"No election, whether fair or fraudulent, can legitimize criminal wars on foreign countries, torture,
the wholesale violation of human rights, and the end of science and reason."
et 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 repression.
The signers of this statement call
on the people of the U.S. 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 United States 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.
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, 2001. 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 happen.
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 vs. 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
n 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 has waged an all-out war on and occupied Iraq–a country which has no connection
to the horror of September 11. What kind of world will this become if the U.S. government has a blank check to drop commandos,
assassins, and bombs wherever it wants?
In our name, within the U.S., the government has created two classes of
people: those to whom the basic rights of the U.S. 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 World War 2. For the first time in decades, immigration procedures single out certain nationalities for unequal treatment.
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.P
resident 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 recognize 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 United States: 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.
of the over 66,000 signers are published at the Not In Our Name WebsiteRead
the original statement in 18 different languages
The New Not in Our Name Statement of Conscience, opposing the domestic
and international agenda of the Bush government, is signed by over 15,000 people and appeared in the New York Times on Sunday,
January 23, and in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, February 3. LA TIMES, February 15. Please help us get it published
in other publications.
As George W. Bush
bullies his way through his second term, let it not be said that people in the
United States silently acquiesced in the face of this shameful coronation of war, greed, and intolerance. He does not speak
for us. He does not represent us. He does not act in our name.No election
, whether fair or fraudulent,
can legitimize criminal wars on foreign countries, torture, the wholesale violation of human rights, and the end of science
and reason.In our name
, the Bush government justifies the invasion and occupation of Iraq on
false pretenses, raining down destruction, horror, and misery, bringing death to more than 100,000 Iraqis. It sends our youth
to destroy entire cities for the sake of so-called democratic elections, while intimidating and disenfranchising thousands
of African American and other voters at home.In our name
, the Bush government holds in contempt
international law and world opinion. It carries out torture and detentions without trial around the world and proposes new
assaults on our rights of privacy, speech and assembly at home. It strips the rights of Arabs, Muslims and South Asians in
the U.S., denies them legal counsel, stigmatizes and holds them without cause. Thousands have been deported.As
new trial balloons
are floated about invasions of Syria, or Iran, or North Korea, about leaving the United Nations,
about new “lifetime detention” policies, we say not in our name will we allow further crimes to be committed against
nations or individuals deemed to stand in the way of the goal of unquestioned world supremacy.Could we
a few years ago that core principles such as the separation of church and state, due process, presumption
of innocence, freedom of speech, and habeas corpus would be discarded so easily? Now, anyone can be declared an "enemy combatant"
without meaningful redress or independent review by a President who is concentrating power in the executive branch. His choice
for Attorney General is the legal architect of the torture that has been carried out in Guantánamo, Afghanistan, and Abu Ghraib.The
seeks to impose a narrow, intolerant, and political form of Christian fundamentalism as government
policy. No longer on the margins of power, this extremist movement aims to strip women of their reproductive rights, to stoke
hatred of gays and lesbians, and to drive a wedge between spiritual experience and scientific truth. We will not surrender
to extremists our right to think. AIDS is not a punishment from God. Global warming is a real danger. Evolution happened.
All people must be free to find meaning and sustenance in whatever form of religious or spiritual belief they choose. But
religion can never be compulsory. These extremists may claim to make their own reality, but we will not allow them to make
ours.Millions of us worked
, talked, marched, poll watched, contributed, voted, and did everything
we could to defeat the Bush regime in the last election. This unprecedented effort brought forth new energy, organization,
and commitment to struggle for justice. It would be a terrible mistake to let our failure to stop Bush in these ways lead
to despair and inaction. On the contrary, this broad mobilization of people committed to a fairer, freer, more peaceful world
must move forward. We cannot, we will not, wait until 2008. The fight against the second Bush regime has to start now.The
movement against the war
in Vietnam never won a presidential election. But it blocked troop trains, closed induction
centers, marched, spoke to people door to door -- and it helped to stop a war. The Civil Rights Movement never tied its star
to a presidential candidate; it sat in, freedom rode, fought legal battles, filled jailhouses -- and changed the face of a
nation. We must change
the political reality of this country by mobilizing the tens of millions who
know in their heads and hearts that the Bush regime’s “reality” is nothing but a nightmare for humanity.
This will require creativity, mass actions and individual moments of courage. We must come together whenever we can, and we
must act alone whenever we have to.We draw inspiration from
the soldiers who have refused to
fight in this immoral war. We applaud the librarians who have refused to turn over lists of our reading, the high school students
who have demanded to be taught evolution, those who brought to light torture by the U.S. military, and the massive protests
that voiced international opposition to the war on Iraq. We affirm ordinary people undertaking extraordinary acts. We pledge
to create community to back courageous acts of resistance. We stand with the people throughout the world who fight every day
for the right to create their own future.It is our responsibility to stop the Bush regime from carrying
out this disastrous course. We believe history will judge us sharply should we fail to act decisively.
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Activities Against War And Repression
The Not In Our Name Statement Of Conscience urges everyone to become active in some form of opposition to war and domestic
repression. But the statement itself does not endorse any particular organizations or forms of political action. The links
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