SGT Casey J. Porter resigns from IVAW

| April 29, 2009 | 26 Comments

Casey J. Porter has been sending video reports from Iraq for the IVAW and has drawn the attention of the left’s bigwigs like Michael Moore and Democracy Now. Today Porter picked up his stuff and left the organization. The big reason he left? The organization’s protection of Matthis Chiroux.

As some background, the IVAW has split into two sides – 1) the “resisters” who have basically done nothing for the country, and 2) the pro-America, pro-Constitution former service members who actually served in the war.

The split began when Kelly Dougherty, an actual Iraq War veteran, resigned and she was replaced by Alex Bacon a guy who deserted from the fricken Coast Guard (while they were still part of the Transportation Department – that’s like deserting from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

So under Bacon’s leadership, the resisters, who are mostly real honest-to-goodness communists, have made it known that they don’t much like the folks who actually served in the Iraq War (ya know, like in the name of the organization) because those members still believe in the Constitution and not some radical overthrow of the US system. That became glaringly clear during last week’s comedy show put on by Matthis Chiroux.

The part of the organization that owes allegiance to the International Socialist Organization rushed to “resister” Chiroux’s defense when actual combat veterans called him to task for his outlandish behavior over the last year. Of course, their VVAW/VFP masters, like Ward Reilly, the Vietnam Veteran Against the War who never went to Vietnam, sided with the resisters. That’s not surprising because Reilly doesn’t see the value in serving the country in time of war – just like Chiroux and Bacon.

Well, apparently, actual war veteran Porter decided he’d had enough today. Here’s the resignation letter he posted on Facebook;

I am done with IVAW.

Today at 12:31am

After serious and long-term consideration, I have decided to end my association with Iraq Veterans Against the War. This was not a choice I made overnight or lightly, but one I must make for many reasons. I would also like to make clear that I very much appreciate the help, support and friendship of many individuals within the membership of IVAW. My reasons for leaving IVAW are in regards to the organization as a whole.

IVAW lacks the professionalism necessary to be taken seriously as a legitimate anti-war organization. Whether we like to think so or not, appearance is important in how society views an organization and it’s membership. There is a time and place for t-shirts such as rallies, marches, and things like that. IVAW should be requiring it’s membership to dress appropriately for TV interviews, whether it’s a shirt and tie, or a uniform worn correctly. By doing so, IVAW would be taken seriously as an organization to contend with, rather than another radical activist movement.
IVAW is losing its focus on the message/goal of ending the war in Iraq.

The national organization for IVAW is highly ineffective and unwilling to take steps to protect the entire organization and their membership. There is a long string of people within the Anti-War Movement and IVAW who will get behind anyone willing to put their face in front of a camera without consideration as to whether that person or their story is in the best interest of the organization.

I believe that the organization has too many members willing to push a different agenda, and is causing IVAW to lose focus on that goal. So much so, that people who question the policies and direction being taken over by a “socialist” agenda are attacked. When I first started speaking out, the local Austin Socialist activists were very supportive, and continue to be. They put some of there other causes to the side when helping us. Then if other IVAW members want to work with them, they do. The IVAW board can not seem to understand this very basic principle. Just to be clear, it’s not about the “socialist” agenda, anymore than it would be about any other agenda, whether it was “republican” or “capitalist”. It’s about having an organization with too many of one group of people at the helm who could steer IVAW towards their agenda, which covers many topics, rather than keeping the focus where it should be. That is, ending the war in Iraq.

IVAW has shown a serious dereliction of duty in their lack of support for active duty military members. Many people have asked me what we can do to get soldiers to speak up within the military who are against the dual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. First and foremost, they need someone to turn to, and that organization should be IVAW. However, I can tell you from my personal experience that IVAW, as an organization, does very little, if anything, to support those who stand up within the military. The most support I received from the organization was to have my films on the front page of the website for a short time. I was not looking for monetary donations, but support in the form of promotion via media contacts and also to have my videos used by IVAW to further our goal of ending the war in Iraq. I was willing to fall on my sword, Vlad the Impaler style, in order to bring proof of why the war needs to be ended on film as it happened. Instead, all of the media contacts I have, I had to develop from Iraq via a phone connection with a four second delay and night after night of sending out emails, making phone calls, and editing the films.

