College student protests war

As you may know, the U.S. Government has declared Sept. 11 Patriot Day. What you may not realize is a group of individuals have named Sept. 11 as World Strike Day. It has been declared so by individuals such as Norwalk resident Natalie Thurston, who feel the press and others are ignoring issues they feel are of worldwide importance.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

As you may know, the U.S. Government has declared Sept. 11 Patriot Day. What you may not realize is a group of individuals have named Sept. 11 as World Strike Day.

It has been declared so by individuals such as Norwalk resident Natalie Thurston, who feel the press and others are ignoring issues they feel are of worldwide importance.

Various Web sites such as techrepublic.com mention the day as a time in which business should come to a screeching halt. "Every person in the world should stop working," the Web site reads. "Every U.S. military soldier should stop fighting. Every Iraqi soldier should stop fighting and agree to a cease fire. Every business, every service should stop working (with the exception of emergency and essential services.) Around the world everyone in the world should stop what they are doing and stay home or march in the streets to protest the evil Republican empire worldwide."

Why?

"Republicans in the U.S. have killed, enslaved and imprisoned and oppressed millions of people world wide."

Thurston expressed a similar sentiment on the back of her shirt, which reads "We are the terrorists."

"We're using depleted uranium in our artillery in Iraq," the Tiffin University student said.

According to the World Health Organization's Web site, "limited information from human studies" has linked depleted uranium to negative effects on kidney function, lung cancer and other health problems.

Thurston, who stood in front of the Huron County Courthouse this morning, said she also was protesting what she felt is the illegal detention of terror suspects by the U.S. government.

"In this country you're innocent until proven guilty," Thurston said.

She said people such as her were protesting today because issues that have arisen from the U.S. Patriot Act which was signed into law after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

And so, Thurston stood in front of the courthouse with signs such as "One Nation Under Control with Injustice and Lies for All," "Our Grief was Not a Call For War Crimes," "Blind Faith in Bad Leadership is not the American Way" and "We Are the Terrorists."

Thurston, who belongs to a number of peace organizations, arrived in front of the courthouse at 8 a.m. and planned to remain there until 4. She said a few people directed rude gestures at her and told her she's a traitor, and that people are dying for her rights. But, she said, she also received some encouragement.

Comments

swiss family......

Natalie, thank you , you accomplished exactly what you set out to do !! you caused people to examine their beliefs and to comment on them , it's amazing that the people on here , choose to comment on this , and claim that you aren't doing anything good, when in fact , you did exactly what you intended to do .. you need a hugh banner , and display it on an air craft carrier .. that says " mission accomplished"

Re:Swiss family...

She was intending to have people point out why she's a whack job?

Get A Life (Ano...

To the majority of posters on this site: what the heck is your problem?! Here is a young woman exercising her American right to free speech and is voicing her opinion, and all you are doing is throwing out insults! I don't know how calling Natalie fat and stupid justifies your arguments, but if calling her names helps you sleep better at night, then by all means call her fat! Now, I may not agree will all of her views on the matter, but I am certainly not going to slander her just because she is staning up for what she thinks is right. At least she has the guts to get out there and do something about it! And whatever happened to "United We Stand"? Whatever happened to supporting our fellow Americans, whether they are in uniform or not? You may think it is people like her, when it is actually people like YOU that are making our society crumble! So whenever you all decide to grow balls and stand up for YOUR rights, I hope someone calls YOU fat and says YOU are a whack job, then we will see how you feel. But don't worry, I will still be there to support you because I believe that is MY job as an American citizen.

Get a Life (Ano...

When you hate the greatest nation ever that has given you a life 99% of the people who have ever lived could only dream about, you are a whack job."Republicans in the U.S. have killed, enslaved and imprisoned and oppressed millions of people world wide." Ask the Afghanis, Iraqis, French,and eastern Europeans about that. Yeah, we're really an empire,that's why oil is $10/barrel and gas .25/gallon.

If you don't li...

LEAVE! I will be happy to help you pack! I'll even drive your sorry a$$ to the airport...on just one condition...you never come back to OUR great country again. Rock on, Marine mom...for every one of them, there's 25 of us. You've got more support than you'll ever know, just most are too much of a pansy to let on to that...and when (yes WHEN) the next terrorist attack occurs, these same 'Americans' (and I use the term lightly...)will be going "OH! OH! whatever will we do now?" I'd like to know exactly where they stood the day after 9/11 took place to now. And it FIGURES swiss family would side up to Gnatalie...she probably wasn't even born yet in 2001...

Suggestion (Ano...

Perhaps the protesters should wash the american flag instead of burning it. Atleast get it all the oil washed off it.

family (Anonymous)

miss thurstons father was in the military a carreer military man i believe.. we are in america and it's a free country so no matter how much we don't like what she says or no matter how much we disagree we are all american and have the freedom of speech!

