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Monica Benderman
Silencing Conscience
By : Monica Benderman - Saturday January 6, 2007
January 5, 2007 Silencing Conscience Monica Benderman In the Military Courts –Martial of Sgt. Kevin Benderman, having filed a Conscientious Objector application after ten years of honorable service in the Army including a combat tour in Iraq: “COMES NOW THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, by and through its counsel, and files this Motion in Limine. The Government moves this Court to grant the following relief: (ii) Preclude the Defense from raising irrelevant issues to the Trier (...)
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Congressional Briefing for Conscientious Objection. Statement made by Monica Benderman
By : Monica Benderman - Thursday May 25, 2006
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On May 16th I was invited to participate in a Congressional Briefing hosted by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, at the Longworth Office Building, Washington DC. This briefing was to call attention to Conscientious Objection and Military Recruitment practices. The Briefing was re-broadcast twice on C-Span TV, and is scheduled to be shown again on C-Span this weekend. It has been broadcast on C-Span Radio as well. I have attached a transcript of Kevin’s and my statements as I (...)
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How to Stop a War
By : Monica Benderman - Tuesday April 25, 2006
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by Monica Benderman Three years ago we were spending time together, every moment we could, building the type of relationship we would need to survive the unknown we were about to face. It was our choice - going to war. Based on the information we had, and knowing that we don’t take our commitments lightly, we knew that we would face this duty to country together - the commitment we had made. Kevin to defend the constitution, the country and all that it represented as a volunteer (...)
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Apathy of Biblical Proportions
By : Monica Benderman - Friday February 3, 2006
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by Monica Benderman Across the country men and women have been jailed, not for committing a crime, but rather for making a conscious choice to live by their moral principles adhering to the laws of a higher authority. They are jailed because those who believe themselves to be in positions of authority are frightened by the truth of their stand and the strength of their convictions. Who are these people of “authority”? They are people who have been elected to serve the (...)
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A Call to America: Dare to Make a Principled Stand
By : Monica Benderman - Friday January 20, 2006
by Monica Benderman Terrorism is the use of fear tactics to coerce others to bend to your will or way of thinking. Terrorists employ threats as a means of controlling the actions of others. The root of terrorist actions lies in simple aggressive behaviors, often referred to as disciplinary actions, designed to scare a person enough to make them “tow the line” and follow directions even when the directions lead to a violation of their own ethical principles. The most severe (...)
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Have You Forgotten?
By : Monica Benderman - Friday January 20, 2006
by Monica Benderman Have you forgotten? We are people. Have you forgotten? There are feelings inside. Have you forgotten? We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for the right to live in peace, as we choose. We are fighting to live by what we believe, in the hope that others will be allowed the same opportunity, even as they choose to live differently than what we have chosen. Have you forgotten the purpose - while you fight so hard for the cause? We gave more than you know (...)
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What Have We Learned?
By : Monica Benderman - Wednesday January 4, 2006
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by Monica Benderman Christmas comes but once a year. Why? Maybe it is a reminder. Churches are full on Christmas Eve. So many pay homage - listening to the story of Christmas. Year after year, children memorize the Christmas story, learn to point in the direction of the Star of Bethlehem, and surround a cradle full of hay to sing “Away in a Manger,” with hands folded sweetly to their chins. The children grow and remember Christmas past as they watch their own (...)
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A Viet Nam Veteran: His Name Was Earl
By : Monica Benderman - Wednesday January 4, 2006
by Monica Benderman His name was Earl. He spent his days in a wheel chair, hand propelled, sitting along the sidewalks of the seawall in a Victorian city along the coast. He kept all of his possessions in a shopping cart, while his valuables hung from the handles of his chair. I met him one night while walking on the beach. I walked past a hollowed out part of the rocky seawall, and something moved. It was Earl, and a blanket. After going across the street and returning with cups of (...)
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What Peace Needs
By : Monica Benderman - Monday January 2, 2006
by Monica Benderman The Regional Corrections Facility at Ft. Lewis, Washington is vintage World War II. The windows are cracked and can’t be closed. It’s below freezing on most nights now. I could go on - but what good will it do in this country of warmongers, idealistic pacifists, and evangelicals? Nothing like love for a cause - any cause - as long as it’s impersonal enough that everyone can remain detached, can share their emotions through the war cries and protest (...)
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An Open Letter To the Congress of the United States
By : Monica Benderman - Sunday January 1, 2006
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by Monica Benderman .... at the exclusion of the few courageous members who are willing to stand on their own and speak the truth... with all due respect. What are you afraid of? That without your office you are nothing? That it is your elected office that makes you who you are, and if you lose it, you will be nothing more than a common citizen again? Perhaps that is what has to happen, for you to realize that even in office, you are a common citizen. You are failing us - time to go (...)
