Watch 60 Minutes: Military Members Speak
out against the war.
On Sunday February 25th, 60
Minutes (on CBS at 7
p.m. ET/PT) will air a segment about the Appeal for Redress. The segment will
feature a number of the service members who have signed the Appeal. The Appeal
states; “As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in
uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the
prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from
Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the
price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.” Navy
Petty Officer Johnathan Hutto, one of the Iraq war veterans who started the
drive, along with others, spoke to 60 Minutes off duty, off base and out of uniform
as a concerned citizen. Hutto says “But at the same time, as citizens, it's
our obligation to have a questioning attitude … about policy.” A co-founder,
Marine Sgt. Liam Madden states, “Just because we volunteered for the military
doesn't mean we volunteered to put our lives in unnecessary harm and to carry
out missions that are illogical and immoral.” Many of the signees have similar
feelings and in addition want to protect their rights to voice their own
opinions regarding the war.
On January 16th 2007,
representatives of the Appeal for Redress publicly voiced their opposition to
the war in Iraq by bringing the individual petitions of over 1,300 active-duty
and reserve members of the military to the attention of Congress. The Appeal
for Redress, was started by active duty service members. About 60% of signees
have served at least one tour of duty in Iraq. The service members
who started this ongoing appeal felt that it was important for them to take a
clear stand on the issue.
The Center on
Conscience & War was there to support the actions of these members of the
military in their attempt to make it clear to Congress that they will no
longer stand quietly and while fighting in an illegal war. Executive Director
J. E. McNeil has been instrumental in providing legal advice to the group and
individual signees. A 1995 law called the Military Whistleblower
act enables military personnel to express their own opinions about Iraq in
protected communication directly to Congress. The Appeal for Redress provides
a way in which individual service members can appeal to their Congressional
Representative and US Senators to urge an end to the U.S. military occupation.
Many of these service members are considered
selective objectors. If enacted, the Military Conscientious Objector Act would
provide protection for such service members.
We encourage all of you to pass on
information regarding the Appeal for Redress to anyone you know who is a
service member or to their family and/or friends.
For further information on the Appeal for
Redress you can visit their website at www.appealforredress.org
Center on Conscience &
1830 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009