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Three Ithacans Arrested at the White House
Tompkins County Green Party ^ | Sunday, December 29 2002 | Linda Holzbaur

Posted on 01/01/2003 5:33:21 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

Lisa Guido, Peter DeMott and Grace Ritter of Ithaca and 13 others were arrested on December 28, 1:30 pm at the White House in Washington DC for participating in a nonviolent, peaceful die-in to protest the ongoing war against Iraq and the invasion of Iraq, now well underway. Some of the participants poured their own blood on themselves during the protest.

DeMott and Ritter were charged with participating in a stationary demonstration in a restricted area and released with an order to appear in DC court on April 16; Guido is still being held. All three were part of the group who were arrested at the Ithaca Army Recruitment Center on December 21st for participating in a similar die-in there.

DeMott and Ritter were interviewed by Pacifica Peacewatch this morning about the anti-war effort in Ithaca; the show will be aired sometime this week. Contact WEOS Geneva for the times of broadcast.

Peter DeMott's statement:

As a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Viet Nam, I know firsthand that war is organized mass murder. Violence begets more violence. We need to solve international disputes peacefully and through negotiation.

DeMott and Ritter are available for statements at 607/227-4189.


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We need to solve international disputes peacefully and through negotiation.

I guess my memory is getting faulty. Exactly when did Osama bin Laden attempt to negotiate with us before his terrorists slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon? What negotiations did Hussein engage in before he invaded Kuwait?

All three were part of the group who were arrested at the Ithaca Army Recruitment Center on December 21st for participating in a similar die-in there.

That story can be found here. Hopefully, the DC justice system will be a little less forgiving than one expects from an Ithaca jury.

Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 01/01/2003 5:33:21 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; LibKill; gaspar; bentfeather; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...
City of Evil bump
2 posted on 01/01/2003 5:34:03 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I know I have been busy, but did I miss the Iraqi invasion....geeez!
3 posted on 01/01/2003 5:37:23 PM PST by mystery-ak
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Peter DeMott's statement: As a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Viet Nam

Let's see the DD214 then and the honorable discharge.

4 posted on 01/01/2003 5:39:25 PM PST by ikka
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
While you protest for peace here, I suggest you send your fellow idiots over to Iraq and protest for peace there. You can't win this war with peace and the proof of that is 9/11!
5 posted on 01/01/2003 5:41:22 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: mystery-ak
Yeah, I missed that too! Damn bowl games! And if it was a "die-in" I guess they weren't serious, since none of them died...
6 posted on 01/01/2003 5:42:37 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: ikka
PLOWSHARES NUMBER TWO: On December 13, 1980 Peter DeMott, former seminarian and Vietnam veteran from Jonah House, entered the General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) shipyard in Groton, Connecticut during the launch ceremony for the "USS Baltimore" fast attack submarine. Noticing an empty EB security van with keys in it, he got into the van and repeatedly rammed the Trident "USS Florida" denting the rudder. Security guards then broke into the van and arrested him. He was tried by a jury in New London Superior Court and convicted of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. He was sentenced to one year in jail.
7 posted on 01/01/2003 5:43:43 PM PST by johniegrad
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Tompkins County Green Party
http://www.tcgreens.org/

GOOGLE Search Term: "Peter DeMott"
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22Peter+DeMott%22&btnG=Google+Search
8 posted on 01/01/2003 5:44:35 PM PST by Cindy
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To: clintonh8r
LOL....I guess you're supposed to die at a die-in..?
9 posted on 01/01/2003 5:45:25 PM PST by mystery-ak
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Ithaca has an Army recruiter's office? And they haven't hounded them out of town? Does the CIA still recruit on campus at Cornell? ;)
10 posted on 01/01/2003 5:45:25 PM PST by general_re
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
On December 13, 1980 Peter DeMott, former seminarian and Vietnam veteran from Jonah House, entered the General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) shipyard in Groton, Connecticut during the launch ceremony for the "USS Baltimore" fast attack submarine. Noticing an empty EB security van with keys in it, he got into the van and repeatedly rammed the Trident "USS Florida" denting the rudder. Security guards then broke into the van and arrested him. He was tried by a jury in New London Superior Court and convicted of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. He was sentenced to one year in jail.

http://www.plowsharesactions.org/webpages/plow2.htm

Where's that 3 strikes rule when you really need it?

