Israel kills 2 year old girl and 7 others in Gaza attacks

Eight Palestinians killed in two separate IAF strikes in Gaza
October 13, 2006

By Amos Harel, Mijal Grinberg and Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies

At least eight Palestinians were killed Thursday in two separate Israel Defense Forces operations in the Gaza Strip.

At least two Palestinians were killed and at least seven injured in an Israel Air Force missile strike on the Gaza City home of a Hamas leader Thursday night.

Earlier Thursday, six Palestinians were killed in a clash between the Israel Defense Forces and militants in southern Gaza.

An IDF spokesman confirmed the air strike targeted the house of a Hamas commander, Sharaf Farwana, in the Sajaiyeh section of Gaza City near the border with Israel.

The army said Farwana was involved in attacks against Israel and supplying weapons to Hamas militants.

Farwana survived the attack, but the strike killed his brother, 25-year-old Aiman Farwana, and a two-year-old girl.

Aiman Farwana was said to be tied to Hamas, the Associated Press reported.

A second air strike close to midnight Thursday targeted a metal workshop suspected of manufacturing weapons in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza City. No casualties were reported.

Shortly after the IAF strike, Palestinian gunners fired a Qassam rocket at Sderot. The rocket slammed into a electrical powerline and plunged the city into darkness.

There were no reported casualties and the Israel Electric Corporation was able to restore power quickly to much of the city. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rocket strike.

Internal Palestinian violence continued in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. A Hamas militant identified as Majid Darbiya was gunned down in Beit Lahia by unknown assailants.

In Gaza City masked Palestinians through a grenade into a local radio station, lightly injuring four people and causing severe damage to the building, according to Israel Radio.

Hamas vows revenge
A spokesman for the Hamas military wing earlier on Thursday vowed the group would take harsh revenge for the IDF operation in Gaza, in which six people – including four militants – were killed.

Five of the dead were members of the same family.

“In light of the ugly crimes in Khan Yunis and the northern Gaza Strip, we will bombard and strike in every place, north and south. The response will be powerful and will cause the earth to tremble. The enemy must now wait patiently for our actions,” he said.

Witnesses and medics that said troops backed by helicopter gunships entered the village of Abassan, east of Khan Yunis, at dark, touching off clashes.

Of the five family members killed, three were armed militants of the ruling party’s militant wing. They were identified as Abed Rahman Kadiah, 25, Salah Kadiah, 25, and Naeel Kadiah, 22. The other two family members were bystanders, named as Adal Kadiah, 40, and his 13-year-old son Suhaib Kadiah.

The fourth militant, Mohammed Barakha, 23, was killed later Thursday as clashes raged into the afternoon. IDF troops opened fire on Barakha as he advanced toward them under cover of a large crowd.

The IDF confirmed its forces were operating in the area looking for facilities used by militants. Troops fired on gunmen who tried to attack them, an army spokesman said. At least 11 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes.

“This is an area believed to conceal tunnels and other forms of infrastructure used by terrorist groups,” he said.

Militants fired anti-tanks missiles at troops raiding the area, but there were no casualties among the soldiers.

Earlier Thursday, the Israel Air Force destroyed the house of a Hamas militant in the Jabalya refugee camp, which the IDF said was being used as a storehouse for weapons.

Also Thursday, two Qassam rockets fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip landed in open fields in the western Negev. There were no injuries in either incident, but some farmland was destroyed in one of the blasts.

In overnight raids in the West Bank early Thursday, IDF troops arrested 12 wanted militants. Troops came under explosives and gunfire while operating in Nablus and Tul Karm. There were no soldier casualties in either incident. A Palestinian was wounded during the Nablus operation, but his condition has not yet been confirmed.

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Ann Wright and international networks join War Crimes Report

Download War Crimes Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2006

CONTACT: Consumers for Peace, http://www.consumersforpeace.org
Nick Mottern nickmottern@earthlink.net

Ann Wright joins endorsers of War Crimes Report, and the International Anti-Occupation Network and Stop the War Coalition (UK) join as report publishers.

“The War Crimes Report is an extraordinarily comprehensive and important presentation of international law that governs the conduct of nations and their military forces. The Report documents the blatant violations of international and domestic law by the Bush administration and US military forces including the use of illegal military tactics and illegal weapons.” – Ann Wright

Retired U.S. Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright today endorsed a new report on U.S. war crimes in Iraq, which was released yesterday, the same day of the publication of the study, by Johns Hopkins and Al Mustansiriya universities (in cooperation with the Center for International Studies/MIT), that found that approximately 600,000 people have been killed in the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

“U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability” documents U.S. war crimes in Iraq and calls on U.S. public to demand investigation and prosecution of violations of international law by military and civilian leaders.

The report is being published internationally on the internet organizations listed below, and has gained international support today from the International Anti-Occupation Network (which is publishing the report through The BRussells Tribunal) and the Stop the War Coalition (UK).

The report was prepared by Consumers for Peace.org with the advice of Karen Parker, noted lawyer in human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Parker is President of the San-Francisco-based Association of Humanitarian Lawyers and Chief Delegate to the United Nations for the Los Angeles-based International Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project (IED/AHL), an accredited non-governmental organization on the U.N. Secretary-General’s list.

