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America's Greens Rally to Flag, Run for Cover (Left in panic mode. Sierra Club drops ads)
Counterpunch ^ | Alexander Cockburn & Jeffery St. Clair

Posted on 09/15/2001 12:48:34 PM PDT by LarryLied

Hot to present themselves as staunch flag-waggers, some of America's premier environmental organizations have disgracefully ditched their principles.

The Sierra Club, America's oldest green group has abruptly turned off its campaign against the anti-environmental program of the Bush administration. CounterPunch has secured an internal memo in which the club's high command explains to its staff why it suspending its campaigns.

"In response to the attacks on America," the memo goes, "we are shifting our communications strategy for the immediate future. We have taken all of our ads off of the air; halted our phone banks; removed any material from the web that people could perceive as anti-Bush, and we are taking other steps to prevent the Sierra Club from being perceived as controversial during this crisis. For now we are going to stop aggressively pushing our agenda and will cease bashing President Bush."

The memo then instructs club staffers on how to respond to the press: "If you are asked about what this terrorism does to the Sierra Club's agenda, please respond simply by saying that right now the public needs to focus on comforting each other and strengthening our national security to deal with the crisis at hand."

Imagine if this craven posture spreads across the public interest movement. We could expect First Amendment defenders to say that they were abandoning efforts to protect the Bill of Rights. We could expect groups defending immigrants to say that henceforth the INS should be given free rein. Fortunately First Amendment defenders and defenders of immigrants have stronger spines and principles than the supposed defenders of the environment at the Sierra Club.

Are we now to expect the Club to endorse drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve as necessary "for national security"?

Even groups that we here at CounterPunch have admired are now in pellmell cowardly retreat.

The Berkeley-based International Rivers Network, which has been the main bulwark against the Three Gorges dam in China, now announces that it is suspending its planned nationwide protest against Morgan Stanley, one of the dam's principle financiers. Morgan Stanley had 50 floors of offices in the World Trade Center. IRN has also announced that "out of respect for the victims of this disaster, with understanding of the strategic difficulties in conveying to a shocked media and public our messages regarding the World Bank and IMF, with concern for the integrity of security systems in Washington DC, and for the safety of all, we will refrain from participating in activities surrounding the planned World Bank / IMF this month. We are also sharing our concerns with the leading organizations responsible for planning and coordinating these activities."

The Ruckus Society, the direct action training group involved in many demonstrations at the World Trade Organization has simultaneously announced that it is canceling its training camp, to be held in Middleburgh, Virginia, scheduled as preparation for the next World Bank meeting.

This camp was to be cosponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies, Jobs with Justice and Global Exchange. All these organizations have now backed out, saying that now is not the time for such activity.

The Rainforest Action Network, based in San Francisco, describes itself as being in a "wait-and-see mode."

"Things are definitely on hold," said RAN's Patrick Reinsborough.

Let's get this straight. If all resisters to the Bush political program were to follow this shameful exhibition by these green groups, we would see peace groups declining to protest against nuclear attacks on Iraq and armed invasion of Afghanistan. We would see civil rights sitting on their hands as racial and religious profiling is used to persecute people of Middle Eastern descent. Defenders of Palestinian rights would say that for the time being they wouldn't protest the use of US Apache helicopters against civilians in West Bank towns and villages.

What nonsense! Principles are never more important than when it is inconvenient or dangerous to stand up for them.


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1 posted on 09/15/2001 12:48:34 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
"For now we are going to stop aggressively pushing our agenda and will cease bashing President Bush."


So they admit it!


But doesn't war hurt the environment, Mr. Wacko Environmentalist?


Uh...Only when we say it does, Timmy!

