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Video: Barbara Lee’s Lone Vote on September 14, 2001 was as Prescient as it was Brave and Heroic

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER the 9/11 attack, while bodies were still buried in the rubble, George W. Bush demanded from Congress the legal authorization to use military force against those responsible for the attack, which everyone understood would start with an invasion of Afghanistan. The resulting resolution that was immediately cooked up was both vague and broad, providing that “the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”

Despite this broadness, or because of it, the House of Representatives on September 14 approved the resolution by a vote of 420-1. The Senate approved it the same day by a vote of 98-0. The lone dissenting vote was Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who — three days after the 9/11 attack, in a climate of virtually full-scale homogeneity — not only voted “no” but stood up on the House floor to deliver this eloquent, unflinching and, as it turns out, extremely prescient explanation for her opposition:


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Text by Glenn Greenwald writing for The Intercept.
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Barbara Jean Lee (born 1946) is the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district, serving East Bay voters from 1998 to 2013 during a time when the region was designated California’s 9th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She was the first woman to represent the 9th district and is also the first woman to represent the 13th district. Lee was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among many in the anti-war movement.[2] Lee has been a vocal critic of the war in Iraq and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace.
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Biography from Wikipedia.

3 comments on “Video: Barbara Lee’s Lone Vote on September 14, 2001 was as Prescient as it was Brave and Heroic

  1. sharondoubiago
    September 13, 2016

    Point Arena Pier, September 18, 2001 I’m at the pier   the fourteenth anniversary of my father’s deaththe first TV I see The passing of the War Acts:The US Patriot ActThe Enhanced Surveillance ProceduresThe Domestic Surveillance Program The Authorization for Use of Military Force AgainstTerrorists  The locals are bentto the bar beneath the TV. Just off work, glazedeyes, dirty clothes, grimy at their food, sweatto their drinks, tootired maybe to know who they arein this Acts. (Howdare I allow this thought?)  The Passersover our lined-upimbibing heads enter the crowdedmarbled chambers, manicuredin smugness, instiff silver suits, expensive blue suffocating cleansuits, in pants suits, in uniform.The supreme wrathand wealth of the crowd now in Congresswhile on our wallsthe giant wave comes intwenty years ago,takes downour poetry fishhouse  Toasting andwhooping our side as at the Superbowlthe workers are allfor this. I fume so deepI’m afraid ofmyself. Those who don’t know historyare doomed to repeathistory. Our children lose I rehearse stormingout, saluting Heil Hitler!to their big rednecks gratefully bowing down.  But it’s along way across the nightsea-thumped asphalt to my van.   When I do rise fromthe bar stoolas everyone in theplace cheers God bless America anddrinks upI slam out screamingHeil Hitlerunder my breath                                      HomelandSecurity?  It’s low tide, still goingout. A long way home.I see my deadfather, my country in every ebbingwave.            *          for Barbara Lee  _______________________________________Recent online posts by Vox Populi:https://voxpopulisphere.com/2016/07/05/sharon-doubiago-free-him/;  https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/05/14/6776/ (Preface to The Visit: “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”); https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/06/27/sharon-doubiago-mass-execution-of-aboriginal-children-of-the-mohawk-residential-school-brantford-ontario-1943/; https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/01/16/sharon-doubiago-abu-ghraib-guantanamo-bay/PublicationsHard Country,West End Press (epic poem); The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, Graywolf Press (stories); El Nino, Lost Roads (stories); Psyche Drives the Coast, Empty Bowl Press (poetry); South America Mi Hija, U of Pittsburgh (booklength poem); The Husband Arcane     The Arcane of O, Gorda Plate Press (booklengthpoem); Body and Soul, Cedar HillPublications (poetry); Love on the Streets,U of Pittsburgh (poetry); My Father’sLove, Vols 1 & 2, Portrait of thePoet as a Child/as a Woman, Wild Ocean, (memoir); The Visit, Wild Ocean Press (booklength poem); I, Poet, Omerta Publications (sequenced poems)

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  2. sharondoubiago
    September 13, 2016

    I’m on the market for a new laptop. this seems the only way I can get this through to you. This poem is inadequtem _______________________________________Recent online posts by Vox Populi:https://voxpopulisphere.com/2016/07/05/sharon-doubiago-free-him/;  https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/05/14/6776/ (Preface to The Visit: “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”); https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/06/27/sharon-doubiago-mass-execution-of-aboriginal-children-of-the-mohawk-residential-school-brantford-ontario-1943/; https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/01/16/sharon-doubiago-abu-ghraib-guantanamo-bay/PublicationsHard Country,West End Press (epic poem); The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, Graywolf Press (stories); El Nino, Lost Roads (stories); Psyche Drives the Coast, Empty Bowl Press (poetry); South America Mi Hija, U of Pittsburgh (booklength poem); The Husband Arcane     The Arcane of O, Gorda Plate Press (booklengthpoem); Body and Soul, Cedar HillPublications (poetry); Love on the Streets,U of Pittsburgh (poetry); My Father’sLove, Vols 1 & 2, Portrait of thePoet as a Child/as a Woman, Wild Ocean, (memoir); The Visit, Wild Ocean Press (booklength poem); I, Poet, Omerta Publications (sequenced poems)

    From: Vox Populi To: sharondoubiago@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:02 AM Subject: [New post] Video: Barbara Lee’s Lone Vote on September 14, 2011 was as Prescient as it was Brave and Heroic #yiv4061786089 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4061786089 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4061786089 a.yiv4061786089primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4061786089 a.yiv4061786089primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4061786089 a.yiv4061786089primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4061786089 a.yiv4061786089primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4061786089 WordPress.com | Vox Populi posted: “ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER the 9/11 attack, while bodies were still buried in the rubble, George W. Bush demanded from Congress the legal authorization to use military force against those responsible for the attack, which everyone understood would start wit” | |

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  3. sharondoubiago
    September 13, 2016

    yes. I have a poem dedicated to her re that. I’ll find it and sent to you. I’m glad someone remembers her lone vote, sharon  _______________________________________Recent online posts by Vox Populi:https://voxpopulisphere.com/2016/07/05/sharon-doubiago-free-him/;  https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/05/14/6776/ (Preface to The Visit: “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”); https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/06/27/sharon-doubiago-mass-execution-of-aboriginal-children-of-the-mohawk-residential-school-brantford-ontario-1943/; https://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/01/16/sharon-doubiago-abu-ghraib-guantanamo-bay/PublicationsHard Country,West End Press (epic poem); The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, Graywolf Press (stories); El Nino, Lost Roads (stories); Psyche Drives the Coast, Empty Bowl Press (poetry); South America Mi Hija, U of Pittsburgh (booklength poem); The Husband Arcane     The Arcane of O, Gorda Plate Press (booklengthpoem); Body and Soul, Cedar HillPublications (poetry); Love on the Streets,U of Pittsburgh (poetry); My Father’sLove, Vols 1 & 2, Portrait of thePoet as a Child/as a Woman, Wild Ocean, (memoir); The Visit, Wild Ocean Press (booklength poem); I, Poet, Omerta Publications (sequenced poems)

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