Iraq War Veterans Arrested & Beaten while Attempting to Ask for Facts from Presidential Candidates

Hot off the press from Bill Perry:

This is what Democracy looks like?

A 12 Hour Odyssey

How Iraq Combat Veterans are treated when they Lobby for increased FUNDING for the V.A.

Ist Cavalry Division Engineer Nick Morgan (Left), and Engineer James Gilligan discuss their Iraq experiences with a reporter, while relaxing behind Bill Perry’s BATTLE WAGON, Wednesday afternoon, October 15th, Hempstead, Long Island

Here’s Nick Morgan, 11 Hours later, after being released from 1st, the Hospital, @ Midnight, then the Jail.at 2 a.m.

Here’s a 55 PHOTO SLIDE SHOW, with the story of our 10 Iraq Vets, and 4 Resistors, as a 5pm Rally, and 7pm March for Veterans’ Quality of Life Issues, becomes a Police RiotAfter you click “VIEW ALBUM”, then click “SLIDE SHOW”, Set the Photo Size for “Large”, and the time per pic @ 4 seconds

Iraq Veterans Against the War attempted to ask McCain why he always fails to vote for the V.A.’s efforts to fund attempts at restoring Veterans “Quality of Life”, and to ask Obama if immediate and full withdrawal of our Occupation Forces should begin upon his inauguration.30 Mounted Police, and 100 Riot Police were instructed to CRUSH the idea that Veterans actually oppose our War & Occupations.THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!

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Take a look at Nick Morgan’s compound fracture of his Eye Orbit’s Zygoma, below

(click on LARGE, to see compound breaks)

Iraq War Veterans Arrested While Attempting to Deliver Questions to Obama and McCain

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – One hour before the final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, fourteen members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) marched in formation to Hofstra University to present questions to the candidates. IVAW had requested permission from debate moderator Bob Schieffer to ask their questions during the debate, but received no response.

The contingent of veterans in dress and combat uniforms attempted to enter the building where the debate was to be held in order to ask questions about poor veterans’ healthcare and supporting war resisters of the candidates, but were turned back by police. IVAW members at the front of the formation were immediately arrested, and others were pushed back into the crowd by police on horseback. Several members were injured, including former Army Sergeant Nick Morgan who suffered a broken cheekbone when he was trampled by police horses before being arrested.

“Neither of the candidates has shown real support for service members and veterans. We came here to try and have serious questions answered, questions that we as veterans of the Iraq war have a right to ask, but instead we were arrested. We will continue to ask these questions no matter who is elected. We believe that the time has come to end this war and bring our troops home, and we will be pushing for that no matter what happens in this election.” said Jason Lemieux, a former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps who served three tours in Iraq, and member of IVAW.

A total of ten veterans were arrested during the action, including Matthis Chiroux (Army Sergeant), Kristofer Goldsmith (Army Sergeant), Adam Kokesh (Marine Sergeant), Mike Spinato, Geoff Millard (Army Sergeant), Marlisa Grogan (Marine Captain), Nathan Peld (Navy, 1998-2004), Nick Morgan (Army Sergeant), James Gilligan (Marine Corps, 6 years) and Jose Vasquez (Army & Army Reserves, 1992-2007).

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Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded in July of 2004 to allow servicemen and women from all branches of the military a chance to come together and speak out against an illegal, unjust and unwinnable occupation. IVAW currently has over 1,300 members in 49 states, Canada and on military bases in the United States and overseas. To learn more about IVAW you can visit our website at

www.ivaw.org.

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