2 posted on 09/15/2001 1:01:59 PM PDT by Captainpaintball
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To: LarryLied
It is hard to tell if the Sierra Club is doing the right thing or the politically expedient thing. It is quite reasonable for any advocacy group to say, "Hey, the survival of the country is more important than our specific agenda. We should support the country and its President." I see nothing wrong with that. Time to put aside the differences, it is ONE country with ONE President.
3 posted on 09/15/2001 1:20:09 PM PDT by Random Access
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To: Captainpaintball
The panic, wailing and gnashing of teeth on the left is incredble to behold. Never thought I would see it in my life time. They know the game is over for them. The world wide socialist network at http://www.indymedia.org/ is in melt down mode.
4 posted on 09/15/2001 1:21:12 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
Radical Marxist and Anarchist "Green" (read: "Red")

WTO-bashers are also implicitly aligned with the

WTC bombers.

Like it or not, this is true.

5 posted on 09/15/2001 1:26:25 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: FReethesheeples
Which is why the far left is blaming it on the CIA and/or the Mossad. Those who run these environmental groups just lost their base. Trial lawyers who head the Sierra Club and other groups cannot buy into the paranoid conspiracy theories of their most ardent supporters.
6 posted on 09/15/2001 1:43:39 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: All,AuntB,bump in the night,amom ,Pass this on please
Dear Editor (and, to anyone else reading this, please forward or copy/paste this IN ITS ENTIRETY and print it wherever you think it may help those poor folks who are suffering so much right now, and all of us, with them)

An Idea for the environmental groups!

I have an idea for the environmental NGO groups: with this terrible tragedy in NYC and WDC still unfolding, and so many facing huge expense (including child care, loss of income and potential loss of job) due to loved ones having died or among the missing, and trying to get there, and the staggering amount of burial expenses (transportation of remains back to home town plus burial), how about using the funds that (Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, EarthFirst!, etc.) have available for litigation/protection of endangered species, and use at least a good part of that money to help our own human species, suffering so unspeakably from this?

I cannot imagine, surviving the horror with 100% burn coverage, or being trapped for days or even weeks in the shuddering, suffocating, groaning, dark wreckage, knowing that help is trying to get there, but that even the rescuers are in terrible danger.

We are quick to action, when logging threatens our trees, or owls, etc.
Let us be quick to action NOW, and offer ourselves to something far bigger than any opportunity we've ever had, to truly help our own kind.
Let's take this chance to help our neighbors, who could just as easily be US, or our own loved ones! Surely, when something of this horror and magnitude happens, we cannot ignore our chance to help!

Needed are: respiratory/painters masks, eyewash, socks, gloves, blankets, Vicks salve (to mask the smell of the recovered cadavers as the rescuers find them, or parts of them, by the THOUSANDS), disinfectant, bottled water, Gatorade and other sports drinks (but not soft drinks), sodas, picks, shovels, knee pads and so much more. Food and clothing are not needed in this situation.

How about it? Let's put our dollars where a truly ENDANGERED part of OUR HUMAN SPECIES REALLY NEEDS THEM!

Miss Julie Kay Smithson
213 Thorn Locust Lane
London, OH 43140-8844
Email: propertyrights1@aol.com
Website: www.nodarbyrefuge.org
1-740-857-1239

7 posted on 09/15/2001 1:46:10 PM PDT by Tigen
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To: LarryLied carry_Okie auntb sierrawasp forester farmfriend okie01 grandpa dave snopercod
Good Info!

Some others are likely interested in this item!

8 posted on 09/15/2001 1:49:14 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Tigen, hobbbs, blackie, Grandma C, Grandpa Dave, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub, Yellow Rose of Texas
Excellent, thanks.

Folks see Tigen's post.