I know people say I have a big ego and that I love attention, but the message is and has always been my top priority. The fact that IVAW did not promote my films does not hurt my ego, it hurts that they didn’t see it fit to devote anytime to what I was doing other than keeping my films on their main page for no longer than a month.

Another prime example of no support is Selena Coppa. She has been under immense pressure from her chain of command yet continues to fight hard and loud. When she decided to take on the Socialist element within IVAW she was crucified. The ISO has many Anti-War organizations it uses as fronts, and IVAW just might be one of them. It may not have started out that way, but it is now. These members are not concerned with ending the war in Iraq as they are much more concerned with pushing an overall Socialist agenda. Now Selena is under pressure from the very last group that should be on her case. To those on the board of IVAW that would silence Sgt. Coppa, your actions are disgraceful and you are the worst kind of people: cowards.

There are other active duty soldiers that have spoken out and continue to do so. However, to the best of my knowledge, IVAW has done nothing to support them. I fear what will happen to these members, who are putting themselves out there as part of an organization, if the Army ever clamped down on them. I fear IVAW will be nowhere to be seen. I see no support from the organization, and therefore I cannot in good faith recommend joining IVAW to other active duty soldiers I know. I’m sure the Army will be happy to read that.

IVAW has put itself, and its membership, into a dangerous legal position by retaining some “problem children” as members. For example, Carl Webb places IVAW in a very serious position through his advocacy of radical action from the safety of his keyboard. Advocating of sabotage and other such actions puts other people’s lives at risk and IVAW by not condemning such rhetoric and disassociating itself from persons who advocate sabotage places all members in a compromised position. It now becomes dangerous to any active duty soldier who wants to speak out by giving the Army the ammunition it needs to paint IVAW as a radical and dangerous organization. If it went to trial, all a prosecutor would have to do is point out these posts and that alone could sway a Military Jury into believing the organization is radical and advocates sabotage. And yet, IVAW is silent on Carl Webb and his methods that place other soldiers in harm’s way. There is a time for forgiveness and tolerance, but I cannot be part of an organization that will not take action when a member willfully advocates putting others in harm’s way. By allowing people like Carl Webb to remain a part of IVAW, not only does IVAW have a serious legal issue, it also keeps other potential members from joining.

Why doesn’t the board try to remove Carl? He lashes out at other members, like me for example, and pushes for dangerous and illegal action. But guess what side he is on in IVAW? The Socialist side.

IVAW treats its members with inequity and lacks credibility. While an admitted rapist, and being a party to rape on more than one occasion, Matthis Chiroux, is accorded accolades for making a big deal out of something that required no action on his part to begin with. There are also allegations that he used donated money from IVAW members and activists to pay his rent and buy drugs. But the board does not seem to be concerned with investigating or kicking him out. They even posted his “confession” on the main page of the IVAW site! Where he only brings up the rapes not out of a moral awakening but because he got called out on it. Furthermore, he blames the Army for it. The Army mindset and training made him a rapist. That is just a load of garbage and any who believes that is a fool.

I also talked to the Executive Director, Alex Bacon, about this. I brought up how this is public relations nightmare and that Matthis must be dealt with. But he believes that this will not be big issue. IVAW has tried that in the past with disastrous results. I am very disappointed to see the new Director being so soft on such a volatile issue.

That IVAW threw so much support behind someone like Matthis, who only had to not show up to something and would have been fine, and left active duty soldiers with little to no support, is a travesty against the many fine people involved in this organization. I read time and time again “We are made up of many different people with many different ideas and we need to be respectful of those ideas.” That translates into “We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” No matter how badly some members conduct themselves, IVAW and the “movement” seems to handle everyone with kid gloves, when they should be acting to protect the organization and it’s members.

It also angers me to no end how people still support Matthis. Killing someone in the heat of battle, or reflecting on past actions and coming to terms with them and speaking out is one thing. But he only came out about these crimes because he had too. Rape is nowhere near the same as taking a life in combat. I am also surprised how many women still support him. Do you ladies have any self-respect? Let’s go find the women he knew were being raped, and raped himself, and let them read his letter and see if they buy his new found “wisdom”.

