60 Minutes: Military Families Speak Out

60 Minutes: Military Families Speak Out
Sun Feb 25, 2007 19:32

2/25/07 - 60 Minutes: Military Families Speak Out

Speak Out against The War
Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:50 pm (PST)

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
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 http://www.appealforredres s.org.


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