http://democracynow.org – Former U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain Captain Chris Antal reads his resignation letter to President Obama. “I resign because I refuse to support U.S. armed drone policy,” Antal wrote. “The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.”
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A Unitarian Universalist Church minister and U.S. Army chaplain who served in Afghanistan has submitted his resignation in protest over the military’s use of drone warfare and decision to place nuclear warheads on air-launched cruise missiles.
In an April 12 letter to President Barack Obama, Rev. Christopher John Antal of New York said the White House “continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.”
Antal’s position on drone killings isn’t new — he condemned it during a sermon to troops and civilian contractors in 2012 in Kandahar, where he was a battalion chaplain.
That led to his unrequested departure from Afghanistan, a do-not-promote recommendation and a separation from the Army that was overturned only after a congressional inquiry, he told Military.com on Wednesday.
Antal is a minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New York, a chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, and a founder of the Hudson Valley, New York, chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Antal’s letter of resignation to Obama wasreprinted on the UUC Rock Tavern website last month, as well as on the Veterans for Peace site. In it, he also offered among his reasons his refusal to support a nuclear weapons policy that costs billions to maintain and threatens human existence.