2/21/2012

Soldiers March on the White House

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The March on the White House was completed successfully on Presidents Day. In a public show of strength, military from all branches undertook a bold anti-war protests and endorsement of presidential candidate Ron Paul. The march ended with the troops turning their backs to The White House and delivering a powerful statement to the powers currently in office..
The event was not only blacked out from mainstream media, but a secret official email coming from the Department of the Navy, expressively forbid active duty personnel from taking part in the march. The email was leaked from several sources (see email at the bottom).

It is clear that support from veterans and the armed forces in the USA for Ron Paul is overwhelmingly strong. It speaks volumes about a government when their own soldiers are actively showing their support for a outspoken Libertarian, Anti-war, Anti-big government presidential candidate - the complete opposite to the current corporate-government in the USA.


Leaked Email forbidding active duty personnel from attending the March
—–Original Message—–
From: Weger, Joel A CIV OGC, Ethics [mailto:joel.weger@NAVY.MIL]
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 8:17
To: ETHICS@LISTSERV.LAW.NAVY.MIL
Subject: [ETHICS] Partisan Political March
Importance: High
It has come to our attention that a partisan political march targeting military personnel is being organized for February 20, 2012. See link below:
http://www.facebook.com/events/192677970828185/?ref=notif&notif_t=event_invite
As a reminder, active duty personnel are prohibited by DoD Directive 1344.10 paragraph 4.1.2.10 from marching in a partisan political parade regardless of whether they are in uniform or civilian clothes. Reservists not on active duty and retirees may not march in uniform pursuant to paragraph 4.1.4. Reservists not on active duty and retirees may march in civilian clothes provided that they do not otherwise act in a manner that could reasonably give rise to the inference or appearance of official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement.
The directive is a lawful general regulation. Violations of paragraphs 4.1. through 4.5. of the Directive by persons subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice are punishable under Article 92, “Failure to Obey Order or Regulation.”
In addition, DODI 1334.01, paragraph 3.1.2 prohibits the wearing of the uniform by members of the armed forces (including retired members and members of reserve components) during or in connection with political activities.
You may wish to advise your command regarding this particular event because of the apparent solicitation of active duty personnel.
Joel A. Weger
Senior Attorney
Department of the Navy
Office of the Assistant General Counsel (Ethics)
703.614.XXXX

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