March 10, 2006
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,
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 into fascism?
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 political processes.
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 Republican circuit.
Such war profiteers as Halliburton are raping the American taxpayer
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
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
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
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
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!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Cindy Sheehan is the very proud mother of Casey Sheehan who was KIA
in the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq. She is also
the author of Not One More Mother's Child available
BuzzFlash and at www.koabooks.com.
Cindy is the founder and President of Gold
Star Families for Peace. Cindy is above all the proud mom of
her surviving children: Carly, Andy, and Janey