posted on May, 24 2006 @ 08:08 PM
Her name is Army National Guard Specialist Katherine Jashinski and she applied for Contientious Objector status discharge and was denied...After
refusing to train with weapons, as would be expected, she was jailed. Her trial has just finished up and after all the time waiting and for
goodbehavior she only has 47 days left of confinement.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
“Iraq Veterans Against the War supports the right of every soldier to follow their conscience,” said Delgado. “As the first woman GI to
publicly take a stand against this war and to declare herself a CO, Katherine’s actions are very significant. She is a fine example of a young
person standing up for her beliefs.”
Ms. Jashinski is feeling triumphant and happy to have resolution. After completing her sentence she will return to school at the University of Texas
at Austin and continue her work with the newly founded Austin GI Rights Hotline.
This is really frustrating...I thought that the reason for having Contientious Objector(hereto referred to as CO) status was so that you could work
within the military in non-combat roles...whether that be Chaplin, Nurse, Food Preparer, etc...
More importantly she was JAILED....if you apply for CO status shouldn't that automatically make it to where you cannot be jailed. This further
reenforces the idea in my mind that the Military should not have its own court.
While I have heard the arguments about NS and Covert Operations....I dismiss that as rhetoric we have a FISA court and several civilian courts that
could be used instead. Allowing the United States Military to have its own Court system is just not accpetable, as evidenced by Abusive Fathers being
allowed to go free and CO's(Free thinking liberals*sarcasm) get locked up.