- 9 Jul 2003
Ehren Watada (1978 –) is a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, a member of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team, who in June 2006 publicly refused to deploy to Iraq for the Iraq War
Watada, who is Japanese-American, is the first commissioned officer
to refuse to go to Iraq. There have been numerous enlisted women & men to refuse deployment,
but Watada is the first Commissioned Officer.
Ehren Watada - Wikipedia
According to Watada, based on his research he determined that the war was illegal, violating the Constitution and War Powers Act which "limits the president in his role as Commander in Chief from using the armed forces in any way he sees fit," as well as the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, and the Nuremberg Principles, which "bar wars of aggression." Further, he asserted that the war was based on misleading or false premises such as the existence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and that the occupation itself does not follow the Army's own legal rules of conduct for occupying a country. For all of these reasons, claims Watada, he cannot morally participate in the War."
Watada has said he is not a conscientious objector because he is not opposed to war as a principle, only the war in Iraq, and so offered to serve in Afghanistan. The army refused.
the US Army leveled a number of charges against him:
* conduct unbecoming an officer
* missing movement
* contempt toward officials (in this case, President Bush)
Here is a sight for support
Thank you Lt Watada