20,000 signatures reached
To: Fox News
Fox News: Quit beating up an American soldier and tell the truth about the cost of war!
We call on Fox News to stop attacking Sgt. Bergdahl, and instead focus on the reasons why he was displeased about the actions of the United States in Afghanistan ––torture, indefinite imprisonment, assassin drones, night raids, billions of dollars missing, sole source contracts. We call on Fox News to join us in supporting Bowe Bergdahl and his family during these tough times.
Why is this important?
As a retired US Army Colonel, I know that no US soldier should ever be left behind. Before he left his base in Afghanistan, Bergdahl had expressed serious concerns about the military actions of the United States in Afghanistan –– concerns that are now shared by the majority of Americans many other soldiers, and veterans like me. That's why Fox News is so intent on attacking him.
Some soldiers who had the concerns similar to Bergdahl's went AWOL upon returning home or filed for conscientious objector status, while most held their criticisms to themselves. Sgt. Bergdahl realized five years ago what the majority of Americans now acknowledge –– that U.S. involvement in Afghanistan must end. Now, as Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl readjusts from five years of captivity by the Taliban, Fox news has been leading the charge to demonize him.
Fox News is one of the media organizations that led the charge into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, putting our soldiers in harm’s way. Now it is turning its back on a young man who was held as a prisoner of war for five years after serving his country.
Join me and add your name to our petition urging Fox News to stop its shameful attacks on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Thanks for your support.
Petition signatures include:
Ret. Col. Ann Wright, former State Department official in Afghanistan
Matthew Hoh, formerly with US Marine Corps in Iraq and US Embassy in Afghanistan and Iraq
Michael T. McPhearson, Captain U.S. Army, Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Peter Van Buren, former diplomat and 24 year State Department veteran
Medea Benjamin, Cofounder, Global Exchange
Jodie Evans, Cofounder, CODEPINK
Eve Ensler, author and activist
Ray McGovern, former Army infantry officer and CIA analyst
Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Robert Naiman, Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
Terry Kay Rockefeller, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Tom Hayden, author, politician and political strategist
David Swanson, author, War is a Lie
Max Obuszewski. Baltimore Nonviolence Center
Patrick McCann, President, Veterans For Peace
Norman Solomon, Cofounder, RootsAction.org
Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait
Marjorie Cohn, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Matthew W. Dalaisio, Witness Against Torture
Luis Barrios, Ph.D., BCFE, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Joe Lombardo and Marilyn Levin, co-coordinators, United National Antiwar Coalition
Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action
Reverend Regas, All Saints Church, Pasadena