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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:10 PM

CODEPINK Repeatedly Disrupts Brennan Hearing Calling Out Names of Civilians Killed in Drone Strikes

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http://www.democracynow.org/2013/2/8/codepink_repeatedly_disrupts_brennan_hearing_calling

Thursday’s confirmation hearing for CIA nominee John Brennan was briefly postponed to clear the room of activists from CODEPINK after they repeatedly disrupted Brennan’s testimony. One woman held a list of Pakistani children killed in U.S. drone strikes. Former U.S. diplomat Col. Ann Wright interrupted Brennan while wearing a sign around her neck with the name of Tariq Aziz, a 16-year-old Pakistani boy who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011. Wright and seven others were arrested. We speak to CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin, who also disrupted the meeting and recently visited Pakistan to speak with victims of drone strikes. "It’s not only the killing, it’s the terrorizing of entire populations, where they hear the drones buzzing overhead 24 hours a day, where they’re afraid to go to school, afraid to go to the markets, to funerals, to weddings, where it disrupts entire communities," Benjamin says. "And we are trying to get this information to our elected officials, to say, 'You are making us unsafe here at home,' to say nothing of how illegal, immoral and inhumane these policies are."


JOANNE LINGLE: 178 children killed by drones in Pakistan. And Mr. Brennan, if you don’t know who they are, I have a list. I have a list with all the names and the ages.

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN: All right, I’m going to—we’re going to halt the hearing. I’m going to ask that the room be cleared and that the CODEPINK associates not be permitted to come back in. Done this five times now, and five times are enough.

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Reply CODEPINK Repeatedly Disrupts Brennan Hearing Calling Out Names of Civilians Killed in Drone Strikes (Original post)
polly7 Feb 2013 OP
The Link Feb 2013 #1
limpyhobbler Feb 2013 #2
dhill926 Feb 2013 #3
Fire Walk With Me Feb 2013 #4
frylock Feb 2013 #9
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #5
another_liberal Feb 2013 #6
YOHABLO Feb 2013 #7
Honeycombe8 Feb 2013 #8
Fire Walk With Me Feb 2013 #10
OGKush Feb 2013 #11
Fire Walk With Me Feb 2013 #12
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #16
Catherina Feb 2013 #20
Junkdrawer Feb 2013 #23
Catherina Feb 2013 #24
Honeycombe8 Feb 2013 #26
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #27
Bonobo Feb 2013 #13
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #14
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #15
Junkdrawer Feb 2013 #22
RudynJack Feb 2013 #25
dfgrbac Feb 2013 #17
1-Old-Man Feb 2013 #18
Fire Walk With Me Feb 2013 #19
Catherina Feb 2013 #21

Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:15 PM

1. Brown kids lives are worth less than American lives.

 

That is the basic argument for drones.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:31 PM

2. That hearing was a complete joke. Codepink was the only sane voice in the room.

Aside from maybe a couple questions from Senators Wyden and King. But there was really no follow up. That this nomination is sailing through makes me feel kind of sick.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:31 PM

3. good......n/t

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:39 PM

4. I sure hope I didn't vote for Feinstein in the last election...love me some Code Pink! n/t

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:07 PM

9. i know that i didn't..

and it felt great.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:42 PM

5. Kick!

 

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:51 PM

6. Good for you, polly . . .

Good for you, polly7. Great link as well.

We who consider ourselves progressives must protest this illegal and immoral practice. We cannot remain silent just because we want to support President Obama on his domestic policies and his opposition to Republican efforts at redistributing more wealth upward to the wealthiest few. If we don't now let him and his administration know how much we oppose this secret, indiscriminate and extra-judicial kind of murder, how can we ever complain, even if these robot attacks increase in frequency and, eventually, reach our own shores?

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:42 PM

7. SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN should recuse herself from the hearing ...

her husband works for the very entity that supports the military industrial complex. If she had just made knowledge of Code Pink's right to protest .. just a gesture towards their right as American's to do so .. then, it wouldn't have been so bad. But it was the tone, and the chuckle, that got me; if you listen to the replay. As if she were saying: ''get these crazies out of the room so we can get on with this charade''.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:49 PM

8. I hate when activists do that. They're interfering with the function of the govt....

the purpose of the hearing, and interfering with the rights of others. That doesn't mean the activists, whoever they are at any given hearing or event, don't have a valid point. But I hate it when they put their own rights ahead of the rights of others.

