Milbloggers: An Endangered Species?

War on Terror News today writes about the demise of prominent military bloggers from the milblog community.

A World Without Spin

A World Without Spin

and A Soldier’s Perspective

A Soldier's Perspective

are both recent casualties.

They write:

Earlier this year, this site entered the discussion of the role of Milblogs in providing the “rest of the story,” the part untold by the Main Stream Media.  A Key Point in that discussion was whether or not Troops should openly state their names and positions, even as the Military was recognizing that Milblogs are such a vital part of providing the true story to the American People.

More recently, there has been a lot of discussion that the US Body Politic would attempt to muzzle dissent in the blogosphere.  That debate rages on today.  It seems incomprehensible that any politician would have any real expectation of realizing a goal of officially silencing opposition in this country.  The 1st Amendment to the US Constitution is not in any way unclear: Free Speech shall NOT be abridged.

For obvious reasons, Troops cannot espouse political parties in uniform, but just as clearly, they are entitled to be active in the political arena, to 1st Amendment protections, out of uniform.  Still, we are seeing Milblog leaders, stalwarts in the community shutting down.  These first casualties are those most politically active, and those who have stated their names and positions. It seems that my point that Troops should be afforded anonymity if desired has taken greater importance.

Read the whole thing here!

More here.

Glenn Reynolds comments:

WHILE MAJOR NIDAL HASSAN’S JIHADI SPEECH WAS HANDLED WITH P.C. KIDGLOVES, other members of the military are treated very, very differently. My advice: Convert to Islam, so you can get away with saying almost anything . . . .

It’s a Jungle Out There!


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