THE NIGHTMARE IS FINALLY OVER FOR EHREN WATADA

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1st Lt. Ehren Watada poses for a picture in his Lacey, Wash., apartment in this file photo taken Friday, Feb. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

1st Lt. Ehren Watada to resign from Army

HONOLULU – The Army is allowing the first commissioned officer to be court-martialed for refusing to go to Iraq to resign from the service, his attorney said late Friday.

First Lt. Ehren Watada will be granted a discharge Oct. 2, “under other than honorable conditions,” attorney Kenneth Kagan said.

Watada told The Honolulu Star-Bulletin he was happy the matter has finally been closed.

Read the entire report HERE

11 Comments

  1. September 26, 2009 at 20:52

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  2. Mouser said,

    September 26, 2009 at 20:55

    I am impressed only if he is a consciencious objector to the Rothchild-Zionist dogs of war who kill civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine etc all in a days work of NWO army muscle flexing.
    Mouser

  3. lenzo said,

    September 26, 2009 at 20:58

    He should get a full honorable discharge, no less.

  4. September 26, 2009 at 22:59

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  5. Bibliohistoria said,

    September 27, 2009 at 00:59

    You might want to change the link for your source –
    http://www.starbulletin.com/news/20090926_Watada_discharged.html

    watada spoke to the star bulletin – you linked to the news tribune

    Congrats to Ehren for standing up for the truth!!!

  6. RUFUS said,

    September 27, 2009 at 03:26

    A TRUE PATRIOT, ONE OF THE FEW.

  7. jeff said,

    September 27, 2009 at 04:04

    It is the duty of every officer to follow his or her conscience above and before any orders, from any other authority, to do any thing at all. If that officer cannot in good conscience proceed with orders as directed, then he or she must refuse to act, following conscience instead. By this reasoning, any officer who refuses to deploy to Iraq or to Afghanistan, or to attack villages in Pakistan or anywhere in Africa or South America, who refuses to work alongside Israelis in there extermination of their neighbors, then this officer IS a CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR. There is no other name for it, as there is no other authority on which to base one’s refusal to commit immoral acts. The armed forces have tried to minimize the influence of conscience over its officers by packaging ‘conscientious objector’ status with a necessary requirement to belong to a traditional peace church or religious organization before the objection, itself. But, this is contrary to the function of conscience in the lives of MORAL persons, which often presents itself as a voice of protest only when confronted with the potential that, through one’s actions, one will become responsible for doing the wrong things. Frankly, it is incumbent on every officer in the armed forces to follow Watada’s example. And, with his vindication, there is nothing stopping them. The only way for war to stop is to stop making war. And then, we can finally hang Cheney for the murder of Pat Tillman.

  8. TruthSeeker said,

    September 27, 2009 at 07:02

    I salute the man. He reminds me with Mohammad Ali Clay who preferred to go to prison instead to joinging the army and fightin in Nam.

    I wish there are millions like Mr. Watada. America will be better off with people like him.

  9. André said,

    September 27, 2009 at 09:59

    This man should be remembered as a true American Patriot. Hopefully, more soldiers will follow in his footsteps and bring this sham of a war to an end.

    Let us not forget though about the soldiers that are fighting the government through other means, via asylum in Canada and Germany. Let our hopes and prayers be with them also.

  10. Robin said,

    September 27, 2009 at 17:40

    Jeff you wrote:

    “By this reasoning, any officer who refuses to deploy to Iraq or to Afghanistan, or to attack villages in Pakistan or anywhere in Africa or South America, who refuses to work alongside Israelis in there extermination of their neighbors, then this officer IS a CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR. There is no other name for it, as there is no other authority on which to base one’s refusal to commit immoral acts.”