Here is the real kicker: neither Matthis Chiroux or Carl Webb have violated IVAW’s ultr-loose fitting rules. That’s disturbing to me and there must be some sort of accountability.

To those who would marginalize the board, IVAW national, or issues dealing with Matthis and Carl you are not seeing this for what it is. Saying that we should just focus on the local level is like saying “Don’t pay attention to what your elected leaders in D.C. do, just focus on your local city government.” IVAW national represents us all, and people must understand that.

As of now, all the films I have made with “IVAW Ft. Hood Presents” and credits for “www.IVAW.org” will stay in place since they are reaching a large audience and I believe it is information that needs to be out there. I want my profile removed from the IVAW site. There will be more films and interviews to come regarding the war in Iraq, however they will be done as Casey J Porter the filmmaker, not as an IVAW member. The Deployment Game: Livin’ FOBulous will at some point be taken down and re-edited to remove the dedication title from the beginning to remove any reference to Matthis Chiroux. I will also be contacting the producer of Winter Soldier: Austin and see what happens from there with that film.

My next film, Return of the Camaro, will be out on May 4th. Fire Mission, the next film dealing with Iraq, will be out on July 20th.

Considering the legal liabilities, lack of support, possible financial mismanagement, and a rapist amongst the membership, I am removing myself from this organization effective immediately. To those among you who have been and continue to be supportive of me, I thank you for all that you have done. There are many good people involved with IVAW and I wish you luck.

I ask all media contacts to no longer refer to me as an IVAW member.

Casey J Porter

My folks tell me that Porter won’t be the last.

Category: Antiwar crowd, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Phony soldiers, Veterans For Peace/VVAW

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  1. Claymore says:

    I remember it like it was yesterday, man. It was the 6th of June…in my Kenworth haulin’ logs, Cabover Pete with a reefer on and a Jimmy haulin’ hogs. We were heading for bear on I-One-Oh about a mile outta Shaky-Town, I sez “Pig-Pen, this here’s the Rubber Duck, and I’m about to put the hammer on down…” That’s when I knew we there to spread pig flu, good buddy.

    SPC Jesse “Rubber Duck” McConvoy
    75th Trucking Infantry Highway Ranger Batallion
    Sha’ky Town Iraq 2007-2008

  2. Sporkmaster says:

    I was wondering about the whole Army Sgt thing when the removed her post about resigning the board on request.

  3. defendUSA says:

    Claymore…..LMAO!!

  4. Know this idiot says:

    Good for you, Porter! Best of luck in your future efforts.

  5. FOMSG says:

    WOW… How shocking!!!! The IVAW “just might be” a front for socialists??? Say it ain’t so!!!

    Is that coffee I smell…

    I shed NO tears for dumbass dupes this this choad.

    But because he is a Soldier I will throw some advice his way.

    Stop wasting your time developing media contacts, sending emails and editing film and start learning to do your job better, know more about the enemy trying to kill you and the Soldiers who have the misfortune to serve with your stupid ass.

    You’re a GODDAMN NON-COMMISIONED OFFICER, YOU HAVE SOLDIERS COUNTING ON YOU, GET THEM HOME FIRST!!!

    Then feel free to make an ass out of yourself…

    Sorry, got carried away, I know he’ll never read this but jeez…

  6. TSO says:

    Eh, I understand where FOMSG is coming from, but there were a ton of times in Stan where I needed to do something besides military shit or I would be so fuggin wrapped around the axle I would snap. I played games on my computer. If Casey wants to edit and email etc, more power to him. He could certainly do worse.

    I facebook messaged Casey and thanked him for standing up for my buddy Selena and praising his work. He is good at that stuff. After the At War thing I saw last weekend I’m not watching any more, but what I remember of Casey’s stuff was pretty professional.

  7. BohicaTwentyTwo says:

    “The ISO has many Anti-War organizations it uses as fronts, and IVAW just might be one of them. It may not have started out that way, but it is now.”

    Poor fool.

  8. Raoul says:

    With everybody resigning, how long before John Bruhns joins in and resigns from something?

  9. John Bruhns would have to joing something besides the John Bruhns Society. I doubt he’ll resign from that.

    FOMSG: If Casey made pro warr rah rah films would you say the same thing or is it only because you don’t agree with him that he should stop?

