“During the invasion of Iraq, Grisham took down a squad of Iraqis when his counterintelligence detachment got pinned down in an ambush. He earned the Bronze Star with “V” after rushing through the gunfire by himself with just a 9mm pistol and a hand grenade.”
–Mudville Gazette (read all of it)
I’m sorry to say that this will not be the post I want to write, but the one that I allude to. What do I mean by this? Well, I’ve been remiss in following the plight of CJ, of A Soldier’s Perspective, due to my own personal activities (which has seen me engaged on life support blogging, in general). But his is a story that I feel is important to cover, because it not only affects him (one of the finest patriots this country has, and everything you’d want in an American soldier), but affects everyone.
I’m sure some or most readers of FA are already familiar with CJ and what’s going on. But for those who don’t, I will link you to others who have done a fine job of covering this (Bookworm does an exemplary job of summarizing in a nutshell, here):
Partial list of participating players, by way of Greyhawk:
A Soldier’s Perspective
The American Legion
This Ain’t Hell
Kiss My Gumbo
Some Soldiers Mom
Knee Deep in the Hooah
Soldiers’ Angel New York
From my position
Pvt Murphey’s Law
Delta Bravo Sierra
Support your Local Gunfighter
Knottie’ s Niche
Great Reader JihadGene
America’s North Shore Journal
Righty in a Lefty State
Gazing at the Flag
Soldiers Angels Germany
Bring the heat, bring the stupid
Little Drops….. Into the pool of life.
The Gun Line
In Iraq Now (at 56)
Susan Katz Keating
The Mudville Gazette
The Dawn Patrol
Covering the story:
National Review’s The Corner
Ace of Spades
Winds of Change
Dr. Melissa Clouthier
The Washington Independent
If you are caught up with the story and want to lend your support to CJ, one means to consider is the legal fees he is taking on in fighting back: Grisham Legal Fund.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.
Whatever with the liberal code pink-O who is trying to destroy him. I would expect no less from her. However, I think that his boss should look into her claims and once invalidated, take her down hard. Expose her for what she is and even ask the school to remove her.
While stationed at a certain Air Force base as a Security Policeman(LE), there insued a pissing match between the local police force and the military. Why? Because a certain civilian policeman felt he could come on base and go more than three times the speed limit, through a school zone and in front of base headquarters without repercussions. He was wrong!
The local police force decided to sit outside the base and hit military people for every little driving infraction. It got worse and the mayor was standing behind his men.
It ended when the base commander made a few calls. The governor was not too thrilled to hear that the city would be blacklisted and that the base was “in danger” of moving – which means untold amounts of money being lost to the local town & state.
He came down hard on the mayor and the police chief.
Moral: You don’t piss off a base commander & a 3-star who is over that command.
The pink-o should be taught her lesson accordingly.
On the military side of things, I want to know more as to the reasoning behind the military push to silence blogs.
As much as I learned about piecing together bread crumbs from monitored phone conversations during the Vietnam war, I could see some valid reasoning behind them coming down hard.
While the free-speech part of me screams out against any form of censorship, I can understand that they military COULD BE worried about the sensitive information people un-wittingly put out there.
(For example: people who were posting a certain program’s output on the internet – the output contained their Windows product key which anyone could then use. Or those who post things to facebook like “Looking forward to going to X for Christmas! I am so excited!!!” and have their full addresses available – HELLO ATTENTION THIEVES! VACANT HOUSE FOR THE TAKING!”)
It only takes small things to be posted. Marriage problems? Financial issues? And the next thing you know, someone is working for China gathering intel.
If that is not along the lines of military thinking on blogs, then I want to hear it.
Per the Army Times account, the school incident is not the first, nor only snooping/intimidation into CJ’s blogging.
It after that when CJ was fired from his intel position as a first sergeant at Redstone…and also following a radio interview where he admitted he was suffering from PTSD.
Interesting that the outspoken CJ has been blogging his opinons for six years, and only under the Eunuch in Chief’s command is he being silenced. One may conclude the mob tactic mentality of the WH is being spread thru military command.
Unfortunately for CJ and other warriors that have been open with their thoughts, they now have a vindictive, petty, sob to answer to. Similar, the Navy SEAL team, everything is “under new management” and management wants that to be known asap.
Amazing how quickly some in military command show their true colors, lack of spine and brown noses so soon after the changing of the guard.
Nice little write up