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WHO'S NEXT???-GPUSA-US Green Party leader Oden a Victim of Dirty Politics

by Paul Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2001 at 3:30 AM

Why is a newly formed splinter faction of the original Green party in the US since 1986 playing dirty politics and placing sectarian differences above loss of civil liberties?? Instead of rallying around and supporting a fellow Green and ANYONES loss of civil liberties they're busy attacking and putting out misleading propaganda.Shame on them!!!

WHO'S NEXT???-GPUSA-US Green Party leader Oden a Victim of Dirty Politics

As a member of both Green parties, I must protest Starlene Rankin's "USGP

advisory on detention of a Green at Maine airport" at . Her

failure to support a

fellow Green manhandled by the military and barred from her flight raises

disturbing questions about Rankin herself.

The GPUSA statement on Nancy Oden's airport ordeal needs no "correction"

from Rankin, as it is clearly labeled "GREEN PARTY USA COORDINATOR DETAINED


The real confusion arises from Rankin's attempt to conceal the fact there

are TWO Green parties. She is NOW working for Green Party of the United

States - GPUS, but in fact she WAS the office secretary for Green Party USA

-- GPUSA-- until recently-- when she deserted under a cloud of allegations

of embezzlement and sabotage against her employer, GPUSA. She fails to

mention these publicly known facts. Also missing is any mention of her

long-running war against Nancy Oden, the very subject of the Maine airport

ordeal. Some have called Rankin's post dirty politics.

Yet Rankin made the astounding claim: "The Green Party of the United

States is the only Green political organization organized nationally as a

party". One can imagine why she would like people to believe that.

The confusion over party names is not the fault of the Green Party USA.

The Green Party USA has been the Green Party for years, and held national

conventions since 1984. SEE

But it wasn't until July 1, 2001 that the Association of State Green

Parties formed a national party called Green Party of the United States

--GPUS. SEE GPUS own page at .

"7.01.01 - In our annual meeting in Santa Barbara on July 27 and 28, the

Association of State Green Parties will vote on whether to form the

national Green Party of the United States" And SEE GPUS own page at>/press/pr_07_30_01.html "July 30, 2001: Greens Create

National Party - Santa Monica, Calif. -- Green Party leaders today

celebrated the formation of the Green Party of the United States"

The choice of party name, Green Party of the United States, is

unfortunate. But of course the confusion was predicted by the 16-year old

Green Party USA when GPUS announced themselves last July as THE ONLY Green

Party of the United States.

For those interested in facts, there's an interview with Nancy Oden at -- AND The

Bangor, Maine paper report is at . Even AFTER

she was completely searched and cleared, and her baggage, she was STILL

barred from her flight, or any other flight out of there. Officials did not

report that she refused any search. IF she had, you can be certain they

would have told the paper, and the paper would have reported it. The

officials did not report any kind of disturbance or prohibited items on her

or in her baggage, nor any abusive language or threats from her. Note:

Nancy Oden is a 60-year old activist. Does anyone seriously believe they

had any legitimate reason to bar her from her flight to her party

convention, and forfeit hundreds of dollars she paid for her ticket?

Some political enemies are claiming it would be happening to others, if

her account is true. But it IS happening to others, and probably far more

often that we hear about. People lose their jobs when it gets back. But

here's one such story, from a Sacramento reporter.

A Green Party leader in Canada --Joan Russow, PhD-- was "tagged" as a

terrorist threat and barred from the APEC convention THREE YEARS ago . She found out by accident

that she was on a secret hit list.

We know thousands of activists have been stopped at border crossings,

airports, train stations etc where WTO meetings were scheduled in different

countries. We saw police using video cameras to record marchers. We know

they use face recognition computers for matching records on people.

Bangor International Airport is a jumping off point for Canada.

Nancy's enemies on the Right insist she wasn't on any target list. THEY

haven't had problems with the law. Yet Nancy is a well known, highly

visible activist in Maine, a veteran of Monsanto campaigns and antiwar

efforts, among others, and her signed articles have been published in Maine

newspapers. Of course the FBI knows who she is. They know who everybody is.

Unfortunately, Nancy's flight plans were public information in advance,

and serious activists have serious enemies who work covertly with

intelligence and law enforcement.

--paul, webmaster

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Oh Goddess! The Ghost is Back! Starlene Rankin, USGP Media Team Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2001 at 8:10 AM
Can't we all just get along? Mark Gabrish Conlan Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2001 at 2:50 PM
Party Politics suck Jim Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2001 at 4:19 PM

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