IVAW learned this morning that PFC Naser Abdo was arrested yesterday in Killeen, TX, and is being investigated by the FBI on charges of possessing firearms and bomb-making materials.
Abdo is not now and has never been a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
In August 2010, IVAW supported his application for Conscientious Objector status to reflect our commitment to protecting G.I. Rights for all service members and access to a fair C.O. application process in accordance with Army Regulation 600-43 and DoD Directive 1300.06. In October, IVAW publicized a statement by Abdo condemning Islamophobia. Finally, in November 2010, Abdo offered his support at Ft. Campbell to SPC Jeff Hanks, whose own battle with combat-related trauma earned him the support of IVAW’s Operation Recovery Campaign.
IVAW has not been in contact with Naser Abdo since that time.
As we await additional information on the details of Abdo’s arrest, IVAW reiterates its commitment to non-violence, as outlined in our 2009 Resolution on Non-Violent and Peaceful Actions. Per the organization’s mission, IVAW supports the health and safety of all American troops, and never condones the threat or use of violence against military or civilian establishments or individuals.
Same defense they used with Rick Duncan Strandlof, and still crap. But the thing I take contention with is the “IVAW has not been in contact with Naser Abdo since that time.”
That’s crap. His Facebook page was linked to a TON of IVAW members, and there was free discussion back and forth. So, I guess maybe the dude never called the home office, but that is crap. Besides, his lawyer for the porn charges was the same lawyer that does all the IVAW cases. So really? We’re to believe there was no contact at all? Or just official contact?
Also, Mother Jones linked to us, and it is every bit as you might expect, the money shot is:
And This Ain’t Hell certainly has an axe to grind when it comes to Muslims, the military, and antiwar groups.
Good job throwing the “Islamaphobia” charge in there. Look Dick, I bet I’ve given more money to Muslims than you have, because I was buying little kids shoes, shampoo, coloring books, coats etc the entire time I was deployed. In fact. every chance I got to take out money, I bought more stuff for the kids. So take your Muslim bating bullshit and shove it up your ass. As a commenter made clear, there are plenty of Muslims we served beside. I can name about 10 off the top of my head, and 9 of them never caused me any anxiety or other, and I lived with them. One was a shitbag (SGT Hawk, FO) who claimed to be a Muslim to avoid guard duty during Ramadan in Bosnia, and then proceeded to get drunk in Budapest and get a Tattoo that I don’t feel comfortable sharing, but which made clear just how holy he was. The others were great soldiers, no more or less so because of or despite of their holy beliefs.
Vasquez acknowledged that the arrest might drive conservatives to place greater scrutiny on the anti-war organization. “No matter what we say, whether we have been combat veterans or not, there’s going to be folks that are just opposed to us on principle,” he said.
Another load of crap. I have many friends who are against the war, and as pointed out innumerable times, I am friends with even some IVAW members. (AS you know, and a few others.) I don’t give a shit what someone’s view is on the war, it is when it crosses over into maligning those of us who served honorably that I get a case of the ass. The ones we like over there are not the problem, it is turds like Montalvan who lies about his service, Geoff Millard who lies about his CIB, Rappenhagen who lies every time he speaks about DU or nearly any other topic, Knappenberger and DeWald who threatened to kill us….do I need to go on?