I’m privileged today to have Colonel Ann Wright as my guest. Colonel Wright served in the US Army for twenty-nine years and then as a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience” (http://www.voicesofconscience.com) which tells the stories of men and women who risked careers, reputations, and even freedom out of loyalty to the Constitution and the rule of law. Colonel Wright was also a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza freedom flotilla. She is an active peace activist and a recipient of Truthout’s Freedom and Democracy Award.
Welcome, Ann Wright.
Ann: Thank you, Blase. It’s a pleasure to be with you.
Blase: Well, you’ve had a very busy morning at the court and now at the White House. Please tell us what’s happening today.
Ann: Today in the morning was the continuation of the trial of Diane Wilson, a great activist from Texas who, along with many, many others have been on a long-term hunger strike. She was on a water-only hunger strike for 58 days. On the 58th day, which was on June 26th of this year she climbed the fence of the White House, to be a symbol, to draw media attention, to somebody climbing the fence to tell President Obama that we want Guantanamo closed, that we want people who have been cleared at Guantanamo to be allowed to go home, and in solidarity with the hunger strikers who have been on the hunger strike now for 106 days.