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NO VOTE Pledge - Stop Iraq Attack * Skull and Bones

23 September 2002

"Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman, and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness."

-- John F. Kennedy

1) Pledge Not to Vote for Supporters of an Illegal Iraq Attack
2) Scott Ritter Addresses Iraqi Parliament
3) A Dream That Was America - a talk by William Rivers Pitt
4) George W. Bush and the Brotherhood of Death

Editor's Notes:
As a new season brings a night and day to a balance, humankind is taking drastic steps in creating unprecedented instability with life on Earth. The leadership of Israel and the US are crazed in their scape-goat diversion tactics, creating oppression and chaos and fear with a military-dictatorship direction. Though Iraq has responded to a tough-minded former Marine and UN weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, [see item 2], there's talk by the leadership of Congress to give George W. the green light to attack Iraq anyway, which would be against the US Constitution and International Law. Item 1 asks for you to ACT. Please consider using the persuasive power of your Commitment to Refuse to Vote for any elected representative that supports the Bush "shoot first, ask questions later" doctrine that will only lead to economic, political, social, and environmental ruin. Please spread the word on this pledge and make the Call Today and every Tuesday, joining thousands attempting to Stop the Madness.

Item 3 is about a Flyby News sponsored event, a talk by William Rivers Pitt regarding 9/11 and the US-Proposed Preemptive Attack on Iraq. William Rivers Pitt's book, "War On Iraq" has been recently published by Context Press, and about the work of Scott Ritter. The Flyby event opens with a video presentation featuring Dennis Kucinich. Keep an eye for updates and actions at NOW is the time to respond before thousands or millions of people are harmed for a corrupt plan for US world domination.

Item 4 relates will give you chills of disbelief. This item includes excerpts from one wild article by Alexandra Robbins, author of "George W. Bush and the Brotherhood of Death 'Secrets of the Tomb' Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power."

[The following poem was published by Tree-Root Press in 1980, by Jonathan Mark.]


What if we crush against the pit of war
And out bursts its bitter counterpart, destruction?
What if tears and pains unbearable
Are curses because of lack of food?
What if death won't unlock the door
And we stay alive in misery?

Could we comprehend the meaning of existence?
Did it mean much before the war;
Does it mean more now in these days of panic-stricken homes?

O' the emotions lose control,
Who the fuck cares who wins the war?
Who's on the side of fate?
Can nuclear radiation wipe out hate?

What if we lean against each other's shoulder
And profess a liberty that can't be beat?
What if our hearts melt openly in the sun
And declare a unity that makes all one?
Can the bleeding call of mass hysteria conquer simple trust?
Will innocence bow down below an inferior lust?

1) Pledge Not to Vote for Supporters of an Illegal Iraq Attack

Just a bit more than a week, following Scott Ritter's historic address to the Iraqi Parliament (see excerpts in Item 2), on Monday September 16th, 2002, the Iraqi government announced its willingness to allow the return of UN weapons inspectors to Iraq without conditions. The White House immediately rejected this offer as "a tactical step by Iraq in hopes of avoiding strong U.N. Security Council action." The US government is still planning to attack Iraq!

Scott Ritter said, "My country seems on the verge of making an historic mistake, one that will forever change the political dynamic which has governed the world since the end of the Second World War; namely, the foundation of international law as set forth in the United Nations Charter, which calls for the peaceful resolution of problems between nations."

The plans of a preemptive strike on Iraq is a policy of fear gone mad, and would only make matters worse. It is time for Citizens to Act. The commitment of your vote matters to members of Congress. Tell your Government representatives to stop the rush to war based on speculation, and support the return of inspectors as an important step for peace in bringing Iraq in compliance with UN Resolutions, and ensuring that Iraq does not possess weapons of mass destruction!

Let them know what YOU THINK!

Consider Pledging Not to Vote for any Candidate who Supports a Resolution for the Bush Doctrine of a Preemptive Attack on Iraq or any Country!

