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As George W. Bush was laying down his diktats to the world in the UN General Assembly, sixteen activists staged a non-violent civil disobedience protest directly in front of the United Nations.
Stung by the fact that the protesters got through intense police security and that they were calling out Bush as a war criminal, several of the demonstrators were hit serious bogus charges:
By Abena Agyeman-Fisher
Giving Congress up to September 21 to stop the invasion of Iraq, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus of Washington D.C., and Church of God and Christ minister, plans to lead a press conference in front of the White House to protest the war in Iraq on Thursday (Sept. 21).
Yearwood, citing a moral obligation, says that he, along with 270 cities and 350 organizations nationwide, will no longer be passive observers of Bush's War on Terror. "We are in a time of peril in which people of morals have to stand up. We are willing to do whatever it takes-all on peace-to urge Congress and the administration to take a new course on Iraq, including a timely and responsible withdrawal of troops," he stated.
The Associated Press
Saturday 16 September 2006
Fort Lewis, Washington - The Army added another charge against a lieutenant who refused to serve in Iraq because he believes the war is illegal, but did not say if the case will proceed to a court martial.
The new charge is based on Lt. Ehren Watada's remarks to the national convention of Veterans for Peace, held in Seattle last month, Army spokesman Joe Piek said Friday.
Published on Friday, September 15, 2006 by the Kingston Daily Freeman (New York)
by Katie Young
TOWN OF ULSTER - Kings Mall has filed a civil suit against protesters who read the names of dead soldiers and distribute anti-war literature in front of the military recruitment center at the U.S. Route 9W mall.
The mall's attorney, Jon A. Simonson, said the suit stems from tenants' complaints over loss of business from the protests, with damages estimated at $50,000.
By Peter Laufer, Sunday Times UK
Scores of American troops are deserting - even from the front line in Iraq. But where have they gone? And why isn't the US Army after them? Peter Laufer tracked down four of the deserters.
They are the US troops in Iraq to whom the American administration prefers not to draw attention. They are the deserters - those who have gone AWOL from their units and not returned, risking imprisonment and opprobrium.
By Eli Sanders, Time Magazine
An army officer who refused duty in Iraq goes to court with a novel argument: he had a duty to disobey because the war is illegal.
When he refused to deploy to Iraq in June, Army Lt. Ehren Watada said he was following his conscience and upholding his duty not to obey illegal orders. But that didn't impress military officials, who promptly charged him with violating Army rules and sent him on a path toward a likely court-martial.
Judge downgrades charges. Nine war opponents arrested after refusing to
leave Rep. Dent's office.
By PRECIOUS PETTY, The Express-Times
ALLENTOWN | A judge Monday reduced the severity of charges pending against
nine peace group members arrested during a January demonstration at the
Bethlehem office of U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent.
Lehigh County President Judge William H. Platt granted First Assistant
By MICHAEL GILBERT; The News Tribune
Defense witnesses said Thursday that Army Lt. Ehren Watada had no choice but to refuse orders to go to Iraq if he wanted to avoid complicity in what they called war crimes.
“I personally believe that the decision of the Bush administration to invade and occupy Iraq without getting the authority of the U.N. Security Council … falls into the category of a war of aggression, which is by international law a war crime,” said Ann Wright, a retired Army colonel and U.S. diplomat who resigned in protest of the war in 2003.
By MIKE BARBER, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
FORT LEWIS -- The issue before an Army officer Thursday was whether Lt. Ehren Watada ought to face a court-martial for refusing to go to Iraq.
But the war itself and whether it is based on deceit or defense of a nation was on trial. And so was Watada and whether he acted out of courage or dishonor.
Lt. Ehren Watada, left, walks with his father, Bob Watada; his stepmother, Rosa Sakanishi; and attorney Eric Seitz during a lunch break in an Army hearing on Watada's refusal to deploy to Iraq.
Former Asst. Secretary General of the United Nations to take stand tomorrow for Lt. Watada at military hearing
Witnesses to appear tomorrow in Lt. Watada's defense: Prof. Francis Boyle, Dennis Halliday, and Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.)
On August 17th, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada, the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq, will appear before a military court, for the first hearing of a case that raises core Constitutional issues about the legality of the Iraq war, freedom of speech, and the limits of presidential power.