    As someone who has supported Ehren since the first small article came out in the LA Times, has followed his case since day one, given presentations myself at various events and universities to bring his case to the public’s awareness, attended his court martial and written extensively about him myself, I feel the need to correct your understanding of Ehren’s case because Ehren was NEVER a conscientious objector. Ehren’s defense was and always has been the Nuremberg Defense, that the war against the nation of Iraq was ILLEGAL, best shown in the speech given by Marjorie Cohn of the National Lawyers Guild, formulated by her and Francis Boyle FOR Ehren.

    Read here

    http://www.truthout.org/article/first-officer-publicly-resists-war

    This is a VERY important distinction to make, because Ehren’s refusal to deploy and the REASON he made that decision was not based on his conscience unless one wants to say that he was so unique his conscience led him to this decision. Ehren refused to deploy on FIRM legal ground which ALL military should follow not just Ehren. Sadly most in the military (for lack of better words) are lemmings who don’t know their ass from their elbows when it comes to international law and what binds nations.

    Unfortunately, Ehren’s defense was never allowed to be presented. Every witness who was willing to testify in court to the legality of his Nuremberg defense was disallowed by Judge Head who said the war was not on trial. On the third day of the court martial when Ehren was set to testify, his soul witness who had been allowed by Judge Head to testify was one of his commanding officers who was there to testify to his character.

    Although it may have been a single officer using this defense (at that time) which was based on FIRM legal ground, it WAS the war which Ehren’s defense put on trial, or should I say, WOULD have been put on trial if it would have been allowed to be presented. Conscientious objectors on the other hand, base their status on an entirely different basis, the individual adherence to the principle that all war is wrong. The case of Agustin Aguayo which occurred at the same time (his wife Helga traveled to Tacoma with her two daughters and Agustin’s mother the week of Ehren’s court martial, but did not actually attend the proceedings) was a TRUE case of a conscientious objector being denied his rights. The two cases were ENTIRELY different and it is very important to make the distinction.

    Furthermore, it was the military who brought Ehren’s case upon themselves. He attempted to resign beginning Jan 2006 after asking to be deployed to Afghanistan instead. The military did not accept his resignation and in fact told him “Don’t make a young man’s mistake”. Ehren did not make a “young man’s mistake”, he was willing to face trial and years in prison rather than participate in the ILLEGAL war against the people and nation of Iraq.

    Please view his public statement again, read Marjorie Cohn’s speech and then you will see, Ehren was never a conscientious objector.

    Ehren’s court martial in February 2007 was a TOTAL manipulation by the military. If you had been in the court room and heard the prosecution witnesses you would know that they literally became better witnesses for the defense, but because the legality of the war was taken off the table, his DEFENSE was made moot, which was the military’s full intention to do. The mistrial occurred and then it became a case of double jeopardy which in many people’s minds (those who thought his defense was bunk) it became a matter of a coward not willing to face another court martial. This is NOT the case because the mistrial should have NEVER been called as Judge Settles ruling found which did grant Ehren his CONSTITUTIONAL protection against double jeopardy. I PERSONALLY feel that this was all part of the military’s larger plan in why Judge Head declared the mistrial in the first place, to take the winds out of Ehren’s defense, the NUREMBERG DEFENSE.

    It’s been almost three years since the court martial. Please do not forget, Ehren was willing to STAND UP and face years in prison because he was WILLING to risk his own life because he KNEW after careful study of the FACTS, the war against the nation of Iraq and its people is ILLEGAL.

  11. Jim and Yoshie Tanabe said,

    March 25, 2010 at 01:22

    Ehren, like the Civil War hero Karl Schurz, lived the words, “My country, right or wrong; when right, I will defend her; when wrong, I will correct her!” The traitors are the ones who blindly follow their leaders “into the valley of death” and mindlessly believe they are the true patriots! How very sad!

    So, Ehren, thank you for truly giving up your life (how many years?) for our country! Let us only hope that this country will come to recognize your true patriotism!

    Sincerely,
    Jim and Yoshie Tanabe
    Honolulu, HI


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