Saturday, January 26, 2013

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EVEN THOUGH, WE WILL TRY AND SHARE WHAT WE HAVE, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN FOOD AND LODGING ALONG THE WAY (WE ARE PLANNING ON CAMPING MOST OF THE TIME)

WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAVE A CHECKUP BEFORE YOU LEAVE (IF YOU PLAN TO BIKE ANY DISTANCE)

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Heil to the Chief! (Soapbox Podcast, January 27, 2013)



This week, Cindy welcomes back (for the 5th time!)
Brother Larry Pinkney.



Brother Larry writes a weekly column,

Brother Larry has been Keeping it Real as a Soapbox
tradition for the past FIVE seasons, as he
generously comes on the show to 
evaluate the prior year's performance
(or lack thereof)
of our FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT, 
Barack Obama.

CLICK HERE

To download this year's Soapbox Edition of

Keeping it Real with Brother Larry Pinkney   

or listen to the show at
  
Community Progressive Radio

Sunday, January 27th at 2pm (Pacific)

ADDRESS FOR LYNNE STEWART:
Lynne Stewart 
#53504-054
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
PO Box 27137
Ft. Worth, TX 76127 
   

Not all Equality is Equal (You're in the Army Now, so STFU)

Not All Equality is Equal
(You're in the Army Now, So STFU)

Cindy Sheehan

 
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier 1935
 ("Nothing has changed." Cindy Sheehan, 2013)


Even though I am a staunch supporter of equality, I was not overjoyed when the Pentagon announced in 2011 that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was being repealed. Similarly, as a feminist myself, I am not overjoyed that the Pentagon is now “lifting the ban” on women in combat.

First of all, since for many decades, only straight males were technically allowed to serve in combat, I would like the “equality to trend the other way. A great service to all the women, children, and men of this entire planet would be achieved if straight males had the same equality to NOT serve the oil companies and other corporations it the bloodbaths for profit of the Military Industrial Complex. Shouldn’t a woman in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, Iraq, Gaza (and, unfortunately, more) have an equal right to peace? Disarm the US or fully arm the women whose countries and families are being destroyed for the war jackals.

Secondly, my son, Casey, who was KIA in Iraq on April 04, 2004, reportedly REFUSED to go into combat the day he was killed. One of his fellow soldiers told me that when Casey was given the order, he said: “No, I’m not going, I am only a mechanic.” Why must our young people of any gender or sexual orientation be forced to violate his/her own set of principles? My son joined for university money and was well aware that he one day might be ordered to defend his country or community, but it’s been decades (if ever) that the US has actually been under dire military threat.

Finally, with a reported 90% of female troops being either raped, sexually molested, or harassed, our young women, wearing the uniform of the oppressor, have already been in combat, against their own comrades and superiors! Of course, female soldiers, Marines, or sailors: report at your own risk. There's few "boys clubs" that can compare to the US Military for harsh retribution and injustice.

On the TV box today, I heard current SecDef, Leon Panetta, proclaim that: “Any citizen who qualifies to be in combat, deserves to." What he really means is: “We plan on expanding the Empire to all of those fossil fuel rich areas like Iran and Africa, so we need more cannon fodder.”

As a woman and mother, I dismay on a daily basis that I didn’t better protect my son from the gore-soaked claws of the US Army; and more importantly, as a woman and mother (and now grandmother), I could NEVER, EVER in a million years kill another woman or her child (or, innocent man, for that matter--and all of the oppressed/occupied peoples are innocent).

The US military has long been a malevolent force in the world and war jackals like Leon Panetta sit safely ensconced in their ivory towers ordering the poor and disadvantaged children of others to go and do their filthy work. In my experienced opinion, adding more combat-able demographics is nothing to celebrate in a sane world.

In Bizarro-USA (the opposite of the USA we have currently), access to education; fulfilling employment with a decent wage; healthcare; a clean environment and sustainable energy (with foods free of GMO’s and other toxins) should be our basic human rights—not the one where the establishment confers the dishonorable right to murder, or be murdered for the Evil Empire.

