WAR - Candidate calls for pullout

Dexter Kamilewicz, an independent candidate challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Allen for the US House of Representatives seat for southern Maine, continues to call for an immediate pullout of American troops from Iraq.

He also is demanding an investigation into whether charges should be laid against anyone for crimes against humanity and crimes against the US Constitution, and on February 6 wrote to senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, as well as Allen and Maine's 2nd District congressman, Mike Michaud, on the subject.

This morning at 11 am at the Portland Public Library, he will hold a press conference demanding a response to those letters. Kamilewicz's son is home on leave from service on active duty with the Vermont National Guard in Iraq.

Though Kamilewicz is an independent, his call appears to be in line with a resolution passed by the Democratic State Committee in late January (see "Maine-ufacturing Consent" by Lance Tapley, February 3). That resolution called for "responsible, prompt withdrawal from Iraq," later specified as "in months, not years."

The committee's resolution also "renounces the abuse or torture of prisoners or detainees by the United States or its surrogates" - acknowledging the longstanding American practice of "outsourcing" torture to other countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe - and reminds the government of the Geneva Convention and other national and international laws, and goes so far as to ask Democrats in Congress "to initiate and/or support legislation" to ensure that the government follows its own rules.

Kamilewicz also has the backing of a prominent Democrat, Portland attorney John Kaminski, who is a statewide activist for peace and social issues, and serves as the State Committee member for Sagadahoc County.

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