11 posted on 01/01/2003 5:46:11 PM PST by NativeNewYorker
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To: johniegrad
Nice "get"!
12 posted on 01/01/2003 5:46:20 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Figures. Ithaca is a liberal haven. It's too bad we can't take it back from the libs. It'd be a nice place for us conservative rich people to spend our money......
13 posted on 01/01/2003 5:46:34 PM PST by b4its2late
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To: ikka
PETER DE MOTT AND FELTON DAVIS IN PRISON ... IS IT THEY - OR IS IT THE PENTAGON - THAT IS ABOVE & BEYOND THE LAW?


from Jonah House, Oct 24 2000
Today Peter Demott of Ithaca, NY and Felton Davis of New York City were sentenced in the Federal court in Alexandria, Va. for their participation in an Hiroshima commemoration vigil at the Pentagon in August of 1999. The two were charged with refusing to obey a police officer who ordered them to leave the steps of the Pentagon. They were not blocking or impeding traffic in any way. They were simply holding banners and praying.

Peter and Felton both received 60 day sentences; Felton received an additional 30 days for probation violation - consecutive to the 60 days otherwise imposed. The prosecution asked that they be given time in prison because it's clear that they feel that they are somehow above the law and that the limits that others accept don't apply to them.

Felton had no prepared text for sentencing and was able to respond to the condemning spirit that the prosecution expressed. He pointed out that both he and Peter were there for sentencing; they were ready to take the conseqences for their actions; they always have. Further, he said, it is the Pentagon that feels above the the law; it is the Pentagon that accepts no limits. This is manifest by their actions around the world.

It's unclear, as of now, as to where Felton and Peter will be serving there time. We will give further information later.




Peter De Mott had a prepared statement for the court. His statement follows:
I have been duly tried and found guilty of refusing an order to leave the Pentagon. I freely and openly admit to having so refused and furthermore to having done so now consistently in numerous non-violent protests for more than twenty years.

Why? As a husband and as a father of three beautiful, loving daughters I cannot help but persevere in my protest at an institution which generates fear, hatred and violence, which threatens to destroy with its vast arsenal of nuclear and other weapons not only my family but the entire human family , to say nothing of the very planet on which we all live.

As a veteran of the Vietnam war I cannot help but cry out belatedly, in an act of atonement, against the martial mentality which justifies warmaking as a means of resolving human conflict and differences. I know from first hand experience that death and destructiion perpetuate a cycle of violence that results in yet more death and destruction.

As an aspiring Christian I refuse to stop protesting at the Pentagon because Jesus tells us to love one another, to love our enemies, not to kill, that the greatest in his kin-dom will be the least of all and the servant of all. I cannot tacitly approve by my silence and inactivity the Pentagon's policy of developing ever more deadly and ever more numerous weapons such as depleted uranium, even as its diversion of resources claims lives every day both here and around the world.

The federal government finds it necessary to punish me in hopes of discouraging me and others of like mind and heart from further acts of protest. As a husband and father, as a Vietnam veteran and a would be Christian I cannot and will not stop until the Pentagon transforms itself into an institution promoting unity and love, justice and peace.
14 posted on 01/01/2003 5:47:05 PM PST by johniegrad
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Oh boy

bump
15 posted on 01/01/2003 5:47:45 PM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: ikka
Peter De Mott - one fine looking guy (with a snot locker akin to Clinton's)...


