Right Now: Veterans Climb Government Building, Call for Arrest of Bush and Cheney

by on September 23, 2008 · 7 comments

in Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights, Election, Peace Movement, Veterans, War and Peace

The enormous banner hanging from the National Archive building… right now!

UPDATE: GO HERE.

Vets Plan Fast On Ledge for 24 Hours

Right now, five military veterans — from Veterans for Peace — are occupying a 35-foot high ledge at the National Archive Building and have raised a 22×8-foot banner reading, “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!” The veterans currently risking arrest have declared their intention to stay on the ledge, fasting for 24 hours “in remembrance of those who have perished and those still suffering from the crimes of the Bush administration,” according to a written statement.On the ledge, the veterans have brought with them a portable PA system, and they are broadcasting recorded statements from prominent Americans for the impeachment and/or arrest of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. Other impeachment activists are at the entrance of the National Archives distributing “Citizens Arrest Warrants” to those waiting in line.

This is the type of boldness that activists have displayed across the country to bring much-needed attention to this movement.

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The veterans emphasized they are taking this action because “Bush and Cheney’s serial abuse of the Law of the Land clearly marks them as domestic enemies of the Constitution, they have illegally invaded and occupied Iraq, deliberately destroyed civilian infrastructure, authorized torture, and unlawfully detained prisoners. These actions clearly mark them as war criminals, accountability extends beyond impeachment to prosecution for war crimes even after their terms of office expire.”

“We take this action as a last resort,” their statement added. “For years we have pursued every avenue open to good, vigilant citizens to bring these men to justice, to re-establish the rule of law, and to restore the balance of power described in our Constitution. We are not disturbing the peace; we are attempting to restore the peace. We are not conducting ourselves in a disorderly manner; our action is well-ordered and well-considered. We are not trespassing; we have come to the home of our Constitution to honor our oath to defend it.”

Those participating are all members of Veterans For Peace and include Elliott Adams: 61, NY, VFP President and former Army paratrooper in Viet Nam; Ellen Barfield: 52, MD, former U.S. Army Sgt., full-time peace and justice advocate; Kim Carlyle: 61, NC, mountain homesteader, former Army Spec 5, 828-626-2572; Diane Wilson: 59, TX, shrimp boat captain, former Army medic, 361-785-4680; Doug Zachary: 58, TX, VFP staff, former USMC LCpl discharged as a conscientious objector, 512-791-9824; and Tarak Kauff (ground support) 67, NY, painting contractor, former U.S. Army Airborne.

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avatar Frank Gormlie September 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

9/23/08 From the LA Times:
At 7:30 a.m. this morning, they climbed a nine-foot fence to occupy a 35-foot-high ledge at the National Archives.

And five members of the Veterans for Peace organization have been there ever since. They say they’re veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, anti-war activists, and soldiers for a cause who plan to fast for 24 hours in protest of the Bush administration.

Seeking the criminal prosecution of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the organization distributed “Citizens’ Arrest Warrants” to tourists waiting in line to enter the archives, which houses the key documents of U.S. history: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

In a press release, the group described the reasons for its protest:

Bush and Cheney’s serial abuse of the law of the land clearly marks them as domestic enemies of the Constitution. They have illegally invaded and occupied Iraq, deliberately destroyed civilian infrastructure, authorized torture, and unlawfully detained prisoners. These actions clearly mark them as war criminals. Accountability extends beyond impeachment to prosecution for war crimes even after their terms of office expire….

We are not conducting ourselves in a disorderly manner; our action is well-ordered and well-considered. We are not trespassing; we have come to the home of our Constitution to honor our oath to defend it.

So far, authorities have not interfered with the peaceful protest or the sign.

Yes, there’s a sign. A 22-foot-by-x8-foot banner draped across the Constitution Avenue side of the archives says, “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!”

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avatar sherrie September 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm

i hope many more decide to join them. “we the people” have been screwed over for way too long and it is good to see that people remember the constitution and everything it stands for. until we get back on the right path our country hasn’t got a chance at survival. we need to become respectable again. if we get a chance to turn things around we need to be forever vigilant of those who represent us. it is they who are suppose to be working for us not the other way around. no more empire building. stay out of the business of other countries and mind our own business. the constitution was written for a very good reasons. we must insist that in taking the oath of office, those who swear to uphold the constitution do so or they need to be dismissed.

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avatar annikee September 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm

This is a stand. I wish I could get to DC to join them. And of course, the MSM is ignoring it!

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avatar Patty September 23, 2008 at 4:17 pm

All of them heroes, then and now.

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avatar Frank Gormlie September 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Sherrie – right on, very well put. No more empire building – you hit the nail on the head. It’s between empire or democracy, and we have to decide which one we want. If empire, then we sit back in despair, cynicism, or complacency; if democracy, then we must act.
Annikee – you’re right about MSM but there has been a little coverage – see above – but there have been no follow-ups except one or two independent progressive blogs.
We should all go to join them – literally and figuratively

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avatar Andrew Wang September 23, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Bush is the worst president in American history. Bush facilitated the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, Bush lied to Congress and the American people relative to the reasons for invading Iraq. Bush purposefully misled Congress and the American people. Then, Bush murdered more than 4,000 United States service members. And Bush wounded more than 30,000 United States service members. In torturing prisoners of war, Bush patently violated the Geneva Convention. Bush unlawfully wiretapped United States citizens. In using “signing statements” to challenge hundreds of laws passed by Congress, Bush violated the Constitution. Bush has ignored global warming. Bush is guilty of criminal negligence relative to the response to Hurricane Katrina. Bush disobeys our democratic values and Constitution. Bush is a disgrace to the United States.

Indeed, Bush should be prosecuted for war crimes.

Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
Messiah College, Grantham, PA

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avatar Patty September 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm

And they need to keep after them, not let them slip quietly away after the elections. They need to be impeached, prosecuted and imprisoned!

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