Make a Call TODAY and Join Thousands on this and every Tuesday until (at least) the November Elections.

Contact both your Senators and your Representative. Call the Congressional Switchboard for the numbers of Washington offices(202) 224-3121. You are also encouraged to write, e-mail or fax.
For more Congressional contact info, visit:

For more information and talking points, visit these following links, organizations, references, and actions:

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Flyby News Archives –
Alert==>Stop Bush War Resolution * Call Congress

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Sign the Petition to Congress -- Posted by Michael Moore

We call on the Democrats in Congress to oppose a war on Iraq, to vote "No" to Bush's war cries. We pledge to never again vote for any Democratic member of Congress who supports George W. Bush's war against Iraq. To the Democrats in Congress, we give you fair warning: You are either with us, or you are fired.

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Global Exchange Web site, and the Iraq links on Progressive Portal.

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"New Way" to Peace between Americans and the Iraqi people
Telephone (650) 326-9057

For more information and resources on a Call-In Alert to Congress, see:
Stop Bush War Resolution * Call Congress

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Traprock Peace Center
Tel. (413) 773-7427

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Iraq Peace Pledge

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International A.N.S.W.E.R.
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
Tel. (212) 633-6646; 202-332-5757

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The Brainwashing of America

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Text of Bush' Requested Congressional Resolution:

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*** Reasons *Not* to Invade Iraq, by George Bush Sr.***
"We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq."
From "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam" by George Bush [Sr.] and Brent Scowcroft, Time (2 March 1998):
For an excerpt, see:
For the complete article:

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For a related article:

"Crazed US administration now threatens to block Iraq weapons inspections"

The American secretary of state, Colin Powell, has said the United States will find ways to stop weapons inspectors going back to Iraq unless there is a new United Nations Security Council resolution on the issue. The development came as the chief UN arms inspector, Hans Blix, told the Security Council he hoped to have an advance party in Iraq on 15 October.

BBC News [UK], 19 September 2002
For the complete article, see:

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by William Rivers Pitt with Scott Ritter

2) Scott Ritter Addresses Iraqi Parliament

Scott Ritter Addresses Iraqi Parliament
BBC Monitoring Service -- Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002

-- Scott Ritter, a former senior United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, who had a reputation for toughness as an inspector, accuses Washington of building a case for war based on fear and ignorance: "I feel I cannot stand by idly, while my country behaves in such a fashion," he says. "Iraq has not been shown to possess weapons of mass destruction."

Ritter addressed a special session of the Iraqi National Assembly's Arab and Foreign Relations Committee in Baghdad. The following are excerpts from his speech, which was carried by Iraqi Satellite Channel Television"I understand that I appear before you today not only as the first American citizen to address your body, but also as the first non-governmental speaker as well. And I thank you for providing me with this opportunity..."

"My country seems on the verge of making an historic mistake, one that will forever change the political dynamic which has governed the world since the end of the Second World War; namely, the foundation of international law as set forth in the United Nations Charter, which calls for the peaceful resolution of problems between nations...

"As someone who counts himself as a fervent patriot and a good citizen of the United States of America, I feel I cannot stand by idly, while my country behaves in such a fashion...

"A case for war"

"My government is making a case for war against Iraq that is built upon fear and ignorance, as opposed to the reality of truth and fact.

"We, the people of the United States, are told repeatedly that we face a grave and imminent risk to our national security from a combination of past irresponsible behaviour on the part of Iraq and ongoing efforts by Iraq to re-acquire chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic weapons ... which have been banned since 1991 by a Security Council resolution...

"The truth of the matter is that Iraq is not a sponsor of the kind of terror perpetrated against the United States on 11 September, and in fact is active in suppressing the sort of fundamentalist extremism that characterises those who attacked the United States on that horrible day.

"This is the truth, and once the American people become familiar with and accept this truth, the politics of fear will be defeated and the prospect of war between our two countries greatly diminished...

