A pediatrician with child in need of medicines, Baghdad.
In May 2002, Bert Sacks had a $10,000 fine imposed on him by the U.S. government for admitting to bringing medicines to Iraq in 1997 without prior approval. Several weeks later, Rev. Randall Mullins was notified that he too faces a $10,000 fine for a 1997 trip to Iraq. They are the first Americans to have received such a fine for traveling to Iraq.
As a matter of conscience concerning this and other U.S. restrictions on the flow of humanitarian supplies into Iraq, Bert Sacks and Rev. Mullins have publicly refused to pay the fine. Instead, a campaign has been started to raise $10,000 to purchase and deliver more desperately needed medicines to pediatric hospitals and clinics in Iraq.
To add your support, click here.
For Bert Sacks' response and legal documents, click here.
For more info, see Voices in the Wilderness.
- Forward: A Seattle 'Outlaw' Activist Brings Medicine to Iraqis
- Seattle P-I: U.S. vs. Bert Sacks' principles on Iraq -- U.S. vows to prosecute
- Seattle Times: Seattle man faces fines, prison after taking medicines to Iraq
- Washington Times: Treasury Department vows to prosecute Iraq activist
- Independent Media Center: American fined $10,000 for bringing medicines to Iraq
- Institute for Public Accuracy: $10,000 Fine for Taking Medicine to Children
"I have been very touched by all of you who've sent an email, a letter, or called in support of my refusal to pay the US Treasury's $10,000 fine. I know this outpouring of support now includes my friend Rev. Randall Mullins, who's received a similar fine. By adding your names and checks to the Declaration 2002 project you give us strength. You are so many people from so many places -- so many I don't know. Thank you!" -- Bert Sacks June 26, 2002
Last updated on July 26, 2002.
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