PEACES

compiled by Carol Baum


Satirical Websites with a Point
“These Weapons of Mass Destruction cannot be displayed” is modeled after the site that pops up when a web address can’t be found. It notes that “The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable. The country might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your weapons inspectors mandate.” Suggestions offered include “click the bomb button if you are Donald Rumsfeld.” The site links to the “Weapons of Mass Destruction Emporium,” which has t-shirts saying “My friends went to Iraq to look for Weapons of Mass Destruction and all they found was this lousy t-shirt!” See <www.coxar. pwp.blueyonder.co.uk>.
The “War Profiteers Card Deck” is a counterpoint to the Bush Administration’s “Iraq’s Most Wanted Playing Cards,” and exposes some of the real war criminals in the US’ endless “war on terrorism.” Each suit in the deck represents a different category of war profiteers: oil, gas and energy companies; US government officials; military and defense contractors; and heads of industry, finance, media, policy and hype. Each card is fully described. The deck is a terrific educational tool. See <www.war profiteers.com/index.html>.

Speaking of War Profiteering…
The Institute for Southern Studies has initiated a “Campaign to Stop the War Profiteers,” and many other organizations have signed on. The campaign calls for an end to the second invasion of Iraq by corporate interests and calls on elected leaders to:
• Hold congressional hearings to investigate war profiteering and the closed-bid “reconstruction” contract in Iraq given to a handful of corporations such as Bechtel, Halliburton, and MCI.
• Reign in war profiteering by military contractors through an “Excess Profits Tax.”
• Halt the US-led drive to hand over Iraq’s industries, services and resources to powerful multinational corporations.
For more information contact them at 919-419-8311x27 or visit <www. southernstudies.org/index.asp>.
“Other” September 11ths
James Carroll of the Boston Globe notes “other” September 11ths:
• Sept. 11, 1906 – More than 3,000 Indian men gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa to denounce a new set of racial laws condemning them to second-class citizenship. Gandhi was among them.
• Sept. 11, 1944 – Allied terror bombing of Darmstadt, Germany.
• Sept. 11, 1945 – Secretary Of War Stimson proposed to President Truman that the US share the secrets of the atomic bomb with the Soviet Union in order to head off an arms race…a suggestion which was not taken.
• Sept. 11, 1973 – US-sponsored terrorist overthrow of the democratically elected government of Chile.

Santa Cruz Votes to Impeach Bush
On Tuesday, September 9, Santa Cruz, CA became the first local government “to ask Congress to look into impeaching President Bush on charges he deceived the American public about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and has used the September 11 attacks as an excuse to crush civil rights.” It passed by a 6 to 1 vote.

Law Schools Sue Defense Dept.
On September 19 a group of law schools filed a suit against the Defense Department and other government agencies, charging them with “violating the First Amendment by forcing law schools to allow military recruiters on campus.”
Many law schools had previously banned military recruiters because the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military conflicted with non-discrimination policies of the schools. Almost all the schools backed down on their banning of recruiters after the Defense Department threatened them with loss of federal funding.
The recently-formed Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, an organization of law schools and other academic institutions, filed the suit along with the Society of American Law Teachers, two student groups, and three Rutgers law students.

Military Resister Handed Six Month Sentence
Twenty-one-year-old military resister Stephen Funk was sentenced on September 10 to six months in military prison for “unauthorized absence” during the war on Iraq. In a partial victory, he was acquitted of charges of desertion, a much more serious crime.
Stephen had joined the Marines last year, and by April 2003 had declared himself a pacifist. He became one of the first members of the US military to apply for conscientious objector (CO) status during the war on Iraq. At the same time he said he was gay. He is among 23 Marines who applied for CO status during the war on Iraq. None of the others are being prosecuted, the Marines have said, because they continued to report for duty while their applications for conscientious objector status were under review.

Stephen’s lawyer argued that he was selectively prosecuted because he attended anti-war rallies, publicly criticized Marine training methods and publicized soldiers’ options of seeking conscientious objector status.
Stephen can be written to at Building 1041, PSC 20140, Camp Lejeune NC 28542.