Army surrenders: Marc Hall free, discharge announced
Yes, we did it! To the hundreds who wrote letters and donated to his defense, Marc shared via phone from Kuwait, “Thank you, thank you for all of your love and support!” Please help us pay off the remaining $1,500 of Marc’s legal expenses, which includes his discharge upgrade appeal.
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout. April 18, 2010
Until April 17, US Army Spc. Marc Hall sat in a military brig at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, facing an imminent court-martial for challenging the US military’s stop-loss policy in a song. Saturday morning, Spc. Hall was granted a discharge by the military.
|Truth Commission finds “selective objection” recognition needed|
By Courage to Resist. April 13, 2010
The Truth Commission on Conscience in War was held last month at the Riverside Church in New York City. The two-day event was an attempt to start a national conversation among community and religious leaders, veterans, and others about “just war”, international law, and greater freedom of conscience for service members. Currently, military regulations do not allow troops to conscientiously object only to certain wars, such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, these “selective objectors” make up the majority of service members that Courage to Resist works with daily. A commissioner of the hearings, Courage to Resist project director Jeff Paterson noted, “Without recognized selective objection, the all-volunteer military is not all that voluntary. A renewed effort to offer some legal protections to these war resisters is overdue.”
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