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CODEPINK Co-Founder Jodie Evans Disrupts War Criminal Dick Cheney

September 7, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

CODEPINK Co-Founder Jodie Evans stood up during a speech at the Nixon Library in Orange County of torture-advocate and former Vice President under the Bush Administration Dick Cheney.

Brandishing an arrest warrant Evans called out that she was making a citizens arrest.

Referring to Cheney as an international war criminal, Evans explained how he had undermined the U.S. economy and it’s standing in the international community, made it’s citizens less safe, and left a million people dead in his wake.

“You brag about caring about soldiers,” Evans responded to Cheney’s speech, “but there are hundreds of thousands of casualties.”

"You are guilty of conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States, for false information leading to the War in Iraq. You are guilty of treason, sedition, and subversive activities including, but not limited to submitting and fomenting false information leading to the War in Iraq, illegal detainment and torture of prisoners in Guantanamo and elsewhere, and other fraudulent acts leading to the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel as well as approximately 300,000 Iraqi civilians. And you are guilty of felony murder… You have the right to remain silent.”

Cheney said nothing until Evans and CODEPINK member Sharon Tipton were being dragged out by security. Proving his allergy to the truth, Cheney referred to the facts as “play-time.”

Dick Cheney has openly advocated torture, including describing himself as a “big supporter” of waterboarding. He was inside the Nixon Library peddling his book “In My Time”.

Both Evans and Tipton called out Cheney on the lies and criminal acts that have killed so many Iraqis, Afghans and Americans.

Tens of activists were outside at the time of the disruption, bringing the PINK, coffins, torture-victim jumpsuits and messages that included, “Dick Cheney (is a) Man Who Destroyed the U.S.”

“It is appalling that Dick Cheney is making millions off of a book full of lies,” said CODEPINK Co-founder Medea Benjamin, "We believe war criminals like Cheney should be held accountable.”

Among the several groups represented in the rally outside were Military Families Speak Out, World Can Wait and ANSWER.