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, noth 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
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
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.
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.
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 victimless
crime to try to survive in BushWorld. We met intelligent young women
who felt their last resort was to resort to victimless crimes. Now,
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?
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
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.