16 posted on 01/01/2003 5:48:42 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: ErnBatavia
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17 posted on 01/01/2003 5:51:46 PM PST by johniegrad
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Bert is from Ithaca.
18 posted on 01/01/2003 5:55:03 PM PST by PoorMuttly
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Do any of these people have jobs? If so, do their employers support or condone their hard-left positions?
19 posted on 01/01/2003 5:55:41 PM PST by second_half_recovery
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To: johniegrad
As an aspiring Christian I refuse to stop protesting at the Pentagon because Jesus tells us to love one another, to love our enemies

What is an "aspiring Christian" or a "would-be Christian"?

Is it similar to "aspiring pregnant" or "would-be pregnant" or "almost pregnant"?


Christians have the right to be conscientious objector to war. On the other hand, Christians usually do not impose their conscientious decisions on other Christians.

As St. Paul said, some Christians find no objection to eat meat sacrificed to idols, other Christians do not eat meat.

On conscientious issues, Christians do not judge each other.

21 posted on 01/01/2003 5:57:29 PM PST by LO_IQ
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To: ErnBatavia
He looks like a retired Gestapo chief confronting Mike Wallace on an Argentine horse farm. "Christian" huh? Why don't we hear more about the religious left? The media cheer when Quakers, Mennonites, and renegade Catholics are arrested at pro-dictator/terrorist guerrila theater events, then scream bloody murder about the evils of the religious right when a few fundies try to dissuade abortion clients.
22 posted on 01/01/2003 5:59:05 PM PST by atomic conspiracy
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
WWII did not beget more war!

However, these people do not remember anything but Vietnam.
23 posted on 01/01/2003 6:04:08 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: ikka
DeMott is a professional anti-war protestor. He was jailed for a year in 1980 for stealing a truck and using it to ram a warship which was about to be inaugurated. Find an anti-American crowd and he'll be there.
24 posted on 01/01/2003 6:04:41 PM PST by gaspar
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To: ikka
Yes, was he in the jungle or was he in the rear soaking up the beer.
25 posted on 01/01/2003 6:05:01 PM PST by cynicom
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To: cynicom
Sound like a REMF to me.
26 posted on 01/01/2003 6:15:47 PM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Three Ithacans Arrested at the White House.

Odysseus, Telemachus, and Penelope?

27 posted on 01/01/2003 6:17:11 PM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Stupidity begets "die-ins."
28 posted on 01/01/2003 6:20:35 PM PST by wolf24
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To: johniegrad
I'm gonna throw out a wild guess here that this guy was drafted and didn't volunteer for military service. Another reason why we don't need to bring back the draft.
29 posted on 01/01/2003 6:22:21 PM PST by Tailback
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To: Tailback
"Some of the participants poured their own blood on themselves during the protest."

These Ithacans aren't like those wussy-boy west-coast "die-iners" who use fake blood and tomatoe sauce. Nope, these boys go all out when they throw a "die-in!"
30 posted on 01/01/2003 6:27:21 PM PST by wolf24
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To: johniegrad
He did damage to a Trident and only got one year in jail. That is outrageous. He should have been sentenced to 10 years.
31 posted on 01/01/2003 6:27:36 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Why don't these people do a real "die in"? I'm sure that they can find a lot of Kool Aid suppliers.
32 posted on 01/01/2003 6:30:01 PM PST by jackbill
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Ithaca is the City of Evil.

Just Wondering

Does Ithaca still print it's own money???

33 posted on 01/01/2003 6:30:50 PM PST by qam1
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To: jackbill
Why don't these people do a real "die in"?

I know, bring back the good old days when a real protester would pour gasoline on themselves and then set themselves on fire. Hey, This war is suppose to be about oil isn't it?

34 posted on 01/01/2003 6:33:48 PM PST by qam1
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To: qam1
Does Ithaca still print it's own money???

Oh, yeah....

http://www.ithacahours.org/

35 posted on 01/01/2003 6:34:52 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: second_half_recovery
Do any of these people have jobs?

