Ehren Watada is a First Lieutenant in the United States Army who refused to deploy to Iraq in June 2006 citing the war's illegality as his reason. Of course he's right about the war being illegal. He's also right that under that law, he is obligated not to fight. He's been fighting a seesaw legal battle with the U.S. Army.
Andrew Williams is a former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG), meaning he was a naval attorney. He has submitted his resignation because the United States military is no longer taking an unconditional stand against all forms of torture deemed illegal under law.
Among other things, he wrote in his public letter of resignation the following:
...the United States is now part of a long tradition of torturers going back to the Inquisition. In the middle ages the Inquisition called waterboarding "toca" and used it with great success. In colonial times, it was used by the Dutch East India Company during the Amboyna Massacre of 1623.
Waterboarding was used by the Nazi Gestapo and the feared Japanese Kempeitai. In World War II, our grandfathers had the wisdom to convict Japanese Officer Yukio Asano of waterboarding and other torture practices in 1947 giving him 15 years hard labor. Waterboarding was practiced by the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Tuol Sleng prison. Most recently, the United States Army court martialed a soldier for the practice in 1968 during the Vietnam conflict.
While both Watada and Williams are mistakenly willing to fight, at least they are only willing to fight in ways they see worth fighting for and against greater evil. Unfortunately, the United States has devolved into openly aspiring to raw imperial power without even pretense. Oh, pretense isn't good mind you, but at least it suggests that there are enough more righteous-leaning people that the powers that be must take care not to cross them. No longer, the monstrously cruel and wicked are openly in charge. They don't fear (respect) God or the people.
Thanks to Military.com (cited above).for covering the article on
Over on that site (slacktivist), the comment section refers to Filipino prisoners being killed by the U.S. military about 100 years ago.
As we've mentioned before but haven't seen anybody else mentioning it, one of the reasons the U.S. Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment is because some of the colonists had been practicing dunking, which is strapping a person in a chair on a long and large cantilevered pole and dunking the person, chair, pole, and all under the water of a river or lake or whatever and holding them there to throw the fear of death into them and to torture them with burning and water-filling lungs, etc. It was sheer evil, just as waterboarding is today. It was monstrous then, and is still monstrous now. Only the wicked-hearted inflict such penalties upon others. It didn't rehabilitate people. It didn't condition them not to do evil. It hardened them. It taught the wrong lesson that inflicting pain is a correct method for getting others not to do evil. It was completely hypocritical and ironic. Jesus and God hate it.