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|January 2002 -
Press Release on State of the Union Shows LP Still
Despite the "depredations" of certain national committee members, the Libertarian Party has been sending out increasingly principled, non-interventionist press releases. At this point, even libertarians who initially supported the bombing of Afghanistan to apprehend terrorists realize a) it hasn't worked (a few hundred terrorists captured, while probably thousands of innocent civilians are killed!) and/or b) the war on terrorism is being expanded into a truly imperialist war of aggression against nations which have not been proven to be in any way on the verge of any attacks on Americans on U.S. soil. The war on terrorism is also harming the economy and prolonging the recession.The LP's January 30, 2002 press release "Bush's State of the Union speech was a historic 'missed opportunity'" included the following: George W. Bush missed a historic opportunity in his State of the Union address last night by not refocusing the federal government on its primary function: Defending the lives and rights of American citizens. Instead, he outlined a laundry list of 39 new government proposals, new expenditures, and expanded programs -- as well as a potentially endless, worldwide 'War on Terrorism,' said Libertarian Party Executive Director Steve Dasbach. 'Instead of using September 11 as an opportunity to limit the federal government to its core role of defending America, President Bush is using the tragic terrorist attacks as an excuse to further expand the federal government.""A government that tries to do too much will end up doing too little where it really matters -- keeping us safe from foreign threats....September 11 could have been used as an opportunity to bring American troops home from the 144 nations and territories where they are stationed; to stop subsidizing the defense of wealthy European nations; and to stop intervening in foreign conflicts that do not affect our security. Instead, September 11 is being used as an excuse to rid the entire world of 'evil-doers,' while spending more money than we did during the Cold War.
June 2002 - Libertarians for Peace Places Ads in LPNEWS
Libertarians for Peace Place this one inch by two inch advertisement in LPNEWS for several months running.
March 2002 - LNC Passes Resolution Calling for Repeal of Patriot Act
Spurred by an e-mail campaign organized by members of Libertarians for Peace, the Libertarian National Committee passed the following Resolution on March 16, 2002:
And, whereas, the acts of September 11, 2001 have made threats to the security of the United States a priority issue in the minds of government officials and the general public,
And, whereas, in response to those acts the United States government has enacted the USA Patriot Act, which sacrifices many of our liberties and curtails many of our rights in the name of military security thereby compromising some of the purposes for which that government was created,
And, whereas, we do not support sacrificing our liberties and curtailing our rights in the name of military security,
Be it resolved that the Libertarian National Committee calls for the repeal of the USA Patriot Act.
March 16, 2002 -The following resolution was approved by The Libertarian Party of Montgomery County, Texas in Convention
Whereas the Libertarian Party holds
proper role of the United States' military is to primarily defend
against attack on American soil, not to intervene in the affairs of
Now, therefore, be it resolved that Libertarians of Montgomery County request that the Libertarian National Committee and/or the 2002 Convention issue a Non-Intervention Resolution calling for:
The United States to immediately cease current
or planned attacks on peoples of other nations including Afghanistan,
Iran, North Korea and Columbia;
And Be It Further Resolved that Libertarians of the State of Texas are urged to join in our appeal for a Non-Intervention Resolution from the Libertarian Party of the United States.
March 20, 2002 - Libertarians for Peace Issue Petition OnLine
To: Libertarian Party National Committee members and 2002 National Convention Delegates
Members of Libertarians for Peace http://www.libertarians4peace.net are working to have a
resolution similar to the below endorsed by either a future Libertarian National Committee
meeting or by delegates to the 2002 Libertarian National Convention. (See http://www.lp.org)
We want the party to fully comply with the spirit and letter of the Libertarian Party Principles
LIBERTARIAN PARTY MILITARY NON-INTERVENTION RESOLUTION
Given that the Libertarian Party encourages the people of the world to strive for individual liberty and peaceful relations, not to support oppressive terrorist acts by state or non-state organizations;
Given that the United States military intervention under the guise of the War on Terrorism is doing more to provoke future terrorism and war than to prevent them;
Given that the problem of terrorism is best prevented by governments respecting and protecting individual rights rather than suppressing dissident movements;
Given that the expense of current and proposed military operations and weaponry, as well as the economic dislocations caused by the War on Terrorism, are destroying the wealth and opportunities of millions of Americans:
The undersigned request that the Libertarian National Committee and/or 2002 Libertarian National Convention delegates issue a Military Non-Intervention Resolution calling for:
a) the United
States immediately to
current or planned military attacks on peoples of other nations,
Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Colombia;
undersigned request that the
Libertarian National Committee and/or 2002 Convention delegates
all Americans, whatever their party, to similarly petition the United
to end these dangerous military interventions and to focus on
2002 - LP
Release Calls for Immediate End to Aid to Middle East Nations
June 2002 - Responses to Questionnaire on Foreign Policy
Three candidates for Libertarian National Committee Chair have responded to Jeff Smith's questionnaire on foreign policy. While candidates Geoff Neale and Geroge Phillies responded fully to the questionnaire, Elias Israel refused to respond, writing in part: "Naturally, I support our party platform. But I have found that Libertarians have many different understandings of that platform and how to apply it, especially with regard to foreign policy and the current crisis....We cannot allow differences of opinion on things over which we don't have much control to introduce divisions in our party." See full responses.
