Veteran's Voice on 02/19/10
Hosts Marvin Simmons, Bill Bires and John Timothy of Northwest Vets for Peace interview Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. Professor Boyle has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, & Alberto Gonzale for their criminal policy & practice of “extraordinary rendition” & torture perpetrated on about 100 human beings.
Professor Boyle's latest book is “Tackling America’s Toughest Questions” (Clarity Press, 2009).
In the second part of the show the guest is Jeff Paterson, project director of Courage to Resist. He will talk about stop-loss and it's effect on military personnel.
President Obama has publicly pledged to phase out stop-loss, the practice of involuntarily extending soldiers' contracts. However, with two ongoing wars, the practice is still being used to fill the
ranks, with 13,000 soldiers currently serving involuntary extensions of their contracts."
Stop-lossed Army Specialist Marc Hall (aka Hip Hop artist Marc Watercus) was placed in the Liberty County Jail Friday, December 11 for speaking out against the continuing policy that has barred him from exiting the military, including recording an angry and explicit song. Servicemembers do not completely give up their rights to free speech, and certainly not when they do so artistically while off duty. However, the military intends to hold Marc in the county jail for months of pre-trial punishment before court martial. This could become a precedent setting case for boundaries of dissent within the ranks.
Hall's song, "Stop Loss":