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Top US Officer Tries To Suppress Free Speech

From Reuters:

Top U.S. military officer calls pastor over film

by Phil Stewart and David Adams | Wednesday Sept 12, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Pastor Terry Jones by phone on Wednesday and asked him to withdraw his support for a film whose portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad has sparked violent protests – including one that ended with the death of America’s envoy to Libya.

"In the brief call, Gen. Dempsey expressed his concerns over the nature of the film, the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause," Dempsey’s spokesman, Colonel Dave Lapan, told Reuters. "He asked Mr. Jones to consider withdrawing his support for the film."

U.S. military officials are concerned that the film could inflame tensions in Afghanistan, where 74,000 U.S. troops are fighting. The Taliban earlier on Wednesday called on Afghans to prepare for a fight against Americans and urged insurgents to "take revenge" on U.S. soldiers over the film.

How do you "withdraw support" for a movie? By not buying tickets? No, apparently, General Dempsey wants Jones to denounce the film. To renounce his views.

But isn’t that the suppression of free speech by the government? Which is one of the things our military is fighting for? Where is the ACLU?

Shouldn’t we be troubled to see that our government is trying to curtail an American’s First Amendment rights because of the threat of terrorism?

By the way, doesn’t having openly homosexual soldiers in our military also offend Muslims? Perhaps we should stop that, too. Won’t we need to put a stop to so many things they find offensive? Such as Christianity?

But lest we forget, this is not the first time that the Obama administration has trailed to lean on Terry Jones. Back in July 2010, Jones announced he would burn 200 Qurans on the 2010 anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Jones’s threat sparked protests in the Middle East and Asia, as well as pleas from US officials to cancel the event.

In fact, the then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Jones to ask him not to go through with his Koran burning. And the US embassy in Kabul issued a statement condemning the plans. (Doesn’t all of this sound familiar?)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even said: "It doesn’t in any way represent America or Americans or American government or American religious or political leadership." (Which should also sound very familiar.)

Even the then commander of the US forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus said, "It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."

In early September 2010, Jones cancelled his plans and pledged to never burn a Quran. However, one Koran was burned at Jones’ church in March 2011. Which resulted in rioting that lead to the death of at least 20 people, including many who were beheaded.

President Barack Obama strongly condemned the Quran burning, calling it an act of "extreme intolerance and bigotry. " And General Petraeus called the burning "hateful" and "intolerant."

But once again, isn’t that what the First Amendment is all about? Protecting the rights of political speech, especially if the government finds it hateful?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Top US Officer Tries To Suppress Free Speech”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    General, you and all of your ilk have forgotten what it is you were fighting for. Trust me when I say that myself and many of my peers would gladly stick it out in the face of “increased tensions” for the umpteenth time against these angry muslim goons. Our one condition is we get to shoot them instead of “build relations and establish sustainable local muslim government structures”

  2. ilzito guacamolito says:

    Very disturbing, but unfortunately not surprising.

    Also, does anyone else sense the desperation from this administration? I’d bet at least 95% of the US population wouldn’t know Terry Jones if they tripped over him. So, in a lame attempt to appease the islamofascists a little more, Dempsey is throwing Jones into the spotlight and free speech under the bus. This shouldn’t be surprising as it comes from a guy who so desperately needs to be reelected to finish off the US. 0 must be perplexed that after all of his kowtowing, those pesky zealots just won’t cut him a break.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Anyone who takes an oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, AND THEN doesn’t do so, should have their rank removed, their retirement pension revoked, dishonorably discharged.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Commissioned Officer Oath Of Office

    “I, (state your name), having been appointed a (rank) in the United States (branch of service), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the office upon which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

    I guess General Martin Dempsey didn’t interpret this to be taken literally. And if we are over THERE, so that we can protect our citizens over HERE, then really, what’s the point of all this?
    1. The Americans can’t protect themselves from the crazies over there.
    2. The Americans can’t convert the crazies over there.
    3. The Americans can’t stop the escalating suicide rate over there.
    4. The Americans don’t want to protect our freedoms that exist over here.
    5. Our people HERE don’t want to protect our freedoms HERE, which they claim will protect the soldiers over THERE, which they clearly can’t do.

    I ask you again, really, what’s the point? Just call U-Haul in the middle of the night and sneak out of there, leave a “Dear John” letter to Karzai nailed to a tree or something.

  4. Astravogel says:

    In the words of John Glenn to the NASA Administrator, “YOU ARE WAY OUT OF LINE, SIR!”

  5. mr_bill says:

    Burn a koran or make a youtube video critical of islan and the US government wants to intimidate you. Kill US diplomats and citizens and the government apologizes to you.

  6. canary says:

    Bleeping General Martin Dempsey siding with the enemy is endangering our U.S. & NATO troops.

    Dempsey should be booted for acting out of the scope of his duty and acting on his personal beliefs to a civilian.

