WATADA WATCH: An appeal for letters and calls to Gen. Dubik
Tuesday, 29 August 2006
On Monday, an appeal was launched by Thank You Lt., an organization of friends and family supporting Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer in the U.S. military publicly to refuse deployment to Iraq on the grounds that the war there is illegal. -- You are asked to take the time to write and/or call the office of Lt. Gen. James Dubik, Fort Lewis's commanding general, to urge him not to bring court-martial proceedings against Lt. Watada. -- The authority to make this decision lies in Gen. Dubik's hands. -- His address and telephone number appear below....
TELL FORT LEWIS: "NO COURT-MARTIAL FOR LT. WATADA!"
Lt.August 28, 2006
The future of Lt. Watada’s court-martial is now in Fort Lewis General’s hands. Your phone calls and letters today could make a difference. Forward this urgent action alert to friends.
On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada succeeded in placing the war on trial during an Article 32 pre-trial hearing in a military courtroom at Fort Lewis, Washington. The investigating officer recommended that Lt. Watada be referred to a general court-martial on all charges -- including five charges for political speech.
Fort Lewis’s Commanding General, Lieutenant General James Dubik makes the final decision on whether to proceed to court-martial on any or all charges. Take a moment today to phone and write Lt. Gen. James Dubik and respectfully request “no court martial for Lt. Watada.”
Use your own words, but a suggested message would be:
"Along with tens of thousands, I support Lt. Ehren Watada’s right to refuse an illegal war. I ask that you not bring court martial proceedings against him. If there is a court-martial this fall, I look forward to visiting Ft. Lewis and letting you know how I feel in person."
Lt. Gen. Dubik can be reached via his aide Lt. Colonel Kamper at 253-967-0022, and/or call the Ft. Lewis switchboard at 253-967-1110.
Commanding General Fort Lewis and I CorpsLt. Gen. James M. DubikBldg 2025 Stop 1Fort Lewis WA 98433
When writing, please consider a handwritten letter on stationary (if available) posted via express or priority mail for additional impact and timely delivery. We expect that Lt. Gen. Dubik will issue his decision next week, but there is no required timeline. Do not delay and take action today. The contact address and phone numbers for Lt. Gen. Dubik may change over the course of this action alert, so check www.ThankYouLt.org for these and other updates.
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