Military Families Urge Censure for Bush as Congress Marks Iraq Anniversary Coalition Critical of White House Deceptions

Delivers 560,340 Petition Signatures to House Offices

As Members Debate Resolution on the War



Win Without War Announces New Phase of Censure Campaign



    WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Families of soldiers serving, as well
 as of those who have been casualties, in the occupation of Iraq came to
 Capitol Hill today with other volunteers, urging Congress to censure President
 George W. Bush.
     Meanwhile, volunteers carried petitions that filled 18 large boxes, signed
 so far by 560,340 members of MoveOn.org from every congressional district, to
 each office in the House of Representatives, reinforcing the demand for a
 censure resolution.  The groups also displayed print and TV ads that will
 begin running this week.
     "My son, Army Lt. Seth Dvorin, who died last month while serving in Iraq,
 met his responsibility to the nation he loved," said Sue Niederer of
 Pennington, NJ.  "As his mother, I am joining hundreds of thousands of
 Americans today in asking that the Congress of the United States meet its
 responsibility, as well."
     Tom Andrews, national director of Win Without War, said the combined
 activities represent an escalation of efforts that will continue.  "The truth
 matters.  By not holding the President accountable, the Congress is saying it
 doesn't.  This is unacceptable," said Andrews, a former congressman and member
 of the Armed Services Committee.
     "The resolution now before Congress is silent on the many ways Bush
 betrayed our trust, misleading us to make the case for this war," said Peter
 Schurman, executive director of MoveOn.org, an Internet issues organization
 with more than two million members.
     Also participating in the news conference were Joseph Cirincione, director
 of non-proliferation studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International
 Peace; Richard Torgerson, a principal with Progressive Asset Management in
 Maryland and a leader of Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, and several
 military families.
     The ongoing campaign for censure of the President is led by Win Without
 War, a national coalition of 42 membership organizations, and MoveOn.org, True
 Majority, Working Assets and Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities.
 Richard Torgerson, a financial services executive in Maryland, represented
 Business Leaders and unveiled their new print ad, which will run this week in
 The New York Times.
     Cirincione is an author of the Carnegie Endowment's critical study on the
 Bush Administration's distortion of intelligence and other evidence leading up
 to the war.  Entitled "WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications," it found that
 Iraq's chemical and nuclear weapons programs "did not pose an immediate threat
 to the United States," or to regional or global security.  It also said "there
 was and is no solid evidence of a cooperative relationship between Saddam's
 government and Al Qaeda."
     "The President and the Administration systematically misrepresented the
 threat from Iraq," Cirincione said.  "President Bush didn't have the facts, so
 he made them up."
     "We are honored to be joined in our nationwide campaign for accountability
 by a growing number of families whose sons and daughters have served or are
 serving our nation in uniform," Andrews said.  Mildred Mortillo, whose son is
 serving in Iraq, accompanied Ms. Niederer.
     Speaking for herself and other military families, Ms. Niederer said: "Our
 message to Congress today is clear: spare us the platitudes, the pious
 rhetoric, the empty slogans.  Give us the truth.  Do your job and hold those
 accountable who have denied us the truth.  Censure President Bush for the
 deceptions and manipulations that led our nation to war.  You owe the American
 people, my son and all those patriots who have sacrificed for their nation no
 less."
 
 

SOURCE MoveOn.org; Win Without War

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