By Carolyn Ho, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Dear Fellow Americans and Citizens of the International Community,
I am the mother of Lt. Ehren Watada, an officer stationed at Ft. Lewis. He was part of a Stryker brigade unit that deployed to Iraq on June 22nd. On that fateful day, he quietly defied the movement order and chose not to board the plane with his men. Despite unrelenting pressure to conform from the day he submitted his request for discharge (in January 2006) to the day of deployment, he remained true to his conviction. He believed that he could support his men best by not leading them into an illegal war and occupation that had already claimed countless Iraqi and American lives. He believed that he could serve them by taking a stand against the war rather than an being an accomplice in a policy that uses our troops for immoral, unethical purposes.
By Sarah Olson, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Clifton Hicks was looking for a body. Specifically, the Army tank driver was fumbling about in the dark, looking for and failing to find the remains of the Iraqis who, moments before, had been firing on his tank. When Hicks's flashlight swept the ground around his feet, he realized he was standing in the remains of a man. Literally. His boots wedged between the rib cage and the pelvis, blood and human organs squishing out from beneath the souls of his shoes.
Veterans for Peace Convention - August 12, 2006
A Film by Sari Gelzer
In Seattle at the Veterans for Peace Convention, Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq, spoke about what he calls a "change of strategy" for the peace movement. Watada said: "Today, I speak with you about a radical idea ... The idea is this: that to stop an illegal and unjust war, the soldiers can choose to stop fighting it." He received overwhelming support from the crowd, and members of Iraq Veterans Against the War lined the stage in solidarity.
By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
On Saturday night, I was lucky enough to be at the Veterans for Peace
National Convention. For that night, Lt. Ehren Watada was able to give
the following speech, which I've just received permission to post here.
The speech was met with a powerful, standing ovation from the vets
who've been there.
Lt. Ehren Watada, for those who don't already know, became the first
By David Swanson
SEATTLE -- Ricky Clousing, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and a veteran of the Iraq War who has been AWOL for a year announced today at the Veterans for Peace convention in Seattle that he will turn himself in later today at the gates of Fort Lewis and face whatever punishment the military chooses to impose.
By Sara Rich
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
It has now been 60 traumatic days since my daughter - who signed up with the Army as an MP, and after bravely serving one tour in Iraq, chose to go AWOL rather than engage in the two more tours to Iraq that awaited her - was forcibly taken from our home in handcuffs. Like many soldiers, she was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What we didn't know, what she couldn't tell us, is that she was also suffering Military Sexual Trauma. Late the evening of Sunday June 11, 2006, PFC Suzanne Swift was taken to the county jail, where she was strip-searched and orifice-checked. She was denied medical care for an abscessed tooth until the following day. She sat in that cell for two and a half days, a veteran of Iraq combat, terrified that she may be sent back. Outside, supporters of Suzanne's plight lined the sidewalks. The mother bear in me rose up - and I swung into action. I am trying to save my daughter's life.
By Art Laffin
Today, August 9, the 61st anninversay of the U.S. nuclear bombing of
Nagasaki, as well as the anniversary of the martyrdom of Frans Jagerstatter
(the Austrian Catholic and father of three who was beheaded for refusing to
serve in Hitler's army), about 20 members of the Atlantic Life Community
held a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon. Holding photos of burnt bodies
and the destruction caused by the U.S. plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki,
Be part of the Aug. 16 "National Day of Education" (& action)!
On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada will face a pre-trial hearing for refusing to deploy to Iraq. “It is my conclusion as an officer of the armed forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. The war and what we’re doing over there is illegal,” explained the first military officer to publicly take such a stand.
By Lucy Christie, Independent / UK
Seven anti-war protesters were arrested today after campaigners boarded a plane at a British airport to search for US weapons being transported to Israel.
Two men and a woman were in custody after getting on what's understood to be a military plane at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, in the early hours.
Police confirmed a further four people - two men and two women - were also arrested at the airport at around 3.30am.
Civilian Resistance: Call For Action & Solidarity For Lebanon
We, the people of Lebanon, call upon the local and international community to join a campaign of civil resistance to Israel’s war against our country and our people. We declare Lebanon an open country for civil resistance.
