WASHINGTON -- In photos and articles all over the news of yesterday's AIG hearings here, most include a handful of pink-clad women behind AIG CEO Edward Liddy, holding signs with messages including "Fire Geithner" and "AIG (arrow) JAIL."
The six women of the peace group CODEPINK, who arrived at 5 a.m. to get seats at the hearing, said they meant to send the message that Congress must hold the bankers accountable for bringing down the American financial system, that it must no longer bail them out with taxpayer money, and that it must stop swindling Americans by draining their pockets on two major wars.
“Our economic mess now is related to the war we’re still paying for,” said Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, to the New York Daily News during a break at the hearing. "I can’t believe we’re talking about bonuses considering the rest of the bailout, but this was theft.”
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