[Hpn] [Fwd: FROM A "DESERT STORM" MARINE]

William Mandel wmmmandel@earthlink.net
Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:07:45 -0800


William Mandel wrote:
> 
>         When, at 85 (I'm still in fair health, thanks) I receive a letter like
> the following from a stranger who has to be barely past 30, I hope I can
> be excused for telling the world about it.
>         The letter is hand-lettered on lined loose-leaf-notebook paper.
> It reads:
>                                                                                 18 Jan 2003
>         Dear Mr. Mandel,
>                 My name is John Riddell and I'm a big admirer of yours. Your
> courageous resistance to various and sundry social injustices has given
> me pride in being a human being again. I'm almost always drowning in
> contempt and despair over the state of the world's affairs. I fought in
> Desert Storm as a Marine - I was deluded then - I thought I was fighting
> to defend the U.S. Constitution, especially the blessed Bill of Rights.
> I've come to know that I was actually functioning as a henchman for
> Corporate America and I vowed that, as a form of repentance, I would
> give aid to and help the downtrodden and oppressed of the world in any
> small way I could.
>                 My keenest attention is to the animals of the world, but
> human rights and environmentalism concern me very much as well. The
> recent roll-back of civil liberties also troubles me. I'm well aware
> that the Bush Junta is totally anti-intellectual and Anti-Life and
> illegitimate. I say all this because your principles and actions have
> inspired me to an extent that is beyond words. As a Marine, I feel like
> I was fighting to defend Americans such as yourself.
>                 I would appreciate if you would send me an autographed copy of SAYING
> NO TO POWER - enclosed is a money order in the amount of $23.
>                 My hat's off to you, sir. Thank you!
>                                                         Sincerely,
>                                                                 John Riddell
> --
> 
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> 
> My autobiography, SAYING NO TO POWER (Introduction by Howard Zinn),
> includes 200 pages on the Truman-McCarthy era, 1946-1960. I was called
> before all three witch hunt committees. Those pages describe how we
> nullified the laws of that day corresponding to the PATRIOT ACT and
> HOMELAND SECURITY operations today. You may hear/see my testimony before
> the witch hunters (used in six films and a play) on my website,
> http://www.billmandel.net
>  The book is available through all normal sources. For an autographed
> copy, send me $24 at 4466 View Pl.,#106, Oakland, CA. 94611
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My autobiography, SAYING NO TO POWER (Introduction by Howard Zinn),
includes 200 pages on the Truman-McCarthy era, 1946-1960. I was called
before all three witch hunt committees. Those pages describe how we
nullified the laws of that day corresponding to the PATRIOT ACT and
HOMELAND SECURITY operations today. You may hear/see my testimony before
the witch hunters (used in six films and a play) on my website,
http://www.billmandel.net  
 The book is available through all normal sources. For an autographed
copy, send me $24 at 4466 View Pl.,#106, Oakland, CA. 94611
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