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Opening Statements and Prosecution Blunders

By Bill Simpich and Scott Galindez, t r u t h o u t


Ft. Lewis, Washington - On the second day of the court-martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada, it seemed at times that the prosecution witnesses were really defense witnesses.

The day began with opening statements. The prosecution laid out the following charges:

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 87


By Bill Rau for

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2007

McCain Office - 1  

The arrests started just five minutes after people entered Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) office in the Senate Office Building. The first of a planned three-month series of occupations of U.S. legislators’ offices was designed to demand specific action to quickly end the U.S. war in and occupation of Iraq.

Music and Rallying for Watada




Report from Watada Court Martial and Demonstration in Support of His Action

By Barbara Cummings

They lined the freeway ramps and covered the bridge in front of Ft. Lewis as well as all the surrounding sidewalks. The organizers did a fabulous job. Everything went off exactly as planned. Buses arrived and were greeted as they off loaded their passengers. There was food and plenty of portas.

I have never seen anywhere else the opposing group in the same space. I feared someone would fall off the bridge as they kept trying to hoist their signs higher and further out than ours.

We also noted some of the signs they had were carried by children and were just gross. One had what appeared to be a fat Black man in a cell waiting for Ehern with a jar of Vaseline. I talked to the kid and he told me all about his CHURCH and his family. I really wanted to find out what church advocated sticking something in someone's anus and approved of physical harm. He refused to tell me where his church was. I also asked him if his mom would be proud of that sign and he said, yep, you probably already guesed, SHE MADE IT!

Good day in court. The defense was brilliant and if the judge has not already made up his mind, should pull off a miracle. We should have a big crowd again as Ehren is due to testify today.

Making an Example of Ehren Watada

By Norman Solomon,

The people running the Iraq War are eager to make an example of Ehren Watada. They've convened a kangaroo court-martial. But the man on trial is setting a profound example of conscience - helping to undermine the war that the Pentagon's top officials are so eager to protect.

"The judge in the case against the first US officer court-martialed for refusing to ship out for Iraq barred several experts in international and constitutional law from testifying Monday about the legality of the war," the Associated Press reported.

My Arrest With 9 Others in Sen. McCain's Office

By Midge

I was arrested yesterday, Monday February 5th, along with 10 others in the first of many action of a sustained campaign to end the Iraq War called "The Occupation Project"

Senator McCain was targeted yesterday because he is a staunch supporter of the ongoing occupation of Iraq. The message brought to McCain's Capitol Hill office by Voices For Creative Non-Violence, CodePINK, Veterans For Peace and toher groups was "Stop Funding the War!" Two time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly was among those arrested. The were also coordinated actions at McCain's offices in his homestate of Arizona, as well as other demonstrations nationwide including sit-ins at Barrak Obama's and Dick Durbin's offices in Chicago which resulted in 8 additional arrests.

The War on Trial: A Look at the Legal Merit of Watada's Case

By Paul Rockwell, AlterNet
This piece originally appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian

It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a soldier of conscience is court-martialed -- not for lying, but for telling the truth; not for breaking a covenant with the military, but for upholding the rule of law in wartime.

The court-martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada is set for today in Fort Lewis, Wash. The 28-year-old soldier from Hawaii is the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. He is charged with "missing movement" and "conduct unbecoming an officer" including the "use of contemptuous words for the President."


By Mike Ferner

From Alaska to Washington, D.C. yesterday, peace activists escalated their tactics and occupied Congressional offices, demanding elected officials vote against George Bush’s request of $93,000,000,000 to extend the war.

The Occupation Project, organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), kicked off at noon, Eastern Time when four people were arrested holding a funeral service in the Chicago office of Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and four more people were arrested in the Chicago office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), reading names of Iraqis and U.S. soldiers.

Watada to Testify

Lawyer: War Objector Will Take Stand

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — An Army lieutenant who said he refused to deploy to Iraq because he believes the war is illegal will take the stand in his own defense, his lawyer said.

1st Lt. Ehren Watada, 28, of Honolulu, is charged with refusing to ship out with his unit and conduct unbecoming an officer for accusing the Army of war crimes and denouncing the administration for conducting an "illegal war" founded on "lies."

Sean Penn joins protesters outside court martial

By Mike Archbold, McClatchy Newspapers

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Sean Penn hunched alone over his coffee Monday in a Starbucks shop, a stone's throw from the DuPont overpass where supporters of Lt. Ehren Watada held their signs aloft and a much smaller number of foes counter-protested.

