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08 May 2003 @ 11:36 am
The Wall Street Journal says that a U.S. commander in Mosul ordered troops to take over a local TV station after it broadcast an al-Jazeera program. According the Journal, an American officer who objected was relieved of her duties.

Am I the only one that is just a little bothered by this? Actually, I'm kinda torn...while I am bothered by the attitude towards her speaking her mind, and our own attitude towards the free speech (towards the officer, not the TV station), at the same time, when you are military, you know what is expected of you. Part of that is following orders...face it, that's your job. Now, I'm not saying that if a commander ordered you to bring him a baby sandwich and a side order of kitten fries you'd be wrong to balk, but in genereal, it is a situation of people giving orders and people following orders. So, this chick was within the American right to speak out, but was against her established position as a soldier in doing so...mixed emotions. Ah well.
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stig_mata on May 8th, 2003 11:42 am (UTC)
here kitty kitty kitty...
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 8th, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)
sayaka on May 8th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, a different "set" of rights/responsibilities applies to soldiers.

Meaning, your responsibility as a soldier comes BEFORE your "guaranteed" rights as an american.

I think the military was absolutely within their rights to relieve her of her duties for not following (what I think were fairly reasonable) orders.
ravyn_garou on May 8th, 2003 12:06 pm (UTC)
I think in this case she should be stripped of her uniform for a short period of time. I cannot agree with any soldier in direct defiance of order unless in a case of extreme and negligent cruelty.

This pisses me off like you don't know. I am a moderator at a certain vanity driven site *l* and I can't tell you how many soldiers had posted a profile stating "i can't believe i'm fighting for something I don't believe in". That makes me spit nails. Don't join the fucking military!

/end rant...grrrrrr
Sribbles McBottomfootachmanage on May 8th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
Do you know what it was the network was broadcasting? Or did the media conveniently leave that information out?

As for the right to free speach, yay to the sayers, so far. She has an obligation that comes before her rights. Also, we don't know her attitude to it all. The media loves to word things to their own agenda. For all we know, she could have insulted a superior officer. She could have stomped her foot in protest. She could have spat vulgarities, we don't know! We really have no idea other than what they tell us, and after what Al-Jezeera in the past, I have no objections silencing their supporters.

Within reason.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 8th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
No, unfortunately, I have no idea what al-jaxeera was broadcasting that brought this on. For all I know, it was just the fact that it WAS broadcasting. Who knows?