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Adam Kokesh


Adam Kokesh
Adam Kokesh
Adam Kokesh

Adam Charles Kokesh (born February 1, 1982) is an American activist and talk radio host. Kokesh was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is a veteran of the Iraq War. He is an outspoken opponent of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq and has received media attention related to anti-war protest activities. He is the son of Charles Kokesh, a Santa Fe venture capitalist, founder of a firm called Technology Funding and owner of the Santa Fe Horse Park.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1999. In 2004, he served in Fallujah. He was a liaison between the U.S. military and Iraqi civilians as a member of the 3rd Civil Affairs Group. He also worked a security checkpoint while in Iraq. He brought home a pistol from Iraq in 2004 in violation of military rules, which prevented his return for a second Iraq tour. Kokesh “had risen to the rank of sergeant after three-and-a-half years in the Reserves” and “was demoted to corporal and soon thereafter discharged honorably with a re-enlistment code that basically said, ‘you can’t re-enlist.'” Having experienced combat in Fallujah, Kokesh received the Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy Commendation Medal after his honorable discharge from active duty.

After his discharge, and during a March 19, 2007 protest he attended, Kokesh was in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR); a superior officer identified him in a photo caption in the Washington Post. On “March 29, a Marine major sent him an e-mail to tell him he was being investigated for misconduct by appearing at a political event in uniform. Kokesh responded, telling the major what he thought” and used an expletive in his reply, resulting in an additional misconduct charge. The charges were “brought under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which applies only to service members,” confusing some veterans and lawyers.

Beginning in July 2010 Kokesh hosted a talk radio program called Adam vs. The Man. The program airs weekdays from the studios of 1550 KRKE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In April 2011 his show was picked up by Russia Today television network (“RT”). Accuracy in Media criticized Kokesh’s appearing on RT, a non-profit organization which largely is funded by the Russian government. The group wrote that RT uses Americans like Kokesh to make propaganda points. David Weigel writes that Kokesh defended RT’s “propaganda” function, saying “We’re putting out the truth that no one else wants to say. I mean, if you want to put it in the worst possible abstract, it’s the Russian government, which is a competing protection racket against the other governments of the world, going against the United States and calling them on their bullshit.”

In a June show Kokesh endorsed support and fundraising for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, leading to a complaint to the Federal Election Commission charging a political contribution had been made by a foreign corporation. Kokesh denied his cancellation in August was related to the complaint.

Kokesh has continued his Adam vs. The Man video reports independently on YouTube, noting he was “fired from my only radio and TV gigs.” On the channel he has filed some critical reports of the “Occupy DC” version of the Occupy Wall Street movement.


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