Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Army Officer Refuses Deployment to Iraq





"My participation would make me party to war crimes".

An Army lieutenant based at Fort Lewis, Wash. has such grave objections to the war in Iraq that he's refusing to deploy, the soldier's lawyer said Tuesday.

First Lt. Ehren Watada submitted a letter to his command in January stating that he had serious reservations about the Iraq war and felt he could not participate in it, Watada's lawyer, Eric Seitz, said.

A couple of months later, at the Army's suggestion, Watada resubmitted his request to resign, Seitz said.

"They took their time but then they informed him in early May that they were not going to let him resign," Seitz said in a phone interview from his office in Honolulu.

Joe Hitt, a civilian spokesman at Fort Lewis, confirmed that Watada is a member of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the Army's first Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

The unit held a deployment ceremony Friday and will begin leaving later this month for its second mission in Iraq.

Hitt said the Army is aware of Watada's plans but had no comment.

"We have nothing to say about it because nothing has happened, and we're not going to speculate on anything," Hitt said.

Watada, a native of Honolulu, enlisted in the Army in 2003 after graduating from Hawaii Pacific University. He reported for boot camp in June of that year and began officer candidate school two months later.

Watada's commission required that he serve as an active-duty Army officer for a three-year term ending Dec. 3, 2006, Seitz said.

"By his refusal to participate in the ongoing war, Lt. Watada joins a growing number of high-ranking military officers, West Point graduates and current and former members of the armed services who have expressed their opposition to the actions of the United States in Iraq," Seitz said in a statement released Tuesday.

Watada could be court-martialed if he refuses to serve as ordered, unless the Army allows him to resign his commission or assigns him to duties that are not directly connected to the Iraq war, Seitz said.

An Article from the Seattle Post: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003044627_nogo7m.html

7 Comments:

Anonymous Katu said...

Good for Ehren for standing his ground. I hope that his peers will back him up and his story will be a calling to others in the military who are afraid to speak out against the goverment.
Remember you are not a true patriot unless you question your goverment! And it is your JOB as an Americian to do it.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I feel you should go with your gut instinct.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Elinor said...

Show your support for Ehren by going to the following website:

http://www.thankyoult.org

4:42 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

tiffany and co, rolex watches, air max, cheap uggs, louis vuitton handbags, tory burch outlet, polo ralph lauren, longchamp handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, jordan shoes, louboutin shoes, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin, louis vuitton outlet stores, burberry outlet, nike shoes, longchamp outlet, nike free, oakley sunglasses cheap, chanel handbags, burberry outlet, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, air max, kate spade outlet, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, replica watches, cheap oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, ugg outlet, uggs outlet, louis vuitton, oakley sunglasses, louboutin outlet, ray ban sunglasses, gucci outlet, longchamp handbags, ugg boots clearance, louboutin, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online sale, louis vuitton outlet, prada outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co, uggs, prada handbags

11:40 PM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

rolex watches,rolex watches,swiss watches,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
canada goose outlet
cyber monday 2015
longchamp outlet
new balance shoes
cheap ray ban sunglasses
true religion jeans outlet
nike air huarache
nike free
hermes birkin bag
beats by dre
swarovski outlet
longchamp handbags
michael kors handbags outlet
cheap nba jerseys
ray-ban sunglasses
ugg outlet online
lululemon pants
basketball shoes,basketball sneakers,lebron james shoes,sports shoes,kobe bryant shoes,kobe sneakers,nike basketball shoes,running shoes,mens sport shoes,nike shoes
canada goose jackets
mm1128

9:24 PM  
Blogger 艾丰 said...

jianbin1201
san antonio spurs
louis vuitton bags on sale
longchamp outlet online
cheap ray ban sunglasses
canada goose sale
calvin klein,calvin klein outlet online,calvin klein wholesale,calvin klein shoes,calvin klein underwear,calvin klein coats,calvin klein handbags
michael kors outlet sale
tory burch handbags
prada handbags
puma shoes
michael kors handbags wholesale
fitflop outlet
canada goose sale
michael kors online outlet
wedding dresses
michael kors handbags
uggs on sale
ugg clearance
tods shoes
bottega veneta outlet online
uggs outlet
links of london uk
replica watches
nike shoes
arizona cardinals
mont blanc
lululemon outlet store
miami dolphins
basketball shoes
cleveland cavaliers
michael kors handbags,michael kors outlet,michael kors,kors outlet,michael kors outlet online,michael kors outlet online sale,michael kors handbags clearance,michael kors purses,michaelkors.com,michael kors bags,michael kors shoes,michaelkors,cheap michael kors
michael kors outlet online

10:59 PM  
Blogger Mie Helal said...




I'm going to highly recommend this web site
http://www.prokr.net/2016/09/sofas-cleaning-companies-7.html
http://www.prokr.net/2016/09/sofas-cleaning-companies-6.html
http://www.prokr.net/2016/09/sofas-cleaning-companies-5.html
http://www.prokr.net/2016/09/sofas-cleaning-companies-4.html
http://www.prokr.net/2016/09/sofas-cleaning-companies-3.html
http://www.prokr.net/2016/09/sofas-cleaning-companies-2.html
http://www.prokr.net/2016/09/sofas-cleaning-companies.html

1:46 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Home Page

WTC7 The Smoking Gun of 9/11 (updated)
Uploaded by 11septembervideos
Free Message Forum from Bravenet.com Free Message Forums from Bravenet.com
Freedom to Fascism 9/11: Press for Truth
Cost of the War in Iraq
(JavaScript Error)
To see more details, click here.