Thursday, October 25, 2007
Condi unphased by blood on her hands...
our respective unlawful conduct in Congress charges. We got a phone
call from Leslie Angeline letting us know that Des had done something
behind Condi as the Sec State walked in to testify. Des had been
escorted out of the hearing room, and Liz and Lori had been pulled out
of their seats without cause and arrested. Still dealing with our
court crap we got another call about an hour later that Medea and Zool
are being arrested. Leslie heads to Rep Lantos' office to urge him to
intervene. A few minutes later Liz calls, "I wasn't doing anything.
They pulled me out, broke my glasses, my head is cut...". She started
crying begging me not to forget about her. I told her we knew exactly
where she was and that we'd never lose track of her.
Then Medea calls.
(We have a friend inside who lets us use her cell to call out.) Medea
is supposed to go to Canada early the next morning with Ann Wright to
bring to the Canadian Parliament the issue of US peace activists who
have been blacklisted and not allowed to cross into Canada. Now Leslie
is really pushing Lantos's staff. After several hours waiting for Cap
Police to determine the charges, write their arrest reports on old
broken computers, and hoping Lantos comes through, everyone is
transfered to DC Central Cell for further processing. (Capitol Police
lack a laser scanner. DC gov't services do a lot of the dirty work for
the Feds, esp when it comes to controlling unruly masses.)
DC Central Cell is a cavernous place and out of Lantos' reach so when we hear
they've left the Capitol grounds, we pretty much lose hope that
they'll get out tonight. We then get a call that Lori will be released
in a few hours but no one else. Believe it or not, Condi
wanted her goons to let her go. When I finally got to see the pictures
and videos of all that had happened in the hearing, I was blown away.
First I see Des approach Condi, her hands palms out - the blood of
Iraqi children is on your hands, she says. A State Dept Security goon
lunges forward (socks Rep Ross-Lethinin in the process) and grabs Des'
hands and forcefully pushes her away from the Sec State. It was the
most graceful speaking truth to power I've ever witnessed. And the
photos are flying around the world!
At a White House press briefing a reporter asked White House Press
Secretary Dana Perino about Des' action. "I saw a picture from that
hearing where a lady in Code Pink with red painted on her hands
disrupted the hearing, and I think it's despicable, and,
unfortunately, it seems that increasingly Congress is being run by
Code Pink. And we do thank Chairman Lantos for trying to restore order
to that hearing."
IF ONLY IT WERE TRUE!
Today, Des, Liz and Medea will appear before a judge. We'll be there.