On March 27th, 2011 Bruce Beyer wrote the following :
“I posted this because I’ve been thinking about my friend and Iraq war resister Patrick Hart. Pat was sentenced last week to 25 months in prison for his refusal to deploy to Iraq. After five years in exile, Patrick voluntarily returned to the US. He came back quietly in hopes of avoiding hard time yet he has received the longest prison sentence of all IWOT resisters. I don’t know if there is a lesson to be drawn from this but I am reminded of a Bob Marley son, ‘Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your rights!’ Patrick is in there for us, we need to be out here for Patrick. FREE PATRICK HART! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!”
October 20, 1977 (l to r) former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Vietnam era draft resister Bruce Beyer, for Marine Corps. POW Col. Edson Miller . After 7 1/2 years in exile, I voluntarily returned to the US and surrendered to US authorities. It took months of planning, fund raising, and organizing to make this day possible. Most of the people walking with us were Vietnam veterans. Hundreds of people wrote letters in my support and US District Court Judge John Curtin reduced my sentence from three years to thirty days. In the months preceding my return, my father tried to convince me to return quietly with contrition. He hired an attorney who said he could "work a deal, if I just kept my mouth shut". You Cannot make bargains with those who make war.