9 posted on 09/15/2001 1:51:14 PM PDT by amom
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To: LarryLied
Bring your toothbrushes and toiletry items and report to Sing Sing. Immediately. Then, we'll be satisfied that you're truly trying to help the nation. (I am NOT joking).
10 posted on 09/15/2001 1:51:48 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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To: LarryLied
Thanks for the post bump. ^5
11 posted on 09/15/2001 1:52:30 PM PDT by amom
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach,Tigen
What an excellent idea. Greens have tremendous resources and could do a lot of good right now. This is a way for them to answer critics (like us) who say they put animals and plants before the needs of people.
12 posted on 09/15/2001 1:53:56 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
If all resisters to the Bush political program were to follow this shameful exhibition by these green groups, we would see peace groups declining to protest against nuclear attacks on Iraq and armed invasion of Afghanistan. We would see civil rights sitting on their hands as racial and religious profiling is used to persecute people of Middle Eastern descent.

Absolutely amazing. This is what we should see - people re-evaluating what they believe and re-ordering their priorities. Many sheeple follow blindly along with the politically correct agenda because they have been told that it is correct. Now the light is flickering on.

13 posted on 09/15/2001 1:56:07 PM PDT by Peacerose
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To: LarryLied
Frankly, as a staunch opponent of nearly everything the Sierra Club has been doing, it is quite heartening to see that there is yet a spark of the Spirit of America left within them.

It is easy to say "political expediency" and certainly there is plenty of that, but there are other groups (like the media) who still don't find themselves Americans first, whatever else second.

14 posted on 09/15/2001 1:58:35 PM PDT by No.6
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To: shotabug,LadyX,COBI1,Snow Bunny
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15 posted on 09/15/2001 2:01:09 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: JohnHuang2 nunya bidness, JustAmy,ClancyJ, SierraWasp,Jeff Head
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16 posted on 09/15/2001 2:04:58 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LarryLied
bump
17 posted on 09/15/2001 2:05:03 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: ICU812,Ben Ficklin,GailA,martian_22,DoughtyOne,hubel458 ,christie
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18 posted on 09/15/2001 2:07:05 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LarryLied
How did that ungrammatical post go?

"We have/ are all your base"?

(-- or something like that.)

19 posted on 09/15/2001 2:07:06 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: marsh2 dixiechick2000 Helen Mama_Bear poet Grampa Dave doug from upland WolfsView Issaquahking
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20 posted on 09/15/2001 2:08:58 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday! DLfromthedesert Nam Vet Carry_Okie Ernest_at_the_Beach
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21 posted on 09/15/2001 2:11:33 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: JackelopeBreeder Clinton's a liar hondo68 Goddess50 dandelion OneidaM backhoe F-117A the crow
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22 posted on 09/15/2001 2:12:46 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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23 posted on 09/15/2001 2:13:20 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LibertyGirl77 mfulstone harpo11 GrandmaC farmfriend sauropod oldvike
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24 posted on 09/15/2001 2:14:17 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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25 posted on 09/15/2001 2:15:21 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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26 posted on 09/15/2001 2:15:54 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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27 posted on 09/15/2001 2:16:33 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LarryLied
Alexander Cockburn wouldn't know loyalty if it burned his...
28 posted on 09/15/2001 2:17:01 PM PDT by BurkeanCyclist
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29 posted on 09/15/2001 2:17:14 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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30 posted on 09/15/2001 2:18:06 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Blood of Tyrants JP Jones Libertina freedomnews brat TooBusy Sword_Svalbardt artisan001
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31 posted on 09/15/2001 2:18:42 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: LarryLied
Speaking of environmentalists, this whole thing pretty much means that ANWR drilling is guaranteed to pass, and there isn't really much they can say about it. Hehehe.
32 posted on 09/15/2001 2:19:00 PM PDT by DallasJ7
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To: LarryLied
communist butt-plunging terrorists are next.
33 posted on 09/15/2001 2:19:48 PM PDT by Anonymous2
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To: tex-oma OWK forest kattracks gaelwolf t-shirt
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34 posted on 09/15/2001 2:19:48 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: amom, Tigen
Thanks for the bump!
Tigen's post is excellent!!

Stop the tyranny of the wacko, envior-nazis left!!

Be ever vigilant!!

Molon Labe!!