More often than not, they are sucking at the teat of higher education through Cornell U or Ithaca College

36 posted on 01/01/2003 6:36:03 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: general_re
Ithaca has an Army recruiter's office? And they haven't hounded them out of town?

Funny you should ask. The "Ithaca" recruiter's office is technically in the neighboring town of Lansing.

37 posted on 01/01/2003 6:37:09 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Do you live in Ithica? If you do live there may I ask why? You seem to have nothing but bad things to say about the town.
38 posted on 01/01/2003 6:41:08 PM PST by College Repub
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To: College Repub
Do you live in Ithica? If you do live there may I ask why? You seem to have nothing but bad things to say about the town.

Think of it as a collection of cautionary tales.

If you want to know what America would be like if the liberals actually "win," look at Ithaca and despair.

Someone on the inside has to warn the rest of you. ;-)

39 posted on 01/01/2003 6:43:31 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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"Violence begets more violence."

Ithica Idiot.

It's the lack of an overwhelming response to violence that begets more violence.

For instance, it was Klintoon's complete lack of response in January 1993 to kill Osama after the WTC bombing that lead directly to Khobar towers, American Embassy bombings, USS Cole and Twin Towers and Pentagon.

40 posted on 01/01/2003 6:45:45 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
High above Cayuga's waters
There's an awful smell
Some say it's Cayuga's waters
I think it's Cornell

High above Cayuga's waters
There's an awful smell
Some say it's the Tompkins landfill
I say it's Cornell

To the tune of the Cornell alma mater :)

41 posted on 01/01/2003 6:46:22 PM PST by JohnnyZ
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
How did the Ithacans enter the country anyway? Deport them back to Greece, problem solved!
42 posted on 01/01/2003 6:48:06 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: LO_IQ
What is an "aspiring Christian" or a "would-be Christian"?

I'm just as confused about that one as you are. But I can tell you that DeMott and the Jonah House crew are just what they've always been, ever since Phil Berrigan started it -- a criminal conspiracy devoted to the trespass and destruction of government property in the service of the far left's favorite cause, ie. the destruction of America. These are definitely fake "Christians."

43 posted on 01/01/2003 6:50:35 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: HighWheeler
You could probably try to use this type of logic with this guy but he would probably just protest your overwhelming common sense by pouring some of his own blood on himself as he engages in a spontaneous impromptu die-in. These guys are always just looking for an excuse to have a good ol' fashioned die-in!
44 posted on 01/01/2003 6:51:03 PM PST by wolf24
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To: second_half_recovery
"Do any of these people have jobs?"

Yes. They work for Jonah House. Wherever they are sent, JH pays their room/board/medical and pays them about $300/month each. They are indeed professional protestors, usually recruited right out of college and then brainwashed to the point of no return.

Think "Kool-Aid."

Think "Jim Jones."

Think "Useful Idiots."

45 posted on 01/01/2003 6:55:14 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: wolf24
Here's what he would look like if we didn't save his ass from himself and let Osama and the boys have him:

Before and After:


46 posted on 01/01/2003 6:56:24 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
lol---by the way, is that Helen Thomas?
47 posted on 01/01/2003 6:58:15 PM PST by wolf24
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Some of the participants poured their own blood on themselves during the protest.

Their own blood??? ..

Geez how much did they have to drain out of themselves?

48 posted on 01/01/2003 6:58:41 PM PST by Mo1
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More often than not, they are sucking at the teat of higher education through Cornell U or Ithaca College

A simple search of Ithaca.edu reveals:

Name: Ritter, Grace
Year: Class of 2004
School: H & S
Address: 249 Coddington Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 277-6300
Email: gritter1@ithaca.edu

49 posted on 01/01/2003 6:58:57 PM PST by jonblaze
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To: wolf24
No that is not Helen Thomas, she only looks that good in her dreams.
50 posted on 01/01/2003 6:59:37 PM PST by HighWheeler
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