The actor had been out there with the Iraq war protesters in the chilly fog, which dampened the air but not their spirits.

Occupation Project Is Underway, Around the Country and in DC

Occupation of McCain's Office 2/5/2007 - 1  

Indiana Resident Arrested at Senate Office Building
Hoosier Priest held in connection with political protest

Father Jerome (Jerry) Zawada, of Cedar Lake, IN, was arrested today in a non-violent civil disobedience action at the office of Senator John McCain in Washington D.C.. Father Zawada, 70, a Franciscan Priest was one of ten activists arrested on orders from the Arizona Senator's office today.

3,000 Line Sides of Freeway Outside Watada Court Martial

Barbara Cummings just called and told me that 3,000 supporters of Ehren Watada are lining the sides of a freeway outside his court martial. I could hear the trucks blowing their horns in support. Barbara said there were about 20 pro-death protesters there displaying nooses and other attractive props.

A Victory for Freedom of the Press and Right to Resist a War

Declaring Victory Press Conference - Feb 1, 2006 @ National Press Club

All Videos
Link to full grouping of videos from Sarah Olson's Defend The Press

3 minute overview of event at National Press Club

3 minute video of Watada story and what happened to Sarah Olson

UFPJ Endorses the Occupation Project

Today, Feb. 5th, is the kickoff day for THE OCCUPATION PROJECT, a new effort initiated by UFPJ member organization, Voices for Creative Nonviolence. The plan is to unfold a campaign of sustained nonviolent civil disobedience aimed at ending the U.S. war in and occupation of Iraq. The campaign begins with occupations at the offices of Representatives and Senators who refuse to pledge to vote against additional war funding.

Stand Against Iraq Sends Officer to Trial

By Tomas Alex Tizon, Los Angeles Times

Lieutenant tried to resign, requested duty in Afghanistan.

Olympia, Washington - The soldier stands in his living room eyeing all the cool soldier stuff he never got to use in a real war. Such as the helmet with not a single ding and the sleek body armor with not a scuff. The gear piles high on the carpet.

First Lt. Ehren Watada is giving it all back and, out of courtesy, packing it up. The Army had treated him with utmost respect until the moment it decided to court-martial him. It was nothing personal. The Army does what it has to do.

Better than winning the Superbowl

By Lori Perdue

I had the distinct pleasure last night of being witness to a victory far more significant than the Indianapolis Colts winning the Superbowl. That’s really saying something, folks, because I am from Indiana. If I had missed that game I very likely would have not been allowed to return to my quiet home between hay fields.

Busboys and Poets set the stage for this experience with the game on a big screen TV in the Langston Room. We arrived late, with 6:30 remaining in the second quarter and the Colts were up, but barely, after a shaky start.

Remarks of Mayor Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson, Wash DC, 27 Jan 07

Watch and Listen.

As Americans, we share common values – values of honesty, compassion, and, whenever possible, non-violence. We also recognize the moral responsibility we have to raise our voices in support of those values when they are under assault.

There is no morality without the willingness to act.

That’s why we are here today.

Song for Ehren Watada

Dale E. Noyd, Air Force captain and Vietnam War foe, dies at age 73

By Douglas Martin
The New York Times

Dale E. Noyd, who as a decorated Air Force captain and fighter pilot attracted worldwide attention in the 1960s as a conscientious objector who objected to only one war, the one in Vietnam, died Jan. 11 in Seattle. He was 73.

The cause was complications of emphysema, his son, Erik, said.

Mr. Noyd seemed the model serviceman. He was the only member of the 1955 Reserve Officers Training Corps class at Washington State University to be offered a regular, not a reserve, commission. He received a medal for successfully landing a damaged nuclear-armed F-100 fighter at an English airfield. He taught at the Air Force Academy.

Dissent of an Officer

Editor's Note: The court-martial of Army First Lt. Ehren K. Watada is set to start Monday, February 5th, at Fort Lewis. Truthout will be there bringing you reports on the proceedings throughout the week. - smg

By Dean Paton
The Christian Science Monitor
Friday 02 February 2007

The first trial of a commissioned officer who refused to deploy to Iraq starts Monday.

Bellevue, Wash. - Carolyn Ho was at her apartment that overlooks Kaneohe Bay on the windward side of Oahu, on another enviable evening of silk-shirt temperatures, when the phone rang. It was New Year's Day 2006. Her son, Ehren, was calling from Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Wash., where he was stationed as an artillery officer in the US Army.

