(Republican Insider) – A brand new reminder has been issued to both active duty and retired members of the Office of Naval Intelligence last week that says they are barred by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and other Department of Defense regulations from being able to criticize either President Joe Biden or other folks in his Cabinet and the Pentagon.
So apparently, the First Amendment no longer applies if you work for the Office of Naval Intelligence. That doesn’t seem to sit well with me.
According to a report straight from BizPacReview, the memo concerning this particular reminder was sent out through email and was originally reported on by the good people over at the Daily Wire. The message was sent out by the ONI’s chief of staff the day after deadly suicide bombing attacks took place outside the international airport located in Kabul.
The bombings killed 11 Marines, two U.S. soldiers, a Navy corpsman, and 169 Afghan civilians.
Along with Biden, members were also instructed that they were not to publicly criticize or be contemptuous of Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, or other members of Congress.
“Given the heightened political and social atmosphere surrounding Afghanistan, it is important to remind our uniformed personnel (active duty and reservists on temporary active duty) and military retirees of their responsibilities and obligations under Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Department of Defense Directive 1344.10,” the email said, as quoted by The Daily Wire.
“Given the heightened political and social atmosphere surrounding Afghanistan, it is important to remind our uniformed personnel (active duty and reservists on temporary active duty) and military retirees of their responsibilities and obligations under Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Department of Defense Directive 1344.10,” the email read.
“While it is vital to protect the constitutional right of freedom of expression for these groups, consistent with mission accomplishment, national security, and good order and discipline, it’s important to remember certain limitations,” the email went on to explain. “Namely, uniformed personnel and military retirees are prohibited from disrespecting senior government leadership (e.g. the President, Vice President, Congress, Secretary of Defense, Service Secretaries, etc.).”
“The outlet reported that under the same UCMJ and DoD regulations, current and retired ONI staffers cannot take part in partisan political activities including the distribution of partisan literature and materials,” the report said.
The report from the Daily Wire then cited a current ONI staffer who stated that the same policies were not nearly as strict when President Donald Trump was in office. The source then went on to recall that “retired officers condemning the former president.”
Of course not. Because the left wanted and needed all of these folks to turn against Trump in order to help aid them in stealing the presidential election last year. They had to ensure that as many people as possible bought into the “orange man bad” narrative the mainstream media had been pumping up forever.
“Even for civilians, you are reminded of the danger that your public comments will/could be attributed to ONI or the Department of Defense,” the memo continued. “While you are entitled to your opinion and to share your opinion amongst those you know and trust, being too vocal in criticism of, say, the President or members of the military and civilian leadership may reflect poorly on ONI.
“It is important to share your opinions, if you choose to do so, in a professional manner that does not call into question your employment, the Department of Defense, or the federal government as a whole,” the email went on to add.
The memo then addressed that attack that happened in Kabul, Afghanistan last week.
“After Kabul fell to the Taliban last week, the scenes of chaos and desperation have been hard for all Americans to watch, especially for those of us in the national security establishment, as well as those who served selflessly in Afghanistan over the last 20 years,” the ONI Chief of Staff stated. “Watching the Taliban sweep back into power after two decades of investment can be a bitter pill to swallow.”
This memo just so happens to come out right after a video was posted by Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, a 17-year decorated combat veteran who took senior Pentagon leaders to the woodshed over the attack that happened in Kabul, openly challenging them to take responsibility for the incident.
Not long after the video hit the Internet, Scheller was essentially fired from his position as a battalion commander.
It’s time for Joe Biden and the rest of his administration to take responsibility for what happened and resign. If they refuse, they should be impeached. Period. These lost lives could have been avoided had the troop pullout been done differently.
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