"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Washington DC: Veterans Occupy National Archives...Again! 11-15-08


Contact: Mike Ferner 240 274-9785
Elliott Adams 518 441-2697
Ellen Barfield 410 948-8023
Tarak Kauff 845 249-9489
Kathleen Hernandez (L.A.) 310-339-1770

Photo opportunities:

• Two banners, each 450 sq. ft., hung on 90-ft. scaffold against the
National Archives Building

• Eight veterans, one military mother occupying scaffold


"Our goal is to have the Bush administration tried for war crimes no matter how long it takes. There is no statute of limitations on war crimes," vets say.

Washington – On Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 am, at the National Archives Building on Connecticut Ave., eight military veterans and a military mother climbed a 9-foot retaining fence and occupied a ninety-foot high scaffolding to raise two 450 square foot banners stating:





The same message will also be displayed at demonstrations in Santa Monica and Long Beach, California on Saturday.

Members of Veterans for Peace (VFP) chose the Archives for their nonviolent protest because it is symbolic of their military oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." In September they occupied the Archives for 24 hours, and plan to stay longer this time.

"The offenses of Bush, Cheney, and their accomplices are appalling," said Kim Carlyle, a VFP member and Army veteran. "Their misdeeds have killed or maimed more than a million people – American soldiers, innocent civilian children, women, and men. They have displaced almost five million people, with millions seeking refuge in other countries.

Their total disregard for international agreements has severely tarnished the reputation of America in the world. Their unlawful wars have squandered billions of dollars that could have bolstered a troubled economy."

The veterans are demanding Bush administration be tried for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against peace; asking themedia to clearly inform the public of the administration's crimes; andencouraging citizens to take similar nonviolent actions.

According to Tarak Kauff, a VFP member, "People say Bush and Cheney will be gone soon so what's the point? The point is, there is no statute of limitations on war crimes, and if not held accountable, criminality will continue regardless of who is in office. We either are or we are not a nation of law."

Six of those on the scaffold are members of Veterans For Peace, one is from Military Families Speak Out, and one is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War:

• Elliott Adams VFP: 61, Sharon Springs, NY, VFP President and former Army
paratrooper, Viet Nam

• Ellen Barfield VFP: 52, Baltimore, MD, former Army Sgt.

• Kim Carlyle VFP: 61, Buncombe County, NC, former Army Spec 5

• Doug Zachary VFP: 58, Austin, TX, VFP staff, former USMC Lance Cpl.

• Tarak Kauff VFP: 67, Woodstock, NY, former PFC, Army Airborne

• Will Covert VFP: 63, San Diego, CA, VFP lifetime member, former E4 Navy

• Elaine Brower MFSO: 54, Staten Island, NY, Military Families Speak
Out, National Steering Committee, mother of USMC Sgt. James Brower on
third tour in Iraq

• Matthis Chiroux IVAW: 24, Army Sergeant, served in Afghanistan,
refused deployment to Iraq

Providing support on the ground:

• Mike Ferner VFP: 57, Toledo, OH, former Navy corpsman

• Debbie Tolson VFP: 52, Potomac, MD, associate member of VFP

• Michelle White MFSO: 24, Clarksville, TN, Military Families Speak
Out, wife of Iraq war vet currently serving in Afghanistan

• Michael Marceau VFP: 59, Rockville, MD, VP VFP Chapter 16, former
Army, Viet Nam

• Bruce Berry VFP: 62, Minneapolis, MN, former SPC 4 Army, Viet Nam

• Fred Nagel VFP: 65, Rhinebeck, NY, former SPC 4 Army

• Jay Wenk VFP: 82, Woodstock, NY, former rifleman, 90th Infantry Div., WWII

• Anthony Teolis VFP: 42, Fairfax, VA, US Army Field Artillery, Gulf War

Founded in 1985, Veterans For Peace has 120 chapters throughout the country and has actively protested the Afghanistan and Iraq wars since their inception. Membership includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations spanning the Spanish Civil War, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. VFP is an official Non Governmental Organization (NGO) represented at the UN.

Military Families Speak Out is an organization of people opposed to the war in Iraq who have relatives or loved ones currently in the military or in the military since the fall of 2002. Formed by two families in November of 2002, MFSO membership now numbers over 3,400 military families, plus contacts throughout the U.S. and other countries.


Anthony Teolis