U.S. Army tells soldiers don’t criticize Obama

Obama visits troops

Daniel Halper reports for The Weekly Standard, Mar. 5, 2013, that a U.S. Army spokesman, Stephen D. Abney, the chief public affairs official for the Army’s Joint Munitions Command, recently sent an email to all 6,000 employees he speaks for, as well as civilian contractors.

The email details how our soldiers should deal with the press because of sequestration — the mandatory spending cuts to the military. But the email also tells our soldiers they are not to criticize the POS or any political party to members of the press.

Here’s the full text of Abney’s email:

—–Original Message—–

From: Larson, Angela M CIV (US)
Sent: Friday, March
01, 2013 5:59 PM
To: USARMY RIA JMC List DL All JMC Pers
Subject: Sequestration – Media Tips

To JMC employees,

Because of media interest in sequestration and furlough, you may be approached or contacted by a reporter at some point and asked to comment.

If you don’t wish to speak with a reporter, politely decline.

If you agree to be interviewed, remember that you’re expressing your personal opinion, not that of anyone else – and certainly not the opinion of JMC or the Army.

Avoid giving an answer that might be perceived as criticism of the Commander in Chief or any political party.

If you’re asked to provide an official statement, refer the reporter to JMC PAO, the official spokesperson for the command. Their number is [REDACTED].

v/r

Stephen D. Abney
Chief, Public Affairs
Joint Munitions Command
DSN [REDACTED]

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Abney told the Weekly Standard that he was just reminding employees that “they are not spokespersons for the government” and that Obama, their commander in chief, is their boss.

************************************************************************

Actually, Mr. Abney, you are wrong.

Barack Obama is not their boss. The boss of Obama and every soldier and employee of the federal government are U.S. taxpayers.

This must mean only one thing:

There’s a crescendo of gripes about the thin-skinned POS from our service men and women! LOL :D

~Eowyn

19 responses to “U.S. Army tells soldiers don’t criticize Obama

  1. Reblogged this on DeborahBidwell's Blog and commented:
    reason I tell Son not to join military (reg. forces) cause he is the president, and I handed him the oath he would take, and he comes back with isnt Obama an enemy of the State that is within? guess I taught him something huh?

  2. Coming from a Gulf War Vet, Obamao is a piece of trash.

  3. Just go to Stars & Stripes and read some of the comments, especially on the tuition cut. The military are ticked off!

  4. Can you say “Military Coup”…

  5. My son’s best friend, who has just served four years in the air force – was just informed that he will not receive the college tuition assistance that he had been promised. Just like that – four years – for nothing!

    http://www.startribune.com/nation/197446291.html?refer=y

  6. ‘When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.’ Thomas Jefferson

    REVOLUTION is the Solution!!!

  7. Poor Butterfly

    What are the consequences if they don’t “follow orders”? Gandhi had very good advice regarding things like this. One word: Disobey.

  8. THE APOSTLE OF HOPE

    what happened to their freedom to speak ?

  9. Reblogged this on Newzaholic.com and commented:
    Its not a Free Nation, when the workers are Prohibited to Speak.
    Newzaholic

  10. What a little baby he really is

  11. “U.S. Army tells soldiers don’t criticize Obama.” Okay, I’m not a soldier, I’ll do it.

  12. This article is acting like this is a revelation – it is not – there is no, and never has been, freedom of speech in the military.

    • You’re acting like you missed the whole point to this article. The significance is the U.S. Army actually had to send out an email reminding soldiers not to say bad things about their CIC, which suggests there’s a lot of bad things being said.

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