Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the CIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
"What Should Be Done About Those Protesters?"

Pelosi and Me

by RUSSELL MOKHIBER

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Building Room H-210
Press Conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Question: For a number of months now, there have been protesters in front of your house in San Francisco calling for the impeachment of President Bush. You are quoted as saying: "If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have ‘Impeach Bush’ across their chest, it’s the First Amendment."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: That’s right.

Question: Two things. Do you agree with this policy of arresting homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk –

Pelosi: No. My point is that — it’s just as you said it. And I’m not
going to repeat it.

Question: What do you think should be done about the protesters in front of your house?

Pelosi: Quite frankly, I have spoken on that point. I’m not happy when people come to my house. And if they think the longer they stay there the better the chances they will have a meeting with me — I think I’ve disabused them of that notion.

RUSSELL MOKHIBER is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter.