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CODEPINK Fires Rumsfeld

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Protesters Disrupt Rumsfeld Speech to National Press Club
September 10, 2003

WASHINGTON - Protestors briefly disrupted a speech by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the National Press Club.

"Mr. Rumsfeld you're fired," a woman yelled as Rumsfeld was beginning a speech on Iraq and the war on terrorism that followed the attacks on the US Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

"Your foreign policy is based on lies. The war in Iraq is unjust and illegal and the occupation is immoral," she said. Shouts went up of "Bring the troops home now!" and "Tell us when the troops are coming home. They need to come home." Protesters unfurled a banner from the gallery before being led away, chanting, "Hey, Mr. Rumsfeld, what do you say? How many children did you kill today."

Rumsfeld, watching from below, turned back to his audience and said: "Well, now."

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Medea Benjamin Takes Rumsfeld Down

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Medea Benajamin interrupted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's testimony before a congressional committee

WASHINGTON -- Chanting "inspections, not war," demonstrators Wednesday interrupted U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Medea Benjamin, said she was protesting because she said members of the House committee would not ask Rumsfeld tough questions.

"They weren't asking the questions we asked: How many civilians would be killed? How would they protect us against the backlash of anti-Americanism? Why is this all about oil? Why is it coming up now? Can't we wait till after the elections? Why is the Bush administration stopping this inspection process? Why don't we put it back into the hands of the [U.N.] Security Council?" she said.

Capitol Police spokesman Dan Nichols said carrying protest banners into the Capitol was not illegal because they cannot be used as a weapon.





Rumsfeld heckled, grilled on Iraq intelligence at speech

By Peter Spiegel, Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times. Times staff writer Julian Barnes contributed
Published May 5, 2006

WASHINGTON -- When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld goes on the road to deliver a speech, it's usually in front of a relatively respectful crowd: U.S. troops stationed overseas, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation have been among his audiences this year.

An audience Thursday in Atlanta turned out to be a bit different.

Rumsfeld was interrupted three times by anti-war protesters and was forced to defend himself against charges by a former high-ranking CIA analyst that he lied to push the United States into war in Iraq.

Rumsfeld sought to make light of the flak during his address to the Southern Center for International Studies, a non-profit educational group, telling the audience that the protesters were just a few "close personal friends" of Peter White, the center's president.

Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran who once gave President George H.W. Bush his morning intelligence briefings, engaged in an extended debate with Rumsfeld after asking why the defense secretary had insisted before the Iraq invasion that there was "bulletproof evidence" linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda.

"Was that a lie, Mr. Rumsfeld, or was that manufactured somewhere else? Because all of my CIA colleagues disputed that, and so did the 9/11 commission," McGovern said during a question-and-answer session. "Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary?"

At the start of the exchange, Rumsfeld remained unflappable, insisting, "I haven't lied. I did not lie then," before launching into a vigorous defense of the administration's prewar pronouncements on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

But he became tongue-tied when McGovern pressed him on claims that he knew where unconventional Iraqi weapons were located.

"You said you knew where they were," McGovern said.

"I did not. I said I knew where suspected sites were," Rumsfeld retorted.

McGovern then read from the defense secretary's past statements. As U.S. troops approached Baghdad in March 2003, Rumsfeld had said about weapons of mass destruction: "We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."

That led Rumsfeld to briefly stammer. He recovered after admonishing a security guard who was trying to push McGovern away from the microphone.

Rumsfeld insisted U.S. troops believed they would encounter chemical or biological weapons.

He went on to field a dozen other questions, including from a woman whose son was killed in Iraq and who asked about help for the children of slain service members. Rumsfeld asked her to submit her name to Southern Center officials. "And I'm so sorry about your son," he said.

In an interview after the speech, McGovern, 66, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, said he obtained a ticket for Thursday's address through an acquaintance who had forwarded him an e-mail invitation. The invitation directed him to a Web site that asked for detailed information about his background.

"I filled it all out and, lo and behold, there was a ticket in the mail," he said.

White, the center's president, said he had sent invitations to a wide range of civic and business groups, noting that the Pentagon had put no restrictions on who should be included.

McGovern said his question was prompted by Rumsfeld's response to one of the three antiwar protesters who interrupted the defense secretary's prepared address, accusing him of lying about prewar intelligence.

"That charge is frequently leveled against the president for one reason or another, and it is so wrong, so unfair and so destructive of a free system where people need to trust each other and government," Rumsfeld said after the protester had been whisked out of the room.






City Council calls for a congressional inquiry to explore grounds for impeaching President Bush (and Rumsfeld)

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) — On May 18th, 2006 Sebastopol, a city known for its left-leaning activism, has joined the debate over the Iraq war and domestic spying.

Thursday, the five-member City Council unanimously passed a resolution criticizing President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for their handling of national security issues.

The City Council also called for a congressional inquiry to explore grounds for impeaching President Bush.

The council accused the administration of "gross incompetence" in its response to Hurricane Katrina, to top off its discontent.

"Even though there's only a handful of us here, it was only a handful of people who created the Declaration of Independence that started all of this," Councilman Larry Robinson said after a dozen people spoke out against Bush's policies.

Sebastopol residents who backed the measure hope it will affect the political landscape.

"One resolution is not pointless," said Sebastopol resident Mike Sandler. "The leaders in D.C. are not leading, so we have to lead. It's true for climate change, and it's true for holding the president accountable."





Berkeley backs prosecution of Rumsfeld

Berkeley became the first government entity in the United States to endorse the prosecution of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes.

The Berkeley City Council early today unanimously passed a resolution supporting a criminal complaint filed in Germany against Rumsfeld and his associates in connection with torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons.

After some debate, the council -- on the advice of the city manager and city attorney -- modified the original resolution from the Peace and Justice Commission, which called for Berkeley to join about three dozen international nonprofits as co-plaintiffs.

The council was advised that city staff did not have the time or expertise to take on a German legal matter and that Berkeley might expose itself to financial or legal liability by joining the suit, which was filed under Germany's universal human rights jurisdiction.

The compromise resolution removes Berkeley as a co-plaintiff, but expands the city's support for the German suit to "any tribunal with jurisdiction over the matter, whether such legal proceedings are pursued in this country or abroad."