Ann Wright’s full statement

Ann Wright, 29-year US Army veteran who retired as a Colonel and US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq commented on the War Crimes Report:

“While in the US Army at Ft Bragg, NC, I taught to US military officers and noncommissioned officers the responsibilities of military forces under the Geneva Convention and the Law of Land Warfare, as well as the obligations of an Occupying Power.

“The War Crimes Report is an extraordinarily comprehensive and important presentation of international law that governs the conduct of nations and their military forces. The Report documents the blatant violations of international and domestic law by the Bush administration and US military forces including the use of illegal military tactics and illegal weapons.

“Because of a huge media failure in the United States, many Americans do not realize how many times the Bush administration has violated international law. But, the rest of the world knows very well the extent of these crimes.

“As a retired military officer, I know that accountability is one of the foundation elements of the US military. The Bush administration has undercut the professionalism of our military forces by encouraging and condoning the violation of international and domestic war in treatment of detainees, torture and use of illegal tactics and weapons. For the sake of our own military we must demand accountability from civilian leaders, as well as our military forces. This report provides specific mechanisms for much-needed accountability of criminal behaviour by Bush administration policy makers and by US military forces.”

International Publishing Group for War Crimes Report

Consumers for Peace
http://www.consumersforpeace.org
Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
http://www.humanlaw.org
Traprock Peace Center
http://www.traprockpeace.org
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
http://www.vcnv.org
Uruknet.info
http://www.uruknet.info
Information Clearing House
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info
AfterDowingStreet.org
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org
Socialist Worker weekly newspaper
http://www.socialistworker.org
The Brussells Tribunal (for International Anti-Occupation Network)
http:/www.brusselstribunal.org
Stop the War Coalition (UK)
http://www.stopthewar.co.uk

Ann Wright joined other individuals with extensive knowledge of Iraq in endorsing the report:

Dahr Jamail, noted independent journalist who spent more than eight months reporting from occupied Iraq, writes the following :

“I cannot endorse strongly enough this report prepared by Karen Parker regarding U.S. war crimes in Iraq. Having witnessed much of what is so well documented in this report, it is a clear and encompassing indictment of the Bush Administration for the war crimes they are directly responsible for in Iraq. Until evidence such as this begins to see the light of day in a court of law and the perpetrators brought to justice, the world remains unsafe and unstable from an administration determined to rule the world. After witnessing what they are capable of in Iraq, I have no doubt these people will not stop in their quest for world domination. Instead, they must be stopped. And the only way to do that is bring the guilty to justice. This document will help achieve that goal.”

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, three-time nominee for the Noble Peace Prize, who has visited Iraq 28 times in the last 15 years, writes:

“After spending four days in the fortified and secure Green Zone, in Iraq, during September ’06, former Secretary of State James Baker III assured that the investigative panel he led had not spent any time “wringing our hands over what mistakes might or might not have been created in the past.” (NYT, September 20, 2006). The “Consumers for Peace” report on war crimes committed in Iraq helps us understand our responsibility not to wring our hands but rather to demand accountability from elected representatives by delivering this report to them and to local media. How many people killed? How many families torn apart? How many homes destroyed? How many livelihoods gone? How many lives ruined? How many cities sacrificed? We bear responsibility to end the war in Iraq, insist on just reparations for suffering caused, and promote careful, legal scrutiny of the crimes committed. This report beckons all who read it to stop collaborating with illegal, immoral warmongers who recklessly afflict Iraq.”

Neil MacKay, multi-award winning Home Affairs and Investigations Editor of the Sunday Herald (Scotland), writes:

“What has happened in Iraq is a great sin and a great crime. The invasion and occupation have stained the concepts of democracy, freedom and liberty; and disgraced the good name of the people of both the United States of America and Great Britain. As a journalist who has investigated the roots of this war, and the on-going horror of what is happening in Iraq, I fully commend this report to readers. It is an important reminder of the blood which is on the hands of our leaders, and the shame that the governments of the UK and the USA have brought to the British and American people by perpetrating a criminal war in our name.”

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War Crimes Report Published

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2006

CONTACT: Consumers for Peace, http://www.consumersforpeace.org
Nick Mottern (9149 806 6179); nickmottern@earthlink.net

War Crimes Report Shows US Violations of International Law and
Demands Prosecution of US Military and Civilian Leaders

The violence of the Iraq War, the chaos that has come to Iraq, can be traced directly to the illegality of the invasion and occupation of that country and the illegality of the tactics and weapons being used to maintain the occupation. “U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability” documents these violations and calls on us all to demand investigation and prosecution of violations of international law by military and civilian leaders.

The report was prepared by Consumers for Peace.org with the advice of Karen Parker, noted lawyer in human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Parker is President of the San-Francisco-based Association of Humanitarian Lawyers (www.humanlaw.org) and Chief Delegate to the United Nations for the Los Angeles-based International Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project (IED/AHL), an accredited non-governmental organization on the U.N. Secretary-General’s list.

Dahr Jamail, noted independent journalist who spent more than eight months reporting from occupied Iraq, writes the following about the report:

“I cannot endorse strongly enough this report prepared by Karen Parker regarding U.S. war crimes in Iraq. Having witnessed much of what is so well documented in this report, it is a clear and encompassing indictment of the Bush Administration for the war crimes they are directly responsible for in Iraq. Until evidence such as this begins to see the light of day in a court of law and the perpetrators brought to justice, the world remains unsafe and unstable from an administration determined to rule the world. After witnessing what they are capable of in Iraq, I have no doubt these people will not stop in their quest for world domination. Instead, they must be stopped. And the only way to do that is bring the guilty to justice. This document will help achieve that goal.”

