Iraq vet marches CA
capitol to oppose war
Anonymous Iraq War veteran walking non-stop
around capitol building; one lap for each service member killed in Iraq.
59-hours later he is still walking. Others are walking
for Iraqi dead as well.
Jailed for upholding law at
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Diaz sentenced to six months in
the brig for courageously upholding the Constitution and human rights.
Diaz provided names of prisoners to defense lawyers.
Marines to review discharged vets for
Former Marine sergeants Adam Kokesh and Liam
Madden face formal hearing due to their outspoken opposition to
the war; Threatened with discharge downgrades to "other than
Lt. Watada retrial on hold for double
U.S. Army court of appeals has issued a partial stay to consider
arguments that a retrial would constitute double jeopardy.
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The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant
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Iraq vet marching California
capitol to oppose war
Unnamed Iraq vet still walking non-stop for 58 hours to oppose
Iraq War. Photo Jeff Paterson
Still walking 59 hours!
Courage to Resist. May 30, 2007. 7:00 pm PST
SACRAMENTO, CA – An Iraq War veteran – who insists on
remaining anonymous as "only a representative" of his fallen
comrades – began walking laps around the state capitol building
Monday morning at 8:00 am. Fifty-nine hours later, he is still walking.
Although some on the scene are now summing up his condition as a
“health crisis” due in large part to weather extremes, he has
told supporters he will not rest until he has finished walking laps for
every U.S. service person killed in Iraq.
As the unnamed vet carries the name of a different fallen comrade
around the capitol with each lap, others carry the names Iraqis killed
during the U.S. attack on their country. At this time the vet has
completed over 330 nearly half-mile loops around the building, nearly one
lap for each of the 350 troops from California killed in Iraq.
Come out to support this action at a press conference tomorrow morning
(Thursday, May 31) in front of the Capitol Building on L Street at 12th
The Iraq War vet served in Iraq during the initial invasion in 2003
as an Army medic attached to an infantry unit. During yesterday’s
early morning Memorial Day kick off press conference, and for some of the
laps, he was joined by Patrick Sheehan, father of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan
who was killed in Iraq in April 2004, and Casey’s younger brother
Andy. The unnamed vet has been supported by members of Veterans for Peace
Chapter 87, Military Families Speak Out, Sacramento Coalition to End the
War, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Courage to Resist.
Courage to Resist photo gallery
Jailed for upholding law at
Lt Cmdr Matt Diaz. Photo Richard M Pruitt / Dallas
On May 18, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Diaz was sentenced to six
months in a Navel brig and removal from the Navy for courageously
upholding the constitution of the United States. Apparently this is a
very serious crime in America today. Lt. Cmdr. Diaz is actually counting
himself lucky, as the 41-year-old officer with 19-years of service to the
U.S. Navy faced a possible 14 years in prison.
Diaz was a military attorney assigned to investigate abuses of
prisoners at Guantánamo, the legal black hole dungeon that operates
outside of domestic and international law according to the Bush
administration. Taking this assignment seriously not only some-what
predictably ended his military career; it might have landed himself in
prison until the year 2021.
On orders from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. had refused
to release the names of the prisoners that were being held at
Guantánamo. The U.S. continued to stonewall all requests for this
information even after a federal court ruled that the names must be
Diaz took action to uphold the law, knowing the risks involved.
Concerned about this abuse of human rights, Diaz sent a Valentine’s
Day card to the Center for Constitutional Rights in February 2005. The
year earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in support of C.C.R.’s
right to represent these prisoners. Included with Diaz’s card,
printed in very small type, was a list of about 550 names of prisoners
held at Guantánamo.
“My oath as a commissioned officer is to the Constitution of the
United States,’’ Diaz told the Dallas Morning News.
“I’m not a criminal. I had observed the stonewalling, the
obstacles we continued to place in the way of the
attorneys,’’ Diaz told the media before his sentencing.
“I knew my time was limited. ... I had to do
What is illegal, he said, is the Bush administration's prosecution of
the war on terror. He accused officials of violating international law,
such as the Geneva Conventions on the humane treatment of war prisoners,
and the Constitution's guarantee of due process.
"I felt it was the right decision, the moral decision, the
decision that was required by international law," Diaz said.
"No matter how the conflict was identified, we were to treat them in
accordance with Geneva, and it just wasn't being done."
Marines to review discharged
vets for anti-war activity
Liam Madden and Adam Kokesh, Washington DC 3/19/07. Photo Jeff
Paterson / Courage to Resist
May 28, 2007
Adam Kokesh and Liam Madden are active members of Iraq Veterans Against the
War (IVAW). Both are former Marine sergeants who served in Iraq and
were later honorably discharged. Due to their outspoken opposition to the
war, the Marine Corps is now formally threatening to revoke their
discharges and retroactively change them to “other than
honorable.” This is a new, unprecedented step the military feels is
necessary in order to suppress a growing anti-war voice from within the
military itself. We cannot allow this suppression of free speech to
occur! Adam Kokesh’s hearing is scheduled to be held in Kansas City,
Missouri on June 4th.
Lt. Watada retrial on
hold for double jeopardy ruling
Puppetistas put war on trial during Lt. Watada court martial, Ft.
Lewis WA 2/5/07. Photo Jeff Paterson
Courage to Resist. May 29, 2007
Nearly one year after Army Lt. Ehren Watada very publicly announced
that he would be the first commissioned officer of the U.S. military to
refuse to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that the war there is illegal
under U.S. and international law, the U.S. Army court of appeals has
issued a partial stay to consider arguments that a second court-martial
would constitute double jeopardy.
Lt. Watada's first court-martial ended in a mistrial in February when
military Judge Lieutenant Colonel John Head ended the trial over the
objections of both parties. "The court gave no indication when it
would review lawyers' arguments," reported Melanthia Mitchell for the
Associated Press. Up until the stay was issued, the Army had intended to
attempt a retrial beginning July 23. It is still possible that the
military appeals court may rule in favor of the Army in time for the Army
to still attempt a July 23 trial. However, defense attorneys anticipate
this possibility and are readying the double jeopardy arguments for
civilian court of appeals as the next step if needed.
Road from Ar Ramadi
The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejía
Hardcover prepublication copy signed by the
author—the first Iraq combat veteran to refuse to
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The issues [Mejía] has raised deserve a close reading by the
nation as a whole.
—The New York Times, Bob Herbert
"Most powerful are his firsthand experiences of prisoner abuse,
senseless patrols that invite insurgent attacks, discord among his
demoralized comrades and their careerist officers, and the constant
brutalization of Iraqis"
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