  10. FOMSG says:

    TSO,

    Yeah, you’re right. I’m really not against downtime. It just seemed to me a question of his priorities. I made the classic mistakes of drawing assumptions based on limited information.

    But I still have NO sympathy for this idiot. He let himself be used to gratify his ego. And did real damage in doing so. I suspect he is just beginning to learn the true nature of who he’s dealing with…

  11. Know this idiot says:

    I agree with TSO. Porter is serving in Iraq, right? Agree with him or don’t. But he has certainly earned the right to express himself.

  12. FOMSG says:

    HM2(FMF/SW)Ret.,

    May I call you HM2?

    My view is this. If your head’s in the game, do whatever on your downtime. Don’t really care.

    But if your downtime thing starts to take your head out of the game… you need to get rid of it, cause it might mean somebody doesn’t come home to his or her kids…

    And its not a Hardercore-than-thou kind of thing. I know this from personal experience, I let it happen to me in 2003, lucky for me no one died.

    But I know what it is like to live with “Did I do everything I could?”

    It ain’t fun.

  13. Matt says:

    I have a question. I thought posting any videos that show combat damage is against OPSEC rules and regulations for blogs, etc. SGT Porter has endangered the lives of his fellow Soldiers by providing video evidence of enemy weapons effectiveness. This kind of footage provides critical information for the enemy to determine the effectiveness of their weapons and tactics. Way to go SGT Porter, you may have contributed to a fellow American’s death.

  14. Bosun Phil says:

    It’s a stupid organization. Pardon, but just what veterans are in favor of war? None of us want war, we just step forward and serve when the need is there. I suspect most of us then don’t go and join organizations that we know damned well are fronts for socialist agendas, making ourselves cheap fodder for those advancing off the suffering of veterans. I’d bet Mr. Porter knew all too well what kind of “organization” he was joining at the time, yet was advancing his own agenda and thus didn’t care. And surprise of all surprises, a socialist group welcomes a rapist/slimeball/kennedy-like schmuck who, in liberal grading, is far above us uneducated, knuckle dragging, testosterone charged neanderthals! I’d have more respect for Porter if he’d kept his mouth shut; it’s a little late in the game for his sense of outrage. I don’t have much respect for any of the parties concerned, and find the actions of Mr. Porter to be hypocritical and self serving; he should remember that when you lie with dogs, you get fleas, and he EARNED those fleas.

  15. TSO says:

    Matt, if they wanted BDA’s done, they could ask one of the thousands of locals who work on base, instead of the somewhat more elaborate scheme of scouring youtube for it. Trust me, there were dudes on base in Afghanistan that were doing pace counts to the fuel bladders, and it still did them no good. If he was filming from the command center under the Pentagon I might be concerned, but casey could film my hooch and it wouldn’t concern me in teh slightest.

    Shit, my CSM buit a repelling wall about 50 meters from my hooch. It was the tallest structure within 50 miles. We called it “the front sightpost.” Of the two, I’d rather brave the youtube video.

  16. The Sniper says:

    Yeah, they tore the “front sight post” down almost immediately after CSM Crazy Eye left. As for the locals and their intel value, well, it makes no difference if you know where your target is when you’re using a pile of rocks as both your launch platform and your guidance system. We could have handed them a map, a compass, a GPS, and an FO inside the wire and they still wouldn’t have gotten any luckier than they were.

  17. VZ says:

    Salute to you, sergeant. Let duty, pride and honor not be tarnished by those who seek to disgrace themselves and their country.

  18. FOMSG, I did in fact read your comments. As well as others. Personal insults really do not bother me.
    But I want to clear up a few things: My films do NOT violate OPSEC in any way. All my films where signed off on by an Army Lawyer in DC for that very reason. If you knew a thing or two about Iraq, you would know that the bombers record their attacks. Often from much better points of view than we have as we are getting attacked.

    Also, I do know my job and do it well. Unlike fake vets, or AWOL types, my record is clean, spotless. My integrity is clean as well. If I see something I morally opposed with, I must speak out. If that’s the war, or IVAW.

    I am now home from Iraq and have been for about two months.

