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New Website for Military Personnel: SNAFU
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27 Sep 2003
SNAFU is a group of veterans, students and working people against war. We provide support for U.S. military personnel and their family members who have questions about or oppose unjust wars and military aggression. SNAFU also educates potential recruits about their rights, recruiter abuses and the reality of military life.
Resources include: Recruiter Lies; Getting Discharged; Enlisted Personnel & Veterans; Racism, Sexism and Homophobia.
Also read about Stephen Funk, Political Prisoner and Conscientious Objector, currently imprisoned for speaking against the war.
SNAFU Statement Concerning the Rights of Military Personnel
The GI support group SNAFU protests the Pentagon threat to persecute soldiers who exercise their First Amendment right to speak out against their continued presence in Iraq. General John Abizaid on July 16 threatened those who criticize the chain of command, especially Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President George W. Bush, saying that military members do not have the freedom to speak out against their top commanders.
Dustin Langley of SNAFU, said July 18, "This is in direct violation of the Bill of Rights and has no basis in military regulations. While presuming to instruct other nations about freedom, the Pentagon is trampling on freedom of speech."
Langley went on to say, "These soldiers were lied to about the war and are justified in expressing outrage at the Pentagon and the corporations whose bidding it does. As they suffer in Iraq’s blistering heat, get shot at by Iraqi resistance fighters, and receive repeated extensions of their tours of duty, they know that the generals and CEOs who live in safety and comfort have deceived them."
"Military personnel send Iraqi civilians continue to die while Pentagon officials make the rounds of the talk show circuit and corporations gobble up lucrative contracts in Iraq," Langley said.
"Meanwhile, George Bush says, 'Bring 'em on!' flippantly encouraging attacks on US troops from comfort and safety of the White House. It is not surprising that GIs whose lives are in danger in Iraq would criticize Bush," Langley said. "Soldiers and sailors have the right to speak out against the system that lies to them, sends them into harms way, and then abandons them."
"Combat troops are disproportionately drawn from poor neighborhoods and communities of color," Langley said. "These soldiers are justly outraged and have the right to voice their anger. We in SNAFU support every soldier, sailor, or family member who takes a stand against the occupation of Iraq. We applaud the families who have called for their love ones to be brought home. We encourage military personnel to follow their consciences, to speak out, and to disobey unjust and illegal orders."
"We demand that the Pentagon cease its persecution and threats against soldiers who speak out."
SNAFU is supporting the campaign launched by the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) coalition to forge a mass movement to end the occupation and bring the troops home now. This campaign will be multifaceted, including a nationwide petition drive, on-line petitions, local demonstrations, and a mobilization to march on the White House and Pentagon on October 25, where thousands of veterans, military family members, and activists will demand and end to the colonial occupation of Iraq.
SNAFU (the Support Network for an Armed Forces Union) is a group of veterans, students and working people against war. We provide support for U.S. military personnel and their family members who have questions about or oppose unjust wars and military aggression. SNAFU also educates potential recruits about their rights, recruiter abuses and the reality of military life.
For more information, call 212-802-4459 or e-mail: info (at) join-snafu.org
SNAFU National Office
39 W. 14 St., #206, New York, NY 10011 · (212) 802-4459
info (at) join-snafu.org · www.join-snafu.org