There's a way to protest. That isn't one of them, IMO.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:41 AM

10. Drones were not on the ballot when we voted last year.

 

We don't have a say. It's not Democracy when they won't listen. And without exactly this sort of activism, the voice of the people would not be heard by those in power. The word Democracy can be broken down to "the voice / will of The People" so this activism is exactly that: the voice of the people which they will not otherwise hear or regard.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:06 AM

11. I agree. There is a time and place to push your cause.

 

And There is a time and place that hurts your cause.

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Response to OGKush (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:10 AM

12. When and where? Activists have been screaming about this, and nothing has changed

 

and voice not heard or even regarded until this direct action. Direct action gets the goods. It's not democracy if they don't listen, and drones were NOT on any election ballot.

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Response to OGKush (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:04 PM

16. Please explain when and where the "time and place" are. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:04 PM

20. 20 years later when everyone can sit back and pretend

they were against it too and part of the activism.

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Response to Catherina (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:26 PM

23. aka 90% of college grads 1974 - 1979.....

And then they grew up became Yuppies.

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Response to Junkdrawer (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:36 PM

24. And a ton of Democrats who never said a word

or protested against the Iraq war. Funny all that.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:39 AM

26. Well, certainly NOT interrupting a hearing that is trying to investigate the matter. Duh.

Are they stooopid or what? They're calling for an investigation! While they interrupt the investigation that is going on! Irony, ye have no better name.

But the point is...if they are so into democracy and freedom, what about the rights of the rest of the country to hear the hearing and the investigation that's going on, that the activists are trying to prevent from occurring? That's against the law. Again, ironic that they break the law while protesting that something else is breaking the law.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:50 AM

27. Maybe they want some input. It is their government too.

All too often these meetings only represent the elite.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:23 AM

13. People should protest in free-speech zones! nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 03:27 AM

14. Is there some reason that you unable to understand that that's the point?

 

Is it unclear to you that the government is completely unresponsive to the grievances of the people and goes so far as to actively exclude them from all discussions?

Is there anything that this government could do that you would object to?

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:03 PM

15. Yes, we should just go quietly. nm

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:14 PM

22. Yes. You should write down all your grievances, seal them in an envelope....

and place the envelope into the provided "Suggestions" box:

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:55 PM

25. The main problem

is it accomplishes nothing, and marginalizes any valid complaints they may have. They're worse than useless - they're harmful to their own cause.

All they gain is high-fives from a few, and everybody else is just embarrassed for them.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:36 PM

17. When citizens back off, evil has an opening and takes over.

Most Americans consider our country to be a democracy. But democracy requires participation by its citizens - all of its citizens - for freedom to prevail.

The question for we, the people, is how do we best participate? Almost everyone seems to believe that only by public protests and civil disobedience can we get the attention of politicians to do something.

There is a better way. And that is through ballot initiatives. But the initiative process itself is critical to the success of empowering everyone - and for keeping destructive influences from controlling it.

Much work has been put into the National Initiative for Democracy to improve the process and to prevent destructive influences from big money interests as we have experienced in various state initiatives.

I have been campaigning for the National Initiative for years, and I strongly believe it is our only way out of corrupt government.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:45 PM

18. And the great Queen, Diane Feinstein dismissed the swine and got on with her business

And in the end if the seat must be filled, and you may safely assume that the seat of head of the CIA must be filled, then it will be filled and this Brennan might not be so bad as we may have got. It is good to keep in mind that once confirmed and in place the CIA Director, and in fact that entire Agency (most particularly its operations branches), is simply an extension of the will of the President.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:58 PM

19. To all who disagree with this type of activism:

 

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/01/mlk-and-the-peace-process.html

Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth....

The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation. Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:08 PM

21. It did my heart good to see they had posters of Abdul al Awlaki






Here's the youtube in case anyone else has Java turned off and can't get the Democracy Now video

CODEPINK Repeatedly Disrupts Brennan Hearing Calling Out Names Of Civilians Killed in Drone Strikes


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