On Dec. 1 and 2, the People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War will take place in Washington, DC. Organized by CODEPINK, people from around the world will testify or send testimony on the lies that were used to start the war and on the costs of war. We speak with two people who will participate, Sam Koplinka-Loehr of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and Elizabeth Murray, a former intelligence officer who is now a peace activist.
Relevant articles and websites:
No Room for Smugness on Iran by Elizabeth Murray
Sam Koplinka-Loehr is a Field Organizer with the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. They also work with prisoners organizing at Angola Prison as well as coalitions fighting police terror. They live in Philadelphia.
Elizabeth Murray served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council before retiring in 2010 after a 27-year career in the US government, where she focused on Middle Eastern issues as political and media analyst. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) and currently serves as member-in-residence at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (www.gzcenter.org) in Poulsbo, WA.
Since retiring from government service Elizabeth has published numerous articles on the Consortiumnews.com news site and has gone on speaking tours — most recently with a peace delegation to Russia in June 2016 (along with fellow VIPS members Ray McGovern and Ann Wright), and also to Germany with Ray McGovern to speak out against the drone communications center at Ramstein Air Base. She is fluent in German, Spanish, and Arabic.