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IN TRUTH
By : Monica Benderman - Wednesday December 28, 2005
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by Kevin and Monica Benderman “”George W. Bush When are you going to tell the truth to the people of the United States? Why don’t you tell them why you want to be in Iraq so bad? I was there for six months and I did not see the first weapon of mass destruction. I did receive orders from the company commander to shoot children if they threw small rocks at us and that was when I figured out that the entire thing was way over the line. Over 1200 soldiers have died in Iraq (...)
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Who Made America Right?
By : Monica Benderman - Wednesday December 28, 2005
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by Monica Benderman War — Guns, tanks, chemical weapons, killing, devastation, inhumanity. Why do we go to war? Why does anyone pursue another to the point of war? Forget who instigated it. At war - both sides kill. Soldiers are told their side is right - they are given guns and ordered to kill as many on the other side as possible because the “other side” is wrong. WHO exactly tells us we are right? Who is it that has decided that our side is right? Some blame a (...)
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Wake Up America
By : Monica Benderman - Sunday November 13, 2005
by Monica Benderman Wake up, America... stop believing in the illusion Americans blindly move through the fog, running from themselves, believing in saviors who will pull them above the fray just before they go over the edge. We don’t face anything head-on. When the going gets tough, Americans go drinking. We have Prozac, Zyprexa, Ambien, Xanex - and a world of chemicals to thicken the fog. There’s the building on the hill where we gather to pray for forgiveness from our (...)
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In the Name of Justice
By : Monica Benderman - Thursday November 3, 2005
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by Monica Benderman Kevin Benderman sits in jail. An injustice. He did not want to go. He did not take his stand, break a law and dare the courts to put him in jail with a stiff sentence. Kevin Benderman put his principles on the line and dared to trust that his rights would be respected as the constitution he fought to defend demands. Kevin Benderman did everything he could to demonstrate to the military, and to the world, that he did not want to go to jail, by consistently (...)
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THE INCOMPETENT CONSPIRACY
By : Monica Benderman - Wednesday November 2, 2005
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by Monica Benderman As we watch the events of our lives unfold millions of people breathe the word “conspiracy” as if everyone is out to get them. Why? The only conspiracy is the conspiracy of incompetence. It begins by being afraid - very, very afraid. Of what - the men with guns? That happens later, much later. This fear is far more simplistic, and it truly threatens your way of life. The conspiracy begins with very small people living in fear of being discovered - to (...)
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THE GAME IS NOT LIFE
By : Monica Benderman - Sunday October 30, 2005
by Monica Benderman It’s been two and a half years. There are almost 2000 soldiers deaths officially accounted for. How many family members does that come to? Is there a number? The war has cost billions. Where did it all go? Is there an accurate number? There are thousands of Iraqi causalties. Does anyone know their names? Has anyone counted? In the wars before, history tells of the great loss of life the monetary cost. Are there numbers we can trust? Hundreds of (...)
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From Chaos to Conscience to Peace
By : Monica Benderman - Friday October 28, 2005
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by Monica Benderman Please visit Sgt. Benderman’s website, www.BendermanTimeline.com for a chronology of events, complete with documentation, leading to his court martial, along with a continuous discussion about Conscientious Objection and veterans’ issues. On July 27, 2005, Sgt. Kevin Benderman was found guilty of Missing Movement and sentenced to 15 months confinement, loss of pay and dishonorable discharge. In actuality, Sgt. Benderman’s crime was daring to tell the (...)
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Kevin Benderman : "Moral Courage"
By : Monica Benderman - Wednesday September 7, 2005
From Sgt. Kevin Benderman "I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage." by Monica Benderman These words come directly from the NCO creed, which I swore to uphold as a member of the US Army. When I filed for Conscientious Objector status, it was after careful consideration of my duty to my wife, my step-children, my country and the soldiers I served with. But before I could consider all of this, I had to consider myself. I had to ensure that my actions did not compromise what (...)
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The Roller Coaster Ride
By : Monica Benderman - Wednesday August 31, 2005
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By Monica Benderman In an amusement park that I used to take our kids to, there was a roller coaster ride called the “Corkscrew.” It turned, and twisted and even reversed itself and went backwards after the first full cycle of track was completed. We would stand in line for an hour just to have a 3 minute ride, only to get back in the hour long line and do it again. We paid for this, and at the end of the day, I wondered why as we left the park with heads spinning and knees (...)
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Where is Peace?
By : Monica Benderman - Friday August 26, 2005
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by Monica Benderman War is promoted. Anti-war responds. Anti-war protests. War counters. Somewhere in the middle is the truth. Peace. Freedom to make a choice. Sgt. Kevin Benderman sits in confinement at Ft. Lewis, Washington. His crime? Making a choice. He chose Peace. It’s not about one side winning and the other side losing. Not to Sgt. Benderman. It’s about having knowledge. We all have the right to know the truth about our options, and to be educated in (...)
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Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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