BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC.
THIS JUST IN!
THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE IS DEAD!
COLD WAR SPY MARKUS WOLF IS DEAD, AT 83, OF APPARENT NATURAL CAUSES AFTER YEARS OF BEING KNOWN AS "THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE."
TO REPEAT, THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE IS DEAD.
TO UPDATE YOU . . .
THE MAN WITHOUT A HEART?
OL' DIRTY BASTARD HIMSELF, DICK CHENEY IS VERY MUCH ALIVE.
THE MAN WITHOUT SHAME?
DONALD RUMSFLED STILL HAS A PULSE, IT'S JUST HIS CAREER THAT HAS BEEN PULLED OFF LIFE SUPPORT.
THE WOMAN WITHOUT A CLUE?
CONDI RICE REMAINS ALIVE AND WELL AND QUITE BUSY. WHEN LASTED SPOTTED SHE WAS PLOTTING BETWEEN 5 AND 6 FUTURE WARS.
THE MAN WITHOUT A LIVING BRAIN CELL?
BULLY BOY REMAINS FOREVER THOUGHTLESS, SHAMELESS, HEARTLESS AND ALL THE "ESS" ENDING WORDS -- AS FRIENDLESS AS HE IS CLUELESS. HIS PARENTS HAVE WORKED VERY HARD, FOR MANY YEARS, TO ENSURE THAT.
THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE?
THOUGHT TO BE DEAD BUT THIS WEEK'S ELECTION RETURNS INDICATE THERE STILL MAY BE SOME LIFE IN IT.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Starting with news on US war resister Ehren Watada. In June, Watada went public with his refusal to deploy to Iraq because the war is illegal and deploying would subject both himself and those serving under him to war crimes. In standing up, Watada became the first US commissioned officer to publicly refuse to serve in the illegal war. On August 17th, Article 32 hearing was held. [For details on Ann Wright's testimony, click here, Dennis Halliday click here, and here for Francis A. Boyle.] Following the hearing on the 17th, the US military announced August 24th that the presiding officer of the hearing, Lt. Colonel Mark Keith, had made a recommendation, court-martial. Yesterday, The KPFA Evening News reported that the US military had decided to court-martial Watada. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that "Lt. Gen. James Dubik, agreed with the recommended charges of missing a military movement and conduct unbecoming an officer." Gregg Kakesako (Honolulu Star-Bulletin) reports that conviction during the court-martial ("held next year") could result in "six years in jail and a dishonorable discharge." Honolulu's KITV spoke with Eric Seitz, attorney for Watada, who stated, "Unfortunately the army does want to make a martyr out of him. They have told us they will not enter into any agreement that doesn't include at least a year of incarceration, and that's just simply something we are unable to agree to." Rod Ohira (Honolulu Advertiser) notes the following statements by Watada after learning of the recommendation to court-martial him:"I feel the referral of the charges was not unexpected and at this time, I'm moving forward as I always have with resilience and fortitude to face the challenges ahead. . . . I think as the recent elections show more and more Americans are opening their eyes, but we aren't there yet. It is my hope that actions such as my own continue to call for the truth behind the fundamental illegality and immorality of those who perpetrated this war."
Coverage of war resisters in the US independent media has been embarrassing and shameful. Rebecca checks in on several independent outlets only to find that none have anything on Watada this morning. He appears to getting the full-Brobeck from independent media. (CBS notes Watada here.) War resister Ivan Brobeck returned to the US from Canada to turn himself in Tuesday and he didn't even make the indy headlines. (Nora Barrows Friedman did interview him on Monday's Flashpoints.) It's not cutting it. Not for Brobeck, not for Kyle Snyder who's also been ignored after returning to the US and, on October 31st, turning himself in at Fort Knox only to self-check out again after discovering the military had lied yet again. Not for Joshua Key who learned that the Canadian government was denying him refugee status.
A list of war resisters within the military would include Watada, Key, Snyder, and Brobeck. It would also include many other names such as Darrell Anderson, Ricky Clousing, Mark Wilkerson, Camilo Meija, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Jeremy Hinzman, Corey Glass, Patrick Hart, Clifford Cornell, Agustin Aguayo, Joshua Despain, Katherine Jashinski, and Kevin Benderman. That's just the ones who have gone public. (Over thirty US war resisters are currently in Canada attempting to be legally recognized.) It is a movement and should be covered as such. Ehren Watada's father and step-mother are currently on a speaking tour (tonight they're in NYC) and details on that will be at the end of the snapshot.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Appeal for Redress is collecting signatures of active duty service members calling on Congress to bring the troops home -- the petition will be delivered to Congress in January.
Recommended: "Iraq Snapshot"
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