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Canadians to lead weapons inspection team into USA

Vancouver East Member of Parliament Libby Davies joins international effort

January 30, 2003

TORONTO, ON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A Canadian-based coalition of international citizens has announced its intention to send an international team of volunteer weapons inspectors into the Washington, DC area on February 22. The coalition, Rooting Out Evil, has recruited over 14,000 additional honorary inspectors through its newly launched website, www.rootingoutevil.org

"Our action challenges the hypocrisy of the U.S. President's stance on weapons of mass destruction," said Libby Davies, a Canadian Member of Parliament representing Vancouver east, and member of the inspection team.

The Bush administration has repeatedly declared that the most dangerous nations are those that:

  1. Have massive stockpiles of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons;
  2. Ignore due process at the United Nations;
  3. Refuse to sign and honour international treaties; and
  4. Have come to power through illegitimate means.

"On the basis of President Bush's guidelines, it is clear that the current U.S. administration poses a great threat to global security," said Christy Ferguson, an organizer for Rooting Out Evil. "We're following Bush's lead and demanding that the U.S. grant our inspectors immediate and unfettered access to any site in the country." Rooting Out Evil will be sending a formal inspection request to the Secretary of Defense in the coming days.

In addition to Davies and Ferguson, the current inspection team includes: Alan Simpson, Member of Parliament (United Kingdom - Labour) and head of Labour Against the War; Deborah Bourque, National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Steven Staples, Defense Analyst, Polaris Institute; Mel Watkins, Professor Emeritus - Economics and Political Studies, University of Toronto. Additional members will be announced.

Rooting Out Evil is supported by Canadian and international groups such as Greenpeace Canada, the Centre for Social Justice, the Canadian and American sections of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the National Network to End the War Against Iraq and Global Exchange. Rooting Out Evil opposes the development, storage, and use of weapons of mass destruction by any nation.

Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees


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