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

War Tax Resistance IS Courage (SOAPBOX SHOW January 20, 2012)



Trivial (not) Pursuits

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox apologizes for this interruption of "important" news of such things as: 11 inch Subway Sandwiches;
imaginary dead girlfriends of football players; and the
bangs of First Ladies to present a topic that we
believe is of significant importance:

War Tax Resistance

CLICK HERE

to download the podcast of 

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox Community Call-in Show

 Guests: 

Ruth Benn
Director of National War Tax Resistance Co-ordinating Committee


Ed Hedemann: Member of NWTRCC.org 

And the inspirational and courageous stories of three people who take the words of people such as:
Thoreau, Gandhi, King, etc, to heart and are also
War Tax Resisters

Maria, Anita and Katie    

  

Not All "Truthers" Are Equal

Jon Gold
1/19/2013

On December 14th, 2012, a horrible tragedy took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. Adam Lanza walked into the school and fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff.

Some of the teachers did everything they could to protect the children, and they are heroes. People like Victoria Soto, Anne Marie Murphy, Kaitlin Roig and others.

One of the things that happened after the shootings, as it unfortunately often does, was that "conspiracy theories" about the attacks started to spring up.

In April 2009, I wrote an article that addresses the practice of saying every horrible thing that happens is a "conspiracy" entitled, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." I wrote:
Over the years, there have been many horrible things that have happened. The Beltway sniper shootings. The Virginia Tech shootings. Currently, we have the "swine flu" scare. Each time something like these events happen, there is ALWAYS someone screaming "false flag terror." This "practice" hurts what we are doing in the 9/11 Truth Movement. If people say that EVERYTHING. is a "conspiracy," then no one will believe us with regards to 9/11. In my humble opinion, it would be a good idea for people in this movement to stick to 9/11, and everything related to it. This is, after all, the 9/11 Truth Movement.
After the shootings occurred, I denounced people that were calling it a "conspiracy" within hours of it happening. The world is a chaotic place, and sometimes, shit happens. I called out people like Gordon Duff and Jim Fetzer who said it was an Israeli operation.


I called out people who were saying the victims family members were actors because they didn't act as "grief-stricken or hysterical" as they thought they should. When I was the Emcee for the Treason in America Conference, I had the pleasure of introducing 9/11 Family Member Bob McIlvaine. Before I did, I remember that I was talking with someone and smiling. The minute I started to talk about Bob, I started to tear up. In other words, I went from normal to teary almost instantly. I think it's wrong to suggest the victims family members are "crisis actors." I think it's disrespectful to say the least.

When Abby Martin did her piece for "Breaking The Set" denouncing the practice of saying everything is a "conspiracy," I PRAISED her, AND I took the two pieces she did, and made it into one video for people.


The practice of saying everything is a "conspiracy" helps to discredit those trying to bring justice for real "conspiracies" and/or crimes.

Want proof?

How did the corporate media deal with these "Sandy Hook Truthers?" Well, there has been article after article denouncing them. Anderson Cooper did an entire segment on them.
They have been portrayed as "dangerous," "mentally ill," and on top of that, they have been compared to "9/11 Truthers."

According to the corporate media's depiction, "Sandy Hook Truthers" and "9/11 Truthers" are one and the same. This depiction now hurts those fighting for justice and accountability for 9/11.

I would like to be able to say that "9/11 Truthers" haven't been peddling the "Sandy Hook Conspiracy," but unfortunately, that is not the case. MANY "9/11 Truth sites" have been peddling it. I wish they didn't, but I can't control what other people do. I can only control what I do, and as I showed above, I was not part of this bandwagon.

Many other advocates for 9/11 Justice weren't either, but you wouldn't know that from the corporate media.

Now, the corporate media has spent YEARS making a "9/11 Truther" or "truther" the equivalent of a baby killer or dog torturer. This latest attack isn't a surprise. However, it doesn't help.

