Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sign the online petition for Impeachment Hearings today

"Why is this man in the White House?

The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there?

And I tell you this morning that he's in the White House

because God put him there for a time such as this."

- Lt Gen William Boykin,
speaking of G. W. Bush, New York Times, 17 October 2003

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"God gave the savior to the German people.

We have faith, deep and unshakable faith,

that he was sent to us by God to save Germany."

- Hermann Goering
speaking of Hitler

Together we can:

* Urge real Congressional action to hold President Bush accountable now

* Reinstate the authority of our Constitution* Document crimes committed by President Bush for historical account

* Facilitate post-Administration law enforcement and prosecution

* Reset the standard for the incoming and future administrations

* Demand justice for the over 3,000 who died on 9/11and whose deaths were tragically exploited to take us into an illegal war in Iraq

* Demand justice for the estimated 30,324 U.S. military personnel who have been injured/wounded

* Demand justice for the estimated 4,138 U.S. military personnel who have been killed or died

* Demand justice for the 1 Million innocent Iraqis who have died

** Avert another illegitimate looming war – this time against Iran

We need your active participation to deliver 1 Million signatures to Congress by September 10, 2008.

Please give at least ten of your friends the opportunity to stand up for our country – the way you and I have, by inviting them to sign the impeachment petition online at Send your friends an email invitation to sign the petition=> Together we can make September 10, the day before the world changed, a day we change the world!"

Dennis Kucinich

Thank you for your active and ongoing citizenship.
Dennis Kucinich

"WHEREAS, in his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has committed abuses of power.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that President George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and Commander in Chief, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States and that he be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors."

Support impeachment hearings -

Join the campaign with Rep. Dennis Kucinich to make September 10th a day to change the world!

"Dear Friends,

On August 1st, I delivered to Speaker Nancy Pelosi; a petition bearing the names of over 100,000 Americans that, like us, feel that the President must be held accountable for abusing executive power and disregarding his Constitutional obligations. Your voices have been heard and your support continues to send a powerful message to lawmakers. That is why I call on you again to help us in a new effort to deliver 1 Million signatures to Speaker Pelosi on September 10, 2008."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Connecticut's Nuclear Weapons

There are no signs pointing the way to Above All State Park. It is not even marked on the newer editions of the official state tourism map, nor is it included in the official list of state parks. Nevertheless, it is a public park managed by the CT Department of Environmental Protection, like the other state parks. And it is the former command center for Connecticut' s network of nuclear missiles.

To reach the park, you have to follow Above All Road in the town of Warren, up to the summit of a hill overlooking Litchfield County. At the entrance is a small marker to show it is state property, and a gate just high enough for a bicycle to pass underneath (without rider). A dirt road leads up to a meadow in the woods. In the 19th century there were plans to build the "Above-All Mountain House" as a holiday resort, but nowadays the road is frequented more by little red salamanders than by human visitors.

At the top of the meadow is an empty cinderblock bunker. Behind the bunker is the concrete base of what was once a launchpad for Nike anti-aircraft missiles. Each missile carried a 2-to-40 kiloton nuclear warhead. This was the control center for 12 Nike batteries distributed around Connecticut during the Cold War. Ours was the only state to have had every square inch of its territory protected (or targeted) by nuclear weapons.

The Nikes were intended to defend against Soviet bomber planes, but they were never tested since even an unarmed missile could have killed people if it fell to earth in a populated place like Connecticut. And they became obsolete soon after installation because they were useless against the new Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) which replaced bombers.

After the 1972 SALT treaty banned rapid-fire Nike missiles, the launchpads were dismantled. The Above All site became a state park again. For a while it reappeared on the maps, but now it has reverted to secrecy and is seldom mentioned.

The only Red Menace now are the red efts which creep across the road and which you have to watch out for if you want to avoid squashing them under foot or tire. I am reminded of Karel Capek's "War With the Newts," the 1936 Czech science-fiction satire in which salamanders take over human military installations, and the world descends into a nightmarish arms race and world war. Fortunately, these newts seem to be the peaceful kind.

--from an email from David Bedell [CT_Peace_Justice]