Scott Horton Interviews Daniel Lakemacher

Scott Horton, September 16, 2009

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Daniel Lakemacher, founder of the website, discusses his conscientious objector (CO) discharge from the U.S. Navy, how the experience of working at Guantanamo and (independently) learning about the libertarian “non-aggression principle” changed his mind about war and justice, the process of becoming a CO and how the military defines morality in terms of obedience/disobedience.

MP3 here. (25:03)

Daniel Lakemacher was discharged as a conscientious objector from the U.S. Navy on 09/11/09. He is the founder of the website

4 Responses to “Daniel Lakemacher”

  1. Best wishes, Mr. Lakemacher.

  2. That is just like my experience. Worked at small detainee holding annex in Iraq. I was anti war before I joined but felt I had to see this for myself, so I joined the Army. You have to jump right in the fire to see how hot it is.

    I took responsibility to make sure we treated the inmates as good as we could. The facility was trash, the food the same, but when the soldiers would treat them decent, it makes a huge difference. This was after Abu Ghraib, so there was no even touching of inmates.

    A lot of farmers being turned in by corrupt police and that kind of nonsense. We never had problems with the detainees because we treated them with as much dignity as we could given their situation. The evidence and grounds for detention were getting tighter and tighter.

    I was stopped lossed and made to stay in an extra 18 months, so I’m over here again.

  3. I'm very glad to hear that. Please keep trying to make the best of a bad situation.


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