Agustín Aguayo released from brig, updates on other resisters
Agustín Aguayo released from brig!
Agustín Aguayo, a 35-year-old Army medic and conscientious objector, was convicted of desertion and missing movement March 6, 2007 in a U.S. military court in Germany. Although if faced a maximum of seven years in prison, Agustín was sentenced to eight months in the brig for following his conscience and refusing to participate in war. Since he had been imprisoned pending trial since September, he was released from the brig on April 18.
Although Agustín is still in the Army for the time being, and still in Germany, he is expecting to be home in the Los Angeles area with a couple of weeks. Courage to Resist is already planning speaking events with him in May and beyond.
Army Pvt Marc Train marches on DC instead of Iraq
“Just because we volunteered, doesn’t mean we volunteered to throw our lives away for nothing. You can only push human beings so far,” says Marc Train, a 19-year old soldier from America’s heartland. “Soldiers are going to Iraq multiple times. The reasons we’re there are obviously lies. We’re reaching a breaking point, and I believe you’re going see a lot more resistance inside the military.”
Audio: Army interrogator on why he resisted Iraq War
April 18, 2007
Sgt. Ricky Clousing did three months in an Army brig for refusing to return to Iraq. He speaks with independent journalist Sarah Olson about his experiences in Iraq that led him to find the courage to resist an illegal and unjust occupation war. 20 min. MP3 audio (13.7 MB)
“He was bleeding. I’m looking down at his eyes, and he looked up at me. It was an intense moment. I feel like this communication, questions he might have been feeling or asking. Like, “why did he get shot?” “Why does it hurt so much?” “Why are we there?” “What’s going on?” “Why is this happening to him?” I was asking these questions… I was on the same team of people that just took this person’s life so casually and unnecessarily…”
“I knew that I could finish my time and realistically end up going back to Iraq at least once. Or I could go AWOL… I thought. “wow,” I actually do have a choice.”
War resisters welcomed in Canada
By Reuben Apple, Eye Weekly (Toronto, Canada). April 5, 2007
Americans, insurgents, militiamen and others fighting in Iraq have killed 30,000 Iraqis, if you believe US President George W. Bush, or over 600,000, according to researchers at John Hopkins University. There is near-unanimous agreement that the United States did not invade Iraq in self-defence, and the United Nations did not say America could attack. The new Iraqi oil law and Abu Ghraib are examples of systematic plunder and torture.
Resistance then and now
“As a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline, I know that, for every GI in the news refusing to fight, there are thousands more GIs quietly saying, “No!” to this war.”
By Susan Galleymore, Courage to Resist. Published in Left Curve Journal Spring 2007.
One of the best kept secrets of our time is the ferocious GI resistance to the war in Vietnam. It covered the gamut from individual, passive, and unorganized to overtly active, collective, and organized. It sprouted in military barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs, and in the dingy towns that surround military bases. It penetrated elite West Point, spread through Vietnam’s battlefields and, according to a Vietnam-era military officer, by 1971 it had infested the entire armed services. Until the recent screening of the documentary, Sir, No Sir!, the American public knew little about the resistance to that war.
Today, there is budding GI resistance to this war, the Global War on Terror (GWOT). So far, resistance has not blossomed into the near-epidemic of that time but the ground is fertile and thanks to Sir, No Sir! GIs are learning their history and emulating their forebears.
Marine Lcpl. Robert Zabala ordered discharged as a Conscientious Objector by federal judge
Civilian Court Sides With ‘Conscientious Objector’
By Aaron Glantz, posted on AntiWar.net. April 6, 2007
University of California Santa Cruz student Robert Zabala joined the Marine Corps thinking it would be a “place where he could find security” after the death of his grandmother in 2003.
But when he began boot camp in June 2003, Zabala said he had an ethical awakening that would not allow him to kill other people. He was particularly appalled by the boot camp’s attempts to desensitize the recruits to violence.
This info and more can be found at www.CouragetoResist.org