2006-11-30

A Matter of Conscience

"My moral and legal obligation is to the Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders," U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada. On June 22, 2006, Watada became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the war in Iraq. By refusing to participate in the ongoing invasion and occupation of Iraq and voicing his disagreement with the Bush Administration, he faces charges that could lead to a prison sentence of eight years - over six years for practicing his free speech alone. Pre-trial hearings and the court martial trial are scheduled for January and February 2007.

Come hear Lt. Watada explain his actions and a panel discussion on civil disobedience, civil liberties, and global justice featuring Stewart M. Jay, UW School of Law; Aaron Caplan, American Civil Liberties Union; and Nikhil Pal Singh, UW Department of History.

Wednesday December 6, 2006, 3:30 p.m. Kane Hall 110, University of Washington