LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE NEWS 2002
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January 2002 - LP Press Release on State of the Union Shows LP Still Non-Interventionist
        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:
      Whereas, securing our liberties and protecting our rights are among the primary purposes of the United States government,
       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 that the proper role of the United States' military is to primarily defend Americans against attack on American soil, not to intervene in the affairs of other nations;
       And, Whereas United States military are stationed in over one hundred countries around the world, where no threat exists;
       And, Whereas if the government has a legitimate role in foreign policy, then it is to keep the United States out of wars, not to instigate them;
       And, Whereas the United States military intervention under the so-called "War on Terrorism" is doing more to provoke future terrorism and war than to prevent it;
       And, Whereas the climate of fear and hysteria resulting from the "War on Terrorism" is inimical to the rights and liberties of Americans;

       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:

 1.   The United States to immediately cease current or planned attacks on peoples of other nations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Columbia;
 2.   The United States to immediately terminate all embargoes, blockades, and other interferences with free trade;
 3.   The United States to expeditiously end all military and economic support for foreign nations, political factions and military organizations, starting with those areas of greatest potential conflict, such as Colombia, the Middle East and Asia;
 4.   The United States to expeditiously bring home all U.S. military troops and personnel.

      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.

 Tim Dove
 Chair, LPMC

March 20, 2002 - Libertarians for Peace Issue Petition OnLine
Click here to sign the Petition
        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
and Platform.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY MILITARY NON-INTERVENTION RESOLUTION

     Given that the Libertarian Party holds the only proper role of the United States military is to defend Americans against attack on American soil, not to intervene in the affairs of other nations;
     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 cease current or planned military attacks on peoples of other nations, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Colombia;
     b) the United States immediately to terminate all embargoes, blockades, and other interferences with free trade imposed to support or oppose foreign governments or their policies.
     c) the United States expeditiously to end military and economic support for foreign nations, political factions and military organizations, starting with those areas of greatest potential conflict, such as Colombia, the Middle East and Asia;
    d) the United States expeditiously to bring home all U.S. military troops and personnel.

    Furthermore, the undersigned request that the Libertarian National Committee and/or 2002 Convention delegates encourage all Americans, whatever their party, to similarly petition the United States government to end these dangerous military interventions and to focus on protecting America.
    Finally, in line with the Libertarian Party platform, the undersigned request the Libertarian National Committee and/or 2002 Convention delegates voice support for those who choose to resist taxes or commit other acts of nonviolent civil disobedience as acts of conscience to protest United States military intervention.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned

April 4, 2002 - LP Press Release Calls for Immediate End to Aid to Middle East Nations
        Just two weeks after the Libertarians for Peace PetitionOnLine topped two hundred signatures, the Libertarian National Committee finally issued a press release stating the party's non-interventionist view regarding Middle East conflicts.  In its last few paragraphs the release stated: "The best way to prevent such nightmarish scenarios is to demand that the U.S. government get less involved in this seemingly intractable, centuries-old conflict. The first step to achieve that goal, said [Libertarian National Director Steve] Dasbach, is for the U.S. government to stop selling weapons to Israel and the Arab states; pull the plug on foreign aid programs that provide approximately $3 billion a year to Israel and more than $2 billion to Egypt and other Arab nations; and above all, refrain from placing U.S. troops in the region."  Read whole press release. Some criticized the release for spending the first thirteen paragraphs fuliminating about terrorism in Israel, especially since libertarians believe it is not the job of the U.S. government to protect Americans abroad.  A May 1, 2002 press release similarly fulminated for eleven paragraphs against Arab terrorists before mentioning that the Libertarian Party was opposed to the War on Terrorism and George Bush should end it.
         Libertarians can only wonder why the party leadership feels it has to pander to fear of terrorists and to anti-Arab prejudice in order to "sweeten" the Libertarian message.  One more reason we need new leadership that is more confidant in promoting the libertarian message of liberty and peace for ALL the world's people.

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 Members:
    Libertarians for Peace currently is an ad hoc network of 100 odd members of the two Libertarians for Peace e-mail lists.  We will be deciding at the Indianapolis Convention if we want to create a more formal structure.
     As described on our web page http://www.libertarians4peace.net, Libertarians for Peace share the concern that the Libertarian Party not only retain its hard-core non-interventionist stance but focus more energy on non-intervention and peace issues.  The below proposals have been passed before the Libertarians for Peace e-mail lists for comment and revision over the last month.