June 2002 - Libertarians for Peace Makes Recommendations to LP 2002 Platform Committee
LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE 2002 LIBERTARIAN PARTY PLATFORM COMMITTEE
Dear Platform Committee
FOR PEACE ARE OPPOSED TO ANY SUBSTANTIAL CUTS
IN THE SUBSTANCE OF THE EXISTING PLATFORM
FOR PEACE ARE OPPOSED TO ANY
FOR PEACE SUGGESTED CHANGES TO UPDATE OR
LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE COUNTER PROPOSALS TO VETERANS VOTING BLOC PROPOSALS FORWARDED TO THE 2002 LIBERTARIAN PARTY PLATFORM COMMITTEE
Dear Platform Committee Members:
Peace members would like
comment on the Veterans' Voting Bloc [VVB] proposal. We believe
of these proposals are counter to libertarian principles and/or
the risk of militarism and war. We therefore have offered
alternative language in the order originally proposed by VVB.
VVB Proposal: Third paragraph ‚€“ we have two separate recommendations. The second sentence is unnecessarily inflammatory (i.e., our political opponents have accused us of advocating that it's OK for volunteer soldiers who are under enemy fire to desert and thereby leave their compatriots vulnerable), and should be deleted in its entirety. That sentence reads: ‚€œMembers of the military should have the same right to quit their jobs as other persons.‚€?
Libertarians for Peace Counter
Proposal CAPS = Additions;
VVB Proposal: Also in the third paragraph, the phraseology ‚€œimperialistic wars and aggressive acts of the military‚€? is ambiguous and confusing. We recommend that this phrase be stricken and replaced with the two words ‚€œundeclared wars.‚€?
Libertarians for Peace Counter
Proposal CAPS = Additions;
We support the immediate and unconditional exoneration of all who have been accused or convicted of draft evasion, desertion from the military in cases of conscription or fraud, and other acts of resistance to ALL WARS, DECLARED AND UNDECLARED [such transgressions as imperialistic wars and aggressive acts of the military.]
VVP Proposal: Finally, on this plank ‚€œConscription and the Military,‚€? we suggest the addition of a new paragraph: ‚€œThe government of the United States assumes contractual obligations when agreements with military enlistees are made. We demand that all such contractual obligations be honored as written.‚€?
Libertarians for Peace Counter
Proposal CAPS = Additions
The government of the United States assumes no additional contractual obligations with military enlistees beyond current payment and insurance obligations. Previous draftees and enlistees who claim government has voided contractual obligations should have a claim against government property.
(NOTE: The platform actually should address in a *principled* fashion ALL former government contractors and employees, in agencies libertarians consider "legitimate" and in those we consider "illegitimate." The above stated principle might apply. However, it should NOT single out one set of contractors for special benefit.)
July 2002 - Libertarians for Peace Wins Some, Looses Some at Libertarian Party 2002 Convention
Libertarians for Peace started the Convention with a meeting of about eight activists who agreed our main goals were to lobby for the most pro-peace LNC candidates and to put forth a short non-interventionist resolution during the Resolutions Agenda item Sunday morning.