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, three-time nominee for the Noble Peace Prize, who has visited Iraq 28 times in the last 15 years, writes of the report:

“After spending four days in the fortified and secure Green Zone, in Iraq, during September ’06, former Secretary of State James Baker III assured that the investigative panel he led had not spent any time “wringing our hands over what mistakes might or might not have been created in the past.” (NYT, September 20, 2006). The “Consumers for Peace” report on war crimes committed in Iraq helps us understand our responsibility not to wring our hands but rather to demand accountability from elected representatives by delivering this report to them and to local media. How many people killed? How many families torn apart? How many homes destroyed? How many livelihoods gone? How many lives ruined? How many cities sacrificed? We bear responsibility to end the war in Iraq, insist on just reparations for suffering caused, and promote careful, legal scrutiny of the crimes committed. This report beckons all who read it to stop collaborating with illegal, immoral warmongers who recklessly afflict Iraq.”


Neil MacKay, multi-award winning Home Affairs and Investigations Editor of the Sunday Herald (Scotland), writes:

“What has happened in Iraq is a great sin and a great crime. The invasion and occupation have stained the concepts of democracy, freedom and liberty; and disgraced the good name of the people of both the United States of America and Great Britain. As a journalist who has investigated the roots of this war, and the on-going horror of what is happening in Iraq, I fully commend this report to readers. It is an important reminder of the blood which is on the hands of our leaders, and the shame that the governments of the UK and the USA have brought to the British and American people by perpetrating a criminal war in our name.”

The report is being published on the internet by:

Consumers for Peace
http://www.consumersforpeace.org
Traprock Peace Center
http://www.traprockpeace.org
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
http://www.vcnv.org
Uruknet
http://www.uruknet.info
Information Clearing House
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info
Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
http://www.humanlaw.org

Defend Columbia Students: Sign the online petition!

Defend Columbia Students: Sign the online petition!

The defense of Columbia students who protested the racist Minutemen is now in full swing. Your help is urgently needed. Please take a moment to sign an online petition at:

http://www.petitiononline.com/nominute/petition.html

***Please forward widely***

Full statement of those who occupied the stage

October 6, 2006

In the aftermath of the protest on the night of October 4 against Jim Gilchrist and the racist Minutemen at Roone Arledge auditorium, we want to state clearly: We are proud to send the message to the country that racist and fascist groups are not welcome at Columbia or in New York City.

As Chicanos and Latinos, alongside African Americans and progressive people of other nationalities, we took it as our responsibility to give voice to the undocumented immigrant families who live in fear at terrorist vigilante groups like the Minutemen. Armed patrols by these groups force more and more people desperate for work to find even more hazardous ways into the United States. Over 3,000 people—including hundreds of children—have died in the desert. Their blood is on the hands of Gilchrist and his thugs.

Fascist scapegoating is not up for academic discussion. Like Hitler in pre-Nazi Germany, Gilchrist and the Minutemen attempt to demonize foreign-born poor people, blaming “illegals” for society’s problems. His group doesn’t present reasoned debate. It spouts racism and hatred, aiming to divide people against one another.

Regardless of how Gilchrist tries to sanitize his message for national audiences, more candid moments tell the real story. Gilchrist is a member of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, which is now notorious for referring to Mexicans as “savages.” Speaking about Mexicans and Central American immigrants, Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox once said, “They have no problem slitting your throat and taking your money or selling drugs to your kids or raping your daughter and they are evil people.”

This vile racism translates directly into violence on the ground. “It should be legal to kill illegals,” said one Minutemen volunteer. “Just shoot ’em on sight. That’s my immigration policy recommendation.” It is no wonder that neo-Nazi organizations like the National Alliance praise the Minuteman Project in their publications, and have members signing up for Minutemen militias.

We are sure that if the Nazi party held a public meeting on campus, Jewish groups would be there to challenge them—so would we. We are sure that if the Ku Klux Klan held a public meeting on campus, African American groups would be there to challenge them—so would we. The Minutemen are no different.

We are pleased that an overwhelming number of people answered our call to demonstrate against the racist, fascist Minutemen the night of October 4. The hundreds of people outside Roone Arledge chanting, “Minutemen, Nazis, KKK, racists, fascists, go away!” represented students and community people from all walks of life. Inside the auditorium, perhaps as much as 80 percent of the crowd was repelled by the Minutemen’s message of hate.

When we walked on stage last night with anti-racist banners for immigrant rights, we were met with violent attack by Gilchrist’s goons. We were the ones who were punched and kicked. We are proud that despite these attacks, we held our ground. When Gilchrist walked off stage, it was because he and his Minutemen outfit were isolated.

This is not an issue of free speech. The Minutemen were able to reserve a hall at our university and had the protection of campus security and the NYPD—all to espouse their hate speech. We along with hundreds of others expressed our right to speak and protest.