1.  LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE ARE OPPOSED TO ANY SUBSTANTIAL CUTS IN THE SUBSTANCE OF THE EXISTING PLATFORM
   We realize the last LNC came up with a strategic plan, one of whose strategies was: "Redevelop the Libertarian Party Platform, presenting both direction and destination, with an eye toward electoral success
without compromising core beliefs."  However, we do not believe this obliges either the Platform Committee or convention delegates to make radical changes and doubt that there would be time to do so anyway.

2.  LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE ARE OPPOSED TO ANY PRO-INTERVENTIONIST
LANGUAGE
     We also are opposed to any language that would condone U.S. military action without declaration of war, as occured in the bombing of Afghanistan, except in the most immediate situations of threat, as from imminent missile attacks from sea, land or air.

3.  LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE SUGGESTED CHANGES TO UPDATE OR CLARIFY
PLANKS RELEVANT TO NON-INTERVENTION AND TO CIVIL LIBERTIES JEOPARDIZED
BY US INTERVENTIONISM
    NOTE: Only relevant sentences quoted in each section.  Additions are in CAPITALS and deletions in [brackets]

Proposal #1:
I.Individual Rights and Civil Order
 5.Safeguards for the Criminally Accused
      Until such time as persons are proved guilty of crimes, they should be accorded full respect for their individual   rights. We are thus opposed to reduction of constitutional safeguards of the rights of the criminally accused, BE THEY UNITED STATES CITIZENS, FOREIGN NATIONALS OR  INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT A STATE.  WE ARE OPPOSED TO MILITARY TRIBUNALS FOR CITIZENS OR FOREIGN NATIONALS ACCUSED OF TERRORISM OR WAR CRIMES.

Proposal #2:
I.Individual Rights and Civil Order
   15.Internal Security and Civil Liberties
        We call for abolition of secret police, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.  WE CALL FOR THE REPEAL OF THE PATRIOT ACT AND ALL SIMILAR LEGISLATION WHICH VIOLATES INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.

Proposal #3:
IV. Foreign Policy
   B.Military
        1.Military Policy
        We call for the replacement of nuclear war fighting policies with a policy of [developing cost-effective] ENCOURAGING THE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT OF COST-EFFECTIVE NON-NUCLEAR DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS.  THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL PURCHASE THESE SYSTEMS ONLY AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN PROVEN EFFECTIVE.

Proposal #4:
IV. Foreign Policy
   B.Military
        1.Military Policy
  Accordingly, we OPPOSE [advocate termination of the 1972 ABM treaty or] any future  agreement  which would prevent defensive systems on U.S. territory or in  earth orbit.

Proposal #5:
IV. Foreign Policy
   B.Military
        1.Military Policy
       We call for the withdrawal of all American military personnel stationed abroad [including the countries of  NATO Europe, Japan, the Philippines, Central America and South Korea.]

Proposal #6:
D.International Relations
     2.Foreign Intervention
     We would end the practice of stationing of American military troops overseas.  ANY GOVERNMENT MILITARY SURVEILLANCE BY SATELLITE, VESSELS OR AIRPLANES  SHOULD BE DONE IN A CLEARLY DEFENSIVE, NON-AGGRESSIVE MANNER.

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LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE COUNTER PROPOSALS TO VETERANS VOTING BLOC PROPOSALS  FORWARDED TO THE 2002 LIBERTARIAN PARTY PLATFORM COMMITTEE
http://www.libertarians4peace.net   info@libertarians4peace.net

Dear Platform Committee Members:

     Libertarians for Peace members would like to comment on the Veterans' Voting Bloc [VVB] proposal.  We believe some of these proposals are counter to libertarian principles and/or increase the risk of  militarism and war.  We therefore have offered some alternative language in the order originally proposed by VVB.
    As described in our previous letter, the below proposals have been passed by the 100 odd members of Libertarians for Peace e-mail lists, as well as others.

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;
[Brackets] = Deletions:
I. Individual Rights and Civil Order
17.Conscription and the Military
....
   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 such   transgressions as imperialistic wars and aggressive acts of the military.  VOLUNTEERS CONSIDERING  [Members of the] military SERVICE should have the same right to BARGAIN FOR
CONTRACT BASIS FOR quitTING their jobs as other persons.

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;
[Brackets] = Deletions:
I. Individual Rights and Civil Order
17.Conscription and the Military

   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
I. Individual Rights and Civil Order
17.Conscription and the Military

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.

August 2002 - LP's New Brochure Omits Reference to Ending Foreign Military Aid and Alliances
      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.