I think people should question EVERYTHING they're told. However, you should do so responsibly and ethically to the best of your ability. Stating that a tragedy is a "conspiracy" within hours of it happening is not being responsible or ethical. Especially if you do it publicly. Especially if you have a large audience. It sure makes certain people money though, doesn't it?

I hate the term "truther." I coined the original term "9/11 Truther," and I am saddened at how it has been portrayed. The lazy corporate media and "debunkers" shortened it to "truther," and now it is what it is. That's why I now say I am an "advocate for 9/11 Justice."

You can read about it in my book "9/11 Truther: The Fight For Peace, Justice And Accountability." Never judge a book by its cover (or title).

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Who Is Rich Blee?

The following are links to investigations and stories about how the CIA seemingly protected two of the 9/11 Hijackers in San Diego. These investigations were done by Kevin Fenton, Ray Nowosielski, John Duffy, and Rory O'Connor.

Our "Who Is Rich Blee?" Podcast
http://secrecy-kills.s3.amazonaws.com/BleePodcast1.mp3

The Podcast Transcript
http://www.scribd.com/doc/66014142/Who-is-Rich-Blee

Our Investigative Piece for Salon
http://www.salon.com/2011/10/14/insiders_voice_doubts_cia_911/

The Gawker Article by John Cook
http://gawker.com/5842912/chief-of-cias-global-jihad-unit-revealed-online

Our Richard Clarke Interview Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl6w1YaZdf8

The Truthout Article by Jason Leopold
http://truth-out.org/news/item/2614:former-counterterrorism-czar-accuses-tenet-other-cia-officials-of-coverup

The Daily Beast Article by Anthony Summers
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/12/richard-clarke-9-11-interview-was-there-a-cia-coverup.html

The CIA Director's Response to Our Richard Clarke Interview
http://www.scribd.com/doc/92775288/Joint-Statement-from-George-J-Tenet-Cofer-Black-and-Richard-Blee-8-3-11

Kevin Fenton's Analysis of the CIA's Response
http://hcgroups.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/analysing-the-cia-response-to-richard-clarkes-allegations-who-knew-what-when/

The CIA's Threat to Prosecute Us
http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/09/15/the-still-developing-story-of-the-recently-issued-cia-threats-to-producers-nowosielski-duffy/

Kevin Fenton's Book - Detailing Much of the "Rich Blee" Story
http://tinyurl.com/ajdly7c

FBI Agent Ali Soufan's Book - Detailing Much of the Rest
http://tinyurl.com/b6ajdrt

FBI Agent Coleen Rowley's Original Article for Us on Why Secrecy Kills
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/secrecy-kills

George Tenet & The CIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEq6dFdP6sI

George Tenet Lied Before The 9/11 Commission
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF_Y4oRsDqE

CPT12 9/11: Press For Truth Commentary - 8/11/2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6vIum4jUNA

San Diego's 10news Covers SecrecyKills.com - 8/19/2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-OYRMB6Sy8

Ex-Army Officer Accuses CIA of Obstructing Pre-9/11 Intelligence-Gathering
http://truth-out.org/news/item/14008-ex-army-officer-accuses-cia-of-obstructing-pre-9-11-intelligence-gathering

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Dead Wrong with Richard Belzer: Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox (Jan 13, 2013)

Sheeee's Baacckk!!

Happy 4th Anniversary to 
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox!

Today, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox marks its 4th year on the air!

We seriously COULD NOT have done it without the generous support of our loyal listeners.

We have been through a lot together and we have a ways to go before we can rest...but we will get there!

******************************

THIS WEEK'S SHOW
(JANUARY 13)

This week, Cindy interviews actor/author/comedian
Richard Belzer



Richard co-wrote the book:

Dead Wrong: Straight Facts about the Country's Most Controversial Cover-ups    



Richard is dedicated, articulate, a deep-thinker, and one of the nicest people we've had on the show!

Richard (and now Cindy) recommends this documentary:

The Century of the Self
(This documentary is a brilliant analysis of the cradle-grave
conditioning and brainwashing we receive. Made by the BBC.
Watch it!) 

