September 16, 2006 in City

Charge added to war objector

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The Army has added another allegation of conduct unbecoming an officer to the charges pending against war objector Lt. Ehren Watada, though the base commander still has not made a decision on whether the case will proceed to a court martial.

Watada, 28, of Honolulu, Hawaii, refused to deploy on June 22 with his Fort Lewis-based unit because he believes the Iraq war is illegal. He was accused of missing troop movement, conduct unbecoming an officer and contempt toward officials, including using “contemptuous words” against President Bush in media interviews.

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