at all costs and respect the sovereignty of foreign nations. Economic cooperation and fusion is a win-win situation. Military imperialism is harmful both to those being invaded and to our economic future too. Military imperialism also damages our credibility and reputation to show restraint. When one has real power, they demonstrate real strength by showing restraint, choosing cooperation over conflict. Unfortunately, when an ego-driven cabal of cowards and liars run the government, our policies are irresponsibly implemented with undue arrogance devoid of honor.

4) Do not use a sledgehammer approach to deal with terrorism. Terrorists are shadowy individuals. Using a big military approach is similar to using a sledgehammer on a bee-hive. You might smash a few bees but you are also going to get stung and stung badly. Treat terrorists like a malignant tumor and take great care to cut it out without damaging adjoining organs, metaphorically speaking. Utilize intelligence, law enforcement, and collaborations with foreign nations and Special Operations methods only when absolutely necessary, when no other option exists.

5) Work with the international community and try to obey international law. This will help earn us the respect of foreign nations and will likely open doors of multi-lateral cooperation which would be helpful in broadening and strengthening our intelligence networks.

6) Accept that the U.S. government screwed up in the days leading up to 9-11. Tell our government to leave us, the American people, alone and return our liberty to us. You are blaming our freedom for your failure and incompetence. Further encroachment on our liberty could be considered state-sponsored subversion of the Constitution. Such encroachment will elicit solid resistance. A government lacking a Constitutional mandate is illegitimate and should be treated as such and ignored. In light of the Patriot Act and its son-in-waiting or the incremental changes that Bush wishes to add by tweaking the ruthless, sweeping Patriot Act, the people must take it upon themselves to be the guardians of their liberty and fight hard to restore liberty stolen without good cause for its revocation. Together we must fight to protect Democracy and our right to liberty. Otherwise the terrorists win. Take ownership over your country and help guide it into the future. Remember that Resistance is NOT futile and we are not the BORG. Resist the collective mind. Think for yourself, feel free to disagree and express yourself freely.

7) Develop a plan for enhancing a fluid communication exchange between all relevant agencies that handle potential terrorist data. Constantly nurture such relationships to foster interdepartmental cooperation and to help better fuse information critical to a develop adequate synthesis of pertinent terrorist-threat related data.

8) Take a serious review of past foreign policy and consider the consequences of actions beyond simply this year. Develop and stick to a long-term plan that is both sustainable and can serve as a guidepost for the conduct of future foreign policy and erect a plan rooted in solid values even if they cannot always be maintained. Try. At least try. Resist pressure from corporations to carry out barbaric foreign policies which only demonstrate a lack values and standards within our foreign policy program and make other peoples around the world hate us. Also, try to fund the CIA and FBI better since they currently are forced to scramble for adequate budgets to meet the new challenge of international terrorism. Provide these agencies with adequate budgets and get them out of the business of finding money in questionable ways.

9) Allocate money for the areas of the homeland that really need extra security and protection such as airports, boat ports, ports-of-entry, bridges, among other venues. Try not to use fear to intimidate people for what comes around goes around. And remember using fear as a weapon against dissent will earn you a solid response. Respect freedom and American Democracy and the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

10) Try to understand that without the means to political expression and free speech, terrorists will emerge using violence as their chief means to express their political viewpoints. Recognizing that people worldwide should share the same rights and responsibilities we share as American citizens and that the best means to giving them to determine their own political futures is by giving them an equal voice so that they may avoid the use of violence as a means to political expression.

11) Use the military only for defense, not offense and reduce costly military obesity. Keep Federal intelligence and law-enforcement structures strong against terrorist threats but eliminate agencies whose only purpose is only to lock up American citizens for victimless crimes.


