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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

Iraq war objector justified, lawyers say

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.

Hearing for soldier who won't serve in Iraq puts war on trial


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.

Lt. Watada's Mother Asks For Your Support

By Carolyn Ho, t r u t h o u t |

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.

Iraq War Vets' Support for Lt. Watada Growing

By Sarah Olson, t r u t h o u t |

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.

VIDEO | Lt. Ehren Watada's Speech: "Soldiers Can Choose to Stop Fighting"

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.

Ehren Watada

By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t |

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

AWOL Sergeant to Turn Himself in Today Resisting Illegal Iraq War

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.

The Waiting Game

By Sara Rich
t r u t h o u t |

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.

Five Arrested at the Pentagon

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,

Help support Lt. Watada during his pre-trial hearing

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.

Campaigners Arrested 'for Boarding US Plane'

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.

Call for Action: ‘Lebanon: An Open Country for Civil Resistance’

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.

8 arrested in Tenn. protest of A-bomb


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.

Thousands of Troops Say They Won’t Fight

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.

Israeli Soldier Incarcerated for Refusing to Fight

By Aaron Glantz,

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.

Mike Ferner Gets House Arrest and Fines for Spraypainting "TROOPS OUT NOW!" on a Highway Overpass

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).

Resistance Within the Israeli Army

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:

Weapons of Mass Destruction Discovered Here: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and North Dakota

By Bill Quigley, t r u t h o u t |

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.

The first Israeli soldier to refuse to bomb civilians leaves the front line

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.

Leading Members of Iraqi Parliament Call for Meeting with Anti-War Hunger Strikers

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:

Diane Wilson in 24th Day of Anti-War Hunger Strike

By Brian Westly, Associated Press

Washington - About 150 yards from the White House, away from a swarm of tourists, Diane Wilson sat under an expansive oak tree today, keeping a quiet vigil.

For 24 days, the 58-year-old shrimper from Seadrift, Texas, said she has been coming to Lafayette Park and going without food to protest the war in Iraq and to pressure President Bush to bring home the troops.

Suzanne Swift Story Reaching Even Twisted Corporate Media Columnists

Abuse of women GIs: Good men must check bad ones
Claims of sexual abuse in the military by a US Army specialist show a need for progress.
By Erin Solaro, Christian Science Monitor

In January 2006, US Army Specialist Suzanne Swift went absent without leave (AWOL) from her unit, the 54th MP Company, rather than return to Iraq.

She claimed to have suffered repeated sexual harassment and abuse, and blamed a chain of command whose members variously refused to stop it, participated in it, and accused her of bringing it on herself. She was arrested on June 11.

Support from Iraq Combat Veterans Continues to Mount for Lt. Ehren Watada

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.

"No Blood for Oil 12" Sentenced in Colorado

On July 28th, 12 Colorado activists referred to as the “No Blood for Oil 12” were found guilty of trespassing for blocking the entrance to a Lakewood, CO recruiting center on November 18th, 2005.

The demonstration was held as part of “National Stand Down Day,” a day of demonstrations and non-violent resistance at recruiting stations across the country, demanding an end to the Iraq war.

Over 100 Supporters of Spc. Suzanne Swift Rallied at the Gates of Ft. Lewis on July 15

On July 15th, PFC Suzanne Swift’s birthday, support actions around the country were held for Suzanne, who is confined to Ft. Lewis in Washington, as she seeks a discharge from the military.

Suzanne has completed one tour of duty in Iraq, where she was sexually harassed and assaulted by her commanding officers.

Over 100 supporters rallied at the gates of Fort Lewis, demanding an immediate honorable discharge for Suzanne and solidarity with all women and men who have suffered similar abuse.

Free Speech Threatned in New Haven, CT by Marine with a Bat

Activists in New Haven, CT were confronted with a bat-wielding Marine as they expressed their support for war resisters in conjunction with nationwide actions in support of Lt. Ehren Watada in late June.

The story began on June 27th when members of the New Haven community rallied in front of the downtown recruiting station in support of Lt. Watada, the first officer to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq.

CHICAGO: CPTers urge halt on U.S. funding of Israeli aggression in Lebanon and Gaza


On Monday 24 July, Chicago police arrested six CPT members as they appealed
for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel in the office of U.S. Senator Dick

More than forty-five CPTers, CPT training participants and supporters
gathered for prayer outside the Israeli Consulate, then walked a mile
through downtown Chicago to the Federal Building, making the connection
between Israel's military actions and U.S. military aid to Israel.

Speaking Events



March 24, Boone, NC.


March 25, Asheville, NC
Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square, rooftop room, noon - 2 p.m.
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War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Published April 5, 2016
Tour begins here:

April 11, Washington, DC, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets.
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April 12, Baltimore, MD, 7:30 p.m. at Red Emma's.
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April 14, Bellingham, WA, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
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April 15, Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Ave (8th and Seneca) 
Seattle, WA 98101
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April 16 Portland, OR


April 24, Oneonta, NY at Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta.
5:30 discussion with students.
7:00 talk and Q&A with everyone.
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event


June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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