    Please, stop with the name calling. It’s unbecoming of a present, or former service member.

  19. Why don’t Iraqi & Afghan War vets just join their local VFWs versus this commie front organization?

  20. THe general logic is because the VFW is a pro-war organization that offers little for veterans who do not share their political views.

    I disagree with this logic. If the argument is that vets like me are not in the VFW and I don’t join, its a self fulfilling profecy.

  21. FOMSG says:

    SGT Porter,

    Glad you made it back, hope your soldiers did as well. You’ll have to forgive me for the intemperate speech, it was my immediate reaction based on assumptions I made as to your priorities. One of my many flaws. I shouldn’t assume that I know what’s going on in your head or heart.

    But I will have to stand by two of the aspersions I cast upon your character. First, I know of no other word than idiot to describe someone intimately involved with IVAW who expresses surprise that radical leftist politics take precedence over Iraq, Veterans or the War they are supposedly against. Likewise, someone who willingly allows their work, creativity and intellectual property to be used to further a cause they know nothing about could charitably be described as a dupe. My views on IVAW, if you are interested (which I doubt) have been expressed in other threads.

    That being said, I seriously would love to sit down and have a beer with you. Your point of view fascinates me endlessly. I have had several Soldiers that were “against” the war and even one that registered as a CO. I wish I understood better why, but I just don’t. Make no mistake, I am pro-war in Iraq and make no apologies. I will try to change your mind, but I will also listen.

    Also I haven’t been in Iraq since 2006 and since I retired I have no contact with anyone who has and I really want a ground level perspective.

    I am serious, let me know if you would be willing and we can figure out how to contact each other. I am on the left coast now but I travel a lot and have a VERY flexible schedule. Worst case you get a free beer.

  22. Matt says:

    One of my duties is to provide Red Cell advice to the command. I train my students to look at our vulnerabilities from the enemy’s POV. So that means I have the “pleasure” of watching IED, IDF, ATG, SAF, and other videos that the enemy places on the internet to determine how they see us. The enemy is not stupid. They are watching, listening, analyzing us all the time. Every little piece of information they can collect can be used against us. It all adds to the bigger picture. Helps connect the dots.

    Videos of Joe’s response during a firefight, convoy, or IDF attack can be used to determine our TTPs for those particular situations. Did you wonder why we finally had the bumper numbers removed from vehicles? Reduce the enemy’s pattern analysis efforts. Doesn’t help when we don’t sterilize before we leave the wire. We are our own worst enemy. We make it easy for the enemy.

    Yes, they have spotters inside the wire. Yes, they can do pace counts. Video evidence just makes that job that much easier. Why burn a source when the American’s will provide the information for you? There is a reason why GO#1 now contains limits on “combat” photography.

    Some JAG in DC isn’t the authority on OPSEC. He/she can give it a legal review, but not make the actual security determination. Only your local security office can make that decision. I believe lawyers should be used to replace hesco barriers. They are about as dense and even more expendable.

    I applaud your efforts to distance yourself from IVAW, but, and it is a huge but, you should have known what kind of organization it was when you joined.

  23. Debbie Clark says:

    All of this has been very illuminating to me. As a NON-Communist/Socialist, former Veterans For Peace member/antiwar organizer, it is very refreshing to me to see real comments by real people living in the real world. (Ironically, it was from a communist that I learned about this blog though..) As a civilian, I eat, breathe, and work among young sailors and Marines in training everyday – I’m surrounded by them – and I can see that the antiwar movement as represented by the communists and socialists who pretend to represent that world (as was noted by SGT Casey Porter in his resignation letter) is so far removed from the reality of the military, it’s not even funny. I’m sure I will lose even more antiwar friends that I have already by these comments, but the communists and socialists can go their way; I’m not marching with them anymore. None of my views in opposition to the war have changed, but those who are serving this country in uniform deserve far more than what the totally ineffective, communist/socialist, anti-American peace movement has brought them.

  24. bananas says:

    why cant we all just get along?

  25. Debbie Clark says:

    bananas Says: “why cant we all just get along?”

    Well, we used to, obviously, until some of us got really tired of all the commie BS.

  26. 2-17AirCav says:

    Are you a mercadian?

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