Janine Boneparth, a 58 year old anti war protester attempted to handcuff Karl Rove in what she called a "citizen's arrest for treason." at a seminar in San Francisco. Code Pink issued a statement identifying Boneparth at the conclusion of the theatrical stunt. CBS News Interactive: About Karl Rove
Mayor Dan Pike signed a Code Pink resolution opposing military intervention in Iran earlier in the year. Pike is one of only 44 mayors across the nation that signed this resolution. (Most American mayors, regardless of party affiliation, avoid this group like the plague). Pike's signature can be viewed here: http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=4232&printsafe=1
American citizen Medea Benjamin, a leader of the anti-American group Code Pink, announced in Amman, Jordan in January of 2005, that Code Pink, it's parent group Global Exchange and Families for Peace donated $600,000 in aid to the 'other side' in the terrorist haven city of Fallujah in Iraq. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1312014/posts
In 2005, Code Pink staged numerous protests in front of Walter Reed Memorial Hospital.
Kevin Pannell, who was treated at Walter Reed and had both legs amputated after an ambush grenade attack near Baghdad in 2004, considers the presence of the anti-war protesters in front of the hospital "distasteful."
When he was a patient at the hospital, Pannell said he initially tried to ignore the anti-war activists camped out in front of Walter Reed, until witnessing something that enraged him.
"We went by there one day and I drove by and [the anti-war protesters] had a bunch of flag-draped coffins laid out on the sidewalk. That, I thought, was probably the most distasteful thing I had ever seen. Ever," Pannell, a member of the Army's First Cavalry Division, told Cybercast News Service.
"You know that 95 percent of the guys in the hospital bed lost guys whenever they got hurt and survivors' guilt is the worst thing you can deal with," Pannell said, adding that other veterans recovering from wounds at Walter Reed share his resentment for the anti-war protesters."
In an article printed in "Canada Free Press," author George Koukeas stated that Code Pink confuses the "issue of constitutional protest versus unconstitutional conduct."
In fact, he says, Code Pink is a good example of how most left wing groups confuse abuse of their rights with free speech/ peaceful assembly.
"They overlook the limits all of our constitutional rights have. Every right imposes on us an obligation to avoid violating other people’s rights when we exercise our own. Yet many leftists--including Code Pink--violate the rights of others through their “protesting”.
Koukeas warned, "Should the US soldiers be sent home as Code Pink espouses, the terrorists will establish their own government in Iraq. If that occurs, terrorists will be able to better coordinate their murderous attacks on Americans with other terrorist groups in other nations. Iraq potentially gives terrorists a base of operations. If Code Pink’s anti-recruiting goals were reached on a large scale, it would weaken our country’s defense against the terrorists attempting to take-over Iraq. Meanwhile, the terrorists are unrestricted in recruiting more American-hating mass-murderers. Hence, Code Pink, if successful, would be assisting our enemy in murdering Americans. Therefore, Code Pink should be investigated for sedition and the police should break up their pseudo-protest group."
Link to Canada Free Press article: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3466
Click here to see Code Pink in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g3MfVrZ4jA
*Disclaimer: Having grown up on military bases, I have a difficult time understanding the hatred that some Americans feel for America's armed forces. Nevertheless, I've been forced to deal with it from a very young age.
My Step dad is one of the former Base Commanders of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and my dad was a pilot in the USAF who served the (JCS). Both my step dad and my dad served during WW II, Korea and Vietnam. (Yes, I also have painful memories of the fathers, husbands, brothers, boyfriends and former classmates who were killed in Vietnam during my childhood). But I do not and could not ever hate the men and women who served in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. They were ordered to serve by Congress.
The State of Washington is home to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Navy bases. Bellingham is home to the National Guard. Military facilities provide jobs and millions of dollars of income for surrounding businesses and communities. Bellingham, like most cities has a diverse population - active military, national guard, reserve military and retirees.
Not everyone who lives in our community is a war protester.
Congress almost unanimously authorizes use of military force in Afghanistan: http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/10/07/karl.congressional.support.otsc/
Congress Authorizes Military force if needed to disarm Iraq: http://www.usembassy.it/file2002_10/alia/a2101112.htm
Congress poised to authorize the use of military action in Iran: http://theweekincongress.com/Member/FEATURES/CONGPOISE730.htm
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution: http://www.vietnamwar.com/gulfoftonkinresolution.htm