Over the last 50 years, throughout the Civil Rights movement and the women’s rights movement, ultra-right wing groups have routinely used violence, lynchings, armed assaults and bombings against oppressed people. Yet when we organize to oppose them to express our contempt for their violence, we are criticized for inhibiting the free speech of the ones who perpetrate violence.

We thank everyone who joined our protest last night, inside and outside of the auditorium.

Shame on the Columbia University administration for launching an investigation of peaceful protesters, and failing to condemn the perpetrators of violence. Shame on the College Republicans for inviting this fascist thug and provoking such outrage on our campus.

Walk and Talk Monday on stopping war against Iran

Walk & Talk, Monday; Iran! Leaves & Leaving:
The aircraft carrier fleet Eisenhower left Norfolk, Virginia for the Persian
Gulf on Tuesday, Oct. 3. You can make a difference … Monday afternoon as
traffic flows, we are out over the highways! Need a sign or banner?
413 773-7427

Friends, it’s a season to Walk & Talk:

Please call your media and ask for news about naval attack fleets headed
toward Iran, and for front-page, top-of-the-hour news on how people are
working to prevent a nuclear war with Iran: 2 friends, calling 2 friends, 20
times = a million calls to the media. Silence is not golden on this one!

MONDAY, Oct. 9 – at the Woolman Hill Meeting House, reflect on,
‘HOW DO WE PREVENT NUCLEAR WAR WITH IRAN?’

Please come to the beautifully restored Friends meeting house on Woolman
Hill, this Columbus Day. Following a work-week-end on Woolman Hill, Traprock
invites you for a hike in the woods at 5pm, followed by simple soup at 6,
and deep reflection at 6:30. As we spend time this week-end in community, on
land we love, perhaps the wide skies will invite a unified change, that is
as dramatic as the leaves.

DIRECTIONS: We are 1/2 mile south of Greenfield off Route 5 & 10, at the
top of the Hill, on Keets Road. You’ll see blue signs for Woolman Hill on 5
& 10. (Deerfield, MA)

MORE Details are on the calendar –
www.traprockpeace.org

~ Arlington East, Fri. & Sat. Oct. 13 & 14, all day, Cape Cod National
Seashore

~ Five Rivers Council Sat. Oct. 14, 1-7pm, quarterly meetings Franklin
County. The first inaugural meeting is at the Four Rivers Charter School,
248 Colrain Road, near Greenfield Community College.

~ Walk to Entergy Headquarters with Bread & Puppet Theater, Mon. Oct. 16,
Brattleboro, VT. We ask for radiation monitors for schools and healthcare
facilities in a 50 mile radius. Affinity groups are forming. Come support
the traditions of the Clamshell Alliance, Traprock, CAN, and the VT
Decommissioning Alliance!

~ “Sir, NO Sir!” Fri. Oct. 20, 7pm Wide Angle Films, Nacul Center, 592 Main
St, Amherst. Be inspired to see the extent of GI resistance to the Vietnam
war–The truth may set us free. Thanks, Bob, Roger, Emily, Steve, & Annie!

~ “Give Peace a Chance” Youth Talent & Peace Fest on Conscientious
Objection, Nov. 11 – Calling all youth! Location to be announced.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

So much is changing. The aircraft carrier fleet Eisenhower left Norfolk,
Virginia for the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, Oct. 3. How can we prevent
expansion of empire to a breaking point that could devastate lives in Iran,
and here as well. If what goes around comes around, and if we allow our
government to proceed to attack nuclear reactors in Iran, our 104 reactors
here could be targeted soon. How do we impress upon the media, and insist
through our spending patterns that the majority of US respondents want
nuclear disarmament. How do we get front-page coverage to stop the charades?

We know how thoroughly people tried to prevent the US attacks on Iraq. We
can’t do all that again and watch another massacre follow! We need practical
wisdom to recall the aircraft carriers and attendant naval attack fleets
back from a deadly mission, and public pressure to send them instead with
medicines and aid for Iraq. Which community leaders can help now to build a
new bridge, to exit this nightmare of war and degradation?

As Joanna Macey calls us to heed and welcome a great turning, let’s heed the
great turnings within. At 6:30, the peace and care of the meeting house,
restored stick by stick after being moved from North Dartmouth, invites some
deep and practical wisdom. Please come to share. Please invite a neighbor.

On leaves & leaving: Woolman Hill wants to use
our building. It looks like we’ll need to vacate by by June 1.
Time for a Peace Bus? Have a suggestion, some land to give?

Because it isn’t enough to deplore torture and military attacks.
See you out in the streets, sharing news at parties,
walking and talking. Together we give peace a chance!

Thanks for caring.
Sunny Miller

For a Neighbors Network to End War
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-773-7427

Student Protesters Attacked at Columbia

On October 4, the College Republicans at Columbia University hosted Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist. The Minutemen are known for inciting racist violence against immigrants. In an exercise of free speech, students unfurled a banner on the stage reading “No One is Illegal”, prompting audience members to join them on the stage with another banner with the message, “No to Racism”. These peaceful protesters were violently assaulted. Below is their initial statement published the night of the protest as well as a link to a video showing parts of the event. They are now under attack from the administration and potentially face disciplinary charges. Please support them by signing the online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/nominute/petition.html. The students are also soliciting letters of support and solidarity, which can be sent to them at nominutemen@gmail.com.

