2.23.2007

1,000 U.S. GIs Petition Against Illogical War

In an unprecedented action, 1,000 active-duty and reserve members of the U.S. military have--under the protections of the 1995 Military Whistleblower act--submitted a petition to the U.S. Congress expressing their opposition to the Iraq War.

Several of them appear to explain their actions in a Lara Logan report to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday Feb. 25 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBSNews. Click here for the announcement.

Navy Officer Jonathan Hutto, an Iraq War veteran, and Marine Sgt. Liam Madden initiated the petition. Both are Iraq War veterans.

Here's part of what they told CBSNews' Lara Logan:

"I'm not anti-war. I'm not a pacifist. I'm not opposed to protecting our country and defending our principles. But at the same time, as citizens, it's our obligation to have a questioning attitude … about policy." Navy Petty Officer Jonathan Hutto

"Just because we volunteered for the military doesn't mean we volunteered to put our lives in unnecessary harm and to carry out missions that are illogical and immoral." Marine Sgt. Liam Madden
Times -- they are a changing.

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