WASHINGTON - At 7:30 a.m. this morning, they climbed a nine-foot fence to occupy a 35-foot-high ledge at the National Archives.
And five members of the Veterans for Peace organization have been
there ever since. They say they're veterans of Vietnam and Iraq,
anti-war activists, and soldiers for a cause who plan to fast for 24
hours in protest of the Bush administration.
Seeking the criminal prosecution of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney,
the organization distributed "Citizens' Arrest Warrants" to tourists
waiting in line to enter the archives, which houses the key documents
of U.S. history: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and
the Bill of Rights.
In a press release, the group described the reasons for its protest:
and Cheney's serial abuse of the law of the land clearly marks them as
domestic enemies of the Constitution. They have illegally invaded and
occupied Iraq, deliberately destroyed civilian infrastructure,
authorized torture, and unlawfully detained prisoners. These actions
clearly mark them as war criminals. Accountability extends beyond
impeachment to prosecution for war crimes even after their terms of
We are not conducting ourselves in a disorderly manner; our action
is well-ordered and well-considered. We are not trespassing; we have
come to the home of our Constitution to honor our oath to defend it.
So far, authorities have not interfered with the peaceful protest or the sign.
Yes, there's a sign. A 22-foot-by-x8-foot banner draped across the
Constitution Avenue side of the archives says, "DEFEND OUR
CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!"
Here's the video.