The Agenda Behind Appeal For RedressDo a little research on Jonathan Hutto of Appeal For Redress (AFR) and you'll find that he has not been up front about his past. He has been in the Navy only since 2004. In the late 1990's he was Membership Program Coordinator for Amnesty International. In 2001 Hutto was co-speaker with Glova Scott of the Socialist Worker's Party at an anti-police demonstration in Washington, DC. Hutto was billed as representing Amnesty International.
The "grass roots" Appeal For Redress is sponsored by Veterans For Peace, Military Families Speak Out & Iraq Veterans Against The War, three radically anti-American pacifist groups. Active duty military members are being encouraged to lend their good names to AFR by MoveOn.org. These same organizations have close ties to "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan.
Referring to the US military Hutto said it is "an institutional culture laced with discriminatory behavior based on race, gender, sexual orientation and geography.” He also praised “the movement of soldiers and sailors against the occupation of Vietnam was pivotal in ending U.S. Imperialist aggression against the Vietnamese people.”
Hutto claims that none of the members of AFR are "pacifists, conscientious objectors, or anything that would go against the military contract." However the organizations that sponsor AFR include conscientious objectors and other activists. AFR's counsel of record, J.E. McNeil, also runs the Center for Conscience and War, a group dedicated to defending conscientious objectors. A PR firm has also been approached about publicizing AFR by David Cortright, a "peace" activist associated with the anti-nuclear proliferation group SANE/Freeze as well as the Fourth Freedom Forum and Win Without War.
Hutto and AFR need to come clean about their agenda and their politics. I'd also like to see someone ask Hutto, given his past associations, what his motivations for joining the US military were.
¶ Thursday, October 26, 2006
Good question. Just what was Hutto's reason for joining the service in the first place?
If he's only been in since 2004, then that makes his peace activism a bit hypocritical since we were already in Iraq by then.
As of his false assertion that the military is:
"an institutional culture laced with discriminatory behavior based on race, gender, sexual orientation and geography.”
Yeah right. That's why Hutto, along with every other service member was educated about the MEO office, the zero tolerance policy for racism and sexual harrassment.
# posted by Clay :
Thursday, October 26, 2006 6:57:00 PM