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From Apathy To Action
A person in the military feels unable to speak out and act to eliminate violations of his Constitutional rights by the military brass. In the military a person is not allowed to speak if what he has to say is in disagreement with the beliefs of his appointed superiors. But the Constitution does not exempt the military from compliance with the Bill of Rights.
Many servicemen do not realize this and most other people do not realize the extent to which the servicemen has his rights violated. The violators are not about to tell them.
We who serve and have served must publicize these violations. Give the military the light of publicity from which it so desperately hides. Their fear of publicity will hinder them. They will not be so anxious to deprive you of your rights if they know in advance that knowledge of such action will become widely disseminated.
It is time for the men and women of the Armed Services to begin asserting their rights. If you don't assert them you won't have them. Our own apathy stands in the way of our liberty. If we value our liberty we cannot afford to be apathetic.
Discrimination in application of judicial and non-judicial punishment, shake-down inspections, mass punishment and limitations on the freedoms of speech and press, and many other daily occurances [sic] are violations of the constitutional rights of individuals.
Appealing your case thru military channels will usually be fruitless. (Once while explaining. my case to. an Inspector General I was told that if I continued I would be guilty of insubordination. I was once shouted down by a Chaplain while explaining another case.) Take your appeal to the people. Put the pressure on the brass. Many have done so and won.
So be strong. When the brass pushes, push back. And don't compromise your liberty.
PVT George Brown (ret)
Ft. Monroe, Va.
Rough Draft, no. 1