Aidan Delgado (born
November 18, 1981) is a former soldier in the 320th Military PoliceCompany of the United States Army, best known for having become a conscientious objectorin April 2003 during his deployment to Iraq and for disclosing information about Abu Ghraib.
Delgado states that he joined the Army Reserve while he was also investigating
title=In Good Conscience
publisher=LiP Magazine and AlterNet] . He signed his enlistment contract on Sept. 11, 2001. He began a year-long tour in Iraq in April 2003, he was openly questioning whether he could participate in the war in Iraq good conscience, due to his newfound dedication to the principles of
pacifismespoused in his faith. He filed for conscientious objector status and continued to serve in Iraq while it was processed.
As the only member of his company who spoke Arabic, Delgado was in frequent contact with Iraqi civilians. Eventually he was transferred to Abu Ghraib where he witnessed many abuses. The Army recognized his conscientious objector status and he was honorably discharged in April 2004.
After the Army
Delgado is actively involved in the anti-war movement. He has participated in numerous peace activities across the country, and led the 70-member "Florida For Peace" group to
Washington, D.C.on September 24, 2005to participate in the rally organized by United for Peace and Justice. He has also given many presentations on the abuses committed at the Abu Ghraib prison, at which Delgado was stationed for six months.
Delgado sparked considerable controversy when, upon his release from the Army and his return to the United States, he asserted, in an interview with "
The New York Times" columnist Bob Herbert, to have witnessed egregious cases of abuse perpetrated against Iraqi civilians by American soldiers. cite web
title=From 'Gook' to 'Raghead'
publisher=New York Times] .After the Bob Herbert interview, Delgado provided a sworn statement and copies of photographs taken at Abu Ghraib to Army CID and IG investigators. The lead investigator was Army CID Agent David Lindstedt and lawyer Aaron Delgado from the Daytona law firm Simpson & Delgado was also present as legal council. Several months later, representatives of the military stated that they could neither confirm nor deny Delgado's account. During the investigation Army CID Agent David Lindstedt acknowledged that the incidents described by Delgado occurred, but disputed the context. In their report, Army CID investigators acknowledged that they had not interviewed some of the members of Delgado's unit that he had mentioned in the deposition as witnesses.
Since his involvement with the New York Times article and the publication of his story in national media, he has become one of the most visible and well-known veterans in the anti-war movement. Along with numerous television appearances he appears in the film "
The Ground Truth" by Focus Features and the revised edition of "Rush to War." In February 2006, blues guitarist Robert Crayreleased a video for his song "Twenty," about the Iraq War, in which Delgado portrayed a soldier coming home. Delgado is one of the individuals featured in the documentary "Soldiers of Conscience" by Luna Productions, which will be broadcast on the POV Series on PBS on October 16, 2008: http://www.pbs.org/pov/soldiersofconscience.
In 2007, Beacon Press published a memoir of his time at Abu Ghraib and his conscientious objection entitled "The Sutras of Abu Ghraib".*cite book
title= [http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=1799 The Sutras of Abu Ghraib]
Delgado speaks some Arabic, having spent eight years living in
Egypt, where his father, an American diplomat, was assigned; he graduated from Cairo American Collegein 2000. Delgado also lived in Thailandand Senegal. Delgado attained a Bachelor's Degree in Religion at the New College of Floridain 2006.
List of Iraq War Resisters
* [http://www.aidandelgado.com AidanDelgado.com]
elect speeches and interviews
* [http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/17/1447233 Democracy Now! Interview transcript]
* [http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/global/pr_adelgado.html In Motion Magazine Interview]
* [http://www.thewe.cc/contents/more/archive2005/january/concientious_objector_aidan_delgado.htm CounterPunch Interview]
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2026290.html Peace Corps On-line Interview]
* [http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7508.htm Democracy Now! Video]
* [http://www.archive.org/details/ConscientiousObjectorAidanDelgado Berkeley High Presentation on Abu Ghraib]
* [http://websrvr20.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdswebsrvr2143/news_video/adelgado1_300k.mov Presentation on Abu Ghraib]
* [http://www.afsc.org/iraq/cray-video.htm Robert Cray's "Twenty" music video]
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