On July 4th debated twice LP Presidential candidate Harry Browne bested acerbic LP Communications Director Bill Winter in a debate “The Response to 9/11.” Considering that the September 11 terrorist attacks were ten months ago, Bill Winter’s contention that Americans are just not willing to listen to arguments that US interventionism led to the attacks seemed particularly hollow. Browne, who may have rubbed the truth in a little too hard in the first few weeks after September 11, is on solid ground today when he says libertarians must stand up for principle on this unpopular issue just like they do on other issues like social security and drugs. James Madison of Veterans Teaching Peace in Schools and Libertarians for Peace shared his methods of convincing average citizens to support non-interventionism.
In platform debates, the most substantial change removed reference to “abolition of secret police, such as the Central Intelligence Agency” and support for “Congressional investigation of criminal activities of the CIA and FBI.” It was replaced by the following sentences which can be interpreted to endorse massive spying on citizens in the name of “domestic security.” “The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security." However, it also added specific language opposing the establishment of a new cabinet level Department of Homeland Security and calling for the repeal of the Patriot Act of 2001, the Counter-terrorism Act of 1996, and all other legislation that authorizes secret evidence, holding people without charge, treating material witnesses like convicted criminals, engaging in searches and seizure without Constitutionally issued and executed warrants, and other violations of individual rights under the color of national security.”
Saturday’s election of officers had some good news and some bad news. In Thursday night's Chair debates, strong pro-peace statements of George Phillies and Geoff Neale got a big applause. The next day self-described "hawk" Elias Israel received only 178 votes, compared to 261 for Neale and 123 for Phillies. Israel conceded, rather than face a humiliating defeat on the second ballot. However, the other three current officers, all of whom supported the October 14, 2001 pro-military strikes resolution, and voted down Joe Dehn’s December, 2001 non-intervention resolution, were re-elected. So were two At Large members and three Regional Representatives. (However, two At Large candidates opposed by Libertarians for Peace for questionable statements on intervention and civil liberties were defeated; so were a couple of peaceniks.)
At least two strong pro-peace members were elected to At Large positions and at least seven took over Regional Representative and Alternate positions. This gives the “peace” forces a definite “critical mass” – if they can mobilize themselves and become a cohesive minority willing to do non-violent battle with those LNC members who fear an up front pro-peace position would lose the party even more members.
Libertarians for Peace has announced for months that it would bring a short but strong non-intervention resolution to the floor. Our longer PetitiononLine for just such a resolution has been signed by over 360 individuals, mostly libertarians, many party candidates and officers. See http://www.PetitionOnline.com/libs4p77/petition.html However, as Resolutions was announced other individuals grabbed the microphones promoting their agendas. One frustrated delegate called for adjournment and before Libertarians for Peace members knew what had happened, the Convention was over. Next time we peaceniks will have to be more aggressive!
Text of Libertarians for Peace Convention Resolution: Given that U.S. military aid and intervention was an excuse for the September 11 terrorist attacks; given that the resulting War on Terrorism has become a war on American’s liberty; given that President George Bush is planning to attack Iraq in an unnecessary war that may kill tens of thousands of American troops; The Libertarian National Convention resolves that the national Libertarian Party makes one of its primary issues ending U.S. foreign military aid and intervention, especially in the Middle East. Signed: Jim Madison, Paula Kaylyn, Philip Health, Carol Moore, Jeff A. Smith, Alice Lillie.
The Libertarian National Committee can issue a new party program at any time and had not done so in 8 or 9 years. LNC Secretary Steve Givot, who has been trying to gut the platform for years, spearheaded a last-minute staff project of rewriting the program into a glossy 24 page brochure.
The rushed project was reviewed by the Advertising and Publications Review Committee and other LP members. At the July 3, 2002 LNC meeting these individuals criticized it as variously too neo-conservative and too negative. Pro-peace libertarians noticed that the foreign policy section twice mentioned bringing home the troops, but did not mention ending military aid and alliances which could drag us into wars or foment terrorism against us. While it was inferred that the brochure might be tweaked before being sold, in fact enough already had been printed to send out to all the members.
Could it be that some LNC members and LPHQ staffers want to protect some foreign nations' military aid--or avoid losing the financial contributions of those who do??
September 2002 - Libertarians for Peace Features Candidates page
Nineteen libertarian candidates for congress and other offices asked to be listed on the libertarians for peace 2002 candidates page to show their support for keeping the Libertarian Party a strongly non-inteventionist party. See 2002 Candidates page.