February article 2012

Chapter 14: Will the government appeal? (February 2012)

Welcome to the fourteenth monthly posting: As those who have followed this website know, the U.S. has been suing me to collect a $10,000 fine. In 1997 I was unwilling to ask for a U.S. license for a trip I took to bring medicine to Iraqi children. I’ve consistently refused to pay that fine – and did not request a license – to challenge the legality and legitimacy of U.S. policy on Iraq.

On December 28th, the judge issued his ruling: “For the reasons stated herein, the court concludes that the Government did not timely sue Mr. Sacks. The court DISMISSES this case with prejudice and directs the clerk to enter judgment for Mr. Sacks.” That means the fine against me goes away (unless appealed). My Declaration, our Briefs, the Court’s ruling, and two good media summaries are available here.

Dear Friends,

The end of this two-year legal saga may come on February 27ththe deadline for the government to appeal Judge Jones’ ruling. Whatever happens, I want to say Thank You to the readers of this website. Knowing there are people who care enough about this issue to stop, read, comment and even send cards – all that heartens and supports me. I also hope you’ll stay tuned for one more post of the latest developments next month.

This month’s post will be different. Instead of writing something, I’d like to encourage you to watch or listen to an interview I did on a local Seattle radio station, KEXP fm. Host Mike McCormick offers a great resource for our community with this weekly program Mind Over Matters. The interview took place Saturday, January 14, 2012. In this half-hour I summarize what I’ve posted on Iraq, sanctions, terrorism, and nonviolence.

The link to the video is here which I’ve shortened to tinyurl.com/KillingIraqis to make it easier to share; feel free to share if you wish. (It was a radio interview. But I told Mike that if I knew he was going to videotape I would have rented a necktie and got dressed up. [Small joke; I do own a necktie]). If you prefer to have only audio, it’s here.

I’ll end again with my thanks for those who’ve stayed with this project and been so supportive. We all affect each other, for better or worse. I can say that those who’ve commented or contacted me have been entirely encouraging. You have helped me to keep using this government-made opportunity to educate about what we have done to the people of Iraq … and to ourselves.

With Warm Good Wishes,

Bert

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