End the U.S. Army's prosecution of Lt. Watada

Veterans For Peace and United for Peace and Justice
What's happening: 


April 29, 2009


In June 2006, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada refused orders to go to Iraq on the grounds that the war was illegal and immoral. His court martial in February 2007 ended in an Army-contrived mistrial. In October 2007, the Army attempted a second court martial against Watada, but they were stopped by a Federal judge who ruled that a second court martial would be double jeopardy.

Despite all this, the Army still has not allowed Lt. Watada to leave military service; instead, the Army is looking to appeal the double jeopardy ruling. The U.S. Solicitor General's office in the Department of Justice will soon decide whether the Army can go ahead with its plans to appeal the Federal Court rulings in Lt. Watada's favor.

That's where we all step in. An ad hoc campaign has been started - by Veterans For Peace affiliates in San Francisco and Seattle - to make sure that the U.S. Solicitor General's office rejects the Army's dire to appeal and moves to release Lt. Watada from this prolonged prosecution.

What you can do: 

Click here to visit Courage to Resist's webpage, where you can find ways to take action on this issue.


Also, we encourage you to write letters to the U.S. Solicitor General asking for Lt. Watada's release and to forward the message above and the linked PDF here to as many people as you can.

For more information: 

Veterans for Peace: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

United for Peace and Justice: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/