No threat

"The truth of the matter is that Iraq today is not a threat to its neighbours and is not acting in a manner which threatens anyone outside of its own borders.

"When speaking of international law as set forth by the United Nations Charter, it is impossible to come up with any scenario today that would justify military action against Iraq based upon its current behaviour.

"The truth of the matter is that Iraq has not been shown to possess weapons of mass destruction, either in terms of having retained prohibited capability from the past, or by seeking to re-acquire such capability today...

"Iraq, during nearly seven years of continuous inspection activity by the United Nations, had been certified as being disarmed to a 90-95 percent level - a figure which includes all the factories used by Iraq to produce weapons of mass destruction, together with the associated production equipment, as well as the vast majority of the products produced by these factories...

"Iraq must loudly reject any intention of possessing these weapons and then work within the framework of international law to demonstrate this a reality.

"The only way that Iraq can achieve this is with the unconditional return of UN weapons inspectors, allowing such inspectors unfettered access to sites inside Iraq in order to complete the disarmament tasks as set forth in Security Council resolutions..."

This was posted at BBC Monitoring Service -- Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002

3) A Dream That Was America - a talk by William Rivers Pitt
Regarding 9/11 and the US-Proposed Pre-emptive Attack on Iraq

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jonathan Mark
Flyby News will be presenting a program with a talk by William Rivers Pitt, called 'A Dream That Was America, regarding 9/11 and the US-Proposed Pre-emptive Attack on Iraq at 7 pm on Thursday, October 3 at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA. Admission is free.

This event will open precisely at 7pm with a 25-minute video featuring Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich in "Peace In Space & On Earth."

Rep. Kucinich says, "We have a responsibility to challenge those who are so filled with fear, to challenge those who feel that somehow we live in a unipolar world where America is king, to recognize that every man and woman on this planet is a king...and ought to be given the chance to live out their lives in dignity and decency without fear of destruction." Dennis J. Kucinich (D), Ohio, is the Chair of the Progressive Caucus and sponsor for legislation for a US Department of Peace and to Ban Space-based Weapons.

William Rivers Pitt is a teacher of English Literature, Writing and Journalism from Cambridge, MA. He has authored two books the recently published, War on Iraq, by Context Press, which makes the case that the Bush administration's war plans for Iraq are a recipe for bloody disaster and The Greatest Sedition is Silence, to be published by Pluto Press in February, which describes in detail the erosion of American civil liberties since 9/11, among many other topics. Mr. Pitt is also a writer for, and his articles appear there at least once a week.

For more information on this program, and other issues vital for life's survival in the 21st Century, visit:

4) George W. Bush and the Brotherhood of Death

In the following, journalist and author Alexandra Robbins, discusses her book "Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power" with Ann Curry of The Today Show (NBC)n on September 4, 2002. The complete posting can be found at at the following URL link:

George W. Bush and the Brotherhood of Death 'Secrets of the Tomb' Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power
By Alexandra Robbins

..Fastforward 170 years. Skull and Bones has curled its tentacles into every corner of American society. This tiny club has set up networks that have thrust three members into the most powerful political position in the world. And the group's influence is only increasing the 2004 presidential election might showcase the first time each ticket has been led by a Bonesman. The secret society is now, as one historian admonishes, " ‘an international mafia'. . . unregulated and all
but unknown." In its quest to create a New World Order that restricts individual freedoms and places ultimate power solely in the hands of a small cult of wealthy, prominent families, Skull and Bones has already succeeded in infiltrating nearly every major research, policy, financial, media, and government institution in the country. Skull and Bones, in fact, has been running the United States for years..

..Skull and Bones has also taken steps to control the American media.

Two of its members founded the law firm that represents the New York Times. Plans for both Time and Newsweek magazines were hatched in the Skull and Bones tomb. The society has controlled publishing houses such as Farrar, Straus & Giroux. In the 1880s, Skull and Bones created the American Historical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Economic Association so that the society could ensure that history would be written under its terms and promote its objectives. The society then installed its own members as the presidents of these associations.