Statement of the Student Protestors:
We celebrate free speech: for that reason we allowed the Minutemen to speak, and for that same reason we peacefully occupied the stage and spoke ourselves. Our peaceful protest was violently attacked by members of the College Republicans and their supporters, who are the very same people who invited the Minutemen to our campus in the first place. The Minutemen are not a legitimate voice in the debate on immigration. They are a racist, armed militia who have declared open hunting season on immigrants, causing countless hate crimes and over 3000 deaths on the border. Why should exploitative corporations have free passes between nations, but individual people not? No human being is illegal.
-Those who occupied the stage
Links to coverage, including video at Columbia Spectator

More coverage:

nycindymedia.org

Bwog.net coverage

Gandhi’s Birthday – Walk & Talk at Traprock Peace Center

Traprock Peace Action Report – update for October

GANDHI’s BIRTHDAY: Walk & Talk
at Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield

There are orders for the aircraft carrier Eisenhower and it’s
attendant fleet to be ready to deploy from Norfolk, Virginia, as
of October 1 … and they could arrive off the shores of IRAN as
early as October 21! http://www.traprockpeace.org

We celebrate Gandhi’s birthday with students during the day,
stand out with our signs over the highway in the afternoon,
then walk and talk on Woolman Hill, with a simple soup and
discussion afterwards. Let us enjoy the leaves and the smell
of this good earth. Our discussion:
What lessons do we still have to learn from Gandh’s experiments
with truth? How shall we do things differently?

If you google (Gandhi pledge of resistance) you’ll find a
chronicle of that first pledge of nonviolent resistance 100
years ago on September 11, 1906, in response to a proposal
that all Indians in the Transvall carry identification cards.
The proposed penalty for noncompliance was imprisonment
or deportation. Elders declared they would not submit to this
as 3,000 gathered to consider their options. Now Congress
expects us to submit to their vote for a national ID card
proposed to be in effect by May, 2008. Will this delay
in the proposed implementation tame your will to resist?
Not mine.

In South Africa, a miners’ strike and march mobilized 5-6,000.
They were promised only bread and sugar for weeks, as they
prepared to march at least 20 miles per day, as an army of
nonviolent resisters. Will our comforts and gadgets keep us
home tending house, tending shop? NO, we’ll be in the streets
— because we must. We’ll be on the phones — because we must.
(Congress: 202-224-3121.)

Sunny Miller, 413 773-7427

“Love Will Guide Us Through the Dark Night.” ~~ Sally Rogers

Welcome back to friends Beth, Bob, Paki, Sister Claire and others
who have demonstrated before Congress our adamant, collective
call for an END to WAR. Thank you for bothering to go! In all 50
states, we’ve been calling. We’ve taken to the streets, to our
representatives offices, to the recruiting stations to insist and
that NO WAR be waged against Iran. http://www.declarationofpeace.org

Children, parents, elders, teachers … we have been signing our
declarations – committing to action for peace. I hope you will add
to the scroll we’re collecting, now 24 feet full of pledges. We will
gladly bring it to your school, fair, college or concert if you call –
413 773-7427.

It seems time to do things differently! Opportunity knocks!
Compassion can answer.

May falling leaves, and fallen lives move us to leave behind
any customary routines that make us unavailable and unanswering.
Anne Frank and the Nuremberg Principles require that we love
justice more than comfort. If fall draws you toward a cocoon,
let it be to gather yourself into a form for movement. May the
fires of love be lit in us all. May we encourage one another
with relentless kindness. Thanks John for folding newsletters.

Thank you Carlos, for sharing your story, and your son’s story.
(Alex Arredondo died in Iraq fighting in Najef on August 25, 2004.
Recorder, Sept. 25) We stand with you at Arlington East, at the Nat’l Seashore
on Cape Cod, Friday, October 13 (continues Sat. Oct. 14).
We’ll see you wearing a peace T-shirt, and speaking with each
and every neighbor in greeting. We’ll see you over the highway
holding a sign for Impeachment!

“Seemingly impossible discoveries will be made
in the field of non-violence.” MK Gandhi

On Mon. Oct. 2 – Gandhi’s Birthday
Peace & Social Justice Inaugural
Peace & Social Justice Program Open House
JOIN US! Help celebrate the new peace studies concentration
offered at Greenfield Community College, this Monday. This
year marks 100 years since Gandhi’s first pledge of nonviolent
resistance.
Social Sciences Studio/East Building Room 115.
Information session begins at 11 a.m.
From Noon – 1 p.m. hear speakers:
Randy Kehler, legendary, local peace activist
Sunny Miller, Director, Traprock Peace Center
Jo Comerford, Western Mass AFSC
Music: Tom Neilson, songwriter & activist
1 p.m.-2 p.m. Informal Gathering with refreshments.

For further details, please contact Abbie Jenks at 775-1127.
(At 1:30 I expect to head out with
peace flags and signs, to hold them over
highway 91 just east of Greenfield Community
College. Will you dress in layers and join me?)

Mon. Oct. 2 – Gandhi’s Birthday
Walk in the woods at 5pm with ‘stone soup’ and discussion.
Meet at Traprock Peace Center, 1/2 mile south of Greenfield off Route 5& 10.

At 5 pm we invite you, please come for a walk on
Woolman Hill, followed by a simple pot-luck and
discussion at 6 pm. We can make ‘stone soup.’
Bring simple ingredients. Let us enjoy the
leaves, and the smell of this good earth.

