Reason #11

I read an article in yesterday’s New York Times about our military that concerns me.  While I am typically an ardent supporter of the first amendment, this article could be getting our soldiers killed.  The information is highly detailed with units and names and locations and, in my opinion, the kind of information that should not be disclosed.  Any military members providing this information to the media should be immediately receive punishment under UCMJ for their statements as they jeopardize the mission and the lives of their subordinate soldiers.

Something that I would definitely do as President is put a tighter rein and higher value on security clearances.  Breeches of this nature happen all the time because we have too many people who seek personal gain (as evidenced by the presence of their name in the article) or get some kind of perverse glee in sharing the secret (the legendary “Unnamed sources”).  People need to recognize and respect that there are reasons that support the lack of full-disclosure by our government and their need to be swift and immediate sanctions for government employees disclosing information that not only jeopardizes national security but is, in fact, a direct cause for the loss of American lives.  At the very least, these disclosures are treason.  At their worst, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and should be addressed as such.

Please don’t misunderstand, I support your right to free speech but you do not have the right – as a result of the first amendment – to jeopardize the lives of any other person.  It is careless and callous to thank your volunteer military and the other agents of freedom abroad by disclosing information about their actions, mission and location that put their lives at risk.

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~ by sharplisa on November 11, 2008.

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