Why PFC Crespo did not return to Iraq
morning at Fort Carson CO, Army PFC Jose Crespo did not return to Iraq.
Jose told his sergeant that he was not
refusing to deploy, but that he could not.
Lt. Ehren Watada's legal
The U.S. Army’s case against Iraq War refuser Lt. Watada remains
unresolved two years after he boldly and publicly rejected
with his Ft. Lewis unit in June 2006.
Matthis Chiroux on IRR recall
did five years
and was honorably discharged.
interview with Courage to Resist, he explains why he is publicly refusing
being recalled for redeployment. Listen
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Why PFC Crespo did not
return to Iraq Friday
By Courage to Resist, 8:30 min. Update June 13, 2008
At 5:00 am this morning, Army PCF Jose Crespo at Fort Carson,
Colorado did not return to Iraq as scheduled. Jose told his sergeant
that he was not "refusing" to deploy, but that he "could
not" do so due
to the circumstances in his family. "Well if you won't get on [the
bus], then you're refusing." Jose replied, "Whatever you
say." He is
currently on restriction and now faces a possible court martial.
While on leave from Iraq, Jose discovered his family in the midst of
a serious health crisis. Determined to help, Jose requested a hardship
discharge, or a posting near his home so he could take care of his
family. The Army's response was to order him back to Iraq. Courage to
Resist first spoke with Jose
two days before his scheduled deployment for this audio interview. More
information by how to help Jose coming soon.
Lt. Ehren Watada's
ongoing 'legal limbo'
By Courage to Resist. June 15, 2008
The U.S. Army’s case against 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada remains
unresolved, 2 years after Lt. Watada boldly and publicly refused
deployment to Iraq with his unit in June 2006. Seven months ago U.S.
District Judge Benjamin H. Settle set in place a temporary
injunction against a second court martial after the prosecution
and military judge orchestrated a mistrial during the first trial in
Lt. Watada remains stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington where he
works a desk job and is under no special restrictions. Though his term
of service ended in December 2006, these ongoing legal proceedings
prevent his release from duty.
Lt. Watada recently spoke with Tara McKelvey of The Prospect
Magazine (his first public interview in over a year), and was
unwavering when asked about his original stand against the Iraq War;
realized we had been lied to…and I had a deep sense of betrayal. I
joined an army, and I thought it was noble. And to think we had engaged
in something that had caused so much carnage and destruction and then
to find out it was unnecessary. There I was in uniform, and I felt
ashamed of what I was being asked to do. I think there's no bigger
crime than taking your country into a war based on lies." As reported
on by McKelvey, despite the frustration of being held in the military
pending dragged out legal proceedings, Watada appears resolute; "I
believed I would always try to do what I believe is moral…I didn't
this to be a public figure--to be hated or loved. I just did it because
it needed to be done."
Matthis Chiroux on IRR
Sgt. Matthis Chiroux served in the Army until being
discharged from active duty last summer after over four years in
Afghanistan, Japan, Europe and the Philippines. On May 15, 2008 he
publicly announced that he is refusing orders to be recalled from the
Army's Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) to deploy to Iraq (photo right).
Last week, Matthis spoke to Courage to Resist from Washington DC for
this audio interview.