Cindy also chats with impeachment activist, Phil Restino.

This interview led to the first disclaimer ever for Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox.

Every view expressed by every guest doesn't necessarily represent or reflect the views of Cindy Sheehan or Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

**********************************

Thanks for EVERYTHING and here's
to many more years of radical truth telling!

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Guantanamo by Cindy Sheehan

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Guantanamo
Cindy Sheehan
 January, 2007
Havana, Cuba
As I, and about a dozen others made the arduous (by today’s standards) journey to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from the states in January of 2007, I was already showing signs of the exhaustion and illness that would lead to my very publicized “resignation” from being the “face” of the antiwar movement,

Besides me, a mother whose son was killed in Iraq, in our group were also a mother whose son was killed on 9/11 and who was a member of 9/11 Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow and a mother whose son, Omar Deghayes, was still being illegally detained by the United States at what has come to be known as “Gitmo.”

Asif Iqbal, whose story of illegal capture in Afghanistan in 2001 in a “sweep” where many Muslim men were captured, kidnapped, and transported to Guantanamo, was also in our contingent to Guantanamo. Asif and three other friends were born in Great Britain and the British government could prove that they were innocent, but Asif, and his friends, were still detained for over two years and subjected to the most horrible conditions and torture at the hands of the “good guys,” the American soldiers and CIA stationed there. The story of the “Tipton 3,” (one of their friends was lost and never heard from again), is told in the docudrama, The Road to Guantanamo.
On January 11th, 2007, our group, many Cubans and a vast cadre of international media, set up camp outside the barbed wire check point of the prison camp in Guantanamo Cuba.

That day was a blazing hot one and the sun baked down upon us. As this was my first trip to Cuba, I was amazed at the bucolic nature of the town and it seemed that I had taken a trip in the Way Back Machine where horses and buggies clip-clopped down the lanes and electricity was a luxury. Guantanamo, and indeed many places in Cuba, are gorgeous in a very romantic and primitive way, but that does not diminish the hardships that the decades long blockade from the Empire has placed on that undeserving country.

We were all there, of course, to demand that the US shut the prison camp down, free the detainees that had no evidence incriminating them; where it was obvious (as it was with the Tipton 3) that most of the men tortured there were at the wrong place at the wrong time; and, finally, put the ones who may have been guilty of something, on trial: trials that would be fair and transparent with all due process given to the accused.

January 11th was the 11th dark anniversary of the opening of that torture facility, but, despite Obama's empty promises, Gitmo remains open with 166 detainees remaining: despicable, illegal, immoral, and just plain degrading to the tortured and torurers alike.

I perused the news and there was not one mention of this dark anniversary. However, there are many stories today of the flu and Obama’s appointments to fill vacant cabinet posts: Well, played, Empire.

There were a couple of hundred of us protesting in DC today in front of the Supreme Court demanding its immediate closure.

We still care.

We still want it closed!

Cindy and Gold Star Aunt, Missy Beattie

PROTESTERS

IMMEDIATELY!

PROTEST BUDDIES: MISSY, JON GOLD, CINDY


Thursday, January 10, 2013

War Tax Resistance IS Courage

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
Community Call-in Show

“If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.”

Henry David Thoreau




WHEN: Tuesday, January 15
TIME: 5-6 pm (Pacific)
6-7 pm (Mountain)
7-8 pm (Central)
8-9 pm (Eastern)
WHERE: The comfort from your own phone

GUESTS: Ed Hedemann (NWTRCC)
Ruth Benn (Director of NWTRCC)


Also...more War Tax Resisters will give their story and testimony
about WHY and HOW they refuse to pay for war.

      
NUMBER: 218 632 0995
CODE:   73223#

If you have any questions or comments, please email Cindy at
CindySheehansSoapbox@gmail.com

Everyone except the speakers will be muted to guarantee a good quality recording.

The call will be recorded to be played on 
Sunday, January 20
and archived forever!