There Are Criminals, and Then
There Are Criminals
by Cindy Sheehan
www.zmag.org, March 15, 2006
Cindy Sheehan is the very proud mother of Casey Sheehan who was
KIA in the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq. She is Founder
and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and author of Not
One More Mother's Child available at Koa Books , and Dear President
Bush, forthcoming in the Open Media Series from City Lights Books.
As I lie here in bed recuperating from
the injuries that I received from a federal agent and the NYPD
in front of the US Mission to the UN (USUN) the other day, I have
had time to reflect on the experience, the state of our union
and its descent into a fascist state.
When the four of us. Missy Beattie, Rev.
Patricia Ackerman, Medea Benjamin, and I, were arrested the other
day, I was singled out for federal police brutality. The other
three ladies were picked up, not gingerly, though, and I was dragged
across the pavement and treated very, very roughly-having both
arms wrenched out from beneath me. I looked to my doctor as if
I had been beaten. My daughter, Janey, asked if I had been resisting
arrest, I told her if one considers going into a fetal position
and saying, "Please don't hurt me anymore!" resisting,
then I guess I was.
Why was I targeted for the abuse? Is it
revenge for my work at exposing the lies of BushCo, of which John
Bolton is a leading co-criminal? Or is it to discourage other
activists from taking the same path I have taken: demanding an
end to the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq, and demanding
that our freedoms be returned to us? I wish the Senate had the
courage to stand up to the fascists in our government-or are the
90 who voted "Yea" to extend the Patriot Act also co-slitherers
Neocon John Bolton has had a long and
checkered career of lying and doing dirty work for the regime.
In 1994 he harassed and terrified whistle-blower Melody Townsel
who worked for US AID. She urged the Senate Foreign Relation Committee
not to approve Bolton's nomination and she wrote in a letter to
them: "John Bolton put me through hell - and he did everything
he could to intimidate, malign and threaten not just me, but anybody
unwilling to go along with his version of events. His behavior
back in 1994 wasn't just unforgivable, it was pathological."
Not only has John Bolton not been punished for this incident and
other involving harassment and abuse, he was rewarded with a recess
appointment to the UN when George Bush, again, circumvented our
L. Paul Bremer slunk, under the cover
of darkness, out of Iraq two months after my son, Casey, was killed
there with $8.8 billion missing from the Coalition Provisional
Authority. Has L. Paul been held accountable for the missing money?
No, as a matter of fact, he was awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom and is a highly paid speaker on the rubber chickenhawk
Such war profiteers as Halliburton are
raping the American tax payer of billions of dollars as a matter
of company policy. A Halliburton whistle blower accused the company
of charging us $45.00 per case of soda and ten thousand dollars
a night to stay in Kuwait's finest hotels. They charge immoral
prices to feed our soldiers who often complain of rotten food.
Our young people even have to pay to have their laundry done by
these outrageous over-chargers. Have they been punished or monetarily
penalized for these crimes? No, as a matter of fact, Halliburton
gets awarded more no-bid contracts in America and around the world.
A book could be written about the felonies
of the Bush Crime Family and their mafia-style buddies, but I
am running out of space. George Bush has committed crimes against
humanity and high crimes and misdemeanors in his tenure as (P)resident
of the White House. Has he been held accountable for any of this?
No, he spends his nights and days comfortable and content in the
fact that he is a lame duck, already rich, and knowing that Congress
is spineless and he won't be impeached for his transgressions
that have caused the deaths of so many thousands of people worldwide.
When we were in the cockroach and feces-decorated
jail system in NYC the other night, we met some other women who
felt they had to resort to crime to try to survive in BushWorld.
We met intelligent young women who felt their last resort was
to resort to victimless crimes. Now for their petty thefts, they
will have to spend months in institutions where they are stripped
of any human dignity or comfort. All of the women we met knew
they broke the law and were resigned to their punishment but where
is the justice in our system where all people are supposedly equal?
However, we four white, middle-class women
were the lucky ones. We only had to spend one night in jail and
we knew our lawyers would be there in the morning to spring us.
When we were heading for court, we walked by our sisters in the
holding cell and our hearts sank, because we know what it is like
to spend even one night in jail. Our souls also connected with
our sisters and brothers all over the world who are imprisoned
in far worse conditions by the policies of BushCo and are being
inhumanely tortured by these same medieval and draconian policies.
Even if John Bolton, L. Paul Bremer, George
Bush, Halliburton execs, etc. ad nauseum are ever punished, we
all know the conditions won't be (but should be) as harsh as those
of the other people who live in subhuman conditions because of
them. These people operate on the standard of having all the money
and all the power and they don't care for anyone who they victimize
on their way to obtaining their obscene and ill-gotten gains.
One of our so-called crimes in front of
USUN was "Obstructing Governmental Administration."
I say "Hell, yes! Anyone with a conscience or any moral courage
should be doing everything in his/her power to obstruct the administration
of the Bush government. Only massive, peaceful, non-violent resistance
to his calamitous policies will be able to stem the dreadful tide!
That is why we need to stand up to the
neo-fascists and take our humanity back.
While we are still able. I will stand
up to them again and again, I just hope next time that they drag
me by my good arm."
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