CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR 1ST LT. EHREN WATADA
The community is urged to come out in support of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, who faces a second court martial trial at
In June 2006, Lt. Watada became the first commissioned officer to refuse to deploy to
Since February, Watada’s
However in July, Judge Head, who was criticized for bias against Watada during the first court martial, ruled that prosecuting Watada twice for the same crime would not constitute double jeopardy because military court rules are different. Watada’s defense team then filed an appeal, which is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and hopes the court will stop the second court martial from proceeding until the double-jeopardy issue is decided.
The October 8 vigil is part of a year-long effort by NCRR and AAVVO to support Lt. Watada and other military resisters who, in Watada’s words, “refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression.” Last October, the two groups sponsored a southern
For more information about the Oct. 8 vigil, contact NCRR at