In the face of Israel’s systematic killing of our people, the indiscriminate bombing of our towns, the scorching of our villages, and the attempted destruction of our civil infrastructure, we say NO!
Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 325 E. 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Ph: 410-323-7200, ext. 31
On March 20, 2006, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], affiliated with United For Peace & Justice, organized From Mourning to Resistance – March on the Pentagon. After a rally near the Lincoln Memorial, some two hundred antiwar activists marched across the Arlington Memorial Bridge to LBJ Grove across from the Pentagon. After another rally, participants walked across a footbridge hoping to deliver a commemorative coffin to Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Eight protesters were arrested Saturday, a day before the 61st anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack, after refusing to leave the entrance of a nuclear weapons plant.
Much of the work that went into producing the bomb was conducted at the Y-12 plant in the once-secret city for the World War II-era Manhattan Project. The U.S. dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945.
By Ana Radelat, Gannett News Service
Swept up by a wave of patriotism after the US invasion of Iraq, Chris Magaoay joined the Marine Corps in November 2004.
The newly married Magaoay thought a military career would allow him to continue his college education, help his country and set his life on the right path.
Less than two years later, Magaoay became one of thousands of military deserters who have chosen a lifetime of exile or possible court-martial rather than fight in Iraq or Afghanistan.
By Aaron Glantz, www.OneWorld.net
Israeli authorities have sentenced an army officer to 28 days in a military prison for refusing to serve in the ongoing Israeli campaign in Lebanon.
32-year-old Reserve Captain Amir Paster, an infantry officer and student at Tel Aviv University, is the first Israeli soldier to be punished for refusing to serve in the current conflict and has received harsh criticism from the Israeli military for setting what it termed a bad example for his troops.
By Mike Ferner
lucas county common pleas judge charles wittenberg sentenced me this morning for the two felonies i was convicted of last month for spraypainting "TROOPS OUT NOW!" on a highway overpass near toledo. here's the "box score," as they say in baseball:
2 months electronically monitored house arrest.
18 months probation
court costs, plus cost of prosecution
1/2 of cost of ohio dept. of transp.'s (total ripoff, in my humble opinion) estimate for repainting the overpass (my brother is paying the other half).
The Yesh Gvul movement reported in this regard that it is currently
in touch with more than 10 soldiers and officers who have been called
up to serve in Lebanon and decline taking part in the fighting.
3 AUGUST 2006
1/ First Sergeant Omri Zeid
SFC ZEID, An Artilleryman from Tzfat, refused to shell Mjadara a Lebanese village.
Zeid, serving in an artillery battery in the North Golan Heights, was ordered to shoot 150 shells at the village. Zeid took up his backpack and told his fellow soldiers:
By Bill Quigley, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, the US dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. These nuclear weapons killed over 100,000 people, almost all civilians, and injured many tens of thousands more.
Fr. Carl Kabat, 72, Greg Boertje-Obed, 51, and Michael Walli, 57, sit in jail in North Dakota awaiting a federal criminal trial because of weapons of mass destruction and because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I visited them last week.
Bethlehem - Ma'an - In an unprecedented incident, an Israeli artillery officer has refused to bomb Lebanese villages.
Israeli press sources have stated that Corporal 'Umri Zaid, from the Israeli city of Safad, who serves as an artillery soldier in the occupied Golan Heights, had refused orders to launch more than 150 shells onto the Lebanese village of Al-Jdairah.
The sources have reported that the soldier told his comrades that he wasn't ready to serve in an army that is professional in shelling civilians in their villages and cities. He packed his belongings and headed to his home.
CONTACT: Troops Home Fast
Medea Benjamin (202)422-8624
Gael Murphy (202) 412-6700
US Fasters on 30th Day of Hunger Strike travel to Jordan on Wednesday to meet with MPs about Peace Plan and Break Fast, then on to Lebanon Delegation leaving August 2, Available for Interviews in DC, NY, LA and San Francisco
WASHINGTON - August 1 - After 28 days of fasting, anti-war hunger strikers received a breakthrough victory for their sacrifice: Leading members of the Iraqi Parliament invited fasters to join them to discuss their plans for peace in Iraq. On Wednesday, August 2, hunger strikers will travel to Amman, Jordan to meet with these Iraqi MPs and break their fast. The group includes: