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WATADA WATCH: 28 arrested at SF Fed. Bldg. Jan. 4 in Watada support protest

By Mark Jensen

Indybay reported Tuesday on last civil disobedience on Jan. 4 at the Federal Building in downtown San Francisco in which 28 persons were arrested, coinciding with the pretrial hearing taking place 650 miles to the north, at Fort Lewis, Washington, south of Tacoma.[1] -- "This action was the first civil disobedience in support of Lt. Ehren Watada," the Watada Support Committee said, noting that "Organizers say that it demonstrates that support for Lt. Watada is escalting as his court-martial approaches. Nationally, supporters are gearing up for a Day of Action to Stand with Lt. Watada on February 5, 2007 to coincide with the beginning of his court-martial." -- The San Francisco Chronicle noticed the arrests briefly in a page B10 story Friday.[2] -- A CBS Bay Area TV station posted a report and videolink about the protests, noting that protesters also intended send a message to Nancy Pelosi, the Bay Area representative who was sworn in that day as speaker of the United States House of Representatives.[3] -- "She was elected to defund the war and bring the troops home," said demonstrator Nancy DeStefanis. -- An NBC Bay Area TV station reported on the arrests Thursday afternoon, noting that "Many of the protesters being arrested were lying on the ground and were covered by white sheets."[4] -- Indybay had also posted an earlier report on the die-in.[5] -- Indybay posted separately four photos and a four-minute QT video of remarks by Marilyn Saner, mother of an Iraq soldier. -- See also an irreverent account of the San Francisco protests accompanied by 31 photos on a blog maintained by "SFMike," called "City Center." ...

Veteran Faces Trial for Protesting Military Commissions Act

From Leah Bolger, Veterans for Peace member, Corvallis, OR:

"On Sep 27th, I was charged with "Unlawful Conduct—Disrupting Congress" after I stood in the gallery of the House of Representatives and vocally objected to Republican support of the Military Commissions Act. Because I had been arrested less than a week prior as part of the Declaration of Peace group in front of the White House, they decided to keep me overnight in "lock-down" in the DC jail. The maximum penalty is 6 months in jail and $1000 fine, so I am entitled to a jury trial, which I have asked for."

Active Duty Troops to Announce Opposition to War on MLK Day in Norfolk, Virginia

WHAT: Public Press Conference by Active Duty, Reserve and Guard, US military personnel and to raise community awareness about the urgency of ending the war in Iraq, bringing the troops home now and taking care of them when they get here.

Protest Bush's Call for Surge this Thursday Evening

Protest Bush's Call for Surge this Thursday Evening
Vigil at Lafayette Square Park - across from the White House

Time and date: Thursday, January 11, at 6PM.
Pennsylvania Ave and Jackson Pl, NW Washington, DC 20006



The event will be simple: a few brief speeches, a reading of the names
of casualties in the DC metro area, and a candlelight vigil.

Death to Ehren Watada

By John Calvin Jones,

Dear President Bush,

Please execute Ehren Watada. Though the Hawaiian native supposedly earned the rank of Lieutenant in our military, it is obvious that he does not deserve the honorific. Watada has committed a cardinal sin – he refused to accept orders to ship out to Iraq. I surmise that for at least three reasons, Watada is the worst that the U.S. military can offer.

'Peace-in' starts in Rep. Doris Matsui office; peace advocates say protest is a matter of 'life or death' for those in Iraq

Contact: Sacramento Coalition to End the War 916-996-9170

SACRAMENTO - At 8:41 a.m. Monday morning, peace advocates entered the office of Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) in the downtown Federal Court Building to begin a "life or death" protest - a "peace-in" - designed to help end Iraq war and occupation.

They are expected to remain in Rep. Matsui's office Monday until they are informed by the lawmaker as to whether she will agree to not vote for any further funding, including supplemental measures, to continue or expand the war and occupation in Iraq.


By Mike Ferner

Passing the grim marker of 3,000 U.S. troops killed in Iraq briefly focused Americans’ attention on the war. But we live in a big country with lots of malls.

To be sure, the death of 3,000 soldiers is tragic and sickening, yet we are a nation of over 300 million and most families have not lost a loved one. Even with some 32,000 G.I.’s requiring medical evacuation for wounds, most Americans still do not personally know a casualty of this war.

Mother fights for son who said no to war

By Linton Weeks, Washington Post

Carolyn Ho is a mother on a mission.

She came to Washington, D.C., in mid-December to build support for her son, Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq.

Barring some kind of miracle, he will be court-martialed Feb. 5 at Fort Lewis. If convicted, he could be sent to military prison for six years.

Like many Americans, she believed she could come to the capital and change the world. Or at least her small part of it.

Winter Work Schedule for Spring Peace and Impeachment

The coming weeks and months are our window of opportunity to end the war and impeach Bush and Cheney. Our best moments for action may be improvised in response to changing events. But planning out our schedule will help. You can find local events in your area, or post them yourself for others to sign up and attend at:

Here are some national events to plan for:

Case tests officers' right to dissent

1st Lt. Ehren Watada's lawyer likens his client's comments against the war and the administration to those of retired military officials.
By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

Do military officers have the right to publicly voice dissent about their commander in chief and U.S. war policy?

That question highlighted last week's pretrial hearing at Ft. Lewis Army base near Seattle for 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the nation's first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. Watada faces a court-martial and six years in prison for failing to deploy with his Stryker Brigade last year and for making four public statements criticizing President Bush and the Iraq war.


By Dennis Kyne, has arrived at the gates of Fort Lewis.

Please support this troops are gathering to support Ehren Watada in his stand against the lies that have gained our nation nothing more than death and despise.

Purple Heart, 'Winner' Darrell Anderson returned from 18 months in hiding when he heard that Lt. Watada had refused to deploy. Anderson would have deployed to his third tour had he not gone north. Anderson asked me to get on the with him and get to Fort Lewis to open up Camp RESISTANCE!!!

Interview of Lt. Watada

By Jeeni Criscenzo

I was surprised to see this interview with Lt. Watada on “Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone on Yahoo! News today. It was a fair and thoughtful interview and Watada’s responses are intelligent and exceptionally brave. Then to read the comments just breaks my heart that there are so many people out there who don’t have any idea what true courage of convictions is all about. See:

Two More "Unrepentant" Raytheon Protesters Sentenced

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

A retired school teacher and a seminary student were each
sentenced this afternoon to eight hours of community service for
their part in a nonviolent protest at the Raytheon Missile Systems
Plant south of Tucson last March 20, the third anniversary of the
U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Pima County Justice Court
Judge Maria Felix accepted their pleas of no contest to a charge of

Conduct Charges Might Help Watada's Defense

By Christian Hill, The Olympian

Fort Lewis - Army prosecutors might have unwittingly aided the defense of the Fort Lewis officer they're trying for his refusal to deploy to Iraq.

Attorneys for 1st Lt. Ehren Watada want his jury to hear next month from experts that the war violated U.S. and international law in their effort to win his acquittal.

During a four-hour pretrial hearing Thursday, one of Watada's attorneys, Eric Seitz, requested that the judge hold an evidentiary hearing about allowing that defense.

Stand with Lt. Ehren Watada Against Illegal and Immoral War in Iraq

"My fellow soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq and their families are suffering because of the lies and deceptions crafted by the Bush Administration. The Iraq war is not only a crime against domestic and international law but [it] is a terrible moral injustice against the Iraqi people." - Lt. Ehren Watada

As the first Army officer to publicly speak out against the war and refuse deployment to Iraq, Lt Watada will be punished by the U.S. Army with a maximum six years in prison. The military's intention IS to SILENCE VOICES OF RESISTANCE and make an example out of Lt. Watada.

U.S. Army Tries to Force Sarah Olson and Dahr Jamail to Testify Against Ehren Watada

January 2, 2007 - Democracy Now! Interview: U.S. Army Tries to Force Sarah Olson and Dahr Jamail to Testify Against Ehren Watada

Lt. Ehren Watada, for those who don't already know, became the first
commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the unlawful war
and occupation in Iraq. While doing this on June 22, 2006, Watada said,
"As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as

Make your 2007 New Year's Resolution to Stand with Lt. Watada Against Illegal and Immoral War

PLEASE do YOUR part in supporting the courageous stance of Lt. Ehren Watada against this illegal and immoral war.
The time is now!!!!

"The war in Iraq is in fact illegal. It is my obligation and my duty to refuse any orders to participate in this war. An order to take part in an illegal war is unlawful in itself. So my obligation is not to follow the order to go to Iraq." - Lt. Ehren Watada

Nonviolence Works in Palestine

Umm Salamuna Villagers face the bulldozers
By Najib Farag, Palestine News Network

Twenty Israeli military vehicles stormed Umm Salamuna Village south of
Bethlehem to protect four military bulldozers. The bulldozers were
massive and there to bulldoze Palestinian land for Wall construction.
What they needed protecting from was the nonviolent demonstration that
farmers and residents began in order to save their land.

The Court-Martial of Ehren Watada Begins

By Jason Leopold,

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled to take place Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, in the court-martial of Ehren Watada, the 28-year-old Army lieutenant who is the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq on the basis that the war is illegal.

Watada's court appearance comes on the same day the new Democratic-controlled Congress returns to work and begins to investigate one of the lingering questions surrounding the nearly four-year-old war. It's the same question that Watada said led to his decision to publicly challenge the legality of the war and refuse deployment - whether the intelligence that led to the US-led invasion was cooked by Bush administration officials.

Supporting US Troops by Putting the Iraq War on Trial

Interview with the Citizens’ Hearing on the Legality of U.S. Actions in Iraq
“Civilian citizen's have an obligation to do more especially so in time of 'war'”
By Kevin Zeese

Below is an interview of Dr. Zoltan Grossman who is a Member of the Faculty in Geography/Native Studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. For more information on Dr. Grossman see Also interviewed is Lietta Ruger who is the coordinator of the Washington State Chapter of Military Families Speaks Out. Her blog, Dying to Preserve the Lies, is located at:

IMPORTANT: Scenario & Legal info for Jan 11th

Dear Friends and fellow Guantanamo activists,

Last year at this time, Witness Against Torture had just ended its march
and vigil at the gates of Guantanamo and the US military reported that a
long-running hunger strike among detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison
underwent a “very significant increase.” Now, as January 11th -- the
fifth anniversary of the arrival of prisoners in Guantanamo,

Arrested on the Golden Gate Bridge for the 3,000 US Dead

By Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright

On New Year’s Day, sixty peace activists organized by Codepink Women for Peace gathered on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge to walk across one of America’s great landmarks in vigil for the 3,000 US servicemen and women killed in Iraq and for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died since the US invasion and occupation.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers blocked the pedestrian walkway on the San Francisco side of the bridge saying that we did not have a permit for a demonstration. We responded that we were not demonstrating but only wanted to walk peacefully across the bridge to commemorate the 3,000 deaths. Initially the CHP allowed tourists to pass through our group and begin their walk on the bridge. We complained that this was our bridge and we could not be denied access. The CHP then stopped all walkers.

Commemorating 3,000 U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

Commemorating 3,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq

Dear supporter of peace,

I'm sorry to announce that 3,000 U.S. service members have died in Iraq.

Every life counts, whether it's one of 3,000 U.S military deaths or one of the 500,000+ Iraqi deaths estimated by the Johns Hopkins/MIT study. So, while the 3,000th death is no more or less important than the 2,999th or the 3001st, it is only natural to pause and think about the human cost of war when we reach such a grim milestone.

But we cannot give into despair. There is hope for peace in Iraq -- and together we can turn our hopes into a change for the better.

Please join with thousands of people across the country in a memorial vigil or other event tomorrow to commemorate those lost and call for peace in Iraq. A calendar of "Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar" memorial events is on our web site at to help you find or list an event near you.

American Death Toll in Iraq Hits 3,000 - Not One More Death - Not One More Dollar

Plan now for vigils after the "official" 3000th death of US service members in Iraq... Register to organize a memorial event in your community or find one near you. Visit AFSC's "Not one more Death - Not One More Dollar"...

American Death Toll in Iraq Hits 3,000
Dec 31, 5:47 PM (ET)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. military announced Sunday the deaths of two soldiers, pushing the number of Americans who have died in the Iraq war to the grim milestone of at least 3,000. On the final day of an exceedingly bloody year, Saddam Hussein was also buried in the town where he was born. The White House said the resident mourned each death but would not issue a statement in reaction to the 3,000th in a war now 46 months old...

Camp Resistance Day 1: January 4, 2007

"Lt. Watada Support Campaign"

"The war in Iraq is in fact illegal. It is my obligation and my duty to refuse any orders to participate in this war. An order to take part in an illegal war is unlawful in itself. So my obligation is not to follow the order to go to Iraq." - Lt. Ehren Watada

Stand Against Illegal and Immoral War
Lt. Watada Pre-Trial Hearing
Thurs. Jan. 4, 8-11am

The Ethics of Palestinian Resistance

By David Swanson

With Jimmy Carter's book a best seller and the Iraq War a top political concern, many Americans may have an interest right now in thinking about Israel and Palestine. I'd like to recommend to anyone with that interest picking up a copy of a short and brilliant book by the British philosopher Ted Honderich called "Right and Wrong and Palestine, 9-11, Iraq, 7-7."

"7-7," for Americans who haven't memorized that number, is the date of the terrorist attack in London's subway. Honderich addresses ethical questions raised by the four topics in his title, but does so after laying out a general understanding of the philosophy of ethics. In fact, it is on page 114 of a 247-page book that he finally gets around to a preliminary discussion of the definition of terrorism and on page 131 that he first touches on the four topics named. The preceding pages may, however, be the most valuable portion of his book.

US Death Toll in Iraq Seen Spurring Anti-War Protests

via truthout...

US Death Toll in Iraq Seen Spurring Anti-War Protests
By Carey Gillam - Reuters
Thursday 28 December 2006

Kansas City, Missouri - In Kansas City, they will light candles and lay out more than 80 pairs of empty combat boots. In Chicago, anti-war activists will hand out black ribbons, each bearing the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. And in New Haven, Connecticut, opponents of the war plan to read aloud the names of 3,000 dead U.S. soldiers.

In all, organizers say some 140 demonstrations in 37 states are planned to mark the 3,000th U.S. military death in Iraq, a milestone that is likely only days away.

Peace Mom Aims to Ramp Up "Peace Surge" After Arrest Thursday

By Erin Quinn, Waco Tribune-Herald

Crawford - Minutes before the "Peace Mom" was arrested Thursday for blocking a road near President Bush's ranch, Cindy Sheehan said she plans to become more "confrontational" and that it's time to "ramp up" peace efforts.

"We're the only people that can stop Bush now," she said, standing with about 30 other peace protesters at a barricaded Secret Service checkpoint outside the Crawford-area ranch.

Sheehan arrested outside Bush's ranch

Crawford, Texas (AP) -- Peace activist Cindy Sheehan and four other protesters [including Cindy's sister Dede] were arrested Thursday for blocking a road near President Bush's ranch, authorities said, snagging Vice President Dick Cheney's motorcade in the backup.

Sheehan and the others lay or sat in the road about 20 minutes and didn't heed requests to move, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. R.T. King said.

Third time's the harm

After two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Steven Henderson says his latest callup 'not to exceed 545 days' in Iraq is asking too much.
BY DAVE NEWBART, Chicago Sun-Times

Steven Henderson served his country during two tours of duty as an Army sergeant in Afghanistan -- repeatedly coming under enemy fire and seeing fellow soldiers maimed and U.S. helicopters gunned down.

The Chicago native is back home now after being honorably discharged 20 months ago. He's married and working toward a college degree -- but the Army has called upon him again.


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