Court martial of Ehren Watada
Original post made by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Jan 2, 2007
Efforts by the Pentagon to force journalists to testify against anti-war ‘refusniks’ poses a major threat to freedom of speech, the hallmark of a free democratic society. Independent journalists, Sarah Olson and Dahr Jamail have both been approached by the military to testify against first lieutenant Ehren Watada. Journalists ‘Hippocratic Oath’ is to report the news not to serve as fifth columnists for the military. Ehren Watada is the first commissioned officer to face being court-martialed for his refusal to deploy to the killing fields of Iraq. Watada displayed enormous courage in his public statements outlining his reasons for refusing to go to Iraq. It is unconscionable that the military should recruit journalists in its immoral crusade to silence anti-war military personnel. If found guilty, Watada faces six years in prison of which four years would be directly attributable to his statements made to the media. His courageous actions epitomizes the very best qualities of a true American – a willingness to face punishment and censure to advance the cause of peace and justice and a total commitment to expose the bankrupt polices of this anti-Christ, Godless administration.