The First Officer to Refuse Orders to Iraq

A Call to Support U.S. Military Officer to Refuse Illegal Iraq War

The first U.S. military officer poised to publicly refuse orders in
support of the illegal Iraq War requests your immediate support and
assistance. Having already attempted to resign his commission in
protest, he now poised to refuse deployment via simultaneous, cross-
country press conferences, within the next few days.

“I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to watch families torn
apart, while the President tells us to ‘stay the course.’ … I refuse to
be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing
to deserve our aggression. I wanted to be there for my fellow troops.
But the best way was not to help drop artillery and cause more death
and destruction. It is to help oppose this war and end it so that all
soldiers can come home.” – LT*

(*At the press conferences “LT’s” name will be made public, but we
want hundreds of messages of support, and thousands of petition
signatures before then.)

A working group has formed to facilitate an unprecedented political
and legal support campaign on his behalf. Well respected civilian legal
representation has been secured. A legal and political defense fund has
been created. Many of us have already met LT and have been moved by his
determination to help stop an unjust war.

We envision a broad political support campaign with this petition as
our basis of unity:

Thank you LT for standing up for international, US and military law by
refusing to deploy to Iraq in support of the ongoing illegal war and
occupation.

From the preemptive invasion based on deception, to the deaths of tens
of thousands of Iraqi civilians and nearly 2,500 U.S. troops, to the
infamous Abu Ghraib torture cells and the recent Haditha massacre, no
more evidence is required of how very wrong this war is. In light of
these facts, we appreciate your decision to now follow your conscience.

We agree with you LT, it is past time for US forces to leave Iraq. We
salute your true leadership in these dark times, and believe that we
can all learn something from your courage.

Time is short. We are now asking people to:

  • Help collect personalized brief messages of support (to be used
    publicly) from notable people. These can also be sent via the website.
  • Encourage your local or national organization to become an official
    endorser and supporter of this effort.
  • Distribute this call to action and petition to friends, family, and
    organizational lists.
  • Check www.thankyoult.org for breaking news and forthcoming
    organizing materials. Add yourself to the Updates and Alerts email
    bulletin (provided by Courage to Resist).
  • Help organize nationally coordinated support actions prior to any
    possible military court martial.
  • Contribute to the legal and political defense fund. Contributions
    are tax-deductible. Online credit card and PayPal donations.

    Please make check out to “Not in Our Name” and note “Thank You LT
    Fund” on your check’s memo line. For tax-deductible donations of $250
    or more, make check out to “Not in Our Name / Agape Foundation”. Send
    check or money order to:

    Thank You LT Fund, c/o Not in Our Name, 3945 Opal Street, Oakland CA
    94609

    Additional quotes from first U.S. military officer to publicly resist
    Iraq War:

    “Never in my life did I ever imagine I would have to disobey my
    president. But then again, never did I imagine my president would lie
    to go to war, condone torture, spy on Americans, or destroy the career
    of a CIA agent for political gain. I would rather resign in protest,
    but the army doesn’t agree.”

    “Mr. President, you have violated: Article I of the Constitution by
    deceiving Congress, Article 2 of the U.N. Charter, U.N. Gen. Assembly
    Res. 3314 and the Nuremburg Tribunal Charter barring wars of
    aggression, and many other international and domestic laws. As a
    commissioned officer of the U.S. Armed Forces my legal and moral
    obligation is to the Constitution—not to those who would issue
    unlawful orders. It is my duty to refuse to fight this illegal war.”