As reported by Breitbart Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs – “over possible military action against Syria” – was interrupted when anti-war protesters Code Pink “held up their hands, which had been painted red to signify bloody hands” and held up signs reading “US Out of Syria.”
This wasn't the first time.
As Politico reported Nov. 6, 2007, Desiree Fairooz – accompanied by a group of Code Pink colleagues -- gave Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a now famous, in-your-face version of the “bloody hands” performance.
On Aug. 30, 2010, Code Pink sent out a call to “deliver bloody hands to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in San Francisco to demand that the speaker be a true leader and transfer war funds to rebuild the U.S., prosecute officials who lead us into the Iraq War, offer full support for the returning troops, full withdrawal, and reparations to Iraqis.”
On Feb. 7, Fox News Insider reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was forced to call a recess in the confirmation hearing of John Brennan -- President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next director of the CIA -- until Code Pink protesters were removed.
They were there – complete with bloody right hands – “shouting about the administration's use of drone attacks overseas.”
For being a bunch of self-described “peace” activists on a mission to promote “Communication, Respect, and Integrity,” their obsession with blood is disturbing.
But it’s not like Code Pink doesn’t try to do the same thing a different way.
In a June 9, 2010 article --- updated May 25, 2011 -- The Huffington Post reported that a Code Pink cofounder -- Diane “Texas commercial fisher-woman” Wilson” -- was arrested “for interrupting a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Gulf oil spill.
Wilson doused herself with a jar of syrup, meant to look like oil, in protest of Senator Lisa Murkowski's blocking of a bill that would lift the maximum amount of money BP is responsible for allocating toward reparations of the oil spill.
“The biggest irony,” Jodi Evans -- yet another Code Pink cofounder -- opined for The Huffington Post June 10, 2010, “is that Diane Wilson goes to jail for dumping a jar of fake oil on herself and Tony Hayward -- dumper extraordinaire CEO of BP -- doesn't even have to answer to the U.S. public, and certainly not to those fisherwomen and men on the coast whose livelihoods are ruined.”
On June 25, The Huffington Post reported that “Gulf commercial shrimper” Wilson, – “joined by other members of Code Pink, a protest group that she co-founded,” with her own hands and face slathered with something black -- was arrested again when she interrupted the testimony of BP CEO Tony Hayward before the Energy and Environment subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
“You need to be charged with a crime,” she shouted as several police officers eventually wrestled her to the floor. “You need to go to jail.”
She was then forcibly escorted from the room and charged unlawful conduct and resisting arrest.
On June 26, ABC News reported that Wilson – wearing an orange jumpsuit in a protest “calling for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to be shut down” – “was arrested on the grounds of the White House for jumping the fence.”
Several of her fellow Code Pink cohorts – also dressed in orange jumpsuits -- “were also arrested outside the grounds.”
Code Pink proudly commemorated the day’s festivities in photos on its website.
While some lined up with pink umbrellas that spelled out “Close Guantanamo,” others engaged in a bit of torture play. Some even accessorized their orange outfits with black hoods that covered their heads, including the pair who helped shove the less than svelte Wilson – also pictured sitting in front of a sign advertising the 57th day of her hunger strike -- over the fence to send her sprawling quite ungracefully in a heap on the other side.
In its own report of Wilson’s antics that day – despite all of its previous coverage of “Code Pink co-founder,” “Texas commercial fisher-woman,” and “Gulf commercial shrimper” Wilson’s prior escapades -- The Huffington Post didn’t seem to know who she or her cohorts were.
A Secret Service spokesman identified the woman, who wore an orange jumpsuit, as Diane Wilson. She was charged with unlawful entry and handed over to local authorities. No hometown was given for Wilson. She appeared to be among a group of 17 similarly attired demonstrators who had chained themselves to the fence on the northwest side of the White House.
Maybe they didn’t see Wilson’s hunger strike sign, the hundreds of other Code Pink signs or the pink umbrella brigade.
On May 23, Yahoo News reported that Benjamin interrupted Obama’s counter-terrorism speech at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., “shouting criticisms of the administration's use of drones and operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.”
Evidently, Code Pink is still harboring a grudge against former Secretary of State Rice.
As The Associated Press reported Aug. 28, 2012, Tampa police stopped a dozen handcuff toting Code Pink protesters from entering an event at the Republican National Convention “after the group said it intended to arrest her for war crimes.”
After officers made them leave because they were on private property, “they went back to the sidewalk” -- where “several lay down under sheets made to look like they were blood-splattered” -- and vowed to “try to arrest other members of the George W. Bush administration.”
Greg Johnson of knoxnews.com reported that, moments after Paul Ryan began his speech inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, two Code Pink protesters in Section 128 stood and unfurled a pink banner with the word "vagina" scrawled in black letters.
One woman, middle-aged (or perhaps a bit past) with bobbed blond hair, started shouting, "Hands off my healthcare" The younger of the two, a brown-haired woman appearing to be in her 20s, waved the banner and chanted, "My body, my choice."
Meanwhile, somewhere else at the RNC, The Daily Beast reported that other Code Pink members were protesting “the GOP’s war on women” by “going around” in their “vagina costumes.”
“We wore them to the Faith and Freedom Coalition [gathering],” Medea Benjamin – another cofounder of Code Pink -- told The Beast.
We were the dancing vaginas.
According to Benjamin, “the dancing vaginas” were “concerned” about the “possibility” of the courts shifting to overturn Roe V. Wade if Mitt Romney was elected.
There are so few poor communities these days that have access to reproductive-rights services that they are being eroded without even overturning Roe v. Wade.
It’s curious how abortion activists have latched on to the term, “reproductive-rights” in their fight to keep abortion legal.
According to the American Heritage Medical Dictionary, “reproductive” means “of or relating to reproduction” or “tending to reproduce.”
Conversely, the American Heritage Medical Dictionary defines “abortion” as the “induced termination of a pregnancy with destruction of the embryo or fetus.”
When will CodePink “grow up”?” Flopping Aces asked Oct. 4, 2007.
They would be far more effective if they did not make such a sideshow spectacle out of themselves. Like clowns at a carnival. But I guess they cannot help but be what they are. Instead of being embarrassed by their antics, they think the media attention they gather makes them come off well.
“To listen to the corporate media,” David Swanson opined Jan. 27, 2011 for uber-liberal Michael Moore’s “Open Mike,” Code Pink cannot be taken seriously because decorum and politeness are universal values of a much higher order than peace or justice.”
But that sort of snobbish mockery has nothing on Code Pink's power to afflict the comfortable in the process of comforting the afflicted. Code Pink has gone from being ignored, to being laughed at, to being attacked, to being agreed with on matters of war and peace by two-thirds of the country.
No. They're still being laughed at.
Like reruns of a bad one-act play, full of aging actors who refuse to get off the stage, Code Pinks antics have become embarrassingly tedious.
As The Washington Times reported Wednesday, Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said fewer people are willing to become members. Ms. Benjamin also said they are getting less attention from reporters, which means less visibility. She blames the Democrats.
“We’re smaller,” Benjamin lamented. “We lost a lot of people who didn’t like us criticizing Obama.”
We’ve been protesting Obama’s foreign policy for years now, but we can’t get the same numbers because the people who would’ve been yelling and screaming about this stuff under Bush are quiet under Obama.
Benjamin also “said 10 years of war have worn down many would-be protesters, while others are deterred by fear of being arrested or by the sluggish economy, which has them focusing on their jobs.”
Yeah. That must be it.