12) Eliminate Federal agencies whose only job is to lock up innocent American citizens for victimless crimes in an openly racist Drug War. Despite whatever the law may say, where there is no victim, there is no crime. The ironic thing about controlled substances is that they are anything but controlled. The drug war is out of control. There is no regulation. As a result turf wars and gangs are the result and there exists no accountability. For example, if a child illegally obtains liquor (which by the way eliminates turf wars by limiting that alcohol establishment to a single store that does not move or contains "turf" to the market only), then one can find out who bought it for them and prosecute them but in drug culture they most likely bought it from a fellow friend that they group up with and whom they are least likely to narc on or a schoolmate who may threaten them. Regulating drugs prevents drugs from getting into the hands of children and sets up a system of accountability. Children can be better protected through regulation. The drug war and the laws passed in the name of the drug war harms us as a people far more than drug culture. What you put into your body, be it alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, marijuana, or other drugs is not the concern of anyone else as long as you do not harm others or endanger them by getting behind the wheel of an automobile. If a person hurts another person prosecute them for doing harm but if they are not harming anyone but themselves, that is their business and their choice alone. To get high in the privacy of your own home is your business alone and not the purview nor the business of the government. It harms us all when Constitutional protections are stripped to give vast power to the Federal government through drug laws and it costs us vast, astronomical sums of tax-dollars to house someone in prison for 20 years for a silly offense like smoking a joint or other drugs or possessing them. This is an example of how our tax dollars hurt each and all of us. The war on drugs does far more harm than good. Taxing and regulating drugs would be far better at limiting users and the government could actually reduce usage by a long-term PR campaign much in the same way they have done against tobacco use. Regulating drugs does not sanction their usage, quite the opposite. As illicit products, the government has created an industry free from any regulatory oversight and loses hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue waging an ineffective war against people's choices and a war against people's liberty and freedom to choose and that's all it is. Health conscious citizens are no more likely to try drugs if they are regulated or illegal and money can be raised from taxes to create treatment programs as opposed to our current prison society in America that now locks up now more of its citizens than any other country in the world while it also diverts needed funds from such programs as Education and Social Security. A vast prison population is not typically considered a hallmark of a free society especially when that population is disproportionately non-white and they are paid astronomically cheap wages to manufacture corporate products... .perhaps they need to use labor organizations to unionize to end this new form of slavery and perhaps we need to consider bringing the Drug War to an end. I say take the more intelligent approach, reclaim liberty in the process, accountability, State's Rights, and your rights as a citizen by saying NO to the continuation of the stupid, immoral, and freedom-eroding Drug War. In the meantime, reclaim your liberty individually by just doing what you want, just be careful, and ignore laws that designate victimless crimes.



ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2003 IN SAN FRANCISCO AND ON OCTOBER 25, 2003 IN WASHINGTON, D.C. COME MARCH WITH FELLOW AMERICANS FOR PEACE.

MARCH TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME.
MARCH AGAINST ALL TERRORISM INCLUDING OCCUPATION.
MARCH FOR LIBERTY.
MARCH FOR YOUR COUNTRY.



PEACE IS PATRIOTIC.

WAGE PEACE!!!!


"The worst patriots are those who hold certainty dearer than truth, who, in order to spare themselves the pain of thought, are willing to inflict untold sufferings on others. Adolf Eichmann comes to mind.
But if uncritical lovers of their country are the most dangerous of patriots, loveless critics are hardly the best. If you love the good you have to hate evil, else you're sentimental; but if you hate evil more than you love the good, you're a good hater.
Surely the best patriots are those who carry on not a grudge fight but a lover's quarrel with their country."
---William Sloane Coffin, Minister, president, SANE/FREEZE advisory board



"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
-- Samuel Adams


Shalom, Salaam, Peace

Eric E. Johansson
Ex-US Army Paratrooper and Infantryman
President, SF Bay Area Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69
San Francisco, CA
 http://www.veteransforpeace.org
"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." ---A.J. Muste

"Loyalty is the realization that America was born of revolt, flourished in dissent, became great through experimentation. Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past while we silence the rebels of the present."
---Henry Steele, Historian

"My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred." --Albert Einstein

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official."
---Theodore Roosevelt, President

"The world stands on three pillars: The truth, the justice and the peace. And these three are indeed one. When justice is served, truth is served, peace is served"
---Rabbi Shimon Ben-Gamliel, Talmudic sage


"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." --Sir Cecil Beaton


"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.... There is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
-- William O. Douglas, US Supreme Court Justice from 1939-1975


"Political freedom has given way to guilt by association. Due process has given way to detention on the Attorney General's say-so. Public scrutiny has given way to secret detentions and secret trials. Equal protection under law has given way to ethnic profiling."
-- The Nation magazine - about how Sept.11 attack has allowed the government to take away Americans' civil liberties


" It is no longer a question of controlling a military-industrial complex, but rather, of keeping the United States from becoming a totally military culture. "
-- Jerome Weisner, president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


" In the post-Cold War era, the United States needs to promote the development of democracy and human rights, not militaries that view their own citizens as the enemy. "
-- U.S. Senator Richard Durbin


"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it ..."
-- US General Douglas MacArthur, 1957


"Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed."
-- Abraham Lincoln, American president, 1861-1865


"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
n Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court justice from 1916-1939






Below I share with you, my fellow American citizens, some informational tools to help guide you in your patriotic pursuits as you remember your obligation as citizens to care for and watch over our common United States.