    The sob should send a loud and clear message to compensate for this endangering act and order troops to start shooting anyone who acts suspicious.

    The Afghans should behave in a respectful manner and since firing them won’t stop them, just shoot them.

    U.S. & NATO troops need to set an example instead of having Afghans laughing their butts off at
    what they are doing.

    These impoverished middle-easterners have more access to the internet that U.S. Americans.
    FBI too busy taking pictures of Americans eyeballs.

    While our troops have to be respectful to the dirt bags like Dempsey and command, there is no doubt a terrible attitude that is probably being displayed towards our troops over there.

    It’s done no good to fire the ones with an attitude because they end up shooting our troops out of retaliation.

    Dempsey is demoralizing our troops and endangering them further by pretending the Afghans have
    an excuse. move endangered our troops

    And now DeThese bleeping Afghans somehow spend all their time on the internet and . Go figure.

    Dimples Dempsey need to order Tough Love

  7. AcornsRNutz says:

    Lets not forget he also has said he would not pursue military action against Iran in conjunction with Isreal.

  8. BillK says:

    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    So I guess that means the staff of the United States armed forces must now consider Dempsey their enemy.

    Can you imagine what would have happened had this man been in charge in 1942 when Der Fuehrer’s Face was released?

    Spike Jones would have been told how his song was angering Germans and was endangering U.S. troops.

    It’s amazing how far America has fallen in the past 70 years, isn’t it?

  9. GetBackJack says:

    An impostor blowhard.

    Probably likes boys

    In the shower

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      This is unfortunately the face of the career military officer these days. I have searched in futility to explain what happened between the time my father was an officer in the USAF and when I was. The differences are glaring. In his day, the military courted no-nonsense, direct and thinking people but by the time I went in, the duties of being an officer were more like the Japanese Navy of WWII, heavily inundated with protocol, kow-towing and fawning obedience to ones’ superiors. I’m all for military obedience but the fawning part makes me gag.

      The generation ahead of me decided that they needed to politicize everything so kissing the general’s ass became required. If you didn’t, you got ostracized. Along with that, the deglamorization of alcohol happened along with closing the club down at the small hours. People were less brothers than they were co-workers. And…the politics.

      When my father was in, schmoozing and sucking up to superiors was frowned upon. You did your job, you toed the line, kept your sh*t straight and you’d get promoted on the merits of your abilities. 25 years later, you had to kiss the colonels’ ass, attend every function, follow the bosses around with shovels and buckets and only in that way would you achieve higher rank. Thus, geeky nerd dweebs were promoted to command rank. Sure, it’s been that way throughout history but it is the standard now rather than the exception.

      Direct, no-nonsense people are looked upon as “too inflexible” or “rigid”. Indeed, even when I was in ROTC they wanted their officer candidates to be “flexible and and able to adapt to new things”. I didn’t realize that was some sort of code for being able to run errands for the CO while he was doinking his secretary. Nor did I realize it meant that someday, I’d have to accept queers in uniform after being told for decades it was against the law. Using the military as a social proving ground is dirty pool.

      Meanwhile, after I got out, there were movements on to retire the units that had “insensitive” names. Names that were as full of history and tradition as anything but were no longer politically correct.

      I’m glad I’m no longer in the military but I still notice how, even outside the military, that generation of people operate. I’m in the thick of it too but was never raised in my home to be political while all the other kids got the lecture from their dads, “Son, you have to pretend to like the boss. Always. Not only do what he says but talk him up and tell him he’s the greatest. That way you’ll get the good stuff.”. Nope.

      My dad told me, “Do your job, keep your nose clean, don’t cause trouble, cooperate and you’ll be fine”. Well, as it turns out, I’m looked upon by my “peers” as a throwback to dinosaur thinking. Which, is fine since I know the truth. But I’ll never be picked to lead anything, be in charge of any project or be considered anything other than a worker bee. But worker bee is fine because I also won’t owe anything to anyone of those politically-oriented twits when I retire from my job in the civilian world.

      But whenever the military sucks up to bad leadership, people get killed.

  10. AcornsRNutz says:

    As usual Rusty, you are correct. It’s not just career officers, but anyone who aspires to acheive anything in the military these days. Trust me. It’s worse than you remember now. The military has become another government job that requires meeting a few requirements and getting lifelong bennies and the only goal for those in it is to advance to a point where they are guaranteed those bennies no matter what they do or how incompetent they may be. The kow towing and PC crap are fast becoming the only way to get ahead and be allowed to stay in. And it’s going to get a lot of kids killed. By which time I’ll be mixing paint at home depot or managing a burger king, with all my infantry skills and combat experience wasting with me, watching it unfold on the TV.

  11. canary says:

    All of you have made great posts.

    All the brass serving under Obama are nothing but cowardly, ignorant sycophants to the Obama, who care about nothing else but their own careers, period.

    I wondered if Obama ordered Dempsey to make this call.
    My understanding is he is not the only Obama official who called the preacher.

