Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thank our brave patriots in the JAG Corps

In an old book of military ethics, I recently read a chapter on a common problem. An officer who would not hesitate to risk or even give his life for our great nation in battle, may still feel qualms about risking his career by doing the right thing in an office setting.

Why this is, I can't quite say, but it's a very human problem. When General Shinseki told the Bush/Cheney/Rummy team that they needed more troops to secure Iraq, he was fired; the next man in line learned the lesson and obeyed. It happens.

It is all the more heroic, therefore, that our JAG officers (such as the gentleman seen to the right here) upheld the honor of our nation, as well as their duty under law, by giving zealous defense to the most hated prisoners of our lifetime, those at Gitmo.

Their careers are basically toast; what can we do as citizens? Common Cause suggests:
"The issue of torture and "enhanced interrogation tactics" has been all over the news recently. But no one is saying much about the brave members of the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGs) who refused to carry out orders to torture detainees at Guantanamo and other prisons, and who spoke out in defense of basic human rights.

I just signed a letter of commendation applauding select JAGs for their "Uncommon Courage" and hope you will too. Check out their stories at and sign the letter at The letter is going to be delivered on the 4th of July, so please sign it today and let other folks know about it too. Thanks!
Why not? Take a minute, show your thanks!

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