Military attempts to stop Lt. Watada from speaking against illegal war
On Wednesday, June 7th U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada became the first U.S. commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the unlawful Iraq war and occupation. Standing before the national media at a Tacoma, Washington press conference, Lt. Watada outlined his duty to refuse the illegal order to deploy in support of an illegal war. A showdown with the military is imminent as Lt. Watada’s Stryker brigade is scheduled to deploy from Fort Lewis, Washington for Iraq within days.
Check out the website, Lt. Watada needs our support and publicity. I heard him interviewed on the Marc Maron show on air america. They also discussed 2 British soldiers who had opposite outcomes in similar efforts. June 27th is support Lt. Watada day, lets see what we can do to support one of our soldiers!
UPDATE: Michael Moore posts an article by Lt. Watada. It explains why he’s chosen not to serve in Iraq and is fighting the “opportunity” to go back, I think. Lt. Watada concludes:
“The Congressional Authorization of Force against Iraq has no bearing because its basic premises are untrue. Furthermore, there is vast evidence of numerous violations of international conventions by occupation forces and occupier-trained forces. Though I may never be punished for these crimes, I must as an officer of honor and integrity refuse to take part in them.”