WEBSITES TO HELP YOU STAY INFORMED

REMEMBER YOUR DUTY TO YOUR COUNTRY: STAY INFORMED!!!!!!


DO YOUR PART TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY AND PROTECT THE ESSENTIAL OVERARCHING ELEMENT OF A DEMOCRACY

-----------------------------HEALTHY DEMOCRATIC DEBATE----------------------------

DISPERSE THESE INFORMATIONAL WEBSITES WIDELY



WEBSITES TO HELP YOU STAY INFORMED

 http://www.strike-the-root.com
 http://www.Patriotwatch.org

To bring the troops home see:

 http://www.bringthemhomenow.org
 http://www.mfso.org
 http://www.wedeservethetruth.com
 http://www.costofwar.com
 http://www.iraqometer.com
 http://www.whereisthemoney.org
 http://www.sftt.org
 http://www.hackworth.com


My Top Eleven Favorite Sites:

 http://www.commondreams.org
 http://www.counterpunch.com
 http://www.alternet.org
 http://www.antiwar.com
 http://www.truthout.com
 http://www.motherjones.com
 http://www.thenation.com
 http://www.workingforchange.org
 http://www.tompaine.com
 http://www.buzzflash.com
 http://www.reason.com




Humor Website
(The world is full of tragedy so take a moment to enjoy a good laugh now and then)

 http://www.theonion.com
(ridiculously funny stories on the Onion are rivaled only by Fox, CNN AND MSNBC)
 http://www.awolbush.com
 http://www.whitehouse.org
 http://www.dubyaspeak.com
 http://www.gwbush.com


To find Weapons of Mass Destruction Click on this Website:
 http://www.coxar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk


Radio and Television Programs in your Area:

 http://www.radioleft.com
 http://www.democracynow.org
 http://www.openairwaves.org
 http://www.pacifica.org
 http://www.anshellmedia.com/anshell_home.htm
 http://www.sirius.com/
 http://www.cableradionetwork.com/
 http://www.pbs.org/now
 http://www.jimhightower.com
 http://www.buzzflash.com/
 http://www.ieamericaradio.com
 http://www.radiopower.org
 http://www.freespeech.org

A host of Liberal Radio Links:
 http://www.radiopower.org/liberal_links.html#Anchor


Media Issues

 http://www.mediaaccess.org
 http://www.mediareform.net/stopthefcc
 http://www.unequalprotection.com
 http://www.democraticmedia.org
 http://www.takebackthemedia.com/index.shtml
 http://www.mediachannel.org
 http://www.coldtype.net
 http://www.mediaed.org/index_html
 http://www.accuracy.org
 http://www.fair.org
 http://www.cme.org
 http://www.prwatch.org/spin
 http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45
 http://www.mediawhoresonline.com



NEWS sites - Non-Partisan

 http://news.bbc.co.uk
 http://www.haaretzdaily.com
 http://www.islamonline.net/english/index.shtml
 http://english.aljazeera.net/topics/index.asp?cu_no=1&lng=0&template_id=1&te
 http://www.hindustantimes.com
 http://www.dailymirror.co.uk
 http://www.dailytelegraph.co.uk
 http://www.latimes.com
 http://www.washingtonpost.com
 http://www.nytimes.com
 http://www.timesonline.co.uk
 http://www.independent.co.uk
 http://www.telegraph.co.uk
 http://www.reuters.com
 http://www.sfgate.com




NEWS-sites - Liberal Perspective

 http://www.commondreams.org
 http://www.prospect.org
 http://www.ReclaimDemocracy.org
 http://www.uspirg.org
 http://www.publiccitizen.org
 http://saveourcourts.civilrights.org/index_flash2.html
 http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general
 http://www.nlg.org
 http://www.ourfuture.org
 http://www.aaldef.org/home.html
 http://www.cair-net.org
 http://www.familiesusa.org/site/PageServer
 http://www.alternet.org
 http://www.silenceissedition.com
 http://www.freepress.org
 http://www.villagevoice.com
 http://buffaloreport.com
 http://www.interventionmag.com
 http://www.truthout.com
 http://www.dissentmagazine.org
 http://www.lchr.org
 http://www.progressive.org
 http://www.utne.com
 http://www.zmag.org
 http://www.inthesetimes.com
 http://www.fpif.org
 http://www.presentdanger.org
 http://www.counterpunch.com
 http://www.movingideas.org
 http://www.yellowtimes.org
 http://www.freespeech.org
 http://www.indymedia.org
 http://www.transnational.org


