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Code Pink “Occupies” Congressional Offices

From a delighted Associated Press:

Protestors confront Democrat David Obey.

Anti-war protesters plan takeover of U.S. legislators’ offices

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press
Thursday, March 08, 2007

WASHINGTON — Some opponents of the Iraq war are taking their protests straight to Congress — staging “occupations” in legislators’ offices on Capitol Hill and in their home communities.

U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel’s office in Chicago was targeted Thursday.

A day earlier, protesters were headed off before entering U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in San Francisco.

In Washington, peace activists dressed in pink showed up recently at the Senate offices of presidential hopefuls John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton

“The aim is to keep going back time and time and time again.”

The protesters number anywhere from a handful to a few dozen. Sometimes, they stay for minutes. Sometimes, they remain for hours before police move in.

Organizers count more than 140 arrests so far. Most involve charges of trespassing or disorderly conduct.

During the occupations, the protesters sit, stand, sing, chant, pray, ring bells and read letters from U.S. troops sent home to their families.

The eight demonstrators at Emanuel’s office Thursday performed skits about the consequences of war, read names of U.S. troops killed in Iraq and told stories about Iraqi children hurt in the fighting. They were welcomed by a staffer into the lobby of the congressman’s office.

Sometimes, though, the protesters don’t even make it through the front door.

About 20 demonstrators gathered outside Pelosi’s San Francisco office Wednesday. Before they could enter, a Pelosi staffer ushered the group down to a conference room seven floors below, where many voiced frustration Pelosi is not being aggressive enough in seeking an end to the war.

The anti-war groups are setting their sights on Republicans, like McCain. But they’re also lining up against Democrats, like Pelosi, who were opposed to the war from the very beginning.

“Those who know there is an alternative, we want to put some pressure on them to do the right thing,” said Gael Murphy, co-founder of Codepink, an anti-war group with a name that serves as a poke at the U.S. administration’s colour-coded terror alert system. Pink, the group says, represents peace.

Occupations have been held at the offices of senators Richard Durbin of Illinois and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, and U.S. representatives Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and David Obey of Wisconsin. All four Democrats voted against the 2002 measure authorizing the war.

Earlier this week, Obey was confronted outside his Capitol office by war opponents, prompting a heated exchange in which Obey shouted at one woman who wanted him to vote against money for the war.

In a video posted on the Internet site YouTube, the Democratic legislator is seen pounding his fist repeatedly into the air, complaining loudly that Democrats don’t have enough votes to cut off war funding and the protesters don’t understand the debate in Congress.

That makes no sense. It doesn’t work that way,” Obey said at one point.

In Minnesota, protesters are putting pressure on most congressional offices, including that of Republican Senator Norm Coleman, a former anti-war protester himself from the Vietnam era. He is considered one of the most vulnerable senators seeking re-election next year…

YouTube also has numerous clips of other Code Pink "occupations" of Congressional offices, including this one at Republican Mark Kirk’s offices.

Apparently this is quite a phenomenon. Yet our watchdog media has ignored it completely. (Apart from this story, which was only picked up by backwater papers like the Ottawa Citizen.)

Code Pink are saboteurs, in addition to being traitors. We are one step away from mob rule.

But there is hardly a peep about them from our mainstream media masters.


From Chattanooga, Tennessee’s WRCB TV:

Angry Obey Caught on Tape

Angry words, caught on tape, from House Appropriations Committee Chairman, Representative David Obey. The Democratic Congressman from Wisconsin was approached outside his Capitol Hill office by a woman who said her son is an Iraq War Marine.

Obey grew angry and had harsh words for the woman and liberal groups in general. He said they don’t understand that his supplemental bill would end the war in Iraq. The altercation was videotaped and posted on youtube.com.

"We don’t have the votes to pass it. We couldn’t even get the votes to pass an non-binding resolution. How the hell do you think we’re gonna get the votes to cut off the war?!

Man: "you stop the funding." "How if you don’t have the votes?! There is no filibuster. I’m sorry, No I’m not gonna vote for it. I’m the sponsor of the bill that’s gonna be on the floor and that bill ends the war. If that’s not good enough for you you’re smoking something illegal… You’ve got your facts screwed up….we can’t get the votes! Do you see a magic wand in my pockets?! How the hell we going to get the votes for it? We ain’t got the votes for it. We do have the votes if you guys quit screwing it up! ….I’m not gonna debate on this!" (walks into office and closes door)

It does not appear obey knew he was being recorded. In an interview with "The Hill" today, Obey apologized for getting angry with the woman and said his immense frustration about this (quote) "stupid war" boiled over.

In other words, David Obey admits that the Democrats are determined to end the war in defeat.

He just want the crackpots to shut up so they can do it in a way that will make them (the Dems) look blameless.

And, indeed, the defeat schedule Iraq timetable that Mr. Obey presented along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi today, shows that he is true to his word:

He just can’t be open and honest about it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 9th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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