Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Tuesday, 29 November 2005
Blame it on Dick
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Cheney accused on prisoner abuse
Hello Reader ..., You all remember Michael Moore?

Well I found this jewel in his news blog which is
RIGHT HERE or read that jewel --> ....

November 29th, 2005 1:16 pm

A top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell has launched a stinging attack on US Vice-President Dick Cheney over abuse of prisoners by US troops.
Col Lawrence Wilkerson accused Mr Cheney of ignoring a decision by President Bush on the treatment of prisoners in the war on terror.

Asked by the BBC's Today if Mr Cheney could be accused of war crimes, he said: "It's an interesting question."

"Certainly it is a domestic crime to advocate terror," he added.

"And I would suspect, for whatever it's worth, it's an international crime as well."

This is an extraordinary attack by a man who until earlier in the year was Mr Cheney's colleague in the senior reaches of the Bush team, the BBC's Justin Webb in Washington says.

Col Wilkerson has in the past accused the vice-president of responsibility for the conditions which led to the abuse of prisoners.

But this time he has gone much further, appearing to suggest Mr Cheney should face war crimes charges, our correspondent adds.

Intelligence questions

He said that there were two sides of the debate within the Bush administration over the treatment of prisoners.

Mr Powell and more dovish members had argued for sticking to the Geneva conventions, which prohibit the torture of detainees.

Meanwhile, the other side "essentially wanted to do away with all restrictions".

Mr Bush agreed a compromise, that "Geneva would in fact govern all but al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda look-alike detainees".

"What I'm saying is that, under the vice-president's protection, the secretary of defence [Donald Rumsfeld] moved out to do what they wanted in the first place, even though the president had made a decision that was clearly a compromise," Col Wilkerson said.

He said that he laid the blame on the issue of prisoner abuse and post-war planning for Iraq "pretty fairly and squarely" at Mr Cheney's feet.

"I look at the relationship between Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld as being one that produced these two failures in particular, and I see that the president is not holding either of them accountable... so I have to lay some blame at his feet too," he went on.

In the BBC interview, Col Wilkerson also developed his views on whether or not pre-war intelligence was deliberately misused by the White House.

He said that he had previously thought only honest mistakes were made.

But recent revelations about doubts in the intelligence community that appear to have been suppressed in the run-up to the war have made him question this view.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:37 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 29 November 2005 11:47 PM PST
Sunday, 27 November 2005
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Yes You Do ! no i don't
Hey Zebra Readers,
Remember when I was pointing back … HERE how Sony was installing a rootkit secretly onto music listeners computers and was busted by the public….well here is an update and even a list a CD

Here is LINK of EFF lawsuit letter

This is a picture by …Dan Kaminsky who has produced an extremely striking picture of the geographic extent of rootkit-related DNS traffic.
It's pretty, but it's also scary. Each infected machine is vulnerable to several security threats (including new vulnerabilities reported that have been discovered that using

Sony's uninstaller only makes the security problems worse!

The MediaMax software, which is included on over 20 million Sony BMG CDs, has different, but similarly troubling problems. It installs on the users' computers even if they click "no" on the EULA, and does not include a way to uninstall the program. The software transmits data about users to SunnComm through an Internet connection whenever purchasers listen to CDs, allowing the company to track listening habits -- even though the EULA states that the software will not be used to collect personal information and SunnComm's website says "no information is ever collected about you our your computer." If users repeatedly request an uninstaller for the MediaMax software, they are eventually provided one. But they first have to provide more personally identifying information

Sony BMG's Response

Initially Sony BMG denied there was a problem, saying the the XCP rootkit "component is not malicious and does not compromise security." Thomas Hesse, President of Sony BMG's global digital business division, asked in an interview for a National Public Radio
"Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?"

Oh Really ??

Critically, Sony BMG has still refused to refund the cost of CDs to consumers or even widely publicize its recall program using its powerful marketing abilities, or to compensate consumers whose computers have been affected. And, Sony has not agreed to eliminate the outrageous terms found in their EULA. Moreover, Sony BMG has failed entirely to respond to concerns about MediaMax, which affects over twenty million CDs -- ten times the number of CDs as the XCP software.

It now appears that at least 568,200 nameservers have witnessed DNS queries related to the rootkit click HERE….. for more info on this topic

For A LIST OF THE CDs that are infected

Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:18 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, 27 November 2005 7:24 PM PST
Saturday, 26 November 2005
Soliders Are Doing The Best They Can In Iraq In spite Of Inadequacies
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Embarrassed Solider & Computer Tech Check Rays Blog Here!
Topic: WAR

To go to Rays Blog click --> HERE

READ the following from Ray's blog (who is in Iraq) And his quote is from his Friday November 11 posting:
I find the inadequacies he mentions in the computer database is an uncalled for embarrassment as he mentions, and that it strike Joe Anybody to be despicable, yet not surprising in the least.

I send my Best Wishes to Ray
I hope he returns safely


Friday, November 11. 2005
The Fobbit
To any who reads this, sorry I haven't been writing lately. Even though I have been busy for the past week, to be honest, there is not much to write about. I spend my days inside the TOC for 14 hours/day and going outside only for eating and sleeping. In the intel section, I am stuck on the computer more than anyone because I'm the only one that's not combat arms or prior service (i.e. I know how to use a computer and that's not meant to put ex combat arms down). It's almost like Countrywide except the databases are terrible because no one know what a naming convention is in the Army. I am almost embarrassed to be part of this organization that can't organize their data in an efficient way. I thought about it earlier today and I figure I could probably come back to Iraq as a contractor and make a ton of money as a database developer. It's sad to know that the excel models that I created recently are more impressive than the databases that they have. (end-quote)

Not to disservice Rayin any way ..but I do have to say I see a trend in a big topic matter:
Information Neglet throughout this administration,
....bad info, bad records, misinformed intelligence, lies, twisted facts and secret national security agenda, Hmmmmmmm I see a trend indeed... and I see all the pawns and the victims and it isnt pretty,

Question is can we change it?

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:34 AM PST
Updated: Saturday, 26 November 2005 2:01 AM PST
Friday, 25 November 2005
Peak Oil
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: Are we about to skid down the hill in The Peak Oil Decline
Oil Expert To Address Theory That Peak Oil Has Arrived

Princeton University Professor and renowned oil analyst Ken Deffeyes thinks that the all-time production peak for petroleum, or "peak oil," will occur on or around this Thanksgiving.

....OOooops! (yesterday!???)


The peak oil theory predicts that the world's oil production output, like any nonrenewable resource, will eventually reach an all-time high and afterward gradually decline. Although it will be impossible to tell precisely when the peak occurs until it has already occurred and the world is in a definite production decrease, many experts are already predicting that the moment will happen in a few short years.

Deffeyes is one of the more pessimistic of the prognosticators. If he is correct, the global oil peak will just have occurred when he presents his Caltech lecture on December 1-05. Afterward, the commodity will become more and more scarce--and therefore more and more expensive and hard to obtain. The end result will be massive economic and social disruptions in a 21st-century world that has fueled itself for decades with cheap and plentiful energy.

So Z readers this is where you can read more on this to become aware of the change of lifestyles that will affect us all in the near furure.
click --> HERE

And with that said, I am looking at a article on "Iran and the Worlds Oil Decline" which I am reading from right here-->www.tomdispatch.com.....

It is a interesting yet "very-lengthly-article" about
Iran - War- Blood - Oil and the Executive Order (EO) 12959, signed by President Clinton in 1995 and renewed by President Bush in March 2004.

I will repeat some of the hot points mentioned in the Tom Dispatch article below:

According to the most recent tally by Oil and Gas Journal, Iran houses the second-largest pool of untapped petroleum in the world, an estimated 125.8 billion barrels. Only Saudi Arabia, with an estimated 260 billion barrels, possesses more; Iraq, the third in line, has an estimated 115 billion barrels. With this much oil -- about one-tenth of the world's estimated total supply --
That said, Iran is certain to play a key role in the global energy equation, no matter what else occurs. Iran supplied 14% of China's oil imports in 2003, and is expected to provide an even larger share in the future.

Furthermore, I read, India is also keen to obtain oil and gas from Iran. In January, the Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) signed a 30-year deal with the National Iranian Gas Export Corp. for the transfer of as much as 7.5 million tons of LNG to India per year. The deal, worth an estimated $50 billion, will also entail Indian involvement in the development of Iranian gas fields. Even more noteworthy, Indian and Pakistani officials are discussing the construction of a $3 billion natural gas pipeline from Iran to India via Pakistan an extraordinary step for two long-term adversaries.

And by the way the United States has also threatened to punish foreign firms that do business in Iran.

When considering Iran's role in the global energy equation, therefore, Bush administration officials have two key strategic aims: a desire to open up Iranian oil and gas fields to exploitation by American firms, and concern over Iran's growing ties to America's competitors in the global energy market. Under U.S. law, the first of these aims can only be achieved after the President lifts EO 12959, and this is not likely to occur as long as Iran is controlled by anti-American mullahs and refuses to abandon its uranium enrichment activities with potential bomb-making applications. Likewise, the ban on U.S. involvement in Iranian energy production and export gives Tehran no choice but to pursue ties with other consuming nations. From the Bush administration's point of view, there is only one obvious and immediate way to alter this unappetizing landscape -- by inducing "regime change" in Iran and replacing the existing leadership with one far friendlier to U.S. strategic interests....hense the saying "Axis of Evil"

To deter a possible American assault, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and otherwise obstruct oil shipping in the Persian Gulf area. "An attack on Iran will be tantamount to endangering Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and, in a word, the entire Middle East oil," Iranian Expediency Council secretary Mohsen Rezai said on March 1st
In January, veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh reported in the New Yorker magazine that the Department of Defense was conducting covert reconnaissance raids into Iran, supposedly to identify hidden Iranian nuclear and missile facilities that could be struck in future air and missile attacks. "I was repeatedly told that the next strategic target was Iran," Hersh said of his interviews with senior military personnel
There have also been reports of talks between U.S. and Israeli officials about a possible Israeli strike on Iranian weapons facilities, presumably with behind-the-scenes assistance from the United States.

So, even while publicly focusing on Iran's weapons of mass destruction, key administration figures are certainly thinking in geopolitical terms about Iran's role in the global energy equation and its capacity to obstruct the global flow of petroleum. As was the case with Iraq, the White House is determined to eliminate this threat once and for all. And so, while oil may not be the administration's sole reason for going to war with Iran, it is an essential factor in the overall strategic calculation that makes war likely.

Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Oil

Zebra 3 readers heads up on this subject...keep your ear to the wind and you solar panel pointed to the sun.....these lifestyles we are accustomed to may have to be seriously revamped ...stay tuned to more reports soon to be posted on joe-anybody.com on "ENERGY"

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:57 PM PST
Updated: Friday, 25 November 2005 3:28 PM PST
Jon Conyer's saying Intelligence gets Fixed around the Policy
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Lies and Intelligence Manipulations (really?)
Topic: WAR
John Conyers has a BLOG that caught my eye, read it here and find it later on my website under the "Favorite Links"

here is a quote from his site that I have to say AMEN too

(quote)"I would also call your attention to Frank Rich's Op-Ed in the New York Times that Rovegate is really part and parcel of the ongoing deception in Iraq. Let me quote from the critical paragraph: "This case is about Iraq, not Niger. The real victims are the American people, not the Wilsons. The real culprit - the big enchilada, to borrow a 1973 John Ehrlichman phrase from the Nixon tapes - is not Mr. Rove but the gang that sent American sons and daughters to war on trumped-up grounds and in so doing diverted finite resources, human and otherwise, from fighting the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. That's why the stakes are so high: this scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative who posed for Vanity Fair."(end-quote)

Here is a LINK to a long review article on Richard Clark newest book that I bet is Real Interesting
I bet you average Joe-Anybody isn't reading it...
I sure would like to!

Just this small excerpt from it has my interest as the lies and neocon agenda exposes is ugly head....this next part quoted below time frame is within a week of the Bush inauguration.
Read on Z3 readers:

Rice's deputy, Steve Hadley, began the meeting by asking me to brief the group. I turned immediately to the pending decisions needed to deal with al Qaeda. "We need to put pressure on both the Taliban and al Qaeda by arming the Northern Alliance and other groups in Afghanistan. Simultaneously, we need to target bin Laden and his leadership by re initiating flights of the Predator."

Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld's deputy at Defense, fidgeted and scowled. Hadley asked him if he was all right. "Well, I just don't understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man bin Laden," Wolfowitz responded.

I answered as clearly and forcefully as I could: "We are talking about a network of terrorist organizations called al Qaeda, that happens to be led by bin Laden, and we are talking about that network because it and it alone poses an immediate and serious threat to the United States."

"Well, there are others that do as well, as least as much. Iraqi terrorism, for example," Wolfowitz replied, looking not at me but at Hadley.

"I am unaware of any Iraqi-sponsored terrorism directed at the United States, Paul, since 1993, and I think FBI and CIA concur in that judgment, right, John?" I pointed at CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin, who was obviously not eager to get in the middle of a debate between the White House and the Pentagon but nonetheless replied, "Yes, that is right, Dick. We have no evidence of any active Iraqi terrorist threat against the U.S."

Finally, Wolfowitz turned to me. "You give bin Laden too much credit. He could not do all these things like the 1993 attack on New York, not without a state sponsor. Just because FBI and CIA have failed to find the linkages does not mean they don't exist."

I could hardly believe it, but Wolfowitz was actually spouting the totally discredited Laurie Mylroie theory that Iraq was behind the 1993 truck bomb at the World Trade Center, a theory that had been investigated for years and found to be totally untrue.

Wow!...and this Wolf is now in charge of the W$rld Bank?

Did I say WOW with enough emphasis?

Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:31 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 25 November 2005 12:53 PM PST
Thursday, 24 November 2005
Defense Bills with Torture Language details
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: Watch the spin close ...no one elese is!
Earlier this year, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced HR 1217 to suspend operations at WHINSEC (sCHOOL) and to investigate the development and use of the “torture manuals.” The bill currently has over 122 bipartisan co-sponsors.

This website has the latesst updates on these subjects that are looming right now concerning the Defense Budget and Torture . AMNESTY UDATES & BLOG

You like this Joe here, Can Take Action
click here to help stop torture by using your own voice now!

Joe Anybodys Torture Page has a recent update on this topic that really explains these bills that are being debated and what is involved in the language of them. I did a copy/paste from The Amnesty Web page of the Anti-Torture Amendment article

And you should see it! By just a simple Click --> HERE
Be informed of the spin!


'If we are to become a nation where a president may torture anyone he wishes, it deserves a broad, sober, fact-based national debate.' Said Brigadier General David R. Irvine who is is a retired Army Reserve strategic intelligence officer who taught prisoner interrogation and military law for 18 years with the Sixth Army Intelligence School. He currently practices law in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I got his quote from Alternet.org which was in an article on titled;
"Why Torture doesnt Work"

Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:38 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 25 November 2005 1:52 AM PST
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: "Holy Stupid Governmental Blunder Batman"
Topic: WAR

Farmers Almanack Question of the Day**
"How long can I keep leftover turkey and stuffing in my refrigerator?"

You should keep stuffing and gravy for only one to two days. Turkey should be fine for three to four days. If you freeze cooked turkey, it should keep for about four months.


Zebra 3 Report Question of the Day**
"How long can this Administration keep US Forces in Iraq?"

Well thats the question of the past couple years. And until something concrete is established you may have want to read this LINK on the "Our Main USA Informant, Mr. Curveball" who provided most of the Bogus Information on Iraq. T

This guy<Curveball>  bullshit about chemical in Iraq is what prompted us into invading that country when we shouldn't have.

This is one of the pictures of where U.N. inspectors searched. This "now-abandoned grain handling facility" in Djerf al Nadaf, is where Curveball has said he helped install equipment on trucks to make biological agents.

On Feb. 8, 2003, inspectors found corn but no evidence of any germs."No threat agents detected," one wrote in his computer journal.

"You see about this Curveball....," said five senior officials from Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, in interviews with The Times that "they had warned U.S. intelligence authorities that the source, an Iraqi defector code-named Curveball, never claimed to produce germ weapons and never saw anyone else do so."
But did US intelligence listen or take heed? ha!

Curveball's information from the last six years was often vague, mostly secondhand and impossible to confirm, say the Germans.

"This was not substantial evidence," said a senior German intelligence official. We made clear we could not verify the things he said. He is not a stable, psychologically stable guy. He is not a completely normal person,"
But Hey Good Enough for us to head into WAR!

Curveball was the chief source of inaccurate prewar U.S. accusations that Baghdad had biological weapons, a commission appointed by Bush reported this year. The commission did not interview Curveball, who still insists his story was true, or the German officials who handled his case.

To nicely put it you could say bungling...., then again an average joe anybody could easily see it as intended corrupt miss-informingly, neglectful, and treasonous!

Such is that, in what was an investigation by The Times based on interviews, which show that U.S. bungling in the Curveball case was worse than official reports have disclosed.
Z3 Readers would know better,
but must we keep letting our leaders bungle us into WAR? And as I was wondering for how much longer can this mistake be played out?

<Originally post written in 2005> * <ed note: its April 2008 today>
The White House, ignored evidence gathered by United Nations weapons inspectors shortly before the war that disproved Curveball's account.

Bush and his aides issued increasingly dire warnings about Iraq's biological weapons before the war even though intelligence from Curveball had not changed in two years.
See, I have read that not only was the administration ignoring warnings of faulty information, but also that they had actually never even PERSONALLY MET CURVBALL?
Taking this "Loser & a liar" as a bearer of good Information and enough pertinent information to use to go to war on Iraq?... And we believed him
....What did you say his name was again......?


As I said, at the Central Intelligence Agency, officials believed Curveball's account even though they could not confirm it or interview him until a year after the invasion.


Did you read that ?
"No Interview till ?????.....After?


And this bad info is all over the subject of accusing Iraq of having WMD and thus causing US to go to INVADE a country and ....

"NO!......" no interview! There was no Interview?

"Holy Stupid Governmental Blunder Batman"

They ignored multiple warnings about his reliability before the war, punished in-house critics who provided proof that he had lied and refused to admit error until May 2004, 14 months after the invasion.

After the CIA vouched for Curveball's accounts, Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had "mobile biological weapons labs" designed to produce "germ warfare agents." Bush cited the mobile germ factories in at least four prewar speeches and statements, and other world leaders repeated the charge.

As I have previously referenced to HERE IN My M 77 blog report ...... we (USA) are the ones it seems, are using Chemicals in Iraq!

Hey! That is what this Joe is reading. You read it for your self!

In a telephone interview, Powell said that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, and his top deputies personally assured him before his U.N. speech that U.S. intelligence on the mobile labs was "solid." Since then, Powell said, the case "has totally blown up in our faces."

The Neocon agenda was to push for WAR and the "Show" was on

Curveball lives under an assumed name in southern Germany in a furnished apartment, and is taking language lessons,and heheheh!... he does not need to work! His wife has emigrated from Iraq, and they have an infant daughter. He has relocated twice because of concerns that his life was in danger. He is still watched closely.

Curveball could not be interviewed for this report. Germany's Federal Intelligence Service officials threatened last summer to strip him of his salary, housing and protection if he agreed to meet with The Times.

~ And Folks This Is The ~
Weird World Of Bush Co.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 14 April 2008 12:23 PM PDT
Wednesday, 23 November 2005
One Crook Helping Another
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: Cheney to Headline DeLay Fundraiser
Why not cancel the fundraiser.
And the whole pack-of-em just head off too jail.
I my self, have used the old saying for these guys before ...
"Bird of a Feather flock together"

I liked the line that .... Eric Thode, the Republican chairman in DeLay's home county of Fort Bend, told the Houston Chronicle

"It points out that the party is behind (DeLay) and the (Bush) administration is supportive and wants to keep Congressman DeLay in office," (really they are behind theft and crooked politicians?)
hmmmmmm really? HAHAHA are they serious? The guy is a crook ...and they want to help him be re-elected

The following is a copy/paste from a news story on 11-23-05

A campaign fundraiser for embattled Rep. Tom DeLay postponed by Hurricane Rita in September is being rescheduled for Dec. 5 with Vice President Dick Cheney as the headliner.

"It points out that the party is behind (DeLay) and the (Bush) administration is supportive and wants to keep Congressman DeLay in office," Eric Thode, Republican chairman in DeLay's home county of Fort Bend, told the Houston Chronicle in a story published Tuesday.

The most expensive tickets for the event — $4,200 — includes a spot at a VIP reception and a photograph with the vice president.

"Congressman Tom DeLay has been an exceptional leader on Capitol Hill and Vice President Cheney looks forward to helping his re-election effort," said Lee Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman in Washington.

DeLay was indicted earlier this year on campaign finance-related charges in Travis County, an action that forced him to step down at least temporarily as House majority leader..

Tom! Is this your mug shot?

Maybe Jack Abramoff...... will kick in some thousands he pilfered from the Indian Casino Debacles?
Oh! is he in jail now too?

Or maybe some of the other Big Money Players can kick in from the
...FLOCK of THIEVES <-- click to see list of dirty birds of the feather.

Z3 Readers....
Can you say 'Fundraiser 4 Corruption?'

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:21 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005 6:27 PM PST
Monday, 21 November 2005
Catholic Priest freed from Jail Returns to Protest & is Arrested Today!
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: sCHOOL of aSSAINS Protest Gets Even Bigger
Act Now !

Jerry Zawada, a 68-year-old Catholic priest, was released last November after spending seven months in a federal prison for trespassing on government property to protest a Fort Benning school he blames for human rights abuses in Latin America.

Undaunted by his sentence, Zawada was arrested again Sunday when he ventured into Fort Benning to call for the closing of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the Army's School of the Americas.

Zawada, of Cedar Lake, Ind., said another jail sentence would be "nothing compared to the suffering of torture survivors and war victims.
"We want to stop this," he said during the annual protest by School of the Americas' Watch, which has held demonstrations outside Fort Benning's main gate since 1990.
Joe & I have Ben Waiting for this crap to cease for years now ...this is a barbaric to Human Rights Having this training camp for Terrorism in the US on a Military Base. When you read about all the horror that this school perpetuates you would want it shut down too
....... HERE Is More Info

Read More right --> here on these topics school/Torture/Iraq

The topics "7 Reasons To Close The School Down" is available for you-all to read up on the high points of closing this hell-hole down
It can be read by
clicking --> here

And there is of course, the page on the Joe-Anybody web site -->sCHOOL of aSSAINS

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:30 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, 24 November 2005 9:31 PM PST
Woman GI Publicly Stands Against War
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: First Woman Iraq Conscientious Objector Stands Up
Topic: WAR

I do support this Woman 100%

You can read more from her right--> HERE

Here is a related artricle on a recent post on Joe-Anybody website on the

I Joe Anybody have only added links to this article
and have "bolded-the-text"
on what I felt was the important comments.

The following text below has been copied entirelyfrom:


Woman GI Publicly Stands Against War as She Faces
Immediate Deployment to Middle East

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 11:30 AM

Front Gate of Ft. Benning, Georgia on Fort Benning Road

WHAT: Public Statement of Conscientious Objection by Female GI on eve of her deployment to Middle East

Fort Benning, GA – Army National Guard Specialist Katherine Jashinski, on active duty with the 111th ASG since January of this year, will make a public statement against war as a conscientious objector in the face of orders to participate in weapons training and deploy to the Middle East. She will be joined by several members of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. Jashinski applied for a discharge as a Conscientious Objector in 2004. The Army recently denied her claim and ordered her to weapons training and deployment this week.
Speakers at the press conference include Aiden Delgado, an Army Conscientious Objector and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “Iraq Veterans Against the War supports the right of every soldier to follow their conscience. Today’s revelation that chemical weapons were used against citizens in Falluja is evidence that the war is illegal and immoral.”
Jashinski’s counselor, Persian Gulf War Army Conscientious Objector Aimee Allison, will speak at tomorrow’s press conference. Speaking today, Allison stated, “As the first woman GI to publicly take a stand against this war and to declare herself a Conscientious Objector, Katherine’s actions are very significant. She is showing remarkable courage.”

Jashinski’s lawyer, J.E. McNeil with the Center for Conscience and War, will also discuss her legal status and the case. She comments, “Denying Kathering CO status is yet another in a long line of actions by the military to defy its own rules in order to get the numbers of soldiers they need to continue this war.”
Katherine is actively supported by Code Pink , a women-initiated grassroots peace group. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink adds, “I applaud Katherine’s courageous stand against the continued U.S. role in bringing violence to the Middle East.”

Father Roy Bourgeois, a Vietnam War veteran and founder of School of the Americas Watch will also speak. Jashinki’s statement comes on the eve of a national demonstration at the gates of Fort Benning calling for the closure the U.S. Army School of the Americas.

“U.S. foreign policy as it exists today is fundamentally out of alignment with Americans’ values of peace and justice.”

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:18 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 21 November 2005 1:29 AM PST

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