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Re: Officials At Andrews AFB Bomb First Amendment!

From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 21:45:07 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 06:55:33 -0400
Subject: Re: Officials At Andrews AFB Bomb First Amendment!

>From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 11:06:55 EDT
>Subject: Re: Officials At Andrews AFB Bomb First Amendment!

>>From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 09:06:12 -0400
>>Subject: Officials At Andrews AFB Bomb First Amendment!

>Larry, Errol, List, All,

>I find this highly inflammatory, biased, and more importantly,
>that it has nothing to do with UFOs!

>>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


>>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?

>This is not a First Amendment issue. The base newspaper is the
>commander's instrument for communication with the soldiers. It
>operates under many of the same restrictions that a civilian
>newspaper uses, but the commander is the publisher. Just as
>civilian newspapers have the right to reject advertising they
>find offensive, so does the base newspaper. We have all heard
>stories that one network decided not to run an ad that another
>found acceptable. No one retreated to First Amendment arguments
>at that time.

>Second, that ad is anti-military, especially after you read the
>allegations raised on the web page that Bryant provides for us.
>There certainly is no obligation for the base newspaper to run
>an ad with that "spin" in it. (Even without the additional
>information, the ad certainly seems to be anti-military.)

>Finally, I notice that the man Bryant cites by pointing us to
>the web site was not in Baghdad. His allegations are so much
>speculation. However, I spent a great deal of time on the
>Baghdad International Airport (known to the soldiers as BIAP)
>and I saw nothing to support these claims of huge American
>casualties. (I wonder here if the term casualties isn't
>confused! It means wounded and missing as well as killed.) I
>had the opportunity to review a great deal of information (some
>of it classified) about the battle of Baghdad, and is simply
>does not bear out these allegations.

>I would suggest that Bryant take his fight with the government
>about this into a different forum and leave this one to UFOs.

Kevin Randle's protestation serves to remind me why I've chosen
not to waste time and effort in trying to justify my existence
to those who'd prefer that I disappear.

Nevertheless, I now consider it my civic duty to respond to
Kevin's ill-founded concerns:

(1) The freedom-of-speech clause of the First Amendment to the
U. S. Constitution exists not so much to protect non-
inflammatory (read: orthodox) speech as to protect the
"inflammatory" kind (read: unorthodox). Apparently, Kevin
happens to be not the only (otherwise educated) citizen
unfamiliar with that simple doctrine.

(2) I of course claim no expertise as to what did or didn't
happen (and why) during/after the Battle of Baghdad. I leave
details of that matter to those interested in
researching/debating it. The ad in question happens to be part
of my whole series of whistleblower-solicitation ads aimed at
the audience of military newspapers. That audience has a First
Amendment right to receive those ads' content without any
interference from the post/base commander. What's done
(illegally) unto one such ad in the series is done unto them all
- in terms of any official prior-restraint policy directed at
them by the commander. All this First Amendment doctrine appears
for anyone to see and digest within the complaints filed in the
two cases of Bryant v. Rumsfeld, et al.

(3) Even as I speak, four USAF base commanders are stonewalling
the recent prepublication-review submission of my ad "Blow the
Whistle on the Neo-UFO Whistleblowers!" If they persist in this
interference, they risk being cited for contempt of court -
since their doing so violates terms of the consent judgment I
won back in the late eighties during the course of my First
Amendment lawsuit Bryant v. Weinberger, et al. The court's order
requires all DoD officials to refrain from interfering with my
submitted "UFO cover-up" whistleblower-solicitation ads.

(4) As with any other form of speech critical of government
policy/practice, "ANTI-military" speech (the opposite of PRO-
 military speech) deserves full protection of the First
Amendment - especially when that speech occurs in a "designated
public form" like the ad pages of military newspapers (an
argument central to my case against Rumsfeld's public affairs

(5) If Kevin now continues to fail to see the relevance of my
Rumsfeld case to the politics of Ufology, then he has some more
9th-grade civics homework awaiting him.

"Standing up to your government can mean standing up for your
 country." --Bill Moyers

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