    Obama worships the freedom of speech of his twenty year Preacher and others for God to destroy America, destroy the white-man, and Jews.

    Obama has worshiped the violence and condoned the blacks man’s violence as “letting of steam”.

    The most grievous outrageous “freedom of speech’ Obama has abused is speaking his own beliefs under the guise he is speaking for all Americans.

    And he repeatedly spoke to the world as an elected spokesman to continue via media and the internet to blame that film and
    sympathize with people burning the U.S. Flag and murdering U.S. Personnel; as more and more evidence shows this highly planned way before the film, and there was a lack of security.

    Obama is a threat to domestic violence is his roll to support violent music of rappers like Jay-Z. Obama spends weeks on a beer fest of one police officer, but has not said a word about New Black Panthers hate speech and threats.

    Obama’s Arab Spring to spread democracy around the world was planned on the internet for a long time. And many people
    believed Obama getting involved in the ousting of other countries leaders were wrong and would only put the countries in worse extremist leadership.

    I’m sure many have thought if the roles were reversed and a portion or even half the country told Obama to step down for treason and encouraging domestic violence just as in these Muslim countries his own praising in the U.S. of Muslims who want Sharia law and are an abusive religion. It’s not like a majority overthrew the leaders population wise. And really we only heard from a few.
    It’s not like we heard truly understand as many American working in Egypt considered it modern.

    Would Obama step down as he enforced other leaders to step down?

    • canary says:

      If our youth aren’t enough, doesn’t Obama realize his public smoozing and taking money from adult rated Beyonce who bares skin sends a bad sign to the Muslim world making them hate the U.S. more.

  12. canary says:

    General Martin E. Dempsey is currently writing Obama’s Memoirs in order to scrub Obama’s unpopular and lunatic actions as commander in chief. Obama assigned General Dempsey as his personal Military Czar after Obama was elected.

    Obama assigned General Martin E. Dempsey as his Military Doctrine CZAR. General Dempsey has a Masters Degree in Literacy.

    Served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, from December 8, 2008, to April 11, 2011

    Served 149 days as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army from April 11, 2011, to September 7, 2011

    Dempsey assumed his current assignment on October 1, 2011 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    The Literary expert Dempsey is currently the highest-ranking military officer in all of the United States Armed Forces

    General Dempsey attended John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, New York, and views himself as Irish American. He has a Master’s degree in literature from Duke University, where he wrote a thesis on the Irish poet W B Yeats.

    Obama and General Dempsey youths and young adulthoods share much in common. Both enjoyed poetry; Dempsey living abroad in Ireland, Obama living and traveling abroad to Muslim countries. Both attending NYC schools.

    Dempsey’s family are from the Irish speaking Gaeltacht region of Ranafast in Donegal, where he learnt to speak some Irish from spending his summers there as a youth.

    Dempsey started has spent his military career as an officer in holding administration positions in a seated position pushing a pen and talking on the phone.

    There was a 3 and half year period that Dempsey was stationed overseas to reach minimal requirements for promotions in ranking Officers.

  13. canary says:

    General Martin E. Dempsey is currently writing Obama’s Memoirs in order to scrub Obama’s unpopular and lunatic actions as commander in chief. Obama assigned General Dempsey as his personal Military Czar after Obama was elected.

    Obama assigned General Martin E. Dempsey as his Military Doctrine CZAR. General Dempsey has a Masters Degree in Literacy.

    Served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, from December 8, 2008, to April 11, 2011

    Served 149 days as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army from April 11, 2011, to September 7, 2011

    Dempsey assumed his current assignment on October 1, 2011 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    The Literary expert Dempsey is currently the highest-ranking military officer in all of the United States Armed Forces

    General Dempsey attended John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, New York, and views himself as Irish American. He has a Master’s degree in literature from Duke University, where he wrote a thesis on the Irish poet W B Yeats.

    Obama and General Dempsey youths and young adulthoods share much in common. Both enjoyed poetry; Dempsey living
    “he learnt to speak some Irish from spending his summers there as a youth”

    I forgot to [sic] “learnt” but, I’m sure someone will get on wikipedia and correct the spelling, when they aren’t so busy.

    There was a boy named Dempsey
    Who liked to write poetry
    He became a General in the U.S.Army
    To practice his literacy

    Obama appointed Dempsey
    To the White House Library
    Where Dempsy can write barney
    And a load of baloney
    Which is a real barney

    • canary says:

      oops. Something has been wrong with my scroll arrow not showing everything. Or my delete is wrong. I really checked the last the one over since I wrote a poem, and Which is a real barney wasn’t there.

      My eyes are real bad and that makes it painful enough for readers aside my posts being depressing. Add chronic migraines to to suddenly appear in the last year of so much loss. So, I really apologize for my growing poorly written posts and am going to try harder. More difficulty sleeping and tears doesn’t help. Sawry.

      God Bless you All.


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