- Patrons of Truth and Justice, and to whom it may concern,
i have awaited this day... and now it is here. The entire world, all
of humanity, owes Lieutenant Colonel Bob Bowman a great debt of gratitude
for having the courage to speak truth to power as he does hereby call
on the military of the Republic of the United States of America to fulfill
their solemn oath to "uphold and protect the Constitution from all
enemies, both foreign and domestic" and arrest Bush and Cheney for
treason and crimes against humanity.
- Forget about Congress, they're complicit in this treachery.
Don't waste your time calling your Congresscritter. Call your friends
and family in the military, pass along this important letter from a true
American hero...Lieutenant Colonel Bob Bowman.
- Thank you Bob!
- Organize, get active... remember, our future is in our
hands. It's now time for the People of this country -- including, and
especially, the military -- to seize these pathocrats and abolish this
criminal enterprise masquerading as a "duly elected, representative
democracy" before it destroys all of humanity.
- Blessings -- Dennis 'galen' Mitrzyk
- Duty, Honor, Country 2007
- An Open Letter to the New Generation of Military Officers
Serving and Protecting Our Nation
- By Dr. Robert M. Bowman
- Lt. Col., USAF, ret., National Commander, The Patriots
- "The Nuremberg Principles says that we in the military
have not only the right, but also the DUTY to refuse an illegal order.
It was on this basis that we executed Nazi officers who were 'only carrying
out their orders'... The Constitution which we are sworn to uphold says
that treaties entered into by the United States are the 'highest law of
the land,' equivalent to the Constitution itself. Accordingly, we in the
military are sworn to uphold treaty law, including the United Nations
charter and the Geneva Convention... Based on the above, I contend that
should some civilian order you to initiate a nuclear attack on Iran (for
example), you are duty-bound to refuse that order. I might also suggest
that you should consider whether the circumstances demand that you arrest
whoever gave the order as a war criminal."
- Dear Comrades in Arms,
- You are facing challenges in 2007 that we of previous
generations never dreamed of. I'm just an old fighter pilot (101 combat
missions in Vietnam , F-4 Phantom, Phu Cat, 1969-1970) who's now a disabled
veteran with terminal cancer from Agent Orange. Our mailing list (over
22,000) includes veterans from all branches of the service, all political
parties, and all parts of the political spectrum. We are Republicans and
Democrats, Greens and Libertarians, Constitutionists and Reformers, and
a good many Independents. What unites us is our desire for a government
that (1) follows the Constitution, (2) honors the truth, and (3) serves
- We see our government going down the wrong path, all
too often ignoring military advice, and heading us toward great danger.
And we look to you who still serve as the best hope for protecting our
nation from disaster.
- We see the current Iraq War as having been unnecessary,
entered into under false pretenses, and horribly mismanaged by the civilian
authorities. Thousands of our brave troops have been needlessly sacrificed
in a futile attempt at occupation of a hostile land. Many more thousands
have suffered wounds which will change their lives forever. Tens of thousands
have severe psychological problems because of what they have seen and
what they have done. Potentially hundreds of thousands could be poisoned
by depleted uranium, with symptoms appearing years later, just as happened
to us exposed to Agent Orange. The military services are depleted and
demoralized. The VA system is under-funded and overwhelmed. The National
Guard and Reserves have been subjected to tour after tour, disrupting
lives for even the lucky ones who return intact. Jobs have been lost,
marriages have been destroyed, homes have been foreclosed, and children
have been estranged. And for what? We have lost allies, made new enemies,
and created thousands of new terrorists, further endangering the American
- But you know all this. I'm sure you also see the enormous
danger in a possible attack on Iran , possibly with nuclear weapons. Such
an event, seriously contemplated by the Cheney faction of the Bush administration,
would make enemies of Russia and China and turn us into the number one
rogue nation on earth. The effect on our long- term national security would
- Some of us had hoped that the new Democratic Congress
would end the occupation of Iraq and take firm steps to prevent an attack
on Iran , perhaps by impeaching Bush and Cheney. These hopes have been
dashed. The lily-livered Democrats have caved in, turning their backs
on those few (like Congressman Jack Murtha) who understand the situation.
