The Case of First Lieutenant Watada

To say the least this case is quite complicated. Mr. Watada, theoretically joined the Army without undue stress. He took an oath to protect, defend, and follow the orders of his commander-in-chief. Clearly, Mr. Watada failed to take the possibility of his going to ‘war’ into consideration before signing, much less upholding, the armed forces oath. This article will examine the background of this case, related Uniformed Code of Military Justice articles, the charges, pre and post hearings, and the analysis of the court’s current decision.