Don’t Honor War Criminal


Target: Congressman Darrell Issa

Goal: Remove photo of war criminal from Congressman Darrell Issa’s Twitter account

As part of honoring Veterans Day, Congressman Darrell Issa has been posting various pictures of American war veterans on his Twitter account. Among those pictures, however, is a photograph of William Calley, a man responsible for the massacre of South Vietnamese civilians during the Vietnam War. Demand that Representative Issa remove the photo immediately.

Representative Darrell Issa started the #AmericasVets hashtag on Twitter recently to celebrate the run up to Veterans Day, and offered to retweet photos that others posted with the hashtag to honor America’s serving men and women. As a part of this campaign, he was tricked into retweeting photos of such infamous individuals as Heinrich Himmler, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Timothy McVeigh. In addition to these people, he retweeted a photograph of William Calley. William Calley was a United States Army Officer who was convicted of murdering 22 South Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai Massacre in the Vietnam War.

While the other photos of Himmler, Oswald, and McVeigh have been deleted, the photograph of Calley remains on Issa’s Twitter profile. Calley does not deserve to be honored by history, and especially should not be honored on Veterans Day. Sign the petition below to urge Congressman Issa to remove the photograph as soon as possible.


Dear Congressman Issa,

I am writing you today to express concern over a photograph you retweeted during your #AmericasVets Twitter campaign. As part of that campaign, you retweeted a photograph of U.S. army officer William Calley, who served during Vietnam. Calley murdered 22 South Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai Massacre, and should be considered a war criminal.

You were tricked into retweeting photos of such notorious figures as Heinrich Himmler, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Timothy McVeigh, but you did the right thing and deleted them when it was brought to your attention. Now that this issue with William Calley has been brought to your attention, I hope that you will respond in kind and remove his photo from your Twitter account as well. On the off chance that you are already aware of this issue and chose to keep Calley’s photo on your Twitter profile, I ask you: Why honor a war criminal just because he is an American veteran?

Men of Calley’s history should not be put on a pedestal and honored during Veterans Day, or any day. I urge you to do the right thing and remove his photograph from your Twitter feed and not give him a place in history that is anything other than infamy.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: The Office of Congressman Darrell Issa via Wikimedia Commons

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