Video: CODEPINK activist interrupts Kerry confirmation hearing demanding end of US aid to Israel

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Today, CODEPINK activist Lachelle Roddy interrupted Senator John Kerry’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. From a Guardian live blog of the hearing:

A protester interrupts Kerry’s statement. She says, “you’re killing people in the Middle East for no reason… I’m tired of my friends in the Middle East dying.”

She is escorted out.

Kerry handles the interruption with aplomb, even grace. He says when he first came before the Senate, testifying before the Fulbright committee about the Vietnam war, “I was testifying as part of a group of people to have their voices heard. That’s what this place is all about.

“I respect the woman and her concerns.”

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  1. Tzombo
    January 24, 2013, 12:10 pm

    “I respect the woman and her concerns.”

    But I’m gonna ignore them anyway.

  2. American
    January 24, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Good for her and Code Pink.

  3. tombishop
    January 24, 2013, 1:50 pm

    Jon Stewart had a show Wednesday night which shows how disjointed our political discussion has become.

    First he had a segment about the Israeli election which showed how the grip of the Israeli right on public opinion in Israel and the U.S. is declining.
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-23-2013/circumdecision-5773—vote-or-chai

    Stewart then engaged in his usual obsequious attitude to the military, making light of drone warfare, with his guest Missy Cummings, an MIT professor who advises the Pentagon on drone warfare.
    link to thedailyshow.com

    This statement by Ms. Cummings was followed by a joke: “”Drone warfare is actually a safer, more effective form of warfare. I think we are having less collateral damage and certainly we have less blue on blue kills, which is when we kill our own people.”

    Anyone who believes that should be sure to see the film “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield” which will be going into wide release soon.
    link to democracynow.org

    • eljay
      January 24, 2013, 3:07 pm

      >> “… certainly we have less blue on blue kills, which is when we kill our own people.”

      Israel is a dot of “beacon unto the nations” blue swimming in a sea of Arab green. “[O]ur own people” are little blue dots of goodness – what are the odds they’re swimming in a sea of drone-screen digital green?

    • seanmcbride
      January 24, 2013, 3:15 pm

      Jon Stewart is a classic liberal Zionist and gatekeeper — make a few lightweight progressive comments now and then, but don’t rock the boat.

    • seafoid
      January 24, 2013, 5:33 pm

      “certainly we have less blue on blue kills, which is when we kill our own people”

      they never count veteran suicides

      “One in five veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD)—about 300,000 veterans to date, according to the George Washington University Face the Facts Initiative.

      PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after a psychological traumatic event. Symptoms usually include re-experiencing the event through flashbacks or nightmares.

      The social and economic costs of PTSD are immense. First-year treatment alone costs the government $8,300 per person, or more than $2 billion so far. That’s 3.5 times as much as those without the disorder.

      And suicides among active-duty military personnel averaged one per day in 2012. The highest rate since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began a decade ago. Veterans now account for 20 percent of suicides in the U.S., with the youngest (24 and under) taking their lives at four times the rate of other veteran age groups. A majority of those committing suicide are primarily returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

      Read more: link to voxxi.com

    • Hostage
      January 25, 2013, 10:17 am

      Stewart then engaged in his usual obsequious attitude to the military, making light of drone warfare, with his guest Missy Cummings, an MIT professor who advises the Pentagon on drone warfare.

      She may need to hire a good lawyer:
      *UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, Ben Emmerson, announced the start of a special investigation into drone warfare and targeted killings that result in the deaths of civilians: link to washingtonpost.com
      *The Council on Foreign Relations has published an article critical of the use of drones which calls for reform of US drone strike policies. The CFR would put an end to “signature strikes” (against innocent “men of military age”). link to cfr.org
      *Pakistan’s Foreign Minister has protested publicly against US drone strikes, stating that they are a violation of Pakistani sovereignty and international law. link to jurist.org
      *A Cabinet Minister in Yemen has demanded a shift to ground operations instead of drones due to outrage over civilian deaths. link to reuters.com

  4. Kathleen
    January 24, 2013, 3:01 pm

    I was watching the hearing you could not hear her. Senator Kerry said he came to the Senate for the first time for similar reasons the killing of innocent people for no reason.

    Code Pink brings much needed attention on critical issues

  5. just
    January 24, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I was very glad for John Kerry’s response. I was very glad for her protest.

    Shame on those who had her arrested.

    • Kathleen
      January 24, 2013, 9:45 pm

      There are things most of us are not happy with Kerry about..vote for Iraq war resolution. But I worked my ass off for his campaign in 2004 and if it were not for another stolen election in Ohio…Blackwell/Rove/Diebold he would have been Pres. His testimony today was remarkable. So impressive.

      • kalithea
        January 24, 2013, 10:09 pm

        Enablers of Zionism do not impress me, and he’s definitely an enabler.

      • just
        January 24, 2013, 11:19 pm

        It was my pleasure to work for his campaign as well. It constantly amazes me that the swift boaters and others continue to suckle on the proverbial teat of those lies, and are so derisive of him even now.

        I remind them that he was very nearly the President, and he has been vetted already. I wish him the best.

    • kalithea
      January 24, 2013, 10:35 pm

      And you believe Kerry cares??? HA!

  6. Citizen
    January 24, 2013, 3:58 pm

    She was protesting drone warfare. Just prior to her protest Kerry had defended Hagel.

    Kerry defends fellow Cabinet nominee Hagel – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs link to politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com

    • Kathleen
      January 24, 2013, 9:46 pm

      Kerry did a great job defending Hagel. His remarks about Iran were measured and not all I lobby kiss ass.

      • kalithea
        January 24, 2013, 10:28 pm

        Here is the other Kerry kissing lobby ass (Warning: Barf material):

  7. ThorsteinVeblen2012
    January 24, 2013, 7:19 pm

    At least she wasn’t tased as John Kerry stood by and did nothing

    • kalithea
      January 24, 2013, 10:19 pm

      Exactly…fckhim! Kerry’s a traitor to the guy who returned from Vietnam in protest. He’s unrecognizable even to himself…he’s a pathetic wuss. Not an iota of integrity in that empty suit!

      • Hostage
        January 26, 2013, 9:26 am

        Exactly…fckhim! Kerry’s a traitor to the guy who returned from Vietnam in protest. He’s unrecognizable even to himself…he’s a pathetic wuss.

        Not necessarily. Kerry was able to testify and attracted so much attention because his father was a member of the Washington establishment, the chief legal counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

        Back in the mid-60s, when Ramparts magazine exposed the CIA infiltration of The National Student Association, Kerry was running around the country doing speaking engagements for the group.

        During his Presidential campaign the Swift Boat folks released redacted FBI minutes of a meeting of the national board of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War which Kerry attended. They indicated that at least one of the national board members might have been planted there as part of government surveillance or sting operation to discuss an assassination plot against two pro-war Senators. The Swift Boat folks also played-up the fact that Kerry was still under an active Naval Reserve obligation when he met with enemy officials in Paris during the Peace talks, and wondered why the Nixon administration hadn’t prosecuted him or why Kerry wouldn’t release some service records related to that period.

        One possible explanation is that Kerry had always been working for the government while posing as a dissident. Stranger things have happened.

  8. David Doppler
    January 25, 2013, 11:38 am

    I watched CBS News and the Newshour, and neither mentioned the Codepink protest nor Kerry’s interesting response. Neither mentioned the 80,000 having Obama’s back, either, unless I missed it earlier in the week. Why are these incidents not news?

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