|| Protesters from Impeach
for Peace gathered at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport outside the
133rd Airlift Wing, where Cheney spoke to the Minnesota National Guard.
Upon our arrival, we discovered an abundance of police officers, who
and asked the protesters to stay off the sidewalks within the so-called
“free speech zone.”
Due to short notice, this protest was relatively small, but we made
our views known with signs and conversation with those who would listen.
Numerous members of the national guard, their families, and other
individuals walked by during the protest. Few reacted to our presence,
though a few indicated support for us. Others indicated that they
believed our dissent was inappropriate.
As we marched along beside the sidewalk, some protesters also thanked
the national guard for their service to the country, despite the Bush
Administration’s use of their sacrifice for political and financial
gain. We waved signs and generally enjoyed ourselves, conversing about
out country’s political climate.
Channel 11 news also came by to capture some of the event on tape.
Unfortunately, we were plagued by an apparent inaccuracy in White
House press release and reports in the local paper, which indicated
that Cheney would be speaking at 3:25 p.m.. Based on the departure
of Cheney’s motorcade and of his audience, it appears that he
spoke considerably before this time. In the future, we plan to become
more skeptical of White House announcements.
"I just want you to know that, when we talk about
war, we're really talking about peace."
Bush, June 18, 2002
"War is Peace"
George Orwell in "1984"