Iraq Vets Seize National Archives Building
IVAW members seized the National Archives Building on March 19th, 2008 in front of hundreds of surprised museum visitors. Response from visitors including teachers, students, vacationers was highly positive, though there were a few horrified faces in the crowd. IVAW read the terms of their Citizens Arrest Warrant and stood their ground for 90 minutes. They were allowed to leave without being arrested in a spectacular civil disobedience display. Next stop was the Justice Department, where the call for Bush and Cheney's impeachment was repeated, then to the White House where similar demands were made.
This action comes on the heels of IVAW's Winter Soldier Investigation: Iraq and Afghanistan, held at the National Labor College in Silver Springs, M.D. in mid-March, where these and many other vets from the Iraq and Afghanistan war testified about their experiences.