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The milblogging community has been very supportive of CJ and all of ASP over the last few weeks as we have dealt our closing, purchase, reopenning, the Army Times article, and all the school/PTA business. I really wish I could express to each and every single one of them personally how appreciative we are, but I would spend the rest of my life saying, “Thank you.”
Starting today, many of the milblogs you have grown to love are going silent to take a stand for CJ. They want everyone to know what it would be like without milblogs for one day. That is one day that the awesome stories of your troops getting the job done won’t get out because we all know the MSM won’t pick up the slack. That is one day that you will have to depend on the crap from other sources and not the awesomeness straight from the people in the know. What will it be like without us?
With that, ASP will also be going silent until at least Friday. CJ, we support you!
Update: Full press release is now below the fold and participating blogs above. The links have been changed as of the morning of 17 December thanks to the lovely Mrs. Greyhawk who compiled a huge list linking the to exact entries for everyone which I didn’t have time to do on the fly yesterday.
A Soldier’s Perspective
The American Legion
This Ain’t Hell
Kiss My Gumbo
Some Soldiers Mom
Knee Deep in the Hooah
Soldiers’ Angel New York
From my position
Pvt Murphey’s Law
Delta Bravo Sierra
Support your Local Gunfighter
Knottie’ s Niche
Great Reader JihadGene
America’s North Shore Journal
Righty in a Lefty State
Gazing at the Flag
Soldiers Angels Germany
Bring the heat, bring the stupid
Little Drops….. Into the pool of life.
The Gun Line
In Iraq Now (at 56)
From Cow Pastures to Kosovo
Susan Katz Keating
Right Wing Right Minded
My Own Political Party
Keep My Soldier Safe
Army of Dude
Foreign and Domestic
Conservative Libertarian Outpost
The Lemon Stand
White Rose Adventures
South Park Diva
What The F*&#!?!?
LTC John – Miserable Donuts
The Mudville Gazette
Covering the story:
Air Force Times
National Review’s The Corner
Ace of Spades
Winds of Change
No Runny Eggs
Muncie Free Press
Small Dead Animals
The Pink Flamingo
World Net Daily
United Conservatives of Virginia
Miss Beth’s Victory Dance
Wake up America
Dr. Melissa Clouthier
The Washington Independent
In the Crosshairs
Around The Sphere
Sparks from the Anvil
Politics in the Zero
Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club
DATE: 15 DECEMBER 2009
MILBLOGS GO SILENT FOR FELLOW BLOGGER
Milblogs Go Silent
On Wednesday 16 December 2009, many milblogs — including This Ain’t Hell, From My Position, Blackfive, Miss Ladybug, Boston Maggie, Grim’s Hall, and those participating in the Wednesday Hero program — are going silent for the day. Some are choosing to go silent for a longer period of time.
The reason for this is two-fold. First, milblogs are facing an increasingly hostile environment from within the military. While senior leadership has embraced blogging and social media, many field grade officers and senior NCOs do not embrace the concept. From general apathy in not wanting to deal with the issue to outright hositility to it, many commands are not only failing to support such activities, but are aggressively acting against active duty milbloggers, milspouses, and others. The number of such incidents appears to be growing, with milbloggers receiving reprimands, verbal and written, not only for their activities but those of spouses and supporters.
The catalyst has been the treatment of milblogger C.J. Grisham of A Soldier’s Perspective (http://asp.militarygear.com/). C.J. has earned accolades and respect, from the White House on down for his honest, and sometimes blunt, discussion of issues — particularly PTSD. In the last few months, C.J. has seen an issue with a local school taken to his command who failed to back him, and has even seen his effort to deal with PTSD, and lead his men in same by example, used against him as a part of this. Ultimately, C.J. has had to sell his blog to help raise funds for his defense in this matter.
An excellent story on the situation with C.J. can be found at Military Times: http://www.armytimes.com/offduty/technology/offduty_blogger_120809/ While there have been new developments, the core problem remains, and C.J. is having to raise funds to cover legal expenses to protect both his good name and his career.
One need only look at the number of blogs by active duty military in combat zones and compare it to just a few years ago to see the chilling effect that is taking place.
Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to the public. They have provided vital context and analysis on issues critical to operations and to the informed electorate critical to the Republic.
On Wednesday 16 December, readers will have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something about it. Those participating are urging their readers to contact their elected representatives in Congress, and to let their opinions be known to them and to other leaders in Washington.
Some milblogs will remain silent for several days; some just for the day. All have agreed to keep the post about the silence and C.J. at the top of their blogs until Friday 18 December. The issues go beyond C.J., and deserve careful consideration and discussion. We hope that you will cover this event, and explore the issues that lie at the heart of the matter. Contact the milbloggers in your area or that you know, and hear the story that lies within.
A Partial List of Participating Blogs:
This Ain’t Hell http://thisainthell.us/blog/
Boston Maggie http://bostonmaggie.blogspot.com/
Miss Ladybug http://miss-ladybug.blogspot.com
Drunken Wisdom http://beerbrains.com/
Grim’s Hall http://grimbeorn.blogspot.com/
CDR Salamander http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com
Grisham Legal Fund
c/o Redstone Federal Credit Union
220 Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35893
Please write “Grisham Legal Fund” in the memo line if you use this option.
Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to you. Today, many milblogs are gone and others are under attack from within and without. Today, you have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something
about it. Make your voice heard by writing your congressional representatives and others, and by making donations as you see fit.
The battle for freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas is fought on many fronts and in many ways. Without your help, the battle may well be