35 posted on 09/15/2001 2:20:14 PM PDT by blackie
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To: LarryLied
So it only takes thousands of deaths in a terrorist attack on the U.S. to get the Sierra Club to stop bashing Bush? What a great organization!
36 posted on 09/15/2001 2:30:08 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
thanks for the ping, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub.

these snakes have only slithered under the
carpet for now. we must remain vigilant and stand tall
against all enemies of liberty.

37 posted on 09/15/2001 2:33:44 PM PDT by glock rocks (fmcdh)
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To: Random Access
Time to put aside the differences, it is ONE country with ONE President.

I think everyone is realizing that. We are all threatened now, we will stand united, if we have a country left, then we can go back to in-fighting later. I also believe the Arabs have underestimated us, they've been here thinking they got to know us, they misread our division. They thought we are weak and divided, but they miscalculated and we will prevail because we must.

38 posted on 09/15/2001 2:34:15 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: LarryLied
Is "CounterPunch" a New York Times publication?
39 posted on 09/15/2001 2:37:51 PM PDT by magellan
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To: LarryLied
The panic, wailing and gnashing of teeth on the left is incredble to behold. Never thought I would see it in my life time. They know the game is over for them. The world wide socialist network at http://www.indymedia.org/ is in melt down mode.

Isn't it a beautiful thing to behold!

The Sierra Club, America's oldest green group has abruptly turned off its campaign against the anti-environmental program of the Bush administration.

Translation: We've lost so we're not going to throw good money down a bottomless hole for now.

40 posted on 09/15/2001 2:57:13 PM PDT by thingumbob
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you. At least the members of the Sierra Club still consider themselves Americans, which is more than you can say for the California Commie Barbara Lee.
41 posted on 09/15/2001 3:04:54 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: glock rocks
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42 posted on 09/15/2001 3:24:07 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
"What nonsense! Principles are never more important than when it is inconvenient or dangerous to stand up for them."

Thank you for the flag.

These people do not have principles. They have an anti-American agenda -- and it will not stand up under scrutiny in the heightened awareness of an America at war. They must slink into the shadows.

43 posted on 09/15/2001 3:25:35 PM PDT by Clinton's a liar
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the ping. I was wondering about this last night. Guess my question has been answered now.
44 posted on 09/15/2001 3:26:36 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Excellent read. It took adversity to confirm true motives of the Enviromentalists.
45 posted on 09/15/2001 3:28:26 PM PDT by swheats
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To: LarryLied
Hell, No surprise her folks.

The Sierra Club, Greenpeace, ACLU and dozens of other "Green" organizations have ALWAYS been fronts for Marxists and Anti-American agendas.

Last Tuesday - killed them also. America now has her eyes blackened - but OPEN.
Semper Fi

46 posted on 09/15/2001 3:31:03 PM PDT by river rat
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
First off, the greenies are a communist front group, pure and simple.

Second, they've done everything they could to weaken America's production, economy, education, etc., etc.

Third, all the liberals are now wrapping themselves in the flag and using freedom-based language I've never heard them use before. disgusting.....

I could go on and on but the point is, thanks to them and their friends, we were weakened so this could happen. Also, it's not over yet.

Thanks for the heads-up cap'n.

47 posted on 09/15/2001 3:38:30 PM PDT by martian_22
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To: Clinton's a liar
You wouldn't happen to know anyone in the mainstream media who might be interested in this do you?

The far left is chattering to themselves (with great alarm) about their agenda being put on hold but I haven't seen a word of this elsewhere.

48 posted on 09/15/2001 3:43:29 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
So Club Sierra and some of the usual suspects are pulling in their horns?
( temporarily, no doubt )

Verrry Interesting.....

49 posted on 09/15/2001 3:53:52 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: LarryLied
You wouldn't happen to know anyone in the mainstream media who might be interested in this do you?

i emailed brit hume this article.

50 posted on 09/15/2001 3:57:44 PM PDT by glock rocks (fmcdh)
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