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0803PeaceWorker

0803PeaceWorker

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Published by Peter Bergel
March 2008 edition of Oregon PeaceWorks' PeaceWorker newspaper.
March 2008 edition of Oregon PeaceWorks' PeaceWorker newspaper.

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peace
 worker
5 Years 
 
of 
 
War 
 
in 
 
Iraq 
T    g   i  l   i  d     i   f    P  W  , d     y  i  l  
 
After 5 years of war and occupation in Iraq, what have we accom-plished? How did it happen? What shall we do now?
The PeaceWorker 
  joins the rest of the U.S. peace movement in examining and seekinganswers to these questions.See pages10 - 15.
O
THER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
 
 
Lee Calls on Mukasey to Enforce Law .1
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5% Solutions to Global Warming
Portland Peace Group Gagged .............24Protect Election Integrity........................24End War: Refuse to Pay For It ...............25New Anti-Nuclear Campaign .................26Reject Public Broadcasting Cuts ...........27
5% Pledgers Lead to Sustainability ....28Ty Curtis at Give Peace a Dance .......28OPW Wish List ...................................28
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Table of Contents
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ighlights
Live Links Below
 
OPW’s Mission is to educate andactivate people to work for peace, justice and environmental protection.
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Lee Calls on Mukasey to Enforce the Law
 By Rep. Barbara Lee
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Rep. Barbara Lee
T
here continue to becontradictory messagescoming from thisadministration on the issue of  permanent military bases in Iraq.
In spite of signing legislation con-taining provisions banning permanentmilitary bases six times already, therecent signing statement on the FY08Department of Defense Authorization bill and signing of the ‘declaration of  principles’ with Prime Minister al-Mala-ki seem to point in the other direction.In an effort to understand how theBush administration is enforcing the ex-isting provisions in law, I am urging mycongressional colleagues to join me insending the letter below to the AttorneyGeneral.
Dear Attorney General Mukasey:
We write to you to respectfully inquirewhat oversight you are conducting toensure that the Department of Defense andthe White House are complying with theletter and spirit of the law regarding the ban on permanent military bases in Iraq.As you may know, the President hassigned into law six times legislation thatincludes provisions prohibiting perma-nent or long-term military bases in Iraq(PL 109-289, PL 109-364, PL 110-28, PL110-116, PL 110-161, and PL 110-181.)However, in his signing ceremonyon January 28, 2008 for the FY08Department of Defense Authorization bill, the President offered a disturbingstatement signaling his intent to ignorethis provision in the bill.Unfortunately, this signing state-ment came on the heels of another troubling development that runs counter to our efforts to prevent a long-termmilitary presence in Iraq. At the endof last year, without any congressionalinput, President Bush and Prime Min-ister al-Maliki signed a “Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relation-ship of Cooperation and FriendshipBetween the Republic of Iraq and theUnited States of America” that willset the stage for future agreements onthe disposition of US troops in Iraqand other wide-ranging aspects of thisimportant bilateral relationship.Asked whether these principles wouldlead to permanent bases in Iraq, the Pres-ident’s assistant for Iraq and Afghanistan,General Douglas Lute said, “That’s another dimension of continuing U.S. support to thegovernment of Iraq, and will certainly be akey item for negotiation next year.”In light of such contradictions, wewould like to learn precisely what is be-ing done to make certain that permanentmilitary bases are not being planned or constructed in Iraq and how the prohibi-tion in law is being observed and over-seen by the Bush administration.We look forward to receiving your reply.Barbara Lee, Member of Congress
 Barbara Lee represents California’s 9
th
 Congressional District. She took over that  seat in 1998 from retiring Ron Dellums.She has been a leading voice in oppositionto the Iraq war since before it began.

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