Many of us have personally walked the halls of Congress, to no avail.
- This is where you come in.
- We know that many of you share our concern and our determination
to protect our republic from an arrogant, out-of-control, imperial presidency
and a compliant, namby-pamby Congress (both of which are unduly influenced
by the oil companies and other big-money interests). We know that you
(like us) wouldn't have pursued a military career unless you were idealistic
and devoted to our nation and its people. (None of us do it for the pay
and working conditions!) But we also recognize that you may not see how
you can influence these events. We in the military have always had a
historic subservience to civilian authority.
- Perhaps I can help with whatever wisdom I've gathered
from age (I retired in 1978, so I am ancient indeed).
- Our oath of office is to "protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
Might I suggest that this includes a rogue president and vice-president?
Certainly we are bound to carry out the legal orders of our superiors.
But the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) which binds all of us
enshrines the Nuremberg Principles which this country established after
World War II (which you are too young to remember). One of those Nuremberg
Principles says that we in the military have not only the right, but also
the DUTY to refuse an illegal order. It was on this basis that we executed
Nazi officers who were "only carrying out their orders."
- The Constitution which we are sworn to uphold says that
treaties entered into by the United States are the "highest law of
the land," equivalent to the Constitution itself. Accordingly, we
in the military are sworn to uphold treaty law, including the United
Nations charter and the Geneva Convention.
- Based on the above, I contend that should some civilian
order you to initiate a nuclear attack on Iran (for example), you are
duty- bound to refuse that order. I might also suggest that you should
consider whether the circumstances demand that you arrest whoever gave
the order as a war criminal.
- I know for a fact that in recent history (once under
Nixon and once under Reagan), the military nuclear chain of command in
the White House discussed these things and were prepared to refuse an
order to "nuke Russia ." In effect they took the (non-existent)
"button" out of the hands of the President.. We were thus never
quite as close to World War III as many feared, no matter how irrational
any president might have become. They determined that the proper response
to any such order was, "Why, sir?" Unless there was (in their
words) a "damn good answer," nothing was going to happen.
- I suggest that if you in this generation have not had
such a discussion, perhaps it is time you do. In hindsight, it's too bad
such a discussion did not take place prior to the preemptive "shock
and awe" attack on Baghdad . Many of us at the time spoke out vehemently
that such an attack would be an impeachable offense, a war crime against
the people of Iraq , and treason against the United States of America
. But our voices were drowned out and never reached the ears of the generals
in 2003. I now regret that I never sent a letter such as this at that
time, but depended on the corporate media to carry my message. I must
not make that mistake again.
- Also in hindsight, President Bush could be court-martialed
for abuse of power as Commander-in-Chief. Vice President Cheney could
probably be court-martialed for his performance as Acting Commander- in-Chief
in the White House bunker the morning of September 11, 2001 .
- We in the U.S. military would never consider a military
coup, removing an elected president and installing one of our own. But
following our oath of office, obeying the Nuremberg Principles, and preventing
a rogue president from committing a war crime is not a military coup.
If it requires the detention of executive branch officials, we will not
impose a military dictatorship. We will let the Constitutional succession
take place. This is what we are sworn to. This is protecting the Constitution,
our highest obligation. In 2007, this is what is meant by "Duty,
- Thank you all for your service to this nation. May God
bless America , and sustain us in this difficult time. And thanks for
listening to the musings of an old junior officer.
- Robert M. Bowman, PhD, Lt. Col., USAF, ret.
- "The official story of 9/11 is a bunch of hogwash.
- High levels of our government don't want us to know
- what happened and who's responsible. "
- - Colonel Bob Bowman (USAF Ret), Caltech PhD in Nuclear
Engineering and Aeronautics,
- decorated combat fighter pilot (101 missions in Vietnam),
and former head of
- Presidents Ford and Carter's 'Star Wars' program
- Demand a new investigation.
- Stand up. Be counted.
- "None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe
they are free."
- - Goethe