War Resister Pablo Paredes Wins Surprise Victory:

Iraq war resister Navy sailor Pablo Paredes has been sentenced to three months of hard labor for refusing deployment to the Persian Gulf. He was also demoted from petty officer third class to seaman recruit, the lowest rank in the Navy. His lawyers call it a victory for war resisters around the country.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Paredes to nine months of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

Paredes refused to board the USS Bonhomme Richard as it was preparing to sail from San Diego with 2,000 Marines in December. He surrendered to military authorities a few days later and applied for conscientious objector status. The Navy has denied his request but that ruling is being appealed.

Paredes was convicted in a court-martial on Wednesday on a charge of missing his deployment. Prosecutor Lt. Brandon Hale said "He is trying to infect the military with his own philosophy of disobedience."

On Thursday, before sentencing, Paredes spoke to the court about his decision not to go to Iraq. He said "I feel in my mind and heart that this war is illegal and immoral."

* Pablo Paredes, Navy petty officer who refused orders to board a ship last December heading to Iraq.

* Marjorie Cohn, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and executive vice president of the National Lawyers Guild. She testified at Paredes' court martial.
In a volunteer military, concientious objectors don't join up.
Three months hard labour (presumably unpaid) and total demotion - with luck they'll order him again so he can enjoy another such 'victory'.
stoatman said:
In a volunteer military, concientious objectors don't join up.

priceless mate :lol:

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