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An American In Bavaria Makes An Unusual Request For Asylum


World  (tags: Andre Shepherd, US Soldier, Germany, Bavaria, asylum, video Collateral Murder, Bradley Manning, Chelsea Manning, Wikileaks )

Sheryl
- 1571 days ago - dw.de
A US soldier, who no longer wanted to fight in Iraq and went Awol, sought asylum in Germany. Andre Shepherd said Fallujah opened my eyes. Recalling the video Collateral Murder that Bradley Chelsea Manning released it to Wikileaks and exposed harsh truth.



   

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Sheryl G (359)
Friday February 27, 2015, 1:37 pm
As an Apache helicopter mechanic who is not part of a combat troop, he could still have been involved in breaches of international law, is basically sufficient for an asylum application.

Shepherd participated in the second battle of Fallujah in 2004 in which about 1,500 Iraqis were killed. Thanks to Wikileaks and the cockpit video "Collateral Murder," we now know that US soldiers deliberately killed civilians and innocent people from their Apache helicopters.

I believe he has a good case. To learn more go to:
Andre Shepherd

 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday February 27, 2015, 1:46 pm
Good. . . and thanks that Wikileaks did the right thing. No wonder Julian Assange is not the authorities' favourite.
 

JL A (281)
Friday February 27, 2015, 5:36 pm
I can remember when I couldn't imagine any reason an ethical US citizen would ever have reason to request asylum somewhere else. Sad that even conscientious objectors need to do so with how the military does things under the revised act (rather than civilian like in the VietNam ERA). Thanks Dandelion.
 

Athena F (131)
Saturday February 28, 2015, 8:09 pm
thank you
 

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday February 28, 2015, 8:57 pm
So true Darren
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 1:37 am
I wonder how many "Andre Shepherds" exist? Many more than we know about, I suspect ...
 

Peter Blattner (86)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 1:55 am
War with "regular army" is basically just terrorism with a higher budget!
 

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 3:17 am
Will follow this case as close as I can,looks difficult for him to win in court but then again we never know.
Thanks Sheryl.
 

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 5:11 am
Peter Blattner says it all. It is heartbreaking that Germany denied his application. But this is just politics, and Germany does not want to get in trouble with the US.
War culls the population and keeps us in fear, as well as making lots of money for the 1%. War is a business; it always was, and it always will be. Soldiers do not fight for God and their country; they fight for the greed of the 1%. The 1 % does not respect us. We are just cannon fodder, blinded by propaganda.

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 5:56 am
Thank you.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 7:24 am
I am very familiar with and informed about Shepherd's case from start and in fact have supported him with donationsin the past.
I too was shocked when I got the despicable and jurisdictionally NOT ironclad ruling from our court few days ago in my email.
( Decision of the European Court of Justice in the case of U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd  -  http://www.connection-ev.org/article-085)

The reason given is ridiculous and turns the truth upside down, justifing the ruling by claiming that in any wars mandated by the UN there are NEVER ANY WAR CRIMES, period. The same "guarantee" the court sees in wars mandated by "international consent".. no, no torture in Baghram,etc, nothing, all went morally clean. ...I can't believe it.

For those who''ve not yet seen that infamous WikiLeaks video and need another shocking proof for the killing frenzy in Iraq, now celebrated with Hollywood's help as "glory"and "heroism", "patriotism" (Kyle) HERE IT IS AGAIN:
(The video has no link on its own for obvious reasons, scroll down on the German site and watch it. Very disturbing.) ** VIDEO **

Thanks Sheryl for spotighting this case!


 

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 10:42 am
Thanks Sheryl.
 

M B (62)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 10:51 am
Politics create wars, but the politicians are never to be found on the battlefield; they move people such as pawns on a chess board.
Thanks for posting Dandelion. Thanks Angelika for the link.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 1:02 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion; and Angelika for the additional info.
Yes, it is shocking, sad and I feel like I'm living in an upside-down world. My first thought was along the lines of JL's above comment; that Snowden, Shepherd (and probably others) now have to ask other countries for asylum from the U.S. We have devolved so badly, I wonder if we can ever right this terrible wrong.
 

Roslyn McBride (26)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 4:49 pm
Noted
 

Diane K (134)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 4:53 pm
noted, thanks
 

Pamela Tracy (5)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 5:12 pm
I am torn, but if more service members would do this and expose the worthless war that this has turned into, maybe our leaders would not be so willing to send men and women to their deaths.....and just as worse, rape and mental health problems made worse by fanatic Americans who start in on them when they come home and lie, lie, lie about veterans and then say they do not. I heard one young vet being interviewed on TV and he said he supposed he would get hit when he got home.......over nothing ..... The percentage of those young men who do wrong are most likely less than what really happens. If a military member does not do anything personally wrong to another member or those that are fighting, then they should not be bothered once home. This country's fanatics are sometimes far too radical anti war crap. I was for the war but not this extended killing of all sides. Frankly, I could not trust any country because I am a female hones not background whistle blower of govt wrongs....that lied about me also....but this country's leaders needs to know we allllllllll have a right to report anyone harassing or lying about them...as was done to myself. Pox on fanatic FOX accusers..my food love is not linked to sex..hahahahahahah Being former military women get trashed by dirty media....so pox on them. pox on liar intel, also.......
 

Janet B (0)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 6:50 pm
Thanks
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 9:42 pm
The position of the US military is essentially that you cannot develop a conscience. If you signed up or accepted being drafted, you cannot later become a conscientious objector. OK, I see their point, but the point is coming from a mindset that the world is full of phonies, whereas the biggest phonies are the people who feel that way. JL A. I agree, this is not the America I knew. On the other hand, knowing what I know now, I wonder if there was a lot going on in that America that I missed, not knowing how to look for it. An old proverb, I think Spanish, says "Everyone is as God made him, and very often worse."
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 2, 2015, 7:54 am
Noted......
 

S J (124)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 6:13 pm
sadly noted. i m so very sorry. I hope i can do more to stop senseless killing.

thank you Dandelion and Angelika
 

Margarita R (24)
Friday March 6, 2015, 1:47 pm
I hope his case will end positiv for him,
the war in Inraq should have never startet at all
thanks for sharing
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday March 6, 2015, 8:04 pm
I agree.
 

fahad Al fahad (140)
Saturday March 14, 2015, 4:30 pm
Well what he did. This is not his war! But its for the owners of the money and It is behind the Zionist lobby !!
 

Animae C (509)
Monday March 30, 2015, 11:14 pm
Noted
T.Y. Dandelion
 
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