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California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

CODEPINK calls on Gov. Schwarzenegger to Bring the Guard Home from Iraq and Stop them from Spying on Peace Groups
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 30, 2005
11:15 AM

CONTACT: CODEPINK

Medea Benjamin (415) 235-6517
Natalie Wormeli (530) 756-1900
Sam Joi (510) 540-7007

California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

CODEPINK calls on Gov. Schwarzenegger to Bring the Guard Home from Iraq and Stop them from Spying on Peace Groups


SAN FRANCISCO - June 30 - According to emails obtained by the San Jose Mercury News, the California National Guard has created a new unit designed to deal with terrorist threats.

One of the first projects of the new guard unit was to spy on women's peace groups that held a small Mother's Day rally in Sacramento calling for CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to bring the state's national guard troops home from Iraq.''We want the national guard troops to come home from Iraq, but not for this,'' said Natalie Wormeli of CODEPINK's Davis, California chapter. They should be fighting wildfires and doing the sort of work they were trained for.''

The women's peace groups that were being investigated by the special national guard unit, known as the Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion program, include the Raging Grannies of the Peninsula Area, whose median age is 72 years old; Gold Star Families for Peace, a group of parents who lost loves ones in the Iraq war; and CODEPINK, a national women's peace group known for playful, creative political actions, and also have a history organizing protests against Schwarzenegger dating back to when he first announced his bid for Governor.

It was a press office aide to Gov. Schwarzenegger who alerted the Guard that these peace groups were planning a Mother's Day rally. A National Guard spokesman, Lt. Col. Stan Zezotarski, told the San Jose Mercury News that the Guard's actions were ''nothing subversive because who knows who could infiltrate that type of group and try to stir something up? After all, we live in the age of terrorism, so who knows?"

"What has this country come to when our national guard is off fighting in Iraq instead of home protecting us from natural disasters, and the few guardsmen and women who are still here are assigned to investigate women who are calling for peace? We want an apology from the guard and action by Governor Schwarzenegger to recall the Guard from Iraq and keep it focused on REAL threats to the state rather than imaginary ones," said Medea

Benjamin, one of CodePink's founders and co-editor of the new book Stop the Next War Now. CODEPINK, Raging Grannies, and Gold Star Families for Peace members are available for interviews at the phone numbers above.

Recent News Stories on CA National Guard Spying on Peace Groups:

Program Raises Spying Concerns, San Jose Mercury News www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/11989882.htm

Guard unit monitored peace rally, Davis Enterprise
www.davisenterprise.com/articles/2005/06/27/news/187new1.txt

Hearings Planned on California National Guard Intelligence Unit, San Francisco Chronicle
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi

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Re: California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

Remeber who trains your ca national guard. The federal goverment and they are being trained to defend us not fight forest fires that is an additonal duty. A if your not hiding anything then you dont need to worry about them investigating you.
 

Re: California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

Well Medea, it looks like someone has wised up to the real threat to america, and it is commies like you.

Yeah right. Like, duh I'm so sure that one of the raging grannies is going to go AWOL with one of her canes (if not both of them). (After all the late Evelyn Schoenfeld was a real threat or at least a real embarrassment with both of her canes.) That big banner could suffocate a small child if the wind were to pick up suddenly. Better get that special Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the National Gaurd ready to take that banner into protective custody...
 

Re: California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

The quote that I start off my previous post with is a fragment from a previous post that was deleted. You are no fun sc indymedia when you delete posts that are merely poking fun, not even insulting really.
 

Re: California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

Now I understand. The real threat isn't that warmonger in the White House sending thousands to be maimed and killed for for ever-changing reasons, it's Code Pink and the Raging Grannies. Bush should be impeached. God bless Medea and all women demanding an end to this sickening war.
 

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