Barack Obama Urged to Renounce Terrorist Supporter Contribution

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /-USNewswire/ -- The D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com, an independent grassroots group comprised of veterans, military families and other patriotic Americans, is urging Senator Barack Obama to renounce a $2300 contribution to his presidential campaign by terrorist supporter Jodie Evans of Venice, California.

    The Washington City Paper reports in its current issue that Ms. Evans is co-founder of a group that publicly supports the terrorist-led insurgency in Iraq against Americans and free Iraqis:

    Drawing perhaps the most fire is Code Pink's support for the Iraqi insurgency that has killed more than 3,700 American soldiers and wounded nearly 30,000 since post-combat operations began there in May of 2003.

    The group's co-founder, Jody (sic) Evans, was an international observer at the World Tribunal on Iraq in June 2005. The Tribunal culminated in a statement signed by ativists (sic) from 10 countries that characterized the insurgency as "legitimate and justified" and called for war crimes charges against Bush and other world leaders who backed the U.S. invasion. (Washington City Paper, issue of January 11-17, 2008)

    Ms. Evans, who markets herself to the media as a peace activist, issued the following statement regarding her support for the terrorist-led insurgency in Iraq while at the tribunal: "We must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist. I can remain myself against all forms of violence, and yet I cannot judge what someone has to do when pushed to the wall to protect all they love. The Iraqi people are fighting for their country, to protect their families and to preserve all they love. They are fighting for their lives, and we are fighting for lies." (AlterNet, June 26, 2005)

    The tactics of the insurgency that Ms. Evans supports has included chlorine gas truck bombs, massacres of civilians, using children as suicide bombers, hideously torturing freedom-seeking Iraqis, and assassinating police, judges and other duly appointed civilian officials of the freely elected Iraqi government.

    The Iraqi insurgency Ms. Evans supports without judgment has murdered, mutilated and booby-trapped the bodies of American servicemen they have captured.

    Code Pink has sent hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and humanitarian aid to what the group has described as 'families of the other side' in Iraq since 2004. As the recent film about the insurgency in Iraq, Meeting Resistance, showed, family members of the insurgency are intimately involved in aiding terrorist activities.

    Code Pink has also waged a campaign of psychological warfare against America's wounded warriors and their families by protesting at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, targeting them with signs bearing messages such as "Maimed for a lie" and "Enlist here and die for Halliburton."

    Evans and other Code Pink leaders have traveled the world visiting state sponsors of terrorism including Cuba, Syria and Iran in their efforts to undermine the United States in the global war on terror. She has also paid her respects to Fidel Castro acolyte Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

    Kristinn Taylor, co-leader of the D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com, issued the following statement regarding Ms. Evans' contribution to Sen. Obama: "Barack Obama has a credible chance to be the next commander-in-chief of America's armed forces. The leader of our military must have the confidence of the American people that he is not in bed with America's enemies. It is therefore incumbent upon Sen. Obama that he immediately repudiate the $2300 terrorist supporter Jodie Evans has contributed to his presidential campaign. Rather than return her blood money to Ms. Evans, the money should be given to a troop support organization of Sen. Obama's choice.

    "Should Sen. Obama elect to keep Ms. Evans' contribution, it will tell the American people that he shares her support for the terrorist-led insurgency in Iraq."

    All politicians, political parties and political action committees that have received contributions from Ms. Evans are also urged to repudiate her support. Among the recipients of her blood money are the 2008 presidential campaigns of former Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson, and the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry.

    Ms. Evans has also contributed heavily to the Progressive Patriots Fund which has funded the campaigns of Code Pink ally Sen. Jim Webb and other senators including Bernie Sanders, Tim Johnson, Bob Casey, Mary Landrieu, and Ben Nelson.
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