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Officials At Andrews AFB Bomb First Amendment!

From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 09:06:12 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 10:03:46 -0400
Subject: Officials At Andrews AFB Bomb First Amendment!

To: ghosttroop.nul

Like Their Counterparts at Wright-Patterson, Langley, and
Lackland Air Force Bases, Officials at Andrews AFB Have No Right
to Bomb the First Amendment!

By Larry W. Bryant

Once in a while, a "smoking gun" document does jump into the
public domain via the embattled U. S. Freedom of Information

This time, that rare event happens to occur at the hand of one
USAF Lt. Col. Randy K. Robertson, commander of the 89th
Communications Squadron at Andrews AFB, Md. His snail-mail
letter to me of May 10, 2005, declares:

"We are responding to your 2 Nov 2004 Freedom of Information Act
request for all Andrews AFB-generated and all Andrews AFB-
received records pertaining to the multi-ad submission with
reference to whistleblowers and a copy of the current publishing
contract for 'Capital Flyer.' The requested information is
releasable and attached. Direct any questions to our FOIA
office at (301) 981-4088/5308."

Robertson's 1-page printout of several short e-messages
exchanged between certain public affairs personnel at Andrews
and at higher headquarters reveals the command's bold (but no
less shameful) entry into the First Amendment's pond of
quicksand called "viewpoint discrimination."

The first of these incriminating missives comes from Brad A.
Swezey, deputy chief of Andrews's 89th Airlift Wing Public
Affairs - addressed, on Oct. 12, 2004, to Master Sergeant Paul
A. Fazzini, AMC [Air Materiel Command] newspaper consultant at
Scott AFB, Ill.:

"Paul, have any other papers run into this [ad submission]? Our
inclination is not to run it. Your thoughts?"

And, at 11:19 A.M. on Oct. 12, 2004, Paul replies to Brad:

"Subject: Re: Ad Review

Sir, as I read the headline [of LWB's submitted ad] I'm moved to
see right off the bat the ad is anti military. I also did some
Google searching to see some other info about Ghost Troop and
the information these folks are projecting. The group's message
clearly goes against the establishment (DoD). I'd recommend you
not run the ad."

So, what's _really_ provoked such a self-defeating and
indefensible response from officialdom (aka "the establishment")
- fear of whistleblowers' exposure of official wrongdoing?

Inherent weakness of certain military leaders in granting to,
and preserving for, their rank-and-file members the same
constitutional protections afforded to civilian society?

Their sense that to allow the ad's publication would open the
floodgates to other such expression of public-issue speech?

Or... all the above?

Here's the text of the initial ad that dares offend the
sensibilities of the thin-skinned airmen manning the VIP bunker
at Andrews (as submitted on Sept. 28, 2004, for publication in
the Andrews base newspaper, the "Capital Flyer"):

Blow the Whistle on Iraqnam's Battle-of-Baghdad Cover-up!

A group of current/former U. S. servicemembers - known as the
Ghost Troop (http://geocities.com/onlythecaptain/ ) - has found
the "bloody knife" exposing the OFFICIALLY UNRELEASED number of
Americans who died during the fierce battle at Iraq's capital in
the spring of 2003. That number, of course, dwarfs the
officially released count. To help determine the discrepancy's
cause/perpetuators/accountability, the group is seeking all
related documentary evidence and sworn testimony from all BOBCUP
whistleblowers brave enough to come forward. Armed with your
accounts, the group can help persuade Congress to exercise its
oversight authority in this matter. Contact: Larry W. Bryant

At this point, were I the U. S. attorney assigned to represent
the defendant in Bryant v. Rumsfeld, et al., I'd submit my
resignation forthwith - rather than countenance any form of
viewpoint discrimination.

What's worse for Amerika: being "anti-military," or being
anti-First Amendment?

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