BREAKING: CODEPINK Attempts Citizen's Arrest Of Kissinger

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CODEPINK Protesters Attempt Citizens Arrest of Henry Kissinger for War Crimes

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Washington, DC –– On Thursday, January 29, CODEPINK protesters spoke out during Senate Armed Services Committee hearing attempting to perform a citizens’ arrest on Henry Kissinger. Holding handcuffs and large signs that read: KISSINGER: WAR CRIMINAL and ARREST KISSINGER FOR WAR CRIMES, activists read aloud a citizens’ arrest [pasted below]. In response, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Committee, called the human rights activists “lowlife scum” and said it was “the most disgraceful and despicable demonstration he had ever seen.”

“CODEPINK is really proud of our action in the Senate today, speaking out on behalf of the people of Indochina, China, East Timor and peace-loving people everywhere,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, “Henry Kissinger is responsible for the deaths of millions. He’s a murderer, a liar, a crook, and a thug, and should be tried at the Hague.”

“I chose to speak out during the Senate Arms Committee because I’m appalled that the Senate would bring in a war criminal to testify about ‘American leadership’ when the only things Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright have shown leadership in is wreaking destruction upon other countries and murdering countless innocent civilians,” said 26-year-old CODEPINK National Coordinator Alli McCracken. “Is that the leadership we want to uphold as a nation and use to determine our current and future foreign policies? We need to stop rehashing these tired old war criminals and come up with a new foreign policy based on diplomacy and compassion –– two things Kissinger knows nothing about.”

“Henry Kissinger is one of many representatives of the culture of impunity which still dominates American leaders’ approach to foreign policy. While he has been continually criticized by activists for his orchestration of or support for egregious crimes, he is regarded as a bulwark for global diplomacy by those who walk the hallowed halls of congress. His true legacy is that of destruction. He is the great American villain, Kissinger’s agent orange in Vietnam is  Bush’s Depleted Uranium in Iraq, the time to end impunity is now,” said Anna Kaminski, a CODEPINK organizer.

The Citizens’ Arrest warrant denounced Henry Kissinger for complicity in the bombings in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos; the overthrow of the Allende government in Chile and the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. “Democracies should hold their officials accountable for their acts. That’s why we demand that Kissinger be arrested for crimes against humanity and tried at the Hague,” the warrant concluded.

CITIZENS’ ARREST WARRANT:

CODEPINK calls for the arrest of Henry Kissinger for War Crimes

Vietnam: From 1969 through 1973, Kissinger, working for Richard Nixon, oversaw the slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, which led to the deaths of millions of people. Many thousands more died from the affects of massive doses of Agent  Orange and from unexploded US bombs that cover the countryside.

Chile: Henry Kissinger was one of the principle architects of the coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, a coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. Sixteen years of repression, torture and death followed under the rule of Kissinger’s friend, the fascist Augusto Pinochet.

East Timor: In 1975, while working for President Gerald Ford, Kissinger pre-approved the Indonesian dictator Suharto’s bloody invasion of the small island of East Timor. This illegal act of aggression was carried out with weapons furnished by the US. By the time the Indonesian occupation finally ended in 1999, 200,000 Timorese – 30 percent of the population – had been wiped out.

This is Kissinger’s legacy. Death. Destruction. Suffering. Misery. Dictatorships. His is a murderer, a liar, a crook, a thug.

Democracies should hold their officials accountable for their acts. That’s why we demand that Kissinger be arrested for crimes against humanity and tried at the Hague.

  • AlanMacDonald

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    Watching the ‘Peace Group’ Code Pink peacefully and totally
    non-violently publicly ‘expose’, call-out, shame, and confront Henry
    Kissinger, George Schultz, and many of the other war criminals, Wall
    Street crooks, murderers, treasonous political shills, and media
    whores of the Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, this “Empire
    of Chaos” (as Pepe Escobar calls it), this ‘Empire of the Global
    Elite’, and this highly integrated (but well hidden) six-sectored;
    corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal, and
    dual-party Vichy-political charade of the Global Empire, which has
    taken-over, ‘captured’ and now almost fully “Occupies” our
    former country as its nominal global HQ, more effectively than the
    earlier Nazi Empire ever dreamed of disguising its ‘capture’ and
    “Occupation” of France with the crude Rel 1.0 and only
    single party Vichy facade of government will NOT be able to hide
    anywhere on this earth when the Second American Revolution erupts and
    is even more successful than the first in ‘excising’ Empire from not
    only our country, but from the earth —- for the simple reason that
    the people will control the paramount powers of the US government and
    be able to; find them, arrest them, put them on trial, prosecute them
    for their sociopathic crimes against humanity and our country,
    imprison them and ‘claw-back’ all looted wealth they stole from our
    ‘commonweatlth’, and then celebrate “Democracy coming to
    the U.S.A.” (as Leonard Cohen sings).

