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Two Watada charges dropped

Post by News Tribune Staff on Jan. 29, 2007 at 6:36 pm |
January 29, 2007 6:36 pm

You can click here to see my earlier post with the full text of all five counts against Lt. Ehren Watada.


The two that were dropped Monday in a deal with the Army are:


Specification 2: In that 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, U.S. Army, did, at or near Tacoma, Wash., on or about 7 June 2006, give a public interview in which he communicated the following disgraceful statement, to wit: "I could never conceive of our leader betraying the trust we had in him. … As I read about the level of deception the Bush administration used to initiate and process this war, I was shocked. I became ashamed of wearing the uniform. How can we wear something with such a time-honored tradition, knowing we waged war based on a misrepresentation and lies? It was a betrayal of the trust of the American people. And these lies were a betrayal of the trust of the military and the soldiers. … But I felt there was nothing to be done, and this administation was just continually violating the law to serve their purpose, and there was nothing to stop them. … Realizing the President is taking us into a war that he misled us about has broken that bond of trust we had. If the President can betray my trust, it’s time for me to evaluate what he’s telling me to do," or words to that effect, his statement bringing dishonor to the Armed Forces.


Specification 3: In that 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, U.S. Army, did, at or near Tacoma, Wash., on or about 7 June 2006, give a public interview in which he communicated the following disgraceful statement, to wit: "I was shocked and at the same time ashamed that Bush had planned to invade Iraq before the 9/11 attacks. How could I wear this honorable uniform no knowing we invaded a country for a lie?," or words to that effect, his statement bringing dishonor to the Armed Forces.


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