“We’re always told to ‘write your Congressman,’ and we have. Only this time we brought a letter they couldn’t miss.”
On the morning of Tuesday, September 23, environmentalist and Army veteran Diane Wilson (author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas and Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus) climbed the 9-foot retaining fence around the National Archives Building in Washington along with several other members of Veterans for Peace and occupied a 35-foot-high ledge to raise a giant banner reading “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!”
Tarak Kauff, a spokesman for the group, said: “We’re here because, A, we would like to see the Constitution restored, and B, and maybe more importantly, we want to see justice and accountability in this country…if we don’t have justice and accountability, we have nothing.”
Washington — Five military veterans, all members of Veterans For Peace, are breaking camp from their perch on the National Archives building this morning, taking with them their 22×8-ft. banner demanding “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!” that has overlooked their 24-hour action on a narrow ledge 35 feet above Constitution Ave.
Tarak Kauff, 67, former Army Airborne, who provided ground support throughout, said in a phone interview, “We’re always told to ‘write your Congressman,’ and we have. Only this time we brought a letter they couldn’t miss. We’ve made our point writ large that Bush and Cheney are war criminals and must be arrested and prosecuted. Impeach them if we can, but we’re not holding our breath for Congress to act. The kingpins of this criminal administration will be brought to justice, along with many of their lieutenants.”
Elliott Adams, VFP president, by phone from his spot on the ledge overlooking the entrance to the Archives Building, said “This turned out excellent. We’re very happy with the response we’ve gotten to arrest Bush and Cheney for war crimes. We considered staying longer this time but we are not prepared for longer than this…although we may be back again, soon.”
VFP members participating in the Archives action are: Elliott Adams: 61, NY, VFP President and former Army paratrooper in Viet Nam; Ellen Barfield: 52, MD, former U.S. Army Sgt., full-time peace and justice advocate; Kim Carlyle: 61, NC, mountain homesteader, former Army Spec 5; Diane Wilson: 59, TX, shrimp boat captain, former Army medic; Doug Zachary: 58, TX, VFP staff, former USMC LCpl discharged as a conscientious objector; and Tarak Kauff (ground support) 67, NY, painting contractor, former U.S. Army Airborne.