NEWS-sites - Conservative Perspective

 http://www.anti-war.com
 http://www.cato.org
 http://www.theadvocates.org
 http://www.libertarian.org
 http://www.progress.org/dfc
 http://www.sepschool.org
 http://www.libertystorm.com
 http://www.theihs.org
 http://www.libertarianstudies.org
 http://www.lfs.org
 http://www.lp.org
 http://www.fff.org
 http://www.libertarianism.com
 http://www.americanlibertyfoundation.org
 http://www.libertysoft.com/liberty
 http://www.instituteforjustice.org/index.shtml
 http://www.heartland.org
 http://www.independent.org
 http://www.hacer.org
 http://www.cei.org/pages/about.cfm
 http://www.free-market.net
 http://www.lewrockwell.com
 http://www.mises.org
 http://www.drugpolicy.org
 http://www.stopthedrugwar.org
 http://www.theamericancause.org
 http://www.amconmag.com
 http://www.fee.org/vnews.php?sec=iolmisc


Veterans / Peace Issues

 http://www.veteransforpeace.org
 http://www.unitedforpeace.org
 http://www.occupationwatch.org
 http://www.vaiw.org
 http://www.iraqbodycount.net
 http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org
 http://www.vvaw.org
 http://www.mfso.org
 http://www.antiwarposters.com
 http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english
 http://www.peacefultomorrows.org
 http://www.antiwarnetwork.org
 http://www.actagainstwar.org
 http://www.debka.com
 http://www.mwaw.org
 http://www.iwpr.net
 http://www.patriotsforpeace.org
 http://www.ruralpeacemakers.org
 http://www.addictedtowar.com
 http://winwithoutwarus.org
 http://www.peace-action.org
 http://www.californiapeaceaction.org
 http://www.warresisters.org
 http://www.globalexchange.org
 http://www.war-times.org
 http://leb.net/IAC
 http://www.nonviolence.org/vitw
 http://www.objector.org
 http://www.nonviolence.org
 http://www.activism.net


Good Organizations to Join or Follow:

 http://www.aclu.org
 http://www.eff.org
 http://www.au.org
 http://www.civilrights.org
 http://www.bordc.org
 http://www.poclad.org
 http://www.now.org
 http://www.sierraclub.org
 http://www.greenpeace.org/homepage
 http://www.aflcio.org
 http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org
 http://www.hrc.org
 http://www.gay.com
 http://www.planetout.com
 http://www.ngltf.org
 http://www.pflag.org
 http://www.glaad.org
 http://www.freedomtomarry.org
 http://www.MillionForMarriage.org
 http://www.proudparenting.com
 http://www.sldn.org/templates/index.html
 http://www.advocate.com
 http://www.out.com
 http://www.stopaids.org
 http://www.hispaniconline.com
 http://www.naacp.org
 http://www.rainbowpush.org
 http://www.childrensdefense.org
 http://www.aarp.com
 http://www.plannedparenthood.com
 http://www.naral.org
 http://www.responsiblewealth.org
 http://www.bsr.org
 http://www.trilliuminvest.com
 http://www.tolerance.org
 http://www.corpwatch.org
 http://www.amnestyusa.org
 http://www.hrw.org


Religion-Based Organizations to Join or Follow:

 http://www.shalomctr.org
 http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
 http://www.btvshalom.org
 http://www.jewsagainsttheoccupation.org
 http://www.paxchristiusa.org
 http://www.ncccusa.org
 http://www.afsc.org
 http://www.csmonitor.com
 http://www.tikkun.org
 http://www.gush-shalom.org/english/index.html
 http://www.seruv.org.il/defaulteng.asp
 http://www.yesh-gvul.org/english
 http://www.refusersolidarity.net
 http://www.rhr.israel.net/intro.html
 http://www.seekpeace.org
 http://www.rebuildinghomes.org/start.htm
 http://www.socialaction.com/index.phtml
 http://traubman.igc.org/dg-prog.htm
 http://www.junity.org
 http://www.geocities.com/jewishpeacemakers
 http://www.peacenow.org
 http://www.btselem.org
 http://www.ipcri.org/index1.html
 http://www.pij.org


Medical Marijuana Issues

 http://www.granitestaters.com/home
 http://www.mpp.org
 http://www.dpf.org/homepage.cfm
 http://www.drugsense.org
 http://www.jackherer.com
 http://www.mapinc.org
 http://www.norml.org


2004 Election Websites

 http://www.deanforamerica.com/index.cfm
 http://www.kucinich.us
 http://www.grahamforpresident.com
 http://www.johnkerry.com/site/PageServer
 http://www.dickgephardt2004.com
 http://www.carolforpresident.com
 http://www.al2004.org
 http://www.joe2004.com/site/PageServer">http://www.joe2004.com/s

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