She assumed he was calling to wish her a happy New Year. He had something else on his mind. He told her he was opposed to the war in Iraq and was going to refuse to deploy there. "I was surprised and pretty much went ballistic over it," recalls Ms. Ho. "I tried to talk him out of it."

Gold Star Dad to Washington State to Support Watada

Watada is First Officer to State Opposition to Iraq War

Boston, Massachusetts – AB Arredondo (aka Carlos Arredondo), father of the late Lcpl. Alexander Arredondo, USMC and younger son Brian, is headed to Washington State to be present at Lt. Ehran Watada’s court martial proceedings.

The court-martial of Army 1st Lt. Ehren K. Watada is set for Monday 02/05/2007 near Seattle. The 28-year-old soldier is the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. He is charged with "missing movement" and "conduct unbecoming of an officer," including "use of contemptuous words for the president." Watada faces four years in a US military prison if found guilty of charges.

Feb. 17 - Cut Off ALL War Funds Day

*February 17*
New York City - Boston - Detroit - Philadelphia -Los Angeles - Raleigh - Atlanta - Across the U.S.

BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW - Demand that Congress Cut Off ALL War Funding
*S*oon, Congress will vote on Bush's request for more than $100 billion in additional funding for the criminal occupation of Iraq. Congress has the power to stop the war by cutting off war funding. *They cannot hide behind "non-binding resolutions" and hearings--they must stop the war.* They cannot hide behind the claim that they are "supporting the troops" -- voting to fund the war is voting to continue the war, which means more soldiers and Iraqi people will die...



Mon Feb 5, all day, outside Ft Lewis, at I-5 exit 119, see website for details and updates. Tentative schedule of the day: 9 am Court Martial begins, 11:30 am Student Rally with Iraq Veterans Against the War, 1 pm Political Art Performance, 3 pm Rally and Vigil. Court martial. Lieutenant Watada is the courageous army officer who is REFUSING TO FIGHT IN THE ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL IRAQ WAR.

Truth Has Consequences for Soldier of Conscience

Editor's Note: The court-martial of Army First Lt. Ehren K. Watada is set to start Monday, February 5th, at Fort Lewis. Truthout will be there bringing you reports on the proceedings throughout the week. - smg

By Paul Rockwell
The Baltimore Sun
Thursday 01 February 2007

It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a soldier of conscience is court-martialed not for lying but for telling the truth, not for breaking a covenant with the military but for upholding the rule of law in wartime.

Baptists Call for Withdrawl from Iraq


Presented during the Midwinter Meeting of the NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA, INC.
DR. WILLIAM J. SHAW, President
January 25, 2007
Birmingham, Alabama

WHEREAS, on January 24, 2003, during its 2003 Mid-Winter meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. unanimously resolved that we were “prayerfully and publicly opposed to our beloved country going to war against the people of Iraq.” That resolution further declared that “The President, Officers, Board of Directors, Auxiliaries, Boards, and Commissions of NBCUSA, Inc. firmly believe that non-violent social change and international peace-making are the most desired methods to address any and all infractions of Iraq against the United Nations Resolutions passed relative to weapons of mass destruction in Iraq’s possession.” The 2003 resolution further observed that President George W. Bush “appears to be unchangeably bent on waging war against Iraq at the expense of millions of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children, and thousands of men and women filling the ranks of our United States Military Forces, regardless of the findings of the United Nations weapons inspectors currently in process in Iraq;” and

Grandmothers for Peace Get Federal Prison Instead

By Bill Quigley,

Cathy Webster, a grandmother living in Chico, California, organized "A Thousand Grandmothers for Peace" to protest in November 2006 against the torture-training School of the Americas (SOA) (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation or WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia.

SOA-WHINSEC has been the subject of international criticism since it was disclosed that torture manuals were used in training Latin American military personnel. Amnesty International USA called for the closing of the school, an investigation into the human rights atrocities committed by its graduates, and reparations and an apology to its victims.

Texas grandmother sweeps streets of Washington as punishment for protest

Woman arrested last year for crossing police line.
By Gerry Smith

Diane Baker's voice was barely audible above the rumble of the trash can she pushed down the sidewalk. But her actions tended to speak louder, anyway.

Four months ago, Baker was one of 71 people arrested during a protest in Washington for crossing a police line to sit on the steps of a Senate office building.

As punishment, the 60-year-old was sentenced to sweep the streets of the nation's capital for eight cold, blustery hours Tuesday.

Speaking Events

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April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.


April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest


April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont


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