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Over 4,000 Dead US Troops in Iraq; Capitola Army Recruiters Stay Open for Business

by ~Bradley (bradley [at]
Protests and vigils were held across the nation on March 24th following an announcement the day before of 4,000 dead US soldiers in Iraq. A demonstration was held at the Military Recruitment Center in Capitola, where a Santa Cruz County coalition known as People United for Peace (PUP) demanded "an immediate end to the killing and occupation in Iraq." One woman was arrested for trespassing as she occupied the Army's recruiting office and refused to leave until the occupation of Iraq is over.
Report from Capitola Military Recruiting Center: Vigil and Action Marks 4,000th American Death

Protests and vigils took place in cities such as Boston, DC, Berkeley, Los Angeles, etc... etc...

“4,000 Too Many,” Boston Mourns U.S. Deaths in Iraq

IVAW protests war at Lafayette to remember 4000 dead

Vigils Mark 4,000th US Military Death in Iraq War

Action at the Marine Recruiting Station in Berkeley.

"Over 4,000 US dead....and 30,000 wounded. Between 100,000 - 1,000,000 Iraqis dead...and 4,000,000 displaced. Almost $1,000,000,000,000 spent. 0 reasons to be there." --

For more on stopping war, check out
For example, FUN WITH TORTURE "See how the Army has helped deal with those boring desert nights. When the lights go off, the party begins. In the army, you too can get in on the action!"
§End Torture
by ~Bradley
Act Against Torture - Stop Torture and Indefinite Detention
§March 23, 2008: 4,000+ US Troops Killed in Iraq
by ~Bradley
§Phyllis Greenleaf and Army Bear
by ~Bradley
The Army recruiters let Phyllis Greenleaf borrow their Army Bear.
§The Bell Tolls
by ~Bradley
§Raging Grannies
by ~Bradley
§Fund Schools Not More War
by ~Bradley
§Fire The Liars
by ~Bradley
by ~Bradley
Ruth Hunter holds a board with photos of former soldiers with amputations.
§Mayor's Proclamation from Scott Kennedy to the US Army
by ~Bradley
Does this help explain the phrase "Keep Santa Cruz Weird"?

As Mayor of Santa Cruz, Scott Kennedy, a co-founder and staff member at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, proclaimed the period of June 14 through June 18, 2004 as "United States Army Week" and June 14, 2004 as "United States Army Birthday Day" in the City of Santa Cruz and exhorted all citizens to join him in expressing gratitude to those who have served and those who are serving in the United States Army.
§Job Title: 37F / Psy Ops
by ~Bradley
Psychological Operations (PSYOP, PSYOPS), are techniques used by military and police forces to influence a target audience's emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and behavior. Target audiences can be governments, organizations, groups, and individuals, and are used in order to induce confessions, or reinforce attitudes and behaviors favorable to the originator's objectives. These are sometimes combined with black operations or false flag tactics.

This concept has been used by military institutions throughout history, but it is only since the twentieth century that it has been accorded the organizational and professional status it enjoys now.

The word is commonly used by governments, such as the United States, who do not wish to use the term propaganda, which would mar their image. The word propaganda has very negative connotations, and by calling it psychological operations instead, people are much more likely to support it, where they would be unlikely to support the use of "propaganda". This euphemistic naming scheme is ironically an example of psychological operations -- i.e. using psychological techniques to persuade a large number of people to support something that they wouldn't normally support.
§Out of Iraq
by ~Bradley
§Bill Monning
by ~Bradley
Bill Monning is a popular candidate for California’s 27th Assembly District.

Bill Monning Sweeps Local Labor Endorsements
§Talking with Robert Jones
by ~Bradley
There were many interesting exchanges between Phyllis Greenleaf and Robert Jones inside the Army recruitment office. At one point, Jones stated that recruiters do not really recruit at local high schools. He said that recruiters were not welcome by most of the students and staff, especially in Santa Cruz. Greenleaf kept urging Jones to really listen to the testimonies from Winter Soldier 2008. The testimonies, available at, are what drove Greenleaf to occupy the Army recruitment office in Capitola.

Jones complained about the media's portrayal of the occupation of Iraq and explained that waterbording is not that bad. He said that only the CIA is allowed to waterboard people, not the Army. Furthermore, Jones insisted that only three people have been waterboarded and it was worth it each time.

According to Wikipedia, "Waterboarding is a form of torture that consists of immobilizing a person on their back with the head inclined downward (the Trendelenburg position), and pouring water over the face and into the breathing passages.[1] Through forced suffocation and inhalation of water, the subject experiences the process of drowning and is made to believe that death is imminent.[2] In contrast to merely submerging the head face-forward, waterboarding almost immediately elicits the gag reflex.[3] Although waterboarding does not always cause lasting physical damage, it carries the risks of extreme pain, damage to the lungs, brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation, injuries (including broken bones) due to struggling against restraints, and even death.[4] The psychological effects on victims of waterboarding can last for years after the procedure.[5]"

by ~Bradley
Hunter said that he was not one to engage in debates, so stayed in his office for most of the time that Jones and Greenleaf were discussing the role of the US Army.

I don't want to speculate too much... but the poster on Hunter's wall seems to indicate that he is a fan of Watsonville High School. I wonder why..
by ~Bradley
Buckingham makes a call to the Capitola police. Earlier, Buckingham told Greenleaf that her occupation of the recruitment office was nothing like the occupation of Iraq. He stated, "This is not like the occupation in Iraq because they can shoot at us over there and we can't shoot at you here."
§Thompson and Greenleaf
by ~Bradley
Capitola police officers G. Thompson (Badge #533) and L. Blankenship, K-9 (Badge #526) quickly responded to Buckingham's complaint.
§Phyllis Greenleaf is Arrested
by ~Bradley
Phyllis Greenleaf is the author of a bilingual book called "I'd Rather Be Learning: How Standardized Testing Leaves Learning Behind and What We Can Do"

"I'd Rather Be Learning" advocates for educational change while focusing on child development and learning and the impacts of standardized testing under No Child Left Behind.
§Phyllis Greenleaf is Issued a Citation
by ~Bradley
Phyllis Greenleaf was given a citation for trespassing. After officer Blankenship retrieved her identification, Greenleaf was uncuffed and released.
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