From the Code
Pink Yellow website:
We have some bad news to relay about the Cuba trip. We knew that this trip was a challenge to the Bush administration?s restrictions on travel to the island.
However, we had anticipated that, as in the past, the government would either let us come and go without incident, or would send us a letter after we returned. Instead, we?CODEPINK, Global Exchange, and some of the participants?have already received ominous letters from the Treasury Department, calling on us to ?cease and desist? our plans for the trip, demanding the names of all the people who had signed up, and threatening us with a million dollar fine and ten years in jail.
When some individual participants received these letters, they canceled their plans?leaving us without the ?safety in numbers.? And while our organizations are willing to fight the government on this (Global Exchange has been fighting the travel restrictions for 15 years!), we feel that right we are too overloaded with other efforts, such as stopping the war in Iraq, to take on a prolonged legal battle right now.
In a backwards move that would make even che proud, the pink ladies have shown their true castroite color. Threatened with a big fat fine, jail time, and-this is my favorite, no crowd of willing dupes for company, they have cancelled the trip to Cuba. Why? Because they are too busy stopping the war in Iraq right now! Well, hell, we can’t expect them to risk all that money and real jail time for castro when there’s a war to stop, now can we? Maybe they’ll take their high principled selves to Iraq, say Fallujah?
Read the back pedaling here.