Scott Olsen, Vet Wounded at Occupy Oakland, on Recovery, Protests, Iraq & Bradley Manning

Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine who served two tours in the Iraq war, was critically wounded after being shot in the head by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland. In a rare interview, Olsen joins us to discuss his life-threatening ordeal, his involvement in this year’s historic Wisconsin and Occupy protests, the case of accused Army whistleblower Bradley Manning and how he too had access to similar types of information, and the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. “They aren’t respecting our right to assemble, protest and redress our government for grievances,” Olsen says of police repression of the Occupy protests. “They are terrorizing us from going out [to demonstrations]. That is a sad statement for our country.” Olsen also says he expects to rejoin the Occupy and antiwar protests as his recovery progresses. “I look forward to being a part of the 99 percent and Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2012,” he says.

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One comment on “Scott Olsen, Vet Wounded at Occupy Oakland, on Recovery, Protests, Iraq & Bradley Manning

  1. I’m a retired clinical psychologist and now conflict expert…I enjoy very much getting involved in other people’s conflicts
    and give tools and ideas to solve them. Conflicts are great to
    foster our self-growth! so, if you haven’t thought about it before, I’m inviting you to go out and get yourself a good enemy.

    Then, you can get to know yourself, what are your goals in
    life, your values and how to manage real anger in a productive way.
    What else can you wish for? Appreciate your enemy today, for teaching you so many
    things…. And, if you manage to solve the dispute and reconcile, its time to find another enemy!

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