Under the society's direction, Bonesmen developed and dropped the nuclear bomb and choreographed the Bay of Pigs invasion. Skull and Bones members had ties to Watergate and the Kennedy assassination. They control the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission so that they can push their own political agenda. Skull and Bones government officials have used the number 322 as codes for highly classified diplomatic assignments. The society discriminates against minorities and fought for slavery; indeed eight out of twelve of Yale's residential colleges are named for slave owners while none are named for abolitionists.

The society encourages misogyny: it did not admit women until the 1990s because members did not believe women were capable of handling the Skull and Bones experience and because they
said they feared incidents of date rape. This society also encourages grave robbing: deep within the bowels of the tomb are the stolen skulls of the Apache chief Geronimo, Pancho Villa, and former president Martin Van Buren..

..It is astonishing that so many people continue to believe, even in twenty first century America, that a tiny college club wields such an enormous amount of influence on the world's only superpower. The breadth of clout ascribed to this organization is practically as wide ranging as the leverage of the satirical secret society the Stonecutters introduced in an episode of The Simpsons. The Stonecutters theme song included the lyrics

Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the metric system down? We do! We do. . . Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do.

Certainly, Skull and Bones does cross boundaries in order to attempt to stay out of the public spotlight. When I wrote an article about the society for the Atlantic Monthly in May 2000, an older Bonesman said to me, "If it's not portrayed positively, I'm sending a couple of my friends after you." After the article was published, I received a telephone call at my office from a fellow journalist, who is a member of Skull and Bones..

..Skull and Bones, particularly in recent years, has managed to pervade both popular and political culture. In the 1992 race for the Republican presidential nomination, Pat Buchanan accused President George Bush of running "a Skull and Bones presidency." In 1993, during Jeb Bush's Florida gubernatorial campaign, one of his constituents asked him, "You're familiar with the Skull and Crossbones Society?" When Bush responded, "Yeah, I've heard about it," the constituent persisted, "Well, can you tell the people here what your family membership in that is? Isn't your aim to take control of the United States?" In January 2001, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd used Skull and Bones in a simile"When W. met the press with his choice for attorney general, John Ashcroft, before Christmas, he vividly showed how important it is to him that his White House be as leakproof as the Skull & Bones ‘tomb.'"

That was less than a year after the Universal Pictures film introduced the secret society to a new demographic perhaps uninitiated into the doctrines of modern day conspiracy theory. Not long before the movie was previewed in theaters—and perhaps in anticipation of the election of George W. Bush—a letter was distributed to members from Skull and Bones headquarters. "In view of the political happenings in the barbarian world," the memo read, "I feel compelled to remind all of the tradition of privacy and confidentiality essential to the well being of our Order and strongly urge stout resistance to the seductions and blandishments of the Fourth Estate." This vow of silence remains the society's most important rule. Bonesmen have been exceedingly careful not to break this code of secrecy, and have kept specific details about the organization out of the press. Indeed, given the unusual, strict written reminder to stay silent, members of Skull and Bones may well refuse to speak to any member of the media ever again.

But they have already spoken to me. When? Over the past three years. Why? Perhaps because I am a member of one of Skull and Bones' kindred Yale secret societies. Perhaps because some of them are tired of the Skull and Bones legend, of the claims of conspiracy theorists and some of their fellow Bonesmen. What follows, then, is the truth about Skull and Bones. And if this truth does not contain all of the conspiratorial elements that the Skull and Bones legend projects, it is perhaps all the more interesting for that fact. The story of Skull and Bones is not just the story of a remarkable secret society, but a remarkable society of secrets, some with basis in truth, some nothing but fog. Much of the way we understand the world of power involves myriad assumptions of connection and control, of cause and effect, and of coincidence that surely cannot be coincidence.

George W. Bush and the Brotherhood of Death 'Secrets of the Tomb' Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power
By Alexandra Robbins
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