Questions (Anon...

Not trying to being anti-military, but don't the soldiers have to take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution? Isn't free speech in the constitution? And another thng you say soldiers died for our freedom, then isn't using that freedom honoring their scrafice? It doesn't seem right that they died for these freedoms and yet when someone tries to use them people demand they stop.
And if you noticed, she never said anything anti-military or against the soldiers. Since when has critizing the government, meant you were actually critizing the soldiers on the ground?

JEF (Anonymous)

Get A Life wrote: "Republicans in the U.S. have killed, enslaved and imprisoned and oppressed millions of people world wide." Following the logic of that assinine statement, then obviously the Democrats were wholly responsible for The Vietnam War since there was a Democratic president and Congress in control at the beginning and escalation of the conflict. Go figure!

smells like hip...

In my lifetime and then some it was ALWAYS Democrats, some with good reason, that got us involved in wars. WW2, Korea, Viet Nam and yes, even Iraq is the indirect result of Mr. Peanut's failed policies with the Mid East. Killing and imprisoning is what you do with bad people. Killing, imprisoning, oppresing and enslaving has always been more of a democrat thing. Ask Senator Bob Byrd (D) about that. Oh, you don't know who he is, look him up. He's one of you, it's just hard to tell with the hood and all. "

hey family... (...

not fooling me...douchbag.

I have freedom ...

And I think swiss family is a douchebag, too!

Wow (Anonymous)

I guess none of you saw the clarification. The protest was about the current republican administration and polices and this war. She never mentioned nam, korea, ww2.

Wow (Anonymous)

I guess none of you saw the clarification. The protest was about the current republican administration and polices and this war. She never mentioned nam, korea, ww2.

Wow (Anonymous)

I guess none of you saw the clarification. The protest was about the current republican administration and polices and this war. She never mentioned nam, korea, ww2.

Rodney King (An...

" Can't We ALL Just Get Along"

Is the Governme...

Walter Reid???? You act like questioning the president is questioning the soldiers. Does that mean the Government DoD/VA shouldn't be questioned or held accountable? What about toxic water at Camp Lejune? How many soldiers and their families are on welfare? How many recieve food stamps or WIC? Why do you allow this? Why aren't you demostrating in the streets holding a sign, demanding a living wage for soldiers? How many of you have asked why haven't disabled vets are not given money or atleast no-interest loans to make their homes handicapped accessiable? How can soldiers in a war zone not be porperly supplied with ammunition? There's a unit in Afghanistan that has not been resupplied.

Lil' Benny Fran...

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Lt. Col. Bill K...

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

Capt. Jeffrey T...

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."

Lil' Ronnie Rea...

"Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper."

look it up... (...

Je désapprouve ce que vous dites, mais je défendrai à la mort votre droit à le dire"

Voltaire (Anonymous)

This line comes from the book Friends of Voltaire (1907) by Beatrice Hall. It resembles the actual quote "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too" from Voltaire's Essay on Tolerance.

President Merki...

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"

Re: Chubby (Ano...

That'll do pig, that'll do.

Didn't need to ...

" Je désapprouve ce que vous dites, mais je défendrai à la mort votre droit à le dire"

"I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".

George W. Bush,...

"If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?"

wow (Anonymous)

So, Marine mom, the Iraqi "insurgents" are better trained, better equipped and more numerous than the German and Japanese forces in WWII? I don't think so! Where is their Luftwaffe or their navy?
To those that say dissidents should leave this country: that's what the British and Tories said to the American colonists in the 1770's. This is our country and if YOU don't like dissent then YOU should leave. Go somehere where it's not allowed. They will love you there.

Marine mom (Ano...

to WOW> learn to read. NEVER did I say that the "insurgents were better trained, better equipped, and more numerous than the Germans or the Japenese. I never mentioned them at all. I clearly said that the Iraq's have been trained since they could hold a weapon of any kind, where as some of the guys that WE are sending are fresh out of bootcamp and they are under equipped. DO NOT twist my words. I also never said anything about anybody leaving this Country. If you will go back and read my posts you will see that I said, that because of people who defend OUR COUNTRY and its CONSTITUTION I know that she has the right to say whatever she wants, BUT SO DO I.

swiss family......

i will say it again , i will support her right to express her feelings until the day i die . she is a citizen in America , the land of the free , and she has every right ti express her opinion .. if we disagree with her , that is our right as well .. . Just because someone disagrees with the way that we are handling the war , or our health care system , or anything else , does not automatically make them a traitor ..i believe that she loves her country , but disagrees with some of our actions .. she has certainly accomplished what she set out to do , which was to get people to examine what they support , and what they don't ... "mission accomplished"

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