Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Military members: appeal for redress

Linton Weeks has a story in the January 16, 2006 The Washington Post, "Why They Fight -- From Within: Two Navy Men Create an Outlet For Military Protests on The Web," about the website Appeal for Redress. The site would enable servicemembers to appeal directly to members of Congress to consider changing policy in Iraq, including earlier withdrawal. The Website does explain military servicemember First Amendment rights as supported by DOD Directive 1325.6, "Guidelines for Handling Dissident and Protest Activities Among Members of the Armed Forces," here.

There is a lot of controversy among some people as to whether soldiers have a right to question foreign policy, since there is civilian control of the military. Ironically, this point has been brought up in the past in conjunction with the "don't ask don't tell" policy for gays in the military.

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