Ann Wright, a retired Army colonel and State Dept. diplomat, recently spoke at
“I resigned my position with the
For the past five and a half years, she has been calling publicly in the
Later, Wright went to
Wright admits to not being a pacifist, having been involved in military actions during a government career under eight administrations. She backed the
The crackdown on Americans’ civil liberties is the other side of this backwards political trend, Wright said. Her critique of Bush’s domestic policies highlights several illegal actions. A recent instance is the gaining of access to citizens’ personal lives from telecom firms such as Verizon, without a court order.
Wright and Susan Dixon have written a book titled “Dissent: Voices of Conscience,” profiling 24 government whistle blowers here and overseas who have taken ethical and moral stands against the war on terror. One of these dissenters is Jesselyn Radack, a former Justice Department lawyer. She raised objections to the questioning of John Walker Lindh, the supposed American Taliban, with no attorney present. For her efforts Radack was fired and put on a government no-fly list.
The CIA and other intelligence agencies have been reviewing “Dissent” since July, Wright said. She held up a copy of her book at SCC.
“I can’t let you look at it,” she said with a laugh, her eyes twinkling. “I signed a letter before resigning my job to let the government read writing of mine on foreign affairs and to cut out any classified information before publication.”
Yet Wright says she used only open source material to avoid that issue. “But the government can slow roll you,” she said. For more information, visit voicesofconscience.com.
Seth Sandronsky lives and writes in