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Milbloggers Supporting C.J. Grisham

Yesterday there was a protest in support of Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham in which some milblogs went silent for the day, and some for a longer period. Melissa Clothier interviewed Blackfive's Laughing Wolf about the protest. You can read more at Blackfive.

FOR TODAY, Wednesday 16 December 2009, many if not most, fellow milblogs -- including This Ain't Hell, From My Position, Miss Ladybug, Boston Maggie, Grim's Hall, and those participating in the Wednesday Hero program -- are going silent for the day. Some are choosing to go silent for a longer period of time.

The reason for this is two-fold. First, milblogs are facing an increasingly hostile environment from within the military. While senior leadership has embraced blogging and social media, many field grade officers and senior NCOs do not embrace the concept. From general apathy in not wanting to deal with the issue to outright hostility to it, many commands are not only failing to support such activities, but are aggressively acting against active duty milbloggers, milspouses, and others. The number of such incidents appears to be growing, with milbloggers receiving reprimands, verbal and written, not only for their activities but those of spouses and supporters.

The catalyst has been the treatment of milblogger C.J. Grisham of A Soldier's Perspective (http://www.soldiersperspective.us/). C.J. has earned accolades and respect, from the White House on down for his honest, and sometimes blunt, discussion of issues -- particularly PTSD. In the last few months, C.J. has seen an issue with a local school taken to his command who failed to back him, and has even seen his effort to deal with PTSD, and lead his men in same by example, used against him as a part of this. Ultimately, C.J. has had to sell his blog to help raise funds for his defense in this matter.

An excellent story on the situation with C.J. can be found at Military Times:
http://www.armytimes.com/offduty/technology/offduty_blogger_120809/
While there have been new developments, the core problem remains, and C.J. is having to raise funds to cover legal expenses to protect both his good name and his career...

If you wish to donate to CJ's defense fund, please use the following address, or click the link below. He's in a serious battle against a serious foe. Read the article to find out all about it.

Grisham Legal Fund
c/o Redstone Federal Credit Union
220 Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35893
Please write "Grisham Legal Fund" in the memo line if you use this option.

Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to you. Today, many milblogs are gone and others are under attack from within and without. Today, you have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something about it. Make your voice heard by writing your congressional representatives and others, and by making donations as you see fit.

The battle for freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas is fought on many fronts and in many ways. Without your help, the battle may well be lost.

As Laughing Wolf says in the full post (which I encourage you to read in its entirety), milblogs have provided an invaluable service to the public, providing information we would not otherwise have, and they deserve our support.


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Comments (4)

Obama doesn't like milblogg... (Below threshold)
Palinson:

Obama doesn't like milblogging and perhaps milspouses too.
The vets should realise that

They try to fuc with this a... (Below threshold)
914:

They try to fuc with this and they are all roadkill.

The military will never be ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

The military will never be comfortable with any communications that opens them up to the outside world. Even when you get past consideration of COMSEC and OPSEC, the leadership of the military does not want the stupid things they do exposed to the public. The mid level officers are persecuting MilBloggers because they beleive that is what the senior leadership wants. Junior officers will never take initiative over something controversial as this without Seniors supporting it. The Army answered some of the questions of MilBlogging, etc by offering such services through the Army Site, AKO. It provides blogging functions as well as social networking. By trying to restrict activities to army sites, they can say that they support the activity and also try to limit access by the outside world.

First, thank you to Lorie a... (Below threshold)

First, thank you to Lorie and Wizbang for covering this story.

There is a lot to read to know the full story behind CJ's struggles with Huntsville City Schools, the PTA, and the Army. We've set up a page on A Soldier's Perspective that covers all of it with links to articles, many CJ has written himself. I highly encourage everyone to check that out as well.

http://www.soldiersperspective.us/asp-in-the-news/

Marcus
Blogger/Administrator
A Soldier's Perspective




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