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Luciano A. Ferrer on Fri, 21 Jun 2002 02:43:01 +0200 (CEST)

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[nettime-lat] NION Not In Our Name statement


Friday June 14, 2002

Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing when their
government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of

The signers of this statement call on the people of the US to resist the
policies and overall political direction that have emerged since September
11, 2001, and which pose grave dangers to the people of the world.

We believe that peoples and nations have the right to determine their own
destiny, free from military coercion by great powers. We believe that all
persons detained or prosecuted by the US government should have the same
rights of due process. We believe that questioning, criticism, and dissent
must be valued and protected. We understand that such rights and values are
always contested and must be fought for.

We believe that people of conscience must take responsibility for what their
own governments do - we must first of all oppose the injustice that is done
in our own name. Thus we call on all Americans to resist the war and
repression that has been loosed on the world by the Bush administration. It
is unjust, immoral, and illegitimate. We choose to make common cause with
the people of the world.

We too watched with shock the horrific events of September 11. We too
mourned the thousands of innocent dead and shook our heads at the terrible
scenes of carnage - even as we recalled similar scenes in Baghdad, Panama
City, and, a generation ago, Vietnam. We too joined the anguished
questioning of millions of Americans who asked why such a thing could

But the mourning had barely begun, when the highest leaders of the land
unleashed a spirit of revenge. They put out a simplistic script of "good v
evil" that was taken up by a pliant and intimidated media. They told us that
asking why these terrible events had happened verged on treason. There was
to be no debate. There were by definition no valid political or moral
questions. The only possible answer was to be war abroad and repression at

In our name, the Bush administration, with near unanimity from Congress, not
only attacked Afghanistan but arrogated to itself and its allies the right
to rain down military force anywhere and anytime. The brutal repercussions
have been felt from the Philippines to Palestine, where Israeli tanks and
bulldozers have left a terrible trail of death and destruction. The
government now openly prepares to wage all-out war on Iraq - a country which
has no connection to the horror of September 11. What kind of world will
this become if the US government has a blank check to drop commandos,
assassins, and bombs wherever it wants?

In our name, within the US, the government has created two classes of
people: those to whom the basic rights of the US legal system are at least
promised, and those who now seem to have no rights at all. The government
rounded up over 1,000 immigrants and detained them in secret and
indefinitely. Hundreds have been deported and hundreds of others still
languish today in prison. This smacks of the infamous concentration camps
for Japanese-Americans in the second world war. For the first time in
decades, immigration procedures single out certain nationalities for unequal

In our name, the government has brought down a pall of repression over
society. The President's spokesperson warns people to "watch what they say".
Dissident artists, intellectuals, and professors find their views distorted,
attacked, and suppressed. The so-called Patriot Act - along with a host of
similar measures on the state level - gives police sweeping new powers of
search and seizure, supervised if at all, by secret proceedings before
secret courts.

In our name, the executive has steadily usurped the roles and functions of
the other branches of government. Military tribunals with lax rules of
evidence and no right to appeal to the regular courts are put in place by
executive order. Groups are declared "terrorist" at the stroke of a
presidential pen.

We must take the highest officers of the land seriously when they talk of a
war that will last a generation and when they speak of a new domestic order.
We are confronting a new openly imperial policy towards the world and a
domestic policy that manufactures and manipulates fear to curtail rights.

There is a deadly trajectory to the events of the past months that must be
seen for what it is and resisted. Too many times in history people have
waited until it was too late to resist.

President Bush has declared: "You're either with us or against us." Here is
our answer: We refuse to allow you to speak for all the American people. We
will not give up our right to question. We will not hand over our
consciences in return for a hollow promise of safety. We say not in our
name. We refuse to be party to these wars and we repudiate any inference
that they are being waged in our name or for our welfare. We extend a hand
to those around the world suffering from these policies; we will show our
solidarity in word and deed.

We who sign this statement call on all Americans to join together to rise to
this challenge. We applaud and support the questioning and protest now going
on, even as we recognise the need for much, much more to actually stop this
juggernaut. We draw inspiration from the Israeli reservists who, at great
personal risk, declare "there is a limit" and refuse to serve in the
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

We also draw on the many examples of resistance and conscience from the past
of the US: from those who fought slavery with rebellions and the underground
railroad, to those who defied the Vietnam war by refusing orders, resisting
the draft, and standing in solidarity with resisters.

Let us not allow the watching world today to despair of our silence and our
failure to act. Instead, let the world hear our pledge: we will resist the
machinery of war and repression and rally others to do everything possible
to stop it.

Michael Albert
Laurie Anderson
Edward Asner, actor
Russell Banks, writer
Rosalyn Baxandall, historian
Jessica Blank, actor/playwright
Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange
William Blum, author
Theresa Bonpane, executive director, Office of the Americas
Blase Bonpane, director, Office of the Americas
Fr Bob Bossie, SCJ
Leslie Cagan
Henry Chalfant,author/filmmaker
Bell Chevigny, writer
Paul Chevigny, professor of law, NYU
Noam Chomsky
Stephanie Coontz, historian, Evergreen State College
Kia Corthron, playwright
Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange
Ossie Davis
Mos Def
Carol Downer, board of directors, Chico (CA) Feminist Women's Health Centre
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, professor, California State University, Hayward
Eve Ensler
Leo Estrada, UCLA professor, Urban Planning
John Gillis, writer, professor of history, Rutgers
Jeremy Matthew Glick, editor of Another World Is Possible
Suheir Hammad, writer
David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology, CUNY Graduate Centre
Rakaa Iriscience, hip hop artist
Erik Jensen, actor/playwright
Casey Kasem
Robin DG Kelly
Martin Luther King III, president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Barbara Kingsolver
C Clark Kissinger, Refuse & Resist!
Jodie Kliman, psychologist
Yuri Kochiyama, activist
Annisette & Thomas Koppel, singers/composers
Tony Kushner
James Lafferty, executive director, National Lawyers Guild/LA
Ray Laforest, Haiti Support Network
Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine
Barbara Lubin, Middle East Childrens Alliance
Staughton Lynd
Anuradha Mittal, co-director, Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food
Malaquias Montoya, visual artist
Robert Nichols, writer
Rev E Randall Osburn, executive vice president, Southern Christian
Leadership Conference
Grace Paley
Jeremy Pikser, screenwriter
Jerry Quickley, poet
Juan Gumez Quiones, historian, UCLA
Michael Ratner, president, Centre for Constitutional Rights
David Riker, filmmaker
Boots Riley, hip hop artist, The Coup
Edward Said
John J Simon, writer, editor
Michael Steven Smith, National Lawyers Guild/NY
Bob Stein, publisher
Gloria Steinem
Alice Walker
Naomi Wallace, playwright
Rev George Webber, president emeritus, NY Theological Seminary
Leonard Weinglass, attorney
John Edgar Wideman
Saul Williams, spoken word artist
Howard Zinn, historian

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