November 15, 2003

Buddhist Peace Group
WORKSHOP

The 'Project for a New American Century' Study: Grounding Action in Research

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The Rest of the Iceberg

An Audio Link      

P N A C -- an interview
with John Fudjack

Originally aired on WRPI 's
ANOTHER ANGLE

Hosted by
Professor Mohammad Mafi
11/12/2003

Part I - 28 minutes
Part II - 32 minutes

On Saturday, November 15, 2003, the Buddhist Peace Group (BPG) will be presenting a workshop entitled "The 'Project for a New American Century' Study: Grounding Action in Research."

Presenters will be John Fudjack and Jim Sande. They will be joined by one of the keynote speakers for the conference at which this workshop will be held, William Rivers Pitt - an internationally best-selling author of three books: 'War on Iraq - What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know,' 'The Greatest Sedition is Silence,' and 'Our Flag, Too - The Paradox of Patriotism.' He is the Managing Editor and Senior Writer for truthout.org.

John Fudjack and Jim Sande are members of the Buddhist Peace Group (BPG), an ad hoc group of Buddhists from the Capital District who came together in February of 2003 to oppose the invasion of Iraq. The group has sponsored various actions, described at http://buddhistpeacegroup.org. In March, they began a study of 'The Project for a New American Century' (PNAC) that culminated in a series of public discussions on the subject offered throughout the month of September. The PNAC document, and their study, will be the topic of the workshop.

This workshop will be one of 36 offered at Confronting the Politics of Fear: a People's Assembly. This is a day-long gathering that will take place at Albany High School 700 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12203-1404. Assembly Hours: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information on the People's Assembly, including a list of all workshops that will be offered on this day, please see the event website, at - http://www.nysnet.org/

PNAC workshop SYNOPSIS:

The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) is a 90 page document that outlines the neoconservative 'defense' vision, which now dominates U.S. foreign policy. Published in September of 2000 - two months before the presidential election, and a full year before the events of 9/11 - it was commissioned by several individuals who later came to play key roles in the Bush administration: Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and others.

"It's the scariest document I've ever read in my life," said Dr. Helen Caldicott. "This is the new Mein Kampf. Only Hitler did not have nuclear weapons." Long before Bush took office the document unabashedly declared that nothing short of a "new Pearl Harbor" could be effective in quickly promoting the neocon vision of global rule articulated in its pages. It identified Iraq, Iran, Syria and Korea as targets of future U.S. aggression, and admitted that the removal of Saddam Hussein would never be the primary objective in a U.S. occupation of Iraq. And much more. Yet this story remains the most under-reported one this year!

Join us as we read brief excerpts from the document, discuss who some of its 130 signatories are, and explore some of the concepts, policies and practices it is promoting. Let us share with you why we've come to believe that those who are promoting this vision are not simply a rogue element who have somehow commandeered the White House - but, rather, establishment elite whose long careers are intimately interwined and deeply rooted in past administrations, all the way back to Nixon and before. Their political objectives are consistent with a variety of highly questionable U.S. policy threads that can be traced back at least as far as the early 1940s, when the 'Cold War' was being fashioned by a likeminded and equally dangerous group of zealots.

We'll also provide you with a new research tool that has come out of this study, which can be used to search the internet for relevant PNAC-related materials. [Now available here: The Rest of the Iceberg]


Workshop DETAILS:

What: The 'Project for a New American Century (PNAC)' Study: Grounding Action in Research
When: Saturday, November 15th 2003. Conference Hours: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Workshop: 10:25- 11:40.
Where: Albany High School 700 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12203-1404.
Who: Buddhist Peace Group invites the public to join them.