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According to a web-only article from The Nation:

For the first time since Vietnam, an organized, robust movement of active-duty US military personnel has publicly surfaced to oppose a war in which they are serving. Those involved plan to petition Congress to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

The on-line petition, Appeal for Redress, was put up by 29 year-old Navy seaman Jonathan Hutto. It has "already been signed by nearly 1,000 US soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, including dozens of officers--most of whom are on active duty."

The Nation interviewed numerous active military from the enlisted to high-ranking officers, both here and abroad, who have signed the petition.

All of their names will be made available to Congress when the Appeal is presented in mid-January. Signers have been assured they are sending a communication to Congress protected under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act. The Pentagon is powerless to take official reprisals and has said that as long as active-duty personnel are not in uniform or on duty, they are free to express their views to Congress.

The Nation article includes numerous excerpts from interviews with those who signed the online petition--I urge you to read the article in full, but I will include a few lines here. These brave military men and women are openly declaring that Bush lied them into an illegal war.

"Lisa"--20 years old, E-4, USAF, Stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii:
I joined up two weeks after I turned 17 because I wanted to save American lives. I wanted to be a hero like any American child.

I supported the war when I joined because I thought it was justified. Only after my own research and the truth coming out did I learn how wrong I was, how--for lack of a better word--how brainwashed I was.

Now I know the war is illegal, unjustified and that our troops have no reason for being there.

"Sgt. Gary"--21 years old. US Army. Deployed with 20th Infantry Regiment, near Mosul, Iraq:
I supported the war in the beginning. I bought everything Bush said about how Saddam had WMDs, how he was working with Al Qaeda, how he was a threat to America. Of course, this all turned out to be false.
After months of research on the Internet, I came to the conclusion that this war was based on lies and deception. I started to break free of all the propaganda that the Bush Administration and the Army puts out on a daily basis.

Together we will end this illegal war. A war of aggression based on lies. If that's not an impeachable offense, what is?

Originally posted to srkp23 on Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 11:18 PM PST.

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