FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/29/06 (West Pawlet, Vermont)
Just this past week there was a flicker of information or rumor across the
internet that a number of senior U.S. Military officers had threatened to resign
if the Iran Operation comes on, as it now looks like it will. In addition, it was said
that DoD was treating the communication of the threat to resign as a "mutiny".
(Against civilain authority was the Administration's spin.) If, in fact, such a thing
did occur, it is indeed a mutiny in my opinion. One I have been expecting for quite
some time. The Administration's planned attack on Iran following upon the Bush/
Cheney disaster in Iraq is indeed likely to stimulate a mutiny among our armed forces.
As a declared candidate for Congress here in Vermont and a former Army officer
myself, with some legal training, I hereby formally state that I support the "mutineers"
if they exist. And if they are so far only rumors, only ghosts, then I hope to God that
real flesh and blood American soldiers will stand against war in Iran soon. It has come
to that. I will support it.
("Big Dark coming," Hunter Thompson is reported to have written in his suicide note not
long ago. There was a journalist! Making the tough public call.)
There is no legal or Constitutional authority, to date, under which this administration can
proceed to an attack on Iran, much less one involving an unprovoked and unnecessary
resort to nuclear weaponry. There has been no Declaration of War. And if this Congress--
almost all of whom ought to be immediately retired--does not declare war on Iran, then no
attack on that nation by American forces should be permitted. Congress and courts having
now largely failed us, we must rely on the courage and the honor of our military. I believe
they will do their duty which is to disobey all unlawful orders.
Should our military fail us now, we must act ourselves. If the good men and women who
wear our uniform will not refuse unlawful duty, and those more compliant with
authority will not stand down in the face of the threatened attack, then we the people must
immediately take the present government down. Our only means to do so in time, is to
stop work entirely coast to coast and walk into the streets together. We cannot wait for the
upcoming elections I am afraid.
I recommend a general strike across the country, and the withholding of all federal tax monies
by each of us, if the Bush Administration does not in the coming weeks forswear an attack on
Iran. We should do the same if the present Congress refuses to meet its duty to check
this madness by passing a formal Declaration That No State of War Exists between
the United States and Iran , forbidding the planned attack by that device.
Lieutenant Morrisseau's Rebellion
Dennis Morrisseau (802) 645-9727
PO Box 177, W. Pawlet, VT 05775
[Mr. Morrisseau is a former Army Lieutenant and now a Republican candidate for the U.S. House from Vermont. He was court-martialledin 1968 for refusing transport to Vietnam after openly criticising that war while a uniformed Army officer. Morrisseau prevailed in the
court-martial. He has called for the impeachment of both Bush & Cheney repeatedly since his announcement on 6/22/05 in Burlington, VT.]