Our discussion: What lessons do we still have to
learn from Gandh’s experiments with truth? And
how shall we respond to Woolman Hills felt need
for us to vacate these premises as of June 1? It
seems time to do things differently.

Tues. Oct. 3, “Sir, No Sir!”
at Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
7 – 9 p.m.    See this tremendous documentary film revealing
extensive resistance to the Vietnam War from within the U.S. military.
Further details, contact Abbie Jenks at 413 775-1127.

Wed. Oct. 4 – M.L.King & Civil Rights Movement
Arms Library, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 7 pm –
1st documentary film in this series on “Active Nonviolence.”
See, “King: From Montgomery to Memphis.” Hear Harry Belafonte’s
eloquent homage to Martin Luther King, Jr. starts off this powerful
film about King and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-68.
Comprised of rarely seen documentary footage including the
historic Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma campaigns. 105 min.
For info, call 624-8858 or 625-9708. Followed by snacks & discussion.

Thurs. Oct. 5 – GCC Guantanamo Teach-In
Greenfield Community College will serve as the Franklin host for the
National Guantanamo Teach-In. Beginning at 8am Attorney Buz Eisenberg,
advocate for Guantanamo prisoners will speak to the Post-Constitution Era
in US History, followed by an open mike. Throughout the day important
speakers and panels will appear on a nationwide simulcast.
For more information contact GCC’s Garry Longe at 413 775-1843,
or Buz Eisenberg at 413 775-1116.

Thurs. Oct. 5 – STOP CLUSTER BOMBS,
Textron Demo, Wilmington, MA
We join the Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq at
Textron Systems, producers of the Cluster Bomb at their factory at 201
Lowell Street (Route 129) in Wilmington, MA.
Thursday, Oct. 5th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Say NO to this cruel antipersonnel weapon that our government sold
to Israel for use in Lebanon and Palestine. We have also used them
in Afghanistan and Iraq.

We will vigil and leaflet the workers as they go to and from the plant
at lunch time and across the street at the strip mall. Bring signs.

Textron is off 93, just north of 128. Take exit 38, Route 129/ Reading,
Wilmington and go west towards Wilmington. Textron is on the left,
just past the 2nd traffic light at Woburn Street. Stay in the right lane
for the first traffic light at West Street.

Parking is available for patrons at the Lucci shopping center on your
left just before Woburn Street. There is also another smaller shopping
area on the north side of the street.

Please come and meet us there or call to car pool.
Information; Frances Crowe, 413-586-4950 in Northampton, MA or by email:
frances@hge.net

In Greenfield we meet at 9:30 am, behind Green Fields Market
on Main Street. Please choose parking farthest from the stores.
Help us hold banners: “Spare the Innocents”
“Healthcare, not Warfare!” “100 Ways to Peace” etc.
What shall we do differently? LOTS!

Fri. Oct. 6 – The Power of Community”
Wide Angle Films, Amherst, MA
At NACUL CENTER, 592 MAIN ST., Amherst, MA
(the corner of No. Whitney St.; just 1/2 mile east from
downtown Amherst, past Town Hall and the Police Station.)
Lively discussion will follows film screenings,
often with special guests. Donations accepted.
Amherst area residents provide this forum to inform
and involve the public, with sponsors Traprock Peace Center,
SAGE, Western Mass AFSC. We encourage new members
to join our film crew. For more information call Steve or Annie:
413-230-3138 or Emily: 413-256-1760.

Sat, Oct. 7 –
New England Peace Pagoda Ceremony, Leverett
Our friends at the Peace Pagoda’s celebrate their 21st Anniversary
at the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA 01054
Our Non-Violent Spirit Arising…
11:00: Buddhist Sacred Ceremony and Interfaith Prayers
Noon: Dharma Talk, Kato Shonin
12:15: Keynote, Jo Comerford
12:35: Lunch offered*
1:15: Music
2:30: Closing Prayer Dance led by the Wampanoag Community
Information: 413 367-2202

Also Sat, Oct. 7 –
Agape, MA
St. Francis Day! Visit this Catholic Worker community in the hills of Ware, MA.
See the grease car. Pray in the out of doors.
Speakers include Juanita Nelson.
Begins at 10 am.

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peace and justice event!

Gandhi’s birthday —
If you google (Gandhi pledge of resistance) you’ll
find text about that first pledge of nonviolent
resistance on September 11, 1906, in response
to a proposal that all Indians in the Transvall
carry identification cards. The proposed penalty
for noncompliance was imprisonment or
deportation. 3,000 gathered to consider their
options and elders declared they would not submit to this.
Congress expects us to submit to their vote for a
national ID card in 2008. Will this 3-year delay since
the legislation passed tame our will to resist? NO!

In South Africa, a miners’ strike and march mobilized 5-6,000. They were
promised only bread and sugar for weeks, as they prepared to march at
least 20 miles per day, as an army of nonviolent resisters.

Will our comforts and gadgets keep us home tending house, tending shop?
NO, we’ll be in the streets — because we must. We’ll be on the phones —
because we must. (Congress: 202-224-3121.)

War Signals – Ships Headed toward Iran

War Signals

by DAVE LINDORFF, The Nation

[posted online on September 21, 2006]

As reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have issued orders for a major “strike group” of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran’s western coast. This information follows a report in the current issue of Time magazine, both online and in print, that a group of ships capable of mining harbors has received orders to be ready to sail for the Persian Gulf by October 1.< As Time writes in its cover story, "What Would War Look Like?," evidence of the forward deployment of minesweepers and word that the chief of naval operations had asked for a reworking of old plans for mining Iranian harbors "suggest that a much discussed--but until now largely theoretical--prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran." According to Lieut. Mike Kafka, a spokesman at the headquarters of the Second Fleet, based in Norfolk, Virginia, the Eisenhower Strike Group, bristling with Tomahawk cruise missiles, has received recent orders to depart the United States in a little over a week. Other official sources in the public affairs office of the Navy Department at the Pentagon confirm that this powerful armada is scheduled to arrive off the coast of Iran on or around October 21. See full article at The Nation

Peace event scheduled for Greenfield Common

Peace event scheduled for Greenfield Common

Recorder Staff
http://www.recorder.com/

GREENFIELD — As part of a nationwide effort to gain support for an immediate withdrawal of soldiers from Iraq, local peace activists are hosting a “Declaration of Peace” day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Town Common.

“It’s time for everyone to stand up and declare peace, however they want to do that,” said Mary McClintock, who started the Greenfield Peace Vigil, which has been held every Saturday on the common since September 2003.

The Declaration of Peace movement is seeking people who will pledge to do one or more of the following:

Call on the Bush administration and Congress to immediately withdraw all troops from Iraq without further deployments.
Urge Congressman John Olver to adopt a position to bring the troops home and establish a comprehensive withdrawal plan.
Participate in rallies, marches, demonstrations and other peaceful strategies.
Engage is nonviolent civil disobedience, in the tradition of Mohandas Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., if the U.S. plan for withdrawal is not established by March 27 next year.
The plan calls for pro-peace activities to continue on a regular basis until U.S. troops have been withdrawn from Iraq.

Traprock Peace Center will set up a row of tents on the common, which will contain memorials honoring the war dead and wounded from all nationalities.

“I think this effort is really newsworthy, because it is in 50 states,” said Traprock Executive Director Sunny Miller. “But rather than one mass action, the points of contact are so numerous when we take up contact within the local community.”

Miller and Charles Jenks, Traprock advisory board chairman, say they are advising people to take whatever action they choose for peace on a daily basis — whether it’s contacting government leaders or flying banners for peace.

“We’re insisting that Congress represent us, now that the majority of the U.S. population has come to understand this war is completely wrong,” said Miller.

Carlos Arrendondo of Jamaica Plain will bring a display to honor his son, Alex Arredondo, 20, who was killed in Najaf, Iraq, in 2004.

At 11 a.m., the public will be invited to make signs and banners, along with members of the weekly peace vigil on the common.

At noon, there will be a speak-out/sing-out, with a public signing of the Declaration of Peace.

Between 1 and 4 p.m. will be workshops on the following: “The History of Nonviolence, Finding Your Support Group, and Students Against War;” a “Give Peace a Chance” youth talent theater improvisation for peace, and “Who’s Hurt by War? How Do We Heal: A Poem to Heal By.”

Miller said participants are welcome to bring poems and songs to share, along with posters and artwork.

At 4:30 p.m., there will be a potluck dinner at the Second Congregational Church Parish Hall, followed by a “Sing for Justice” at 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

After sundown, there will be a candlelight vigil on the Common, followed by evening conversation, songs and late snacks.

At least 300 events are planned nationwide between Sept. 21 to Sept. 28 to encourage support for the peace declaration.

For more information, call Traprock Peace Center at: 773-7427.

Gonzales: ISPs must keep records on users

original article

Gonzales: ISPs must keep records on users

Attorney general, other witnesses ask Congress to force Internet service providers to follow customers’ activities.

By Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: September 19, 2006, 5:32 PM PDT

WASHINGTON–Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday stepped up his efforts to lobby for federal laws requiring Internet providers to keep track of what their customers do online.

Gonzales asked senators to adopt “data retention” legislation that would likely force Internet providers to keep customer logs for at least a year or two. Those logs, often routinely discarded after a few months, are intended to be used by police investigating crimes.

ISP snooping time line

In events that were first reported by CNET News.com, Bush administration officials have said Internet providers must keep track of what Americans are doing online. Here’s the time line:

June 2005: Justice Department officials quietly propose data retention rules.

December 2005: European Parliament votes for data retention of up to two years.

April 14, 2006: Data retention proposals surface in Colorado and the U.S. Congress.

April 20, 2006: Attorney General Gonzales says data retention “must be addressed.”

April 28, 2006: Rep. DeGette proposes data retention amendment.

May 16, 2006: Rep. Sensenbrenner drafts data retention legislation–but backs away from it two days later.

May 26, 2006: Gonzales and FBI Director Mueller meet with Internet and telecommunications companies.

June 27, 2006: Rep. Barton, chair of a House committee, calls new child protection legislation a “highest priority.”

“This is a national problem that requires federal legislation,” Gonzales said during a Senate Banking Committee hearing. “We need to figure out a way to have ISPs retain data for a sufficient period of time that would allow us to go back and retrieve it.”

As the November election approaches, politicians have been devoting an unprecedented amount of attention to the topic of children, pornography and the Internet: At least three committees are holding hearings on the subject this week alone.

One committee even enlisted an outside-the-Beltway celebrity, basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq appeared on videotape before the Senate Commerce Committee, and said: “I’ve seen images that make me very sad, I’ve seen images that make me very mad…Yeah, I’m mad, very mad, senator.” (O’Neal is a spokesman for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, a federally funded nonprofit group.)

It’s unclear what the prospects are for mandatory data retention in Congress this year, or whether politicians will delay action until 2007. One senior House Republican drafted a bill (click for PDF) but then backed away from it, and a Democratic proposal (click for PDF) has not been voted on.

But with the Bush administration firmly behind the concept, and with state and local law enforcement lending a hand in the lobbying efforts and saying such mandates would help protect children, industry groups and privacy advocates may be hard-pressed to head off new regulations. During Tuesday morning’s appearance, for instance, Gonzales favorably cited a June letter (click for PDF) endorsing mandatory data retention that was signed by 49 attorneys general. The letter said: “It is clear that something must be done to ensure that ISPs retain data for a reasonable period of time.”

Myriad suggestions
Sen. John McCain, who presided over the afternoon hearing, scolded Internet companies who “were invited to participate and chose not to.” He said he would talk to Sen. Ted Stevens, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, about scheduling an additional hearing during which the companies would be grilled.

Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a Republican, used the hearing to tout a proposal, now tacked onto a mammoth communications bill and awaiting a vote, that would require all sexually explicit Web content to be labeled as such and home pages of all sites to be free of such content.

That measure, he said, “will help children from unwittingly stumbling across these words and images online.”

Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, echoed Gonzales’ calls for ISPs to hang onto customer records. “Some companies have policies on retention, but they vary widely, are not implemented consistently, and frankly, most are too short to have meaningful prosecutorial value,” he said.

Data retention legislation could follow one of two approaches, and it’s not clear which is more likely.

One form could require Internet providers and perhaps social-networking sites and search engines to record for a year or two which IP address is used by which user. The other form would be far broader, requiring companies to record data such as the identities of e-mail correspondents, logs of who sent and received instant messages (but not the content of those communications), and the addresses of Web pages visited.

During a series of meetings that Justice Department officials have held with private companies–first reported by CNET News.com–officials have been ambiguous about how they want legislation worded, private-sector participants say. Companies involved have included AOL, Comcast, Google, Microsoft, Verizon Communications and trade associations.

Suggestions for congressional action at Tuesday afternoon’s hearing didn’t stop at data retention by private companies.

Sheriff Michael Brown, who heads an Internet Crimes Against Children task force in Bedford County, Va., called on Congress to ensure that any state, federal, local or educational institution that receives federal funding also conduct “appropriate transactional logging to allow the location of individuals that use that access in the exploitation of children.” He said in his testimony (click for PDF) that the government could not, “in good conscience,” make such demands of the private sector if it didn’t also do the same.

That concept–restrictions slapped on using federal funds–echoes a 2000 federal law called the Children’s Internet Protection Act. CIPA effectively forced schools and libraries to filter sexually explicit Web sites by tying that requirement to the receipt of federal funds, an approach the U.S. Supreme Court upheld as constitutional in 2003.

The concept of more federal laws was popular at Tuesday’s pair of hearings. Sharon Cooper, an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, urged politicians to require that all public-school health classes, from elementary to high school, teach “child sexual abuse prevention strategies as well as online and communication technology safety strategies.”

And Sen. Robert Bennett, a Utah Republican, suggested that the Justice Department create a successor to the widely criticized Meese Commission, a 1986 federal panel that claimed to document the harmful effects of pornography. “Isn’t it time we revisited the creation of an attorney’s general commission and update, if you will, the kind of things the Meese Commission prophesied would happen?” Bennett asked.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives will have its own hearing on the Internet and child pornography.

‘Preservation’ vs. ‘retention’
At the moment, Internet service providers typically discard any log file that’s no longer required for business reasons such as network monitoring, fraud prevention, or billing disputes. Companies do, however, alter that general rule when contacted by police performing an investigation–a practice called data preservation.

A 1996 called the Electronic Communication Transactional Records Act regulates data preservation. It requires Internet providers to retain any “record” in their possession for 90 days “upon the request of a governmental entity.”

Because Internet addresses remain a relatively scarce commodity, ISPs tend to allocate them to customers from a pool based on whether a computer is in use at the time.

An IP address is a unique 4-byte address used to communicate with a device on a computer network that relies on the Internet Protocol. An IP address associated with CNET.com, for instance, is 216.239.113.101. (Two standard techniques used are the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet.)

In addition, Internet providers are required by another federal law to report child pornography sightings to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is in turn charged with forwarding that report to the appropriate police agency.

When adopting its data retention rules, the European Parliament approved U.K.-backed requirements saying communications providers in its 25 member countries–several of which had enacted their own data retention laws already–must retain customer data for a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years.

The Europe-wide requirement applies to a wide variety of “traffic” and “location” data, including the identities of the customers’ correspondents; the date, time and duration of phone calls, voice over Internet Protocol calls, or e-mail messages; and the location of the device used for the communications. But the “content” of the communications is not supposed to be retained. The rules are expected to take effect in 2008.