    However, what Code Pink did in the corrupt Congress of this EMPIRE
    merely ‘posing’ as our former country, (and a vastly increasing
    number of aware, courageous, and committed American citizens will
    overwhelmingly do in the near future) is to NON-VIOLENTLY do to
    arrogant sociopaths, war criminals, Wall Street looters, corrupt
    political whores, and bureaucratic ‘tools’ of the EMPIRE like
    Kissinger and Schultz will be a more reasoned, non-violent, and
    slow-motion version of what the American colonial ‘subjects’ of the
    British EMPIRE did to the Red Coats employed by the supposedly divine
    rights of KING George, and what the suffering peasants did to Czar
    Nicholas and the core elite of the Russian EMPIRE — but without
    guns (and with truly democratically enforced LAWS of ‘the people’)!.

    But unlike what the title of Christopher Lasch’s final work,
    “The Revolt of the Elite” might seem to imply for any who
    have not read it — that the Elite might achieve a Revolt against
    the masses of ‘the people’ — Lasch’s well reasoned and projective
    narrative is more realistic than Fukuyama’s initial mistake of “The
    End of History”, and instead envisions and correctly describes
    the true Revolution of human history as a turning away from both the
    neoconism of the ‘R’ Vichy party and the neoliberal-con game of the
    ‘D’ Vichy party of this same global EMPIRE, and rather evolving
    peacefully to a social philosophy compatible with great humanist
    social philosophers and thinkers as diverse as; Adam Smith, Karl
    Polanyi, Marx, Martin Luther King, et al. and away from any
    bureaucratic and hierarchical structures common to all Empires.

    Rather the broad and inclusive blending of progressive
    populism, and ‘Popular Resistance’ that started to take hold in our country against elitist era of ‘Imperialism’ (and EMPIRE) which the Empire initially submerged, suppressed, and expunged from the real American History by enforcing public school history texts which claimed in chapter titles (and
    teaching guidelines) as “The Age of Imperialism”, supposedly
    ended by WWI. People as diverse as; General Smedley Butler, FDR,
    Howard Zinn, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Wallace, MLK, Gore Vidal,
    Michael Hardt, et al. knew that the supposed end of the “Age of
    Imperialism” in history books was perhaps the biggest lie in our
    real history, and perhaps world history — but most of the honest
    and average American public had no idea of this, until now! And,
    NOW, they, ‘the people’ of America are learning this truth and are
    starting to throw open their collective ‘blacked-out windows’ and
    shout, “we’re not going to take it anymore” from this fucking
    EMPIRE.

    Yes, this building and soon coming tsunami of progressive populist
    Revolution of ‘the people’ of the earth against the Disguised Global
    Capitalist (and Elitist) Empire is gathering strength and will
    finally, and non-violently, crush this last form of deceitful EMPIRE
    on OUR earth.

  • lynn

    Solidarity to CODEPINK for speaking truth to power.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Yes, lynn —- that’s all it takes, “Speaking (not violently confronting) Truth to / against the Power” of this damn disguised EMPIRE

  • LibertyQuotient

    I suggest that Code Pink partner with the World Social Forum and launch a massive protest/litigation if possible against the feckless International Criminal Court.

    The World Social Forum is spearheading a Alternative Globalization program. I told them it won’t work if the world’s greatest terrorist, America, isn’t turned into an Alter America like the one I propose in Chapter 7 of my book, America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying.

    The Kindle version of that book, btw, will be available FREE from 2/2-26.
    Medea Benjamin is among quite a few people who endorsed this book.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Congrats, Liberty. As Tom said, “you had me at Alternative Globaliztion”. I’ll read your sample chapter, and probably buy the full thing.

    BTW, you might well appreciate and agree with Robinson’s opinion below and enjoy his new book:

    “The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism. We face an EMPIRE of global capital, headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in Washington.” [caps added]

    Robinson, William I. (2014-07-31). Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (p. 122). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.

    Best to you and yours in these trying times of Empire,
    Alan

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