WASHINGTON - JUNE 29 - Liam Madden, the
Iraq War veteran who claimed
the military attack on Iraq
was “an illegal war of aggression under Nuremberg
principles” and that “war crimes were being committed in Iraq,”
word today that the Marines have dropped the charges against him rather
provide a forum for these issues to be debated.
The Marines had claimed his comments were “disloyal” and
reduce his discharge from honorable to less than honorable.
“I planned to argue that my comments were accurate
therefore not disloyal. In fact, it is
the duty of veterans and active duty members of the military to stand
tell their leaders when war crimes are being committed,” said Madden. “Now that the military has chickened out and
dropped these charges I hope others will join me in speaking out
The Marines offered to drop the charges against
Madden if he
agreed to not wear his uniform at demonstrations. Liam
responded that he would agree to that
only if the Marines agreed that his comments about the war being
not disloyal because they were accurate. His response to the Marines is
“The dropping of charges in my case should be a
all vets that they can speak out. The Marine
Corps fear of holding a disciplinary hearing is an admission that my
were accurate. If the Marines had moved
forward to discipline me I would have brought forward leading legal
military law experts and historians to demonstrate conclusively that
States is now engaged in an illegal war of aggression under
and therefore all acts being taken are war crimes,” said Madden.
Madden is currently on tour with fellow vets going
bases to reach out to active duty troops and urge them to get involved
efforts to end the war. “The reception
we are receiving is remarkable. There is
no doubt that more and more troops are coming to the conclusion that
is wrong and are ready to speak out.
Indeed, under international law all acts taken in an illegal war
aggression are considered war crimes,” noted Madden.
Madden can be reached while he is on the road for
interviews. His number is 703-408-3626.
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Liam Madden’s response to the Marines
June 25, 2007
This letter is in response to the offer the Marine
Mobilization Command relayed to me via my military appointed attorney.
prepared to accept the settlement proposed in which the Marine Corps
to continue with the discharge proceeding regarding my alleged disloyal
statements and protest activity. I understand that this is contingent
oral promise not to engage in further political protest while wearing
of my Marine uniform.
I will make such an oral agreement and stand by my
if the Marine Corps is prepared to meet the following condition.
I will orally agree to not wear my military
engaged in any political protest, hell, I’ll have it carved into stone
like, upon receiving a signed, written statement on official USMC
acknowledging that my statements in question were neither disloyal nor
inaccurate. If the Marine Corps issues this statement, apologizing for
erroneously (or possibly vindictively) accusing me of disloyalty to my
I will not share it with another living soul.
I believe that the statements I make and the
engage in is necessary. If it’s not true that the war in Iraq
is illegal, then I believe it
would be indeed disloyal to declare such a position. However, the fact
matter is that the United
States is violating the sovereignty of
another nation without the approval of the UN Security Council or a
claim to self defense. Sir, is honesty disloyalty?
Additionally, if it isn’t true, I would hope the
Government would prove to the skeptical world that the war is legal
trying to stifle political opposition. I am sure we can agree that
against an illegal war, premised on lies and baseless assertions cannot
If the Marine Corps decides to not accept this
then I cannot agree to stop wearing my uniform at protests and we must
to exhaust my legal alternatives. Which at present, include my right to
administrative board and may ultimately result in a case in federal
I assure you, as a fellow patriot, my actions are
the best interest of the American people and the people of the world.
Therefore, if the Marines decide to stop pursuing this case, I will
measure as your implied tolerance and support of protesting against war
while wearing military uniforms.
Thank you for considering my counter offer and I
hope we can
come to agreement on the matter